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The Spokane City Council rejected a proposal to rezone some 10 acres of land along South Regal Street to allow for apartment-style development due to concerns about traffic, school capacity and the land’s distance from downtown.
Mayor Nadine Woodward and City Councilwomen Candace Mumm and Lori Kinnear have all worked in newsrooms, and say that while the press can be imperfect, it’s a necessary outlet for government, especially during a public health crisis.
Councilwoman Lori Kinnear has introduced a resolution that would direct the city’s streets department to lower speed limits on roads around several city parks.
Three of the Spokane City Council’s seven members were home sick, but called in to Monday’s committee meeting by phone.
Mayor Nadine Woodward plans to sign new protections for health care facilities into city law, while The Church at Planned Parenthood mulls potential litigation.
Good news, everybody. The First Amendment rights of the Church of Planned Parenthood remain intact.
The Spokane City Council adopted new protections for health facilities amid pressure to dampen the loud protests outside of Planned Parenthood.
Days before the Spokane City Council considers legislation that could limit the impact of protests outside Planned Parenthood, Mayor Nadine Woodward met with representatives from the health clinic and The Church at Planned Parenthood.
Spokane Police body camera footage, posted online Sunday, shows how officers interpreted the city’s laws against excessive noise as scores of protesters gathered outside Planned Parenthood last summer.
City leaders gathered at the downtown library on Friday to celebrate its looming transformation into a modern community pillar that melds the offerings of a traditional public library with future-focused amenities.
Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke thought she had solved a major funding challenge when she introduced a bill that would erase trash bills for homeless shelters. But the logistical and legal challenges to implementing Burke’s proposal, introduced late last year, proved too substantial to overcome. Early this month, the bill was shelved indefinitely. And Burke is frustrated.
In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.
The Spokane City Council once again balked Monday on a proposal to ban devices that emit high-pitched noises to disperse young and homeless people from areas near downtown businesses.
Councilwoman Lori Kinnear introduced a new law Monday that she said aims to respect free speech and the protesters’ right to their opinion, while ensuring their chorus of objection does not intrude on the services inside the health care facility’s walls.
After minor revisions, the Spokane City Council will vote Monday on a bill drafted by Councilwoman Kate Burke that would outlaw the use of the Mosquito, which emits a high-pitched noise meant to deter loitering and unsavory behavior.
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.
Though Spokane County and the city of Spokane have both required their unions to negotiate with them in public, some union leaders aren’t ready to back down as they wait for the outcome of a court case.
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.
In part due to her choice to retain top leaders across multiple city departments, Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward and other city leaders are confident her transition into office will be a relatively smooth one – no matter what Spokane throws at her.
“I love the fact that he’s got this dual perspective of running the city, but also serving on the council, as we move forward to open the lines of communication with our City Council,” Woodward said.