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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.


Council President Ben Stuckart, GSI at odds over Northeast Public Development Authority hire

David Guthrie will lead the Northeast Public Development Authority, an entity created eight years ago in an attempt to bring economic redevelopment to a depressed and contaminated industrial area on …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 7:58 a.m.

Spokane City Council approves agreement for new shelter at border with Spokane Valley

The Spokane City Council approved a purchasing agreement for a new shelter for people who are homeless at the border of Spokane and Spokane Valley that could serve more than …


West Central residents upset with use of neighborhood funds on Riverfront Park bridge

West Central neighborhood leaders are accusing city officials of raiding funds meant for neighborhood renewal for Riverfront Park.


City funds 80 shelter beds for women, family and children

After two homeless shelters almost lost 100 beds for women and children, Spokane City Council approved $360,000 to restore most that were lost.


City Council adopts Hank’s Law, aims to make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted

The City Council passed a law requiring heated sidewalks to comply with modern safety standards following electrocution of dog last winter in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 7:44 a.m.

Spokane City Council candidates disagree on homelessness, affordable housing

Spokane City Council candidates were divided on how to make Spokane safer and reduce homelessness, with some arguing for mandatory drug treatment and more police, and others saying more housing …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

Spokane mayor, council candidates debate homelessness, downtown crime

All five candidates for mayor shared a stage for the first time Tuesday, disagreeing on homelessness, affordable housing and how to improve safety downtown.


Spokane City Council votes to keep separate emergency dispatch system

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep its own 911 dispatch separate from a new regionwide dispatch system that will go online next week.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Spokane residents can soon park their cars on the street for 3 days without risking ticket

Spokane residents now have three days to leave their cars in front of their homes without risking a parking ticket, after the Spokane City Council loosened parking restrictions Monday night.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to explore suing opioid makers, distributors

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

Spokane City Council defers action on new cost-sharing agreement with Hoopfest

Spokane City Council indefinitely deferred a new cost-sharing agreement with famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament Hoopfest due to concerns that smaller events may not have access to the same type of …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Rent control in Spokane is idea gaining ground

Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:48 a.m.

Hoopfest agrees to stay in Spokane after city officials tentatively agree to pay 65% of security costs

The city of Spokane is planning to cover 65% of Hoopfest’s public safety costs over concerns the famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament could leave downtown Spokane.