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Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to answer that question on Dec. 9.
Residents at the edges of the Kendall Yards development say the cool downtown Spokane project has boosted their neighborhoods and transformed an eyesore into a bustling civic gathering spot. Still, there are some growing pains.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will hold his salary at $100,000 this year as promised, despite the recent controversy over his predecessor’s pay. But he said he will review his options and the city’s legal opinions and may take more next year.
Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes to programs that help babies and children receive care for birth defects and other special needs.
The race to represent Northwest Spokane has turned into one about priorities. Is the top priority jobs, as Steve Salvatori argues, or is jobs one of many priorities, as Joy Jones says?
The race for Spokane City Council president would appear to be a tossup, particularly in many north Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you might say, considering that winner Dennis Hession got only slightly more than a third of the vote in a four-person field.
A late entry in the race for Spokane City Council president turned what otherwise would have been a sleepy primary into a campaign with interest. Voters can chose among a newcomer to city politics, two of the most experienced political leaders in Spokane, and a long-shot candidate. The two who finish with the most votes will face each other in the November election. Ballots for the Aug. 16 primary will be mailed this week.
Steve Corker gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review's Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Corker faces Ben Stuckart, Dennis Hession and Victor Noder in the race for a seat representing South Spokane.