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Shawn Vestal: Tiny homes might be foundation to build upon

What if one weapon to fight homelessness was actually something very small, affordable and obvious? What if it just boiled down to providing a house? A tiny, tiny house? It would be too simplistic – by far – to say that this would erase homelessness. But various communities are experimenting with tiny-house villages for the homeless: providing very small, relatively inexpensive homes in a setting with access to medical and social services. Now a Spokane man is trying to get a project off the ground that would combine work-skills training with tiny-home villages on church or nonprofit land, allowing homeless people to work toward ownership of small homes themselves.

ChangePoint at work

The Revs. Ian Robertson and Steve Wilson just can’t manage to stay retired. Both men retired from their pastor positions at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene in recent years. Wilson still has his longtime job as a National Football League official and Robertson tried his hand at the Spokane Valley City Council, serving for a few months after being appointed to the council but losing his seat in November to Dean Grafos.

Few voters cast ballots

Despite a lot of campaign spending and generous doses of controversy, Spokane Valley’s City Council elections last month failed to generate as much turnout as the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District. All 10 Spokane County fire districts with candidates or propositions on the ballot exceeded Spokane Valley’s 49.6 percent voting rate for five council positions.

Court contract sustained

Spokane Valley will continue to contract with the Spokane County District Court for judicial service. City Council members asked court officials some pointed questions Tuesday, then voted unanimously to rescind a cancellation notice.

4 positions available on Spokane Valley Planning Commission

City officials are taking applications for four positions on the seven-member Spokane Valley Planning Commission. One position would require a chosen applicant to take over the two-year unexpired term of Tom Towey, who will have to resign at the end of the year when he advances to the City Council.

Grafos’ business fined in 1983

Court records show Spokane Valley City Council candidate Dean Grafos admitted in 1983 that his mobile home business “knowingly and willfully” committed four federal felonies. Newspaper clippings about the court case, in which Grafos wasn’t personally charged with any wrongdoing, were delivered to The Spokesman-Review by a supporter of incumbent Councilman Ian Robertson.

Valley council candidates Robertson, Grafos, Pace, Foote respond

Here is the third in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. They were given a maximum of 1,100 words, to be distributed as they pleased.

Tourism tax increase OK’d

A night at a motel in Spokane Valley will cost 50 cents more under a tourism tax increase approved Tuesday by the City Council. The Spokane Valley council joined Spokane County commissioners and the Spokane City Council in granting the Spokane-area hotel industry’s request to boost the lodging tax from $1.50 to $2 a night. All of the money goes to promote tourism.

The Rev. Robertson honored

When the Rev. Ian Robertson got a call from Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce President Eldonna Shaw this week, he had no idea the chamber had just selected him as the winner of its Citizen of the Year award. “They caught me by surprise,” he said. “I thought she was asking me to be on the committee to choose it.”