Stories tagged: Al French
Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 4 a.m.
Facing turnover, huge caseloads and complaints, Spokane County considers turning Public Defender’s Office into nonprofit
Spokane County appears poised to overturn decades of precedent and hand the responsibility of representing indigent suspects to lawyers who work for a nonprofit rather than the county. The move …
UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 10:59 p.m.
Spokane County taxpayers will soon see a $5 increase in conservation district fees, after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to increase their fees for the first time in 21 years.
UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:37 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Building a bigger, better Spokane County Jail won’t necessarily solve overcrowding issue
Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt …
UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 11:01 p.m.
An effort to research the creation of a local transit pass for low-income people hit stiff resistance — but overcame it, at least for the time-being — at the most …
UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.
Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when
UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:33 a.m.
Spokane Tribe will get a voice in transportation planning, a move that sparked controversy among Spokane officials
A new law tying state transportation funds to the inclusion of tribes on local transportation planning boards has its origins with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, but the effort to …
Fri., April 19, 2019, 5 a.m.
Buses still won’t have to pull over at bus stops in East Sprague business district, STA board decides
Buses will continue to stop in the lane of traffic on East Sprague Avenue, a victory for the transit agency and its plans to build out a “high performance transit” …
UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 10:25 p.m.
Eighteen months and $150,000 later, the glow has come off the fancy new bus stops on East Sprague Avenue for the city of Spokane.
UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 4:52 p.m.
Baumgartner and French disagree on pay raises for some Spokane County leaders; commissioners will receive 3 percent raises this year and next
Spokane County commissioners will receive a 6 percent raise divided over two years, an independent citizen salary commission decided last week.
Sun., March 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
After decades as Spokane’s low-profile neighbor, the West Plains is suddenly in the spotlight for employment, population growth and commercial development. Rapid development, bringing at least 2,000 new jobs, will …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …
Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
County Commissioner Al French has proposed building a new jail, saying, “this can has been kicked down the road for too many years,” before adding that he needs to know …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:19 p.m.
The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 2:41 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved a $790 million balanced budget for next year that largely avoids cuts to county departments while maintaining funding for public safety, infrastructure, parks and capital …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:29 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioners approved a 1 percent property tax increase to fund core county services, road construction and property acquisition for the Conservation Futures program.
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to file a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three members to five.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 8:54 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney took the oath of office Tuesday evening surrounded by family members, friends and county employees.
Fri., Nov. 23, 2018
Spokane County commissioners will vote on whether to approve a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three to five members – which would be filed on behalf of …
Thu., Nov. 15, 2018
City of Spokane dispatchers may not be apart of a new region-wide communications center after City Council required its dispatchers to exclusively work with city public safety employees.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Incumbent Republican Al French is leading in the race against Democratic opponent Robbi Katherine Anthony to retain his seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018
Amazon showed off progress on its new West Plains fulfillment center Friday, which will be finished in fall 2019.
Sun., Oct. 28, 2018
Avista Corp. gives a lot of money to local candidates. If it leans in any political direction, it is toward incumbency – toward those already in power. But Avista’s recent …
Tue., Oct. 23, 2018
A race for Spokane County Commissioner turned contentious over the weekend when incumbent Al French reportedly called his challenger a “transgender, Bernie-loving, socialist, millennial.”
Wed., Oct. 17, 2018
Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
Avista Corp. is spending heavily in the Spokane County commissioner races by dropping nearly $200,000 on re-election television advertisements for commissioners Mary Kuney and Al French. In Avista Corp.’s largest …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …
Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioner Al French and challenger Robbi Katherine Anthony traded viewpoints on public safety, housing, growth and economic development during a Thursday afternoon election debate at the Spokane Club.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:47 a.m.
If you want experience, Al French is probably your pick for Spokane County Commission.
Wed., Sept. 12, 2018
The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.
Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 5 a.m.
Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?