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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

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

Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018

Bullying concerns brought by Burke against Stuckart unfounded, city says

The city received concerns from newest City Councilwoman Kate Burke following a March meeting that featured an exchange with City Council President Ben Stuckart over the introduction of a letter …


Walking across busy streets in Spokane more dangerous

Officials are working to make Spokane safer. Multiple lanes of traffic and too few crosswalks leave the city third in the rate of pedestrians getting hit by cars.


Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

Kate Burke takes oath for Spokane City Council seat

Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Breean Beggs, Kate Burke, Candace Mumm coast to victories in Spokane City Council races

Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Stuckart abruptly ends City Council meeting amid criticism of sexual harassment handling

The city council president, who recently apologized for his handling of sexual harassment allegations brought to him by political ally and city council candidate Kate Burke, abruptly ended a meeting …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races

For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 …


Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart

The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

Editorial: Burke gets the nod for City Council

As campaigners, Kate Burke and Tim Benn say similar things, but they have support from opposing political forces. Voting for either will require a leap of faith if the goal …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Northeast Spokane City Council candidates campaigning in defiance of partisan labels

Kate Burke and Tim Benn say the problems facing the district they hope to represent transcend party politics. But a clear ideological divide has sprouted around their candidacies.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast

The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in …


Editorial: Alexander a fresh voice for council

Alexander strikes us as an independent thinker who would provide a fresh perspective.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Open City Council seat in northeast Spokane draws 3 challengers advocating change at City Hall

With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with …