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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

With downtown library set to temporarily close, officials celebrate its future

City leaders gathered at the downtown library on Friday to celebrate its looming transformation into a modern community pillar that melds the offerings of a traditional public library with future-focused …


Spokane City Council shelves proposal that would have erased trash bills for homeless shelters

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke thought she had solved a major funding challenge when she introduced a bill that would erase trash bills for homeless shelters. But the logistical and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Council holds off on Mosquito noise machine ban

The Spokane City Council once again balked Monday on a proposal to ban devices that emit high-pitched noises to disperse young and homeless people from areas near downtown businesses.


Spokane City Council to vote on revised ban on high-pitched devices designed to drive away homeless

After minor revisions, the Spokane City Council will vote Monday on a bill drafted by Councilwoman Kate Burke that would outlaw the use of the Mosquito, which emits a high-pitched …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Spokane’s new flag design will be a community effort

Over the coming months, the newly formed Spokane Flag Commission will undoubtedly review a deluge of designs for a new city flag. But one thing almost everyone appears to agree …


Council delays vote to ban ‘Mosquito’ noise emitters in Spokane

The Spokane City Council narrowly decided Monday to delay the vote on a proposal to ban machines that emit irritating noises intended to scatter young and homeless people from public …


Repelling Mosquito: Law would ban noise machines designed to deter homeless, youth

Councilwoman Kate Burke’s proposal would ban mosquito high-frequency noise machines that are used in some places downtown to deter loiterers.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Spokane City Council proposes expansion of its budget; mayor cries foul

A 30-point list of proposed revisions to Mayor David Condon’s 2020 budget would result in several new positions in the City Council office, including a council spokesperson, four research analysts …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Council reconsiders free trash, sewer service for homeless shelters

The Spokane City Council balked at a new law that would provide homeless shelters a break on their city utility bills.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Terri Anderson and Kate Burke: Spokane should adopt protections for its tenant population

The debate on homelessness in Spokane is in full force. The current administration’s decision to shut down a major shelter without any sort of well-developed plan has brought an issue …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Salvation Army approved as homeless shelter operator. Next step: a building.

The Spokane City Council named the Salvation Army as the operator of the city’s next homeless shelter on Monday, but the city still has to identify a location.


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 …


New proposal would dump utility bills for Spokane’s homeless shelters

Councilwoman Kate Burke will introduce a proposal to offer homeless shelters a 100 percent credit credit on their water and sewer bills.


Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke dreams big on child care, explores problem of declining access

Councilwoman Kate Burke wants to provide free access to early childhood care in Spokane.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.