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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., Dec. 9, 2019

Tenants call for action, landlords ask for patience

The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.


Spokane sales tax revenue could be funneled to affordable housing

The City Council is scheduled to consider a measure Dec. 9 that would redirect some of the local sales tax collections directly toward affordable housing in Spokane, before it reaches …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Tip of a milk bottle could decide winner of tied Fairfield Town Council race as all ballots are counted

With every ballot in Spokane County counted, Dave Watling and Steven Walk are locked in a dead heat with 78 votes apiece as they seek position 3 on the Fairfield …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Hoping to avoid conflict, Stuckart to make quiet exit and hand reins to Beggs

With just a handful of meetings left, the outgoing two-term City Council president has informally ceded his post to Councilman Breean Beggs, who will be sworn in as the new …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Cindy Wendle concedes City Council president race to Breean Beggs

Spokane City Council president candidate Cindy Wendle conceded Thursday night, after her opponent Breean Beggs’ lead increased to more than 500 votes.


Spokane looks to shore up hydrant safety rules after E. coli contamination last summer

The city’s Water Department requires those interested in temporarily drawing water from municipal fire hydrants to obtain a permit. But the City Council is considering whether to ask for additional …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Jewels Helping Hands denies city request to vacate building for Spokane’s homeless as allegations swirl

“An additional serious concern related to the background of one of the nonprofit’s corporate officers has been raised to the city,” the city said Friday.


Realtors dump more than $620,000 to influence Spokane elections, but not all agents like the group’s new spending

The Washington Realtors Political Action Committee has led the charge in breaking Spokane election-spending records this year. But not all local Realtors are pleased that their industry is taking center …


Editorial: Three council candidates to keep Spokane moving forward

Three Spokane City Council positions are on the Nov. 5 ballot. These are very competitive races with strong candidates and no easy decisions.


Stuckart backs warming center plan, while Woodward questions city’s planning

In a city election cycle that has featured homelessness as its central issue, the impact on voters of Spokane’s latest plan to address homelessness remains to be seen, as ballots …


Editorial: Choose new leaders for Spokane mayor and council president

Spokane will have a new mayor and council president after the November election, but there’s new and then there’s new. Two candidates are seeking promotions from their current elected offices. …


Spokane City Council agrees to pursue legal action against manufacturers of opioid painkillers

Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. …


Spokane reverses course, will pursue damages against prescription painkiller manufacturers

The Spokane City Council is expected to approve a contract with a Seattle-based law firm that has brought multiple lawsuits against the manufacturers of opioid painkillers. The city’s legal department …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

Spokane Proposition 2 would outlaw a local income tax, as courts weigh legality of Seattle measure

Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Differences exposed as Spokane City Council, school board candidates debate at Northwest Passages forum

Beer flowed cold and questions came in hot as voters got to know Spokane City Council and Spokane school boardcandidates during rapid-fire, 17-minute sessions at the first of two Northwest …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space

Mayor David Condon acknowledged that the city will not have adequate shelter space when cold weather hits this weekend. The Spokane City Council and mayor held dueling press conferences on …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane urges state to adopt clean fuel standard

The Spokane City Council approved a resolution supporting a clean fuel standard in Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Spokane City Council to consider resolution support state clean fuel standard

The resolution would advocate for a clean fuel standard that would aim to reduce transportation’s negative environmental impact by requiring refineries and fuel importers to reduce the “carbon intensity” of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Spokane City Council overrides mayor’s veto regarding how city employees are loaned to other agencies

The Spokane City Council swiftly overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a law that will regulate the loaning of city employees and property to outside agencies.


As winter approaches, city pledges to take action on homeless shelter

The city of Spokane could submit offers on property for one or more new emergency homeless shelters this week.


Spokane City Council committee to weigh in on homeless shelter search

The Spokane City Council will weigh in on a contract with the Salvation Army to operate a new emergency homeless shelter – the location of which has yet to be …


Volunteers rid Liberty Park of graffiti

The “Paint-Over-the-Graffiti Party,” was Tuesday night at Liberty Park. Volunteers, business owners, and City Council members painted over the graffiti and shared some pizza.


Spokane City Council sets new rules for employee, equipment loans

The Spokane City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a policy for sharing city employees.


Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Spokane moves closer to transferring land near Gonzaga Prep for affordable housing projects

The City Council approved a letter of intent on Monday that is the first step in transferring city-owned land for the development of an affordable housing project spearheaded by Catholic …


Spokane City Council members, other leaders reportedly targeted by Rep. Matt Shea call for his resignation

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, City Councilman Breean Beggs and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear issued a joint statement Sunday calling on the Spokane Valley lawmaker to resign, after reporting from …


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 …


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Wait continues for stranded motorists

A watered-down firecracker ordinance “won’t spoil Fourth fun,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline.