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Spokane City Council sends immigration initiative to county for verification

Upward of 200 people converged on Spokane City Hall Monday night to voice both support and concern with a police department policy that says the immigration status of an individual …


Political balance before Spokane voters

For the past year, the debate at Spokane City Hall often has devolved into two camps, the mayor versus the City Council. Or, more directly, David Condon versus Ben Stuckart. …


City to use utilities funds for street projects

The city of Spokane owns about 45 percent of the property within its borders, including parks, plants, lots and government buildings. And more than half of the land it owns …


UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2015

Dolezal ousted from ombudsman commission

Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former leader of Spokane’s NAACP branch, was removed this afternoon from the city’s police ombudsman commission.


Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign

Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …


Spokane looks to relax parking rules for neighborhood businesses

There’s a house across the street from Wisconsinburger. And kitty-corner to it. And behind it. The restaurant – known for its wide selection of mustards and deep-fried cheese curds – …


Shawn Vestal: Pot peeks out of closet as revenue fills coffers

Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks …


Spokane forming incentive program for developers

Seeking to quell any more criticism over the handling of city money going toward the Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart announced Monday …


City Council will discuss River Park Square expansion plan

A plan that would effectively expand River Park Square needs more than brick and mortar. It needs city property. Centennial Real Estate Investments, a sister company of River Park Square, …


Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge

Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council …


City Council creates panel to craft paid sick leave legislation

Requiring employers in Spokane to provide workers paid sick leave took another step forward this week. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the formation of a committee comprising health, …


Protesters call for $15 minimum wage

Marchers took to the streets of the nation’s cities Wednesday evening in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage, following a similar if much smaller rally in Spokane earlier …


Condon pushes for vote on salary

The issue of how much Spokane’s top elected official should be paid was revived Monday by Mayor David Condon, who challenged the City Council to “look to solutions rather than …


Spokane City Council hires Brian McClatchey as legal adviser

An ally of Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has been chosen to replace city attorney Mike Piccolo as the council’s legal adviser, a move designed to assert the council’s …


Sen. Maria Cantwell promotes oil train safety bill

With trains rumbling on the BNSF viaduct behind her and flanked by uniformed Spokane firefighters, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, called for greater federal oversight and stricter regulations for the …


Spokane gains role in state oil train discussion

Spokane’s “voice will be heard” during this year’s discussion over the proposal to build a crude oil facility in Vancouver, Washington, which would greatly increase the amount of crude oil …


Spokane City Council puts hold on cell tower construction

No new cell towers will be built in Spokane until the “form, fit, function and placement” of the towers is defined by the City Council, which put a six-month moratorium …


Spokane seeks seat at talks on proposed Vancouver oil terminal

A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and …


Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks

Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick …


Spokane council holds off booting Fagan from health board

A crowd of vaccination opponents hoping to dissuade the Spokane City Council from kicking Councilman Mike Fagan off the county health board erupted into shouts of “coward” when a chance …


City Council takes step back from removing Fagan from health board

About 50 people packed the City Council briefing center on Thursday to hear the council’s discussion regarding a letter to Councilman Mike Fagan asking him to “clarify” his recent questioning …


Mike Fagan says he won’t resign health board position

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Wednesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board amid criticism of his statements questioning the safety of vaccines. …


Fagan refuses to resign from health board, council moves to remove him

As Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Tuesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board, other council members began the process to remove him.


City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain

An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest …


Shawn Vestal: Eighth Man lacks focus, but knows when to stand down

I went to a City Council meeting expecting a brawl. Instead, there was an outbreak of civility.


Court orders initiative vote

Envision Spokane, the twice-failed initiative seeking to bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights, will be before voters again, after a decision Thursday by a state appellate court. The …


Jan Quintrall resigns from city of Spokane

Jan Quintrall, the embattled head of Spokane’s Business and Developer Services division, announced her resignation from the city Tuesday, saying she had “broken the public’s trust, and I can’t repair …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 27, 2015

Quintrall announces resignation

The Spokane administrator who led Spokane’s engineering, streets, business and other departments, announced Tuesday that she was resigning her position.


Spokane City Council will hire its own attorney

The Spokane City Council is poised to assert its independence from Mayor David Condon’s administration as it begins a search for its own attorney. Council members say relying on legal …


Pimps, johns risk car impoundment under Spokane ordinance

Johns and pimps on Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue now face more than jail time if cops catch them in the act – their cars will be impounded. This week, the …