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Spin Control: Light voting precincts a problem for Fagan

Northeast Council District’s light voter turnout was weakness for Mike Fagan’s council president bid.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane City Council president race narrows to contest between two very different candidates

The picture that emerged on Tuesday night remained essentially unchanged after more votes were counted Wednesday in the primary election for Spokane City Council president, setting up a contest between …


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: Tue., July 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

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: Thu., July 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Police give City Council input on downtown policing resolution

Members of the Spokane Police Department and City Council met Thursday to discuss whether relocating a police precinct to the heart of downtown would be the best way to accomplish …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:37 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Building a bigger, better Spokane County Jail won’t necessarily solve overcrowding issue

Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

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: Sun., July 14, 2019, 7:40 a.m.

Two council members, two newcomers vie for Spokane City Council president

Four candidates hope to past the primary election for Spokane City Council president.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 7:44 a.m.

Spokane City Council candidates disagree on homelessness, affordable housing

Spokane City Council candidates were divided on how to make Spokane safer and reduce homelessness, with some arguing for mandatory drug treatment and more police, and others saying more housing …


Councilman Mike Fagan, Prosecutor Larry Haskell downplay attendance at Liberty State fundraiser

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan pumped his fist while leading his audience in an enthusiastic chant Thursday evening, seemingly offering full-throated support to a conservative secessionist movement that would turn …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Seven candidates file for the city’s two top positions on the first day of filing week

Seven candidates have filed for the City of Spokane’s two top positions on the first day of filing.


Getting There: Danish planner may show us how bikes can be a greater part of Spokane’s future

To show what might be possible for bicycling in Spokane, City Councilman Breean Beggs has brought Troels Andersen, a Danish cycling planner, to Spokane to help lead discussions this week …


New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release

City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.


Condon says City Council decision nixing Union Gospel land deal risks $1 million grant to keep pollutants out of Spokane River

Spokane’s mayor asked City Council to reconsider a land deal with Union Gospel Mission, saying the vote to back out of the deal could cost the city the grant that …


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

City considers requiring businesses to update outdated heated sidewalks

Two months after a dog was electrocuted on a heated sidewalk, the Spokane City Council is considering a new law that would require local businesses to update heated sidewalks to …


UPDATED: Sat., March 2, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Mother of Otto Zehm leaves legacy of police reform after her death

Anna A. Zehm never sought exposure. But her fierce crusade for justice following the unlawful arrest, beating and death of her son, Otto, became a yearslong public campaign for better …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes down cameras in City Hall break room

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch …


Spokane to pave 54 miles of dirt, gravel roads across the city

The City of Spokane has approved a funding plan to start paving the 54 miles of unpaved roads across the city, starting with District 1 and 2.


As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

City Councilman Breean Beggs to run for city council president

City CouncilmanBreean Beggs has filed to run for city council president, saying he hopes to continue his work on criminal justice reform and help the council and the mayor’s office …


As one-man hunger strike continues, city lawmakers reexamine sit-and-lie ordinance

The city of Spokane may re-examine a law that critics say criminalizes the homeless for sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when they have nowhere else to go, after a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 7:23 a.m.

Spokane council approves rules restricting Border Patrol searches at bus station

After hearing testimony from a crowd of medical students, immigrants, lawyers, pastors and activists, the Spokane City Council approved an ordinance restricting the U.S. Border Patrol’s search of buses and …


Spokane City Council considering restricting Border Patrol access to Spokane Intermodal Center

The Spokane City Council is expected to vote soon on an ordinance that bars immigration enforcement from accessing city property without a criminal warrant unless officers obtain the mayor’s permission.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Mayor David Condon vetoes renewable electricity law, calling it unaffordable and unattainable

The City Council appears to have enough votes to override the veto, which came on the eve of an international trip where city leaders will discuss their green efforts and …


Court rules people can’t be prosecuted for sleeping in streets; Spokane to review its own ordinances

After a federal appeals court ruled that prosecuting people for sleeping on the street when they can’t find shelter is unconstitutional, Spokane’s city officials are reviewing local ordinances that restrict …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Spokane City Council adopts law calling for 2030 adoption of exclusively renewable electricity

A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Spokane Police Guild president says Councilman Breean Beggs falsely represented union comments

The president of the union representing Spokane’s police brass pushed back Thursday on comments made by Councilman Breean Beggs about a proposal that would allow the city to post some …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Internal police investigations, body camera video could be posted online under proposed Spokane law

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs wants to give those requesting records on police misconduct the option of having the information posted publicly. The Spokane Police Department has voiced concerns the …


Attorney Rick Eichstaedt to step down as Center for Justice director this month

Eichstaedt, 45, has led the nonprofit legal team since 2012. He created a legal defense for the Spokane River in his 13 years with the Center for Justice, and also …