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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

As tenants, landlords tackle housing laws behind closed doors, councilman Michael Cathcart calls for transparency

City leaders have convened a group of landlords and tenants to forge a compromise on a controversial slate of new housing laws. But, thus far, the group is meeting behind …


Spokane City Council shelves proposal that would have erased trash bills for homeless shelters

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke thought she had solved a major funding challenge when she introduced a bill that would erase trash bills for homeless shelters. But the logistical and …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

City adds MLK Jr. to renamed East Central Community Center

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to rename the East Central Community Center as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at East Central.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Amid unspecific threats, police presence boosted at Spokane City Council meetings

In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Council holds off on Mosquito noise machine ban

The Spokane City Council once again balked Monday on a proposal to ban devices that emit high-pitched noises to disperse young and homeless people from areas near downtown businesses.


Mayor Nadine Woodward asks for patience as she works with providers to tackle homelessness

As both candidate and mayor, Nadine Woodward has signaled that “a hand up, not a hand out,” will be her guiding philosophy. But how Woodward will translate that slogan into …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Stripped of party support, Rep. Matt Shea arrives in Olympia amid calls for his resignation

Shea started the 2020 legislative session on a defiant note Monday, continuing to refuse bipartisan calls for his resignation even as he was stripped of his committee assignments and relegated …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Spokane City Council appoints Betsy Wilkerson to replace Beggs

Heeding her offer of a “different perspective,” the Spokane City Council unanimously appointed Betsy Wilkerson to the vacant seat in District 2. Upon her swearing-in, Wilkerson will become the first …


Spokane City Council to choose from seven finalists for open seat on Monday

From nonprofit leaders to independent business owners, the Spokane City Council will weigh a diverse set of seven finalists for a vacant seat and select a winner on Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Spokane City Council chooses 7 finalists for vacant seat ahead of planned Monday vote

The Spokane City Council narrowed down a list of 32 applicants for the seat vacated by Council President Breean Beggs to seven finalists ahead of a vote at Monday’s council …


Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward to join City Council as both pledge harmony

Incoming Councilman Michael Cathcart won’t be the only fresh face on the dais when the Spokane City Council holds its first meeting of the new year on Monday.


Mike Fagan earns high praise, even from political opposites, for approach on City Council

In two terms on the Spokane City Council, Mike Fagan stood alone in warning of the potential perils of 5G wireless connectivity, an influx of illegal immigrants across the Canadian …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

City releases list of 30 applicants aiming to fill Breean Beggs’ council seat

More than 30 people applied for the Spokane City Council District 2 seat — which was vacated by now-Council President Breean Beggs —and their experiences range from recent political candidates …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Nadine Woodward sworn in as Spokane’s mayor

Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated …


Getting There: Spokane considering other tax options for roads after passage of I-976

Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative has put the city in a bind trying to come up with cash for its future road projects. City Council President-elect Breean Beggs is …


Woodward’s New Year’s resolutions: move police precinct, solve homelessness and heal council rift

In part due to her choice to retain top leaders across multiple city departments, Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward and other city leaders are confident her transition into office will be a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Parks supervisor, accused of harassing gay employee, to receive $100,000 settlement

The Spokane City Council narrowly approved a settlement with Adriano Eva, the parks supervisor who was laid off after he was accused of inappropriately treating a gay subordinate.


Calling all Candidates: Spokane City Council soliciting applications for open position

The City Council has a plan to replace Breean Beggs, who will move from District 2 representative to City Council President in January.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Beggs eyes criminal justice reform in Spokane budget proposals

Making good on a centerpiece of his successful bid for City Council President in November, Councilman Breean Beggs introduced a set of proposals to kick-start deep reform to the city’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Spokane City Council proposes expansion of its budget; mayor cries foul

A 30-point list of proposed revisions to Mayor David Condon’s 2020 budget would result in several new positions in the City Council office, including a council spokesperson, four research analysts …


Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Spokane landlords would need ‘specific cause’ to evict renters under City Council proposal

Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to …


Spokane officials working on new agreement for Yellowstone pipeline

Owners of the Yellowstone Pipeline are closing in on a new 25-year agreement to operate in Spokane.


Mayor-elect Woodward, City Council may find common ground on downtown policing

Over the course of four years, there’s sure to be plenty for Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward and incoming Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs to disagree about. But the two politicians, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Hoping to avoid conflict, Stuckart to make quiet exit and hand reins to Beggs

With just a handful of meetings left, the outgoing two-term City Council president has informally ceded his post to Councilman Breean Beggs, who will be sworn in as the new …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Beggs’ first job as council president is to fill his seat on council

By winning his race for Spokane Council president, Breean Beggs will vacate his seat representing the South Hill district.


Shawn Vestal: Beggs will play crucial role after supposed change election idles

After all that time, all that argument and all that Realtor money, the landscape at City Hall will be strikingly similar to the one we’ve had for eight years. Given …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

As Beggs takes slim lead, City Council president candidates chase signatures

Entering the weekend separated by only 145 votes, the Wendle and Beggs campaigns have had teams canvassing the city to track down voters whose ballots were initially rejected by election …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Spokane council president race now even tighter, recount possible; disputed council races still close

The already tight race for Spokane City Council president narrowed even further on Friday and could be heading toward an automatic recount. The race between Councilwoman Karen Stratton and challenger …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Races for Spokane council, council president narrow

The gap between candidates for Spokane City Council president was cut by more than half after additional ballots were counted on Thursday, indicating the race will go down to the …