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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?


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Spokane Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl say state Rep. Matt Shea is unfit for office

Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Finishing first in the primary is a good sign, but stuff can happen before the general

Coming out on top is good news for candidates in Tuesday’s election, but it’s not a guarantee they will finish first in November.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Hutton Settlement kicks off centennial celebration with officials, alums, Babe Ruth’s granddaughter

It’s been 91 years since Levi William “L.W.” Hutton last visited his century-old children’s home in Spokane Valley. But after Friday’s centennial celebration, in which the bright, bronze statue depicting …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Spokane city leaders consider building new criminal justice complex, including jail

More than 50 years after voters decided to combine city and county jails, the city is considering separating city and county criminal justice services again.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Spokane Public School students to get free bus passes this summer

Spokane Public School students will soon have a way to use many of the city’s free services, regardless of what neighborhood they live in after the Spokane City Council approved …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Condon has issued more vetoes than the four previous Spokane mayors combined

Mayor David Condon’s veto of an ordinance to keep city hall open to the public will be one of a handful of instances the mayor objected to a council proposal, …


Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Leaders, onlookers cheer ‘change in the skyline’ as Gateway Bridge officially opens

Upward of 500 people turned out for Tuesday’s official opening of the University District Gateway Bridge – six months after Spokane’s $15.4 million pedestrian bridge opened.


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 …


Buses still won’t have to pull over at bus stops in East Sprague business district, STA board decides

Buses will continue to stop in the lane of traffic on East Sprague Avenue, a victory for the transit agency and its plans to build out a “high performance transit” …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Mayor Condon’s veto of open City Hall law likely to hold as Stuckart changes position

The mayor vetoed a new law requiring City Hall to be open to the public without a time limit, saying it was redundant and drew attention from what the city …