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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, 12:30 p.m.

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, 4:06 p.m.

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, 7:46 p.m.

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, 7:19 p.m.

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, 6:02 p.m.

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, 8:12 a.m.

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, 2:01 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane City Council president race narrows to contest between two very different candidates

The picture that emerged on Tuesday night remained essentially unchanged after more votes were counted Wednesday in the primary election for Spokane City Council president, setting up a contest between …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Spokane City Council support for new shelter softens in face of opposition

The city is soliciting public input on its plans for a new emergency shelter in East Central, but few details about its operation have been fleshed out.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Study examining moving downtown Spokane police precinct delayed by City Council

The city council is expected to vote on a resolution that would ask the city to study the feasibility of returning a police precinct to the heart of downtown.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane City Council diverts state sales tax to fund affordable housing

The city of Spokane will redirect a percentage of the state sales tax it collects to affordable housing assistance.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Spokane City Council to consider expanding tax incentive zone for multifamily homes

The City Council will review a proposal to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which seeks to incentivize an increase in housing density.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Police give City Council input on downtown policing resolution

Members of the Spokane Police Department and City Council met Thursday to discuss whether relocating a police precinct to the heart of downtown would be the best way to accomplish …


Spokane homeless activist dying of liver disease won’t give up on his life’s work

Alfredo LLamedo is dying of liver disease but won’t stop advocating for the homeless and downtrodden of Spokane.


Editorial: Northeast council race is the one to watch

Ballots went out at the end of last week for the Aug. 6 local primary election. Spokane City voters will find several competitive and crowded races for council. Mayor, council …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Spokane council members suggest moving police precinct back to heart of downtown

Four years after the city of Spokane moved its downtown police precinct away from the Spokane Transit Authority’s headquarters, City Council may explore the feasibility of bringing a precinct back …


UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019, 7:40 a.m.

Two council members, two newcomers vie for Spokane City Council president

Four candidates hope to past the primary election for Spokane City Council president.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Despite demands from Spokane City Council, city is relying on new dispatch center

Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls.