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Proposal to rename East Central Community Center after MLK creates debate

The effort to rename the East Central Community Center after a civil rights icon has met pushback from those who believe the name should continue to reflect the neighborhood it …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Spokane City Council expands tax incentive zone for housing developers

The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which council president Ben Stuckart calls the city’s best tool to promote development.


Kate Burke and Julie Honekamp: STA should expand reduced fare program

Many of the city’s nonprofit partners and community leaders agree: Expanding the Spokane Transit Authority’s reduced fare pass program to all families and adults in need is the next logical …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

STA board members clash over effort to research low-income transit pass

An effort to research the creation of a local transit pass for low-income people hit stiff resistance — but overcame it, at least for the time-being — at the most …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke says Border Patrol presence at Hoopfest could threaten inclusivity of event

After hearing from constituents who raised concerns over a U.S. Border Patrol booth at this weekend’s Hoopfest, Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke has asked the lead organizer of the massive …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Rent control in Spokane is idea gaining ground

Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.


Council approves group to design new Spokane city flag

A small group of community members will soon began to work on a new Spokane Flag, after the Spokane City Council approved a work group Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

Is it time for Spokane to redesign its Expo-era flag? Kate Burke thinks so

As Spokane transforms many of its Expo ’74 era icons, one council member believes it’s also time for a new flag.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


Council to decide next week on opening City Hall to the public

Spokane City Council may vote on a law to open up City Hall to the public during their meeting next week, a proposal that was deferred for months after the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Ocasio-Cortez joins McMorris Rodgers in backing bill requiring minimum wage for workers with disabilities. But it’s complicated.

At 17, John Lemus took his first job, landscaping at Fairchild Air Force Base. He described it as “mostly just pulling weeds.” It was tiring work, but he was looking …


Kate Burke: Long-term care act would give families peace of mind

Washington state’s Long-Term Care Trust Act gives families the peace of mind that they can get the care they need when they need it most without the added strain of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Spokane City Council approves Sportsplex agreement

The Spokane City Council approved an agreement which will soon allow the city to purchase property and begin design and other work on the the $42 million Sportsplex project.


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: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn

Three people filed ethics complaints against City Councilwoman Kate Burke, saying her participation in a protest with homeless activists in front of City Hall disqualified her from voting on homeless …


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., Nov. 13, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

Council delays vote on relaxing Spokane City Hall visiting rules amid concerns it would become daytime shelter

A proposal that some say will turn City Hall into a daytime homeless shelter has been shelved for at least a month after city employees raised concerns about safety and …


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Under Kate Burke proposal, Spokane City Hall visitors could stay all day; critics say plan could turn lobby into day shelter

City Council could soon vote on a proposal to allow people to stay in City Hall’s lobby all day, which one council member said could turn the building into a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Spokane City Council members accused of violating bullying policies

The City’s Human Resources Department has begun investigating four city council members after employees reported they had been bullied during public meetings.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

City Council authorizes drone use by the Spokane Police Department

The Spokane Police Department is now authorized to use drones when investigating crimes and trying to locate missing or fleeing people after the City Council approved a resolution 5-2 Monday …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to allow city to give property for affordable housing projects

The Spokane City Council voted to allow unused city properties to be transferred to developers and nonprofits who agree to build affordable housing on the sites.


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: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Emails show Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton encouraged cease-and-desist letter be sent to Councilwoman Kate Burke

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton said she urged a nonprofit to send cease-and-desist letter to Kate Burke in April because she was concerned about the spread of unsubstantiated rumors and the …


During tense meeting, Stratton says allegations of a ‘sexual predator’ are not within City Council’s purview

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton capped Monday evening’s council meeting with a blunt message, saying she is “tired and increasingly resentful” of accusations that some council members don’t support women …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Women’s groups back Burke after councilwoman publishes online reply

Women’s groups back Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke for speaking up for women unable to speak for themselves.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke receives cease-and-desist letters for calling nonprofit contractor ‘a sexual predator’

Two local law firms have sent letters to City Councilwoman Kate Burke demanding she stop referring to an employee of a local nonprofit as “a sexual predator.”. Burke threatened the …