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Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. …


Spokane’s human resources director leaving city as Straub investigation continues

Another official involved the city’s handling of accusations made against former police Chief Frank Straub is leaving city employment. Human Resources Director Heather Lowe’s last day of work will be …


Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …


Spokane City Council asks Union Pacific to halt oil train traffic

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday night calling on Union Pacific to halt train traffic through the Columbia River town of Mosier until the oil tankers from …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor can’t defend secrecy in one breath, condemn it in the next

Mayor David Condon’s outrage over the supposed politicization of a city hall investigation rings hollow, columnist Shawn Vestal says.


Editorial: City Hall probe losing significance

It’s clear the city will not be able to deliver on the promise of a complete and independent investigation. Even if the City Council plan were to go forward, key …


Condon says Stuckart politicizing investigation into police chief firing

Mayor David Condon on Tuesday said it would be fiscally irresponsible to allow sensitive records and testimony in the firing of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub to be released …


Tests prompt Spokane to stick with current de-icer despite presence of PCBs

After two rounds of testing on a handful of ice-fighting products, the city of Spokane will continue to use liquid magnesium chloride de-icer on its winter streets, even though it …


City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation

The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …


Ethics complaint against Adam McDaniel dismissed

A complaint against Adam McDaniel has been dismissed by the Spokane Ethics Commission.


Council president says Spokane Police Department has too many nonunion top jobs

The next Spokane police chief may not have the same ability as former Chief Frank Straub to hire and fire top staff if a proposal by City Council President Ben …


Spokane City Council president says he won’t approve more money for legal fees until investigator gets needed information

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Monday he will vote against funding legal fees related to the lawsuit brought against the city by former police Chief Frank Straub until …


Spokane City Council aide’s outside political work draws ethics complaint

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart’s top aide, Adam McDaniel, has been accused of violating the city’s ethics code due to his political consulting business and work for local Democratic …


Gary Crooks: Run government like government

Performance reviews don’t work for politicians because positive outcomes are in the eye of the beholder. For instance, a council member could tout additional bike lanes, but you may hate …


City Hall investigator says critics of the process are ‘uninformed’

The former federal prosecutor examining the firing of police Chief Frank Straub is pushing back against accusations that her investigation of Spokane City Hall is flawed.


City Hall investigation into handling of Spokane police chief’s ouster derailed

The investigation into the firing of former police Chief Frank Straub has been derailed. Officials in Mayor David Condon’s administration and others privy to the bungled decision removing Straub have …


Spokane leaders triple city’s arts funding

Spokane leaders more-than tripled spending on the arts on Monday after hearing many impassioned pleas from local artists. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to earmark a portion of its …


Tax in Spokane on movies, events could soon pay for art

Art in Spokane may soon get some new patrons: film junkies, Zags fans and concertgoers. Under a proposal by City Council President Ben Stuckart, arts funding would jump from $80,000 …


Spokane City Council unanimously opposes Trans-Pacific trade deal

The Spokane City Council passed a resolution opposing the Tran-Pacific Partnership.


Shawn Vestal: City Council should ignore threat, tell us what happened in executive session

Shawn Vestal urges the Spokane City Council to share information from a closed executive session, in defiance of a city attorney’s warning that doing so might be illegal.


Fagan questions Spokane’s signing of compassion charter

The Spokane City Council voted to sign the International Charter for Compassionate Communities this week, but not before one council member expressed concern over the charter organization’s efforts to combat …


City attorneys warn council members against sharing details of meeting about Straub

Spokane city’s legal department has warned Council President Ben Stuckart and others that they could face criminal charges if they discloseinformation from a private meeting among city leaders held the …


Doug Clark: Please, please, please put George McGrath on City Council

Having never worked on Wall Street, I never learned the subtleties of bribing politicians. But sometimes you have to put your uncertainties aside for the good of the many. So …


City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.


Spokane lawmaker’s bill wouldn’t let cities enact sick leave or wage laws

Proposal wouldn’t let cities enact new sick leave or minimum wage laws


Shawn Vestal: Stupidity on Facebook shouldn’t disqualify Condon ally

In a quick, quiet vote last night, four members of the City Council voted to punish a political opponent for daring to criticize them. Or – if you take a …


Sick and safe leave right for Spokane

Mayor should not veto an ordinance that will be good for employees and employers.


Spokane City Council votes to require employers to provide sick leave

Most workers in Spokane will get three or five paid sick days under legislation approved by the Spokane City Council Monday night. “It is an accepted value,” said Spokane Council …


Council members seek proof that downtown police precinct move will save money

Spokane City Council members are calling for city and police leaders to show how two-week old move of the downtown police precinct will save the city money.


Infighting jeopardizes Spokane immigration ballot initiative

Petitioners hoping to reverse Spokane policy prohibiting police from questioning if someone is in the country illegally have collected enough signatures to put the issue before voters. But voters may …