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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 …


Spokane City Council limits participation in weekly public forums

On Monday Spokane City Council voted 5-2 to limit open forum speakers to once a month.


Spokane City Council may limit open forum speakers to once a month

The Spokane City Council considers limiting people to speak at public forum to just once a month


Guards in Spokane schools won’t be armed

A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.


City of Spokane facing $1 million demand from former parks spokeswoman

Nancy Goodspeed, a former parks department spokeswoman for the city of Spokane, is demanding $1 million from the city following what she describes as a violation of state and federal …


Spokane law erasing some marijuana convictions to go into effect without mayor’s signature

New rules allowing people to erase previous marijuana possession convictions will go into effect at the end of the month, without Spokane Mayor David Condon’s signature or his support.


Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s …


De-icer used by city of Spokane contains PCBs

The deicer used by the city of Spokane on its streets contains trace amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Those toxins made news most recently when the company responsible for …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015

Spokane will vacate marijuana possession convictions

Anyone guilty of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in the city of Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. The Spokane City …


Spokane’s cell tower moratorium ends with stricter rules

New rules governing the location of cell towers were praised and unanimously passed by the Spokane City Council on Monday. It was a long way from six months ago, when …


Downtown Partnership skeptical of police precinct move

Mark Richards, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, voiced concern to the Spokane City Council Monday night about the police department’s plan to move its downtown precinct from its current …


Editorial: City should drop misdemeanor pot judgments

Criminalization of mere possession of small amounts never served any useful purpose. Nor does preserving the record of misdemeanor convictions.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015

In race to lead Spokane City Council, Stuckart faces legislative veteran

Not a lot of people wanted John Ahern to run against Ben Stuckart for the position of Spokane City Council president. Following his lopsided loss to Councilman Jon Snyder two …


Teacher squares off against nonprofit leader in Spokane school board race

ELECTION PREVIEW: The race for Spokane School Board between a Spokane Valley high school teacher, Paul Schneider, and a nonprofit leader, Patricia Kienholz.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 9, 2015

In race for Spokane City Council, Stratton and Verduin say they’re not proxies for Stuckart and Condon

Incumbent Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton is backed the council president. Her opponent, Evan Verduin, is supported by the mayor.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015

In Fagan vs. Ramos race, it’s the notorious vs. the unknown

The race for Spokane City Council in District 1, representing northeast Spokane, pits a conservative, controversial incumbent against a political newcomer.


Council salute to Muslim group draws protest

The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. …


Condon builds fat stacks of campaign dollars

With about two months until Election Day, the elephant in the room is the mayor’s money. Mayor David Condon has outstacked the fat stacks he put together four years ago, …


Councilman challenges Spokane’s borrowing from investment fund

Quick growth in Spokane’s collection of investments, and a predilection by city leaders to dip into the investment pool to fund one-time projects, has led at least one Spokane City …


Spokane firefighters will continue to answer medical calls in SUVs

SUVs will continue to respond to some medical emergencies in Spokane, according to an agreement announced Monday between the city and the firefighters union. The agreement follows a vote by …


City of Spokane creates incentive program for new development

Cities are responsible for roads, pipes and cops, generally speaking. With the creation of a new program aimed at encouraging development, the city of Spokane is hoping to get involved …


Paid sick leave vote put on hold

A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the …


Shawn Vestal: It seems likely City Council will keep its liberal majority

In the wake of last week’s primary election, there is a much more interesting question than whether Mayor David Condon will hang on for a second term. Will the City …


Spokane City Council toughens penalties for wage law violations

Low-wage workers got a break Monday night, and maybe some overdue overtime pay, when the Spokane City Council stiffened penalties for businesses that violate wage laws. Council members backed the …


Spokane City Council requires two firefighters on calls for help

At least two firefighters must respond to a call for help, the Spokane City Council decided Monday in a surprise decision that not even the fire chief was briefed on …


Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot

Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision …