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Altering Spokane Park Board authority in wake of U.S. Pavilion flap would undo century of independence

City Council President Ben Stuckart said no formal proposal is on the table to alter the uniquely Spokane form of governing the park system, but concerns over early designs featuring an uncovered structure in the middle of Riverfront Park should prompt the question. Former city and park officials cautioned against a hasty decision that would undo 110 years of having governance of the parks system free from political influence.

Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission

A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and another candidate.

Former Mayor Hession among finalists for ombudsman attorney

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession is among three finalists under consideration to serve as the Spokane police ombudsman commission’s attorney. Hession was an early advocate to create a police ombudsman position during his two years as Spokane mayor from 2005 to 2007. He told commissioners that he’s well-equipped to offer legal advice because of his past experience, and stressed the importance of believing in the commission’s mission of providing oversight.

Fraud investigators targeting Spokane DVD mogul

A California DVD mogul who promised to build a high-tech production facility in downtown Spokane, drawing the endorsements and support of local business and political leaders, is being investigated by federal authorities who suspect him of bilking investors out of millions of dollars.

Changes begin among city staff as three top administrators depart

Even before he officially took office, Mayor-elect David Condon shook up City Hall on Friday when he informed three top administrators that they won’t be back to serve with him as mayor. Receiving notice were City Administrator Ted Danek, Public Works and Utilities Director Dave Mandyke and General Administration Director Dorothy Webster.

Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of the liquor business, and in 2008 to require more training for home health care workers. And while it isn’t immediately clear from the ballot language, the initiative on road and bridge tolls resurrects some of last year’s initiative requiring supermajorities in the Legislature.

Hession vs. Stuckart, Tab Tax

Former Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate the $20 annual vehicle tab tax that was approved earlier this year. Hession and Stuckart are running for Spokane City Council president.

Hession vs. Stuckart, Public Comment

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, explain how they would run meetings differently than Council President Joe Shogan if they are elected council president.

Hession vs. Stuckart, Introduction

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate why they feel they are the best candidates to be the next Spokane City Council president.

Hession-Stuckart race is a contrast in styles

Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place win for City Council president as they head to November.

Consultant poised for Zehm case review

When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has made such a pledge. Indeed, the city has had an open contract with a police consultant for more than five years to perform that review.

Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death of Otto Zehm. Assistant Chief Jim Nicks announced Tuesday his upcoming retirement will coincide with the previously announced departure of Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.