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Premera hires former Mayor David Condon for VP role in Spokane

Premera Blue Cross has tapped former Spokane Mayor David Condon to lead its expansion in Eastern Washington.


Condon’s final days as mayor marked by clashes with City Council over homeless shelter, division of power

A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or …


David Condon’s handling of ouster of police Chief Frank Straub cast pall over relationship with City Council

The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had …


As he leaves office, Spokane Mayor David Condon remains a pragmatist

From sewer tanks to utility rates, outgoing Mayor David Condon spent two terms in office unrelentingly tackling the meat-and-potatoes matters of city government.


David Condon the builder: Record street investments, stormwater tanks a lasting legacy

A remade Riverfront Park and smoother streets are just the visible projects that have been accomplished during Condon’s administration. Beneath the city’s feet, there are tanks capable of holding millions …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Spokane mayor releases initial 2020 budget, including money for 20 new police hires and $220 million in construction

Mayor David Condon’s final budget proposal for the City of Spokane includes funding for an additional 20 police officials, roadwork designed to ease congestion on the crowded Hamilton arterial and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Housing Secretary Ben Carson praises Spokane’s housing, job training center in visit Tuesday

Opened in April, the Spokane Resource Center is one of 18 locations nationwide that are part of Carson’s signature “EnVision Center” program. The Housing Secretary, one of few Trump cabinet …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Governor, mayor salute 140th anniversary of Spokane’s oldest church

Spokane’s oldest church drew praise from Gov. Jay Inslee and Mayor David Condon during its 140th anniversary celebration Sunday, and a crowd of several hundred people attended for hymns, a …


Condon sends Sprague rehabilitation project out to bid without bikeways; Sen. Billig says not so fast

State Sen. Andy Billig, a Spokane Democrat who holds the powerful position of majority leader in the Senate, has locked horns with Mayor David Condon, a Republican and the only …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Spokane Mayor David Condon keeps focus on the future in his final State of the City address

The mayor spoke about areas of agreement between the executive and legislative branches of government and how investments made now on streets, police and housing should pay dividends for generations.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

City and VA officials partner in event to support Spokane’s homeless

Spokane’s homeless will be asked Saturday to come to church.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018

Spokane City Council overrides veto, stalling region-wide 911 integration plan

After outcry from dispatchers and the city’s firefighters union, the Spokane City Council overode the mayor’s veto and blocked a planned regionwide 911 integration which critics say may not improve …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018

Protesters line up to stop cleanup at Spokane City Hall homeless camp

In the freezing-cold early-morning hours Monday, about two dozen activists assembled with a small group of homeless people to


DOJ report on Spokane Police reform shows improvement

The Spokane Police Department released a final report on a years-long police reform initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

Spokane Mayor updates City Council in annual address

Spokane Mayor David Condon promised to send a completed budget to the City Council by Nov. 1 and highlighted declining property crime rates in his annual Conditions and Affairs of …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018

Council overrides mayor’s sustainable energy ordinance veto

The Spokane City Council overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of an ordinance that would push the city to switch to completely sustainable energy by 2030 in a six-to-one vote during …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

Mayor David Condon vetoes renewable electricity law, calling it unaffordable and unattainable

The City Council appears to have enough votes to override the veto, which came on the eve of an international trip where city leaders will discuss their green efforts and …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Former Daiquiri Factory owner sues city of Spokane from his jail cell

Following a trail of legal losses dating to 2014 when he became notorious for naming a drink Date Grape Koolaid, the former owner of the Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane …


Renewable energy goal creates familiar tension between business, environment concerns

The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Christmas in July: Festive Mayor David Condon announces new driveway gates for city’s snow plows

Spokane will bring its total of driveway-clearing gates on its snow removal vehicles to 16 this winter, which won’t completely eliminate driveway berms within city limits but should reduce their …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Appellate court upholds dismissal of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s lawsuit against city

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018

Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


Dawn Kinder confirmed to head Spokane’s neighborhood, business services

The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018

Mayor David Condon puts focus on river, city’s kindness in State of City address

Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic …


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …