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Gov. Jay Inslee endorses Ben Stuckart, while Nadine Woodward bolsters support among business, law enforcement groups

A range of groups, elected officials and defeated candidates are lining up behind the two candidates running for mayor of Spokane.


Leaders say sit-lie ordinance won’t be suspended even if Spokane remains without shelter

Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Plan to redirect city funds from ‘Curing Spokane’ producer’s development project is ‘dead,’ Stuckart says

Developer Larry Stone is seeking $300,000 from the city to support a major downtown development project, but Ben Stuckart proposed diverting that funding toward drug addiction treatment instead.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Spokane mayor, city council president hopefuls debate homeless issues at library forum

The candidates for mayor and city council president debated the city’s approach to homelessness at a forum at the Spokane Public Library on Thursday.


Developers offer mixed views on video’s proposed ‘cure’ for Spokane

Local developers offer their perspectives on the issues raised in “Curing Spokane,” a video released Thursday that discusses downtown crime, public safety and homelessness.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Local developer releases video suggesting cure for downtown Spokane crime

Spokane isn’t dying, but it needs curing. That’s the argument made in “Curing Spokane,” a 17-minute video released on Thursday and produced by Spokane developer Larry Stone.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Candidate forum on Spokane homelessness slated for next week

Homelessness will be the topic of debate between mayoral and City Council president candidates at the downtown Spokane Public Library on Sept. 5.


Police Guild watches its watchdog, escalates protest against investigation into violent arrest

In an escalation of its protest against an investigation into a violent February arrest, the Spokane Police Guild has filed a public records request for the communications of numerous city …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Proposal to rename East Central Community Center after MLK creates debate

The effort to rename the East Central Community Center after a civil rights icon has met pushback from those who believe the name should continue to reflect the neighborhood it …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Salvation Army objects to Stuckart’s concerns about group’s treatment of LGBT community

In response to concerns Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart expressed Wednesday about discrimination against the LGBT community at a new city-funded shelter, the Salvation Army said it doesn’t discriminate …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Spokane City Council expands tax incentive zone for housing developers

The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which council president Ben Stuckart calls the city’s best tool to promote development.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019

Seattle’s politics and problems play role in Spokane mayoral election

Though voters in Seattle appeared last week to dismiss the notion that their city is “dying,” the November general election is shaping up to test if Spokane feels sick.


Realtors’ investment in Spokane elections pays dividends

Advocating for change at every level of city government, the Association of Washington Realtors threw their support behind political novices at an unprecedented level in the months leading up to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Nadine Woodward bests Ben Stuckart as both advance to November election for Spokane mayor

Political newcomer Nadine Woodward bested Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart in the primary race for Spokane’s mayor Tuesday night, with both vowing a tough general election campaign ahead.


Stuckart and Woodward find almost equal financial support, but in different places

Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward have raised – and spent – nearly the same amount of money in their campaigns for mayor. Both describe their base of support as diverse, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019

Spokane City Council support for new shelter softens in face of opposition

The city is soliciting public input on its plans for a new emergency shelter in East Central, but few details about its operation have been fleshed out.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Study examining moving downtown Spokane police precinct delayed by City Council

The city council is expected to vote on a resolution that would ask the city to study the feasibility of returning a police precinct to the heart of downtown.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Spokane City Council diverts state sales tax to fund affordable housing

The city of Spokane will redirect a percentage of the state sales tax it collects to affordable housing assistance.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Spokane City Council to consider expanding tax incentive zone for multifamily homes

The City Council will review a proposal to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which seeks to incentivize an increase in housing density.


Vote for mayor may impact police oversight, with role of ombudsman in flux

The upcoming mayoral election could have serious implications for the future of police oversight in Spokane, as whoever wins could determine the extent of the power held by the police …


Police union endorses Woodward as candidates spar on approach to public safety

As public safety and police accountability continue to play a central role, the Spokane Police Guild has endorsed Nadine Woodward for mayor in the primary election.


Realtors buying voice in Spokane elections

Realtors are pouring an unprecedented amount of money into Spokane primary campaigns, with the Washington Association of Realtors throwing substantial support behind mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward and three fresh faces …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Spokane council members suggest moving police precinct back to heart of downtown

Four years after the city of Spokane moved its downtown police precinct away from the Spokane Transit Authority’s headquarters, City Council may explore the feasibility of bringing a precinct back …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Ben Stuckart’s not the mayor, but he and his opponents talk like he is

Voting in the primary election begins this week as five candidates seek to become Spokane’s next mayor.


Getting There: Spokane mayoral hopefuls take stands on 12 transportation issues

The five candidates for Spokane mayor talk road diets, public transportation, bike lanes and whether bringing Lime scooters to the streets (and sidewalks) of Spokane was a good idea.


Shawn Vestal: Nadine Woodward views Spokane’s homelessness issues from an ‘aloof, fearful distance’

Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Spokane City Council approves agreement for new shelter at border with Spokane Valley

The Spokane City Council approved a purchasing agreement for a new shelter for people who are homeless at the border of Spokane and Spokane Valley that could serve more than …


City funds 80 shelter beds for women, family and children

After two homeless shelters almost lost 100 beds for women and children, Spokane City Council approved $360,000 to restore most that were lost.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke says Border Patrol presence at Hoopfest could threaten inclusivity of event

After hearing from constituents who raised concerns over a U.S. Border Patrol booth at this weekend’s Hoopfest, Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke has asked the lead organizer of the massive …