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Final fight: Condon, City Council spar over city salaries

On Dec. 30, Condon vetoed the City Council’s changes to the law that governs the Salary Review Commission – a board that sets the salaries of the mayor and city …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Woodward taps former city spokesman Brian Coddington, county budget director Tonya Wallace

If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Former Spokane City Attorney Nancy Isserlis named to Washington panel overseeing campaign disclosures

Isserlis, who served as city attorney from 2012 to 2016, was found to have “intentionally withheld” public records tied to the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. She’s …


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 …


Condon’s final days as mayor marked by clashes with City Council over homeless shelter, division of power

A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or …


As he leaves office, Spokane Mayor David Condon remains a pragmatist

From sewer tanks to utility rates, outgoing Mayor David Condon spent two terms in office unrelentingly tackling the meat-and-potatoes matters of city government.


David Condon’s handling of ouster of police Chief Frank Straub cast pall over relationship with City Council

The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had …


David Condon’s comeback for the ages led to quick change at Spokane City Hall

To shake things up at Spokane City Hall, David Condon first had to make an improbable comeback against an incumbent who trounced him in the primary.


David Condon turns to veto to assert strong mayor power over veto-proof City Council

The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would …


David Condon the builder: Record street investments, stormwater tanks a lasting legacy

A remade Riverfront Park and smoother streets are just the visible projects that have been accomplished during Condon’s administration. Beneath the city’s feet, there are tanks capable of holding millions …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

The 2010s in review: School funding, homelessness and City Hall intrigue defined Spokane’s politics

The decade saw the visit of presidential hopefuls, the death of an elder statesman and voters’ creation of a completely new industry. Meanwhile, local governments have been grappling with their …


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: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Should City Council be a full-time gig? New council rules say yes, mayor says no

The City Council is flexing its strength by writing the expectation of a 30- to 50-hour work week into its rules. Mayor David Condon is pushing back.


City Council raises property taxes by 1%

The Spokane City Council authorized a 1% increase in the city’s property tax levy in 2020.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Analysis: Candidates for Spokane’s mayor have taken confusing, but understandable postures. So does either one have the advantage?

Tuesday’s election features a candidate running pretty much as the incumbent mayor, though he isn’t the incumbent mayor, against an opponent who for the most part concedes that she’s running …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

‘A Place of Truths’: New downtown plaza teaches Spokane tribal history, river preservation

The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Nearly $1M grant will help Volunteers of America battle youth homelessness

State and local officials gathered at the Philanthropy Center on Tuesday to celebrate a $940,000 grant to expand efforts to combat homelessness among students and young adults in Spokane.


Condon touts city’s progress in annual address to City Council

In his annual Statement of Conditions and Affairs at City Hall on Monday, Mayor Condon championed the city’s One Spokane strategic plan, which lays the course for the city’s growth …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

Spokane city employee leading homeless shelter efforts resigns

As the city scrambles to open a new shelter and temporary warming center before winter, the man leading the effort has resigned – prompting city leaders to ask if he …


Spokane backs Boise’s appeal of homeless camping ruling to Supreme Court

As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide …


Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane

This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space

Mayor David Condon acknowledged that the city will not have adequate shelter space when cold weather hits this weekend. The Spokane City Council and mayor held dueling press conferences on …


Leaders say sit-lie ordinance won’t be suspended even if Spokane remains without shelter

Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Spokane City Council overrides mayor’s veto regarding how city employees are loaned to other agencies

The Spokane City Council swiftly overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a law that will regulate the loaning of city employees and property to outside agencies.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

Rob Curley: Mayor David Condon’s annual galas have now raised over $1 million for local charities

On Friday night, Condon was wearing his tux inside a U.S. Pavilion that was filled with others who were similarly overdressed for a night at Riverfront Park. It was for …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Northwest Passages, S-R host readings, conversations, demonstrations at Interstate Fair stage

The Spokesman-Review and the Northwest Passages Book Club will host, for the second year in a row, a series of readings, conversations, tutorials and demonstrations with everyone from country music …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Children are back in school, so slow down and be safe

Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …


Two hired to oversee safety and transportation at Spokane Public Schools

Spokane Public Schools will be relying on two retirees with a combined six decades of experience to oversee its safety and transportation departments on an interim basis following the sudden …


Condon expresses doubts whether city’s efforts to handle homelessness are working

As he prepares to leave office, does Mayor David Condon think that the city’s efforts to address homelessness have been adequate?