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Premera Blue Cross has tapped former Spokane Mayor David Condon to lead its expansion in Eastern Washington.
On Dec. 30, Condon vetoed the City Council’s changes to the law that governs the Salary Review Commission – a board that sets the salaries of the mayor and city council members –dismayed it did not broaden the scope of the commission’s oversight.
If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and Tonya Wallace will become the city’s chief financial officer.
Isserlis, who served as city attorney from 2012 to 2016, was found to have “intentionally withheld” public records tied to the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. She’s also served as a campaign chair for several election campaigns, and said her focus would be on the commission’s role in policing digital advertising in elections.
Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated in her campaign colors of blue and purple and pierced by the white streaks of dancing snowflakes.
The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would often say he was using the power on principle, to defend his office against a City Council that proved more than willing to check that power.
A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or completion of major initiatives.
To shake things up at Spokane City Hall, David Condon first had to make an improbable comeback against an incumbent who trounced him in the primary.
The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had soured over the departure of Straub, who’d been accused of sexual harassment by an employee.
A remade Riverfront Park and smoother streets are just the visible projects that have been accomplished during Condon’s administration. Beneath the city’s feet, there are tanks capable of holding millions of gallons of untreated stormwater and sewage from entering the Spokane River.
From sewer tanks to utility rates, outgoing Mayor David Condon spent two terms in office unrelentingly tackling the meat-and-potatoes matters of city government.
The decade saw the visit of presidential hopefuls, the death of an elder statesman and voters’ creation of a completely new industry. Meanwhile, local governments have been grappling with their responsibility to shelter the homeless and how to respond to changing state formulas on funding for basic education. The 2010s were defined by landmark individual accomplishments by local lawmakers, as well as continuing challenges that future lawmakers will still be tackling in the next decade.
Making good on a centerpiece of his successful bid for City Council President in November, Councilman Breean Beggs introduced a set of proposals to kick-start deep reform to the city’s criminal justice system on Wednesday.
The City Council is flexing its strength by writing the expectation of a 30- to 50-hour work week into its rules. Mayor David Condon is pushing back.
The Spokane City Council authorized a 1% increase in the city’s property tax levy in 2020.
Tuesday’s election features a candidate running pretty much as the incumbent mayor, though he isn’t the incumbent mayor, against an opponent who for the most part concedes that she’s running against the incumbent mayor, though he is not.
The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting new police officers and long-term services for the homeless, that need to be addressed, he said.
The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep runoff from draining into the river before it can be treated.
State and local officials gathered at the Philanthropy Center on Tuesday to celebrate a $940,000 grant to expand efforts to combat homelessness among students and young adults in Spokane.
In his annual Statement of Conditions and Affairs at City Hall on Monday, Mayor Condon championed the city’s One Spokane strategic plan, which lays the course for the city’s growth and betterment in the years ahead.