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As city leaders eye police reform, state legislators could also take action

In their quest for police reform, elected officials in the city of Spokane may lean on their counterparts in the state Legislature for help.

Shawn Vestal: Rejection of Guild deal a great step, but far from an ending

The unanimous Spokane City Council rejection of the contract proposed with the Police Guild was a victory for police accountability and for democracy itself.

UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Spokane City Council rejects police union contract

The Spokane City Council resoundingly shot down a controversial new contract with the union that represents Spokane police officers on Monday.

UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

Protesters call on Spokane City Council to reject controversial police contract

“Let us be clear: Any contract that has that language related to the ombudsman or the ombudsman commission is absolutely unacceptable,” Kurtis Robinson, president of the Spokane chapter of the …

UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2020

Spokane City Council, mayor issue separate police reform proposals

In response to growing to public pressure and recent protests over police brutality, the Spokane City Council will consider a resolution calling for sweeping reforms to policing.

UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

Spokane City Council lays out framework for CARES funds

The city of Spokane received more than $6 million this spring from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Spokane organizations touting police, justice reforms unveil policy plan on Juneteenth

The four-pronged plan calls for defunding the Spokane Police Department and instead invest in addiction and mental health programs. Organizers also want greater civilian oversight of the department and to …

UPDATED: Fri., June 12, 2020

Ombudsman: Spokane officer endangered self, others with use of dog in car

Spokane police brass should have looked more critically and with greater transparency at an officer’s use of his police dog to apprehend a fleeing suspect in a trapped truck in …

UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

Elected officials condemn ‘armed vigilantes’ attending Spokane protests

In a scathing rebuke on Thursday, numerous local elected officials condemned the armed citizens who have stood guard outside businesses during Spokane’s recent protests.

UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Spokane City Council members’, mayor’s salaries will stay flat this year, rise 2% next year

The salaries of Spokane City Council members and Mayor Nadine Woodward won’t budge in 2021.

UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Spokane seeks input on water conservation plan that some call ‘first step,’ others call inadequate

A combination of rebates and economic incentives could reduce water use in the city by up to 5% through 2030. But the plan doesn’t include greater regulatory steps, like increased …

The cost of an ambulance ride in Spokane could soon go up more than 20%

The city’s ambulance service, American Medical Response, could soon be allowed to charge nearly 20% more to Spokane patients.

UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

Even with budget cuts, Spokane City Council plans to hire spokesperson, citing heavy workload

The council is moving ahead with plans to hire its own spokesperson despite belt-tightening elsewhere in city government, with its members saying the position is vital and already accounted for …

Spokane City Council asks state to allow curbside cocktails during coronavirus shutdown

Multiple members of the Spokane City Council signed a letter last week asking the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to temporarily allow restaurants to sell cocktails as part of …

UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane City Council tweaks meetings, but doesn’t cancel in face of coronavirus

Three of the Spokane City Council’s seven members were home sick, but called in to Monday’s committee meeting by phone.

UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Chief Meidl defends officer’s comments about the attractiveness of women participating in Planned Parenthood protests

One after another, Spokane City Council members pleaded with police Chief Craig Meidl on Monday to publicly condemn his officers’ comments about the attractiveness of women at protests outside Planned …

Council to vote Monday on proposed contract with second cable provider

If the Spokane City Council approves a proposed contract with TDS Telecommunications on Monday, the Wisconsin-based company could start laying a new fiber network through the city later this year.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Commission: Councilwoman Karen Stratton violated ethics code with letter on behalf of marijuana retailer

Calling the incident a “teachable moment,” the Spokane Ethics Commission issued a written reprimand to the two-term councilwoman Wednesday for advocating on behalf of a marijuana retailer hoping to relocate …

Betsy Wilkerson aims to bring inclusion, compromise to Spokane City Council

With a résumé boasting 20-plus years as a business owner and leadership roles in several nonprofits, Wilkerson was appointed to a vacant seat on the Spokane City Council last week …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Woodward taps former city spokesman Brian Coddington, county budget director Tonya Wallace

If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and …

Shawn Vestal: Ceremonial gestures aside, honesty will make or break new City Hall relationships

What will make or break the relationship at City Hall – and what broke the last one – isn’t what happens when everyone’s looking. It’s what happens when no one …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Spokane lawmakers put on hold proposal to forgive unpaid utility bills totaling $450,000

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding …

Spokane considering forgiving 14 years of unpaid utility bills they believe would be legally difficult to collect

The $450,000 write-off would apply to 174 ratepayers who the city says it would have trouble collecting money from. The debts were accrued between 1999 and 2013, coinciding with the …

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward to join City Council as both pledge harmony

Incoming Councilman Michael Cathcart won’t be the only fresh face on the dais when the Spokane City Council holds its first meeting of the new year on Monday.

David Condon turns to veto to assert strong mayor power over veto-proof City Council

The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would …

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 …

Stormwater tank in downtown Spokane may cost an additional $2 million, won’t be online until summer

A number of factors led to the city requesting an additional $2 million to complete the project, including engineering difficulties as well as higher-than-projected costs for the public plaza on …

Calling all Candidates: Spokane City Council soliciting applications for open position

The City Council has a plan to replace Breean Beggs, who will move from District 2 representative to City Council President in January.

Editorial: Council hopes the public is too busy wrapping presents to notice budget shenanigans

If the public doesn’t get a chance to comment on major spending changes, the City Council shouldn’t approve them. Transparent government of the people is as simple as that.

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 …