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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 …


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 …