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Everett wins on bikini barista dress code, but no Spokane legislation in sight

Although the clothing may feel freeing, serving up coffee in a bikini – or less – at a business isn’t free expression protected by the First Amendment, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The ruling relates to the “Dress Code Ordinance” created by the city of Everett requiring employees to wear at least a tank top and shorts at “quick service facilities” because of a “proliferation of crimes of a sexual nature” occurring at local bikini barista stands. The owner of a local bikini barista chain and seven employees responded with a lawsuit in 2017.

Councilman Mike Fagan, Prosecutor Larry Haskell downplay attendance at Liberty State fundraiser

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan pumped his fist while leading his audience in an enthusiastic chant Thursday evening, seemingly offering full-throated support to a conservative secessionist movement that would turn Eastern Washington into a 51st state called Liberty. But on Friday, Fagan, who’s running for council president, said he’s not necessarily a supporter of the movement.

City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane beginning Feb. 8.

Eyman-Fagan initiative would eliminate many vehicle license fees, including Spokane’s

Washington voters likely will have the chance to eliminate fees that many cities, including Spokane, use to pay for paving and transit projects. With members of a ready-made opposition campaign present, Tim Eyman, along with Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his father Jack Fagan, presented the final boxes of signatures for Initiative 976 to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office last week.

Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee for those taking their fares from a smartphone app. The city lawmakers leading the charge say they hope the changes will put those industries on a more even playing field with traditional cab drivers when picking up passengers in town.