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Partnership between school’s Mark Anderson, city’s Rick Romero led to landmark school and library bonds

It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.


Shawn Vestal: Don’t get hung up on stadium in plan to improve schools

The most exciting, vital pieces of a massive city-school bond proposal lie right under the shadow cast by a plan to build a stadium: New schools. New libraries. New playfields …


City hires Rick Romero to lead Spokane economic development initiative, skirting ethics ruling

Rick Romero will lead efforts to develop a citywide strategic plan for improving quality of life as a temporary seasonal worker. The designation limits the hours Romero can work on …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …


Shawn Vestal: Thanks to sewer work, Spokane Falls is brought to new prominence

When he was working for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, David Condon would sometimes field inquiries about Spokane’s signature natural attraction. “People would ask: How do you get down to the …


Condon reorganizes, but says his Cabinet will remain intact

Spokane Utilities Director Rick Romero will retire in April and be replaced by Scott Simmons, who was hired last year to be the director of business and developer services. Romero, …


Mayor’s choice for investigator scuttled

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s choice to investigate the handling of personnel matters at City Hall has been pushed aside because of growing concerns from city council members about the investigation’s …


Spokane County files appeal to reverse tax-break ruling

Spokane County will continue to fight a tax break for military veterans and low-income retirees it says the city of Spokane illegally promised. The state has joined the county, saying …


City to use utilities funds for street projects

The city of Spokane owns about 45 percent of the property within its borders, including parks, plants, lots and government buildings. And more than half of the land it owns …


Judge orders county to refund tax payments to 5,000 city residents

Spokane County has been ordered to issue refunds to about 5,000 Spokane residents who paid higher taxes because of a street levy approved by city voters last fall. County Assessor …


Street levy surprises city, some residents with higher tax bills

Chuck Moffitt’s house is one large cabinet of curiosities. With his long hair, big beard and tiny parrot on his shoulder, Moffitt, 68, fits in next to the handmade dragon …


Stormwater tanks prep work turns up landfill, fire waste

There’s an old landfill on East Sprague Avenue that used to be set on fire whenever its piles grew too high. After a massive fire ravaged downtown Spokane and destroyed …


Condon proposes panel to discuss jobs training

With $500 million of public works projects scheduled during the next five years, Spokane Mayor David Condon has a plan to create a qualified local workforce to help in construction. …


Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

Almost 200 people packed the Spokane City Council chambers and Chase Gallery on Monday night for the council’s final meeting of the year. Most of them came to support an …


Spokane proposes lower sewer rates for apartments, multifamily homes

If you flush less, you pay less. That’s the idea behind Spokane’s proposed sewage rates for the next three years. According to the plan, which will be considered by the …


Push to reignite Pedestrian Master Plan goes before Spokane City Council

Some things are completed only under duress. Rarely is that thing a city planning document. The Spokane City Council will consider Monday a proposal by Councilman Jon Snyder to kick-start …


Plans for Glover Field tank on hold

Plans to build a giant tank at Glover Field as part of a required cleanup of the Spokane River are on hold after the Spokane Tribe of Indians objected to …


Spokane City Council OKs property tax hike

Remember last year’s no-new-taxes approach to drafting Spokane’s city budget? Looks like the new one will make up for it.


Spokane City Council OKs water, trash, sewer rate hikes

Spokane’s trash, water and sewage bills will rise 2.9 percent next year. The Spokane City Council adopted rate increases Monday that were proposed by Mayor David Condon. The votes were …


City utility e-billing slow to gain favor

Nearly a decade after Spokane first offered residents the ability to pay their bills online, the vast majority of city water, sewage and trash customers continue to receive paper bills. …


Mayor changes utilities chief, services

Spokane Mayor David Condon has assembled his team. At a news conference Friday he announced several changes in leadership and shifts at City Hall that he said finalizes changes to …


Guild, city of Spokane spar over layoffs

Spokane Police Guild leaders this week sent a strong message to Mayor Mary Verner: We dare you. In a letter received by Verner on Thursday, Guild President Ernie Wuthrich warned …