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Court measure, setting of mayor’s pay before Spokane voters

Two ballot measures are before Spokane voters this primary election, one that should be familiar and another that won’t. Proposition 1 will allow the city’s Salary Review Commission to set …


Judges hire fired city attorney Howard Delaney

The city of Spokane’s former top attorney, who was fired last year by Mayor David Condon, is back on the city’s payroll. Howard Delaney was hired last month by the …


Delaney signs two-month deal to ‘fill in’

The city of Spokane Valley has signed a two-month contract with attorney Howard Delaney while the city searches for a new deputy city attorney. Delaney was the Spokane city attorney …


A welcome new challenge for city attorney

From the top-floor windows of Spokane’s tallest building, Nancy Isserlis looks across a city landscape of financial heartache and recovery. She reigns as one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in …


Condon fires city attorney

In the biggest shakeup of his administration yet, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Thursday fired City Attorney Howard Delaney following worsening criticism of the legal office’s handling of a series …


Spokane Mayor Condon fires City Attorney Delaney

Spokane City Attorney Howard Delaney, under fire for his handling of the Otto Zehm case and more recently its negotiated settlement to rehire an alcoholic police sergeant who fled from …


Verner preceded her exit with request for back pay

In her final days as Spokane’s mayor, Mary Verner decided that she wanted a raise. After voluntarily capping her annual pay at about $100,000 for four years – and pledging …


Ex-city economic director to lead Condon transition

Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon on Tuesday announced that his transition will be led by the city’s former economic development director, and he promised to oversee an open government. “Obviously, I …


City’s FAQ answers challenged

Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a …


Feds sought meetings with city leaders on Zehm case in 2009

U.S. Department of Justice officials two years ago had significant enough “ethical concerns” with the city of Spokane’s legal department that they asked to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, police …


Camera ruling limited, city says

Red-light runners caught on camera in Spokane shouldn’t automatically expect a break from a recent court ruling rejecting the city’s method for issuing tickets. A city official says they’d have …


Ticket-signing system jeopardizes Photo Red

A judge on Friday ruled against the city of Spokane in a decision that may invalidate the system by which traffic tickets are generated using controversial Photo Red cameras. The …


County leaders balk at city’s timeline for waste plant

Establishing a garbage democracy in Spokane County may prove as difficult as bringing representative government to Afghanistan. The challenge came into sharp focus Tuesday when Spokane city officials asked county …


ACLU argues city denied rights

The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an …


Court upholds thousands of verdicts

The state Supreme Court may have saved the city of Spokane millions of dollars Thursday by ruling that district court judges had the authority to try city cases. But the …


High court: County judges had authority to try city cases

Spokane County district court judges had the authority to try cases for the city of Spokane under an agreement between the city and county governments, the state Supreme Court ruled …


No charges for arrested sergeant

After taking a second look at possible criminal charges against former Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, city officials affirmed their decision Wednesday against charging him in connection with a …


City again chooses not to charge Bunch

After taking a second look at possible criminal charges against former Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, city officials re-affirmed their decision today not to charge him for a confrontation …


Trespassing ruling could muddle case against protesters

An anti-war demonstrator’s trespassing conviction was overturned this week, wiping out a jury verdict for a 2006 protest at a military office and possibly causing problems for the city’s cases …