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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

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

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

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

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: Tue., June 18, 2019

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: Mon., June 17, 2019

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

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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Spokane City Council defers proposal to not join new emergency communications system

The Spokane City Council voted to defer a proposal that would have kept the city out of a new emergency communications system during a special meeting Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Is it time for Spokane to redesign its Expo-era flag? Kate Burke thinks so

As Spokane transforms many of its Expo ’74 era icons, one council member believes it’s also time for a new flag.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

City Council to vote on joining new emergency communications system

Spokane City Council will likely vote to stay out of a new regionwide emergency communications system – a center many of the other fire departments in the region have agreed …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Spokane Public School students to get free bus passes this summer

Spokane Public School students will soon have a way to use many of the city’s free services, regardless of what neighborhood they live in after the Spokane City Council approved …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor warns veterans not to act as mob against radicals

Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American …


Crowded Spokane City Hall field leads filings for August primaries

All of the races for political positions in the city of Spokane will have competitive primaries, with four races attracting 25 candidates at the filing deadline Friday afternoon. Incumbents in …


Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Seven candidates file for the city’s two top positions on the first day of filing week

Seven candidates have filed for the City of Spokane’s two top positions on the first day of filing.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Spokane City Council passes pedestrian safety plan

Under the new law, the city would install accessible pedestrian signals with auditory instructions at every signalized intersection by 2025.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Spokane City Council approves Lime scooters’ return in May

Scooters will return to Spokane in just a few weeks after the Spokane City Council approved a contract with Lime, a California-based bike and scooter sharing company.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019

Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor

One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition …


Condon says City Council decision nixing Union Gospel land deal risks $1 million grant to keep pollutants out of Spokane River

Spokane’s mayor asked City Council to reconsider a land deal with Union Gospel Mission, saying the vote to back out of the deal could cost the city the grant that …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Spokane City Council nixes Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with Union Gospel Mission after the public, and council members said they were concerned the city had made an unfair …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Spokane leaders vote to increase tree canopy to 30% by 2030

More trees will be planted in Spokane during the next decade to provide more shade during hot summer days and filter storm water.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Spokane City Council votes to require baby changing stations in public city buildings

Baby changing stations will soon be available in bathrooms at City Hall, after the Spokane City Council approved a plan to install them later this year.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Service Center for low-income, homeless opens Tuesday

People on the brink of homelessness, struggling to re-enter society after incarceration or access basic health care now have a one-stop shop where they can quickly get services, without having …


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019

City considers requiring businesses to update outdated heated sidewalks

Two months after a dog was electrocuted on a heated sidewalk, the Spokane City Council is considering a new law that would require local businesses to update heated sidewalks to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

City raises almost $20,000 from anti-panhandling program; 25% goes to SNAP

The City of Spokane donated 25% of the nearly $20,000 gathered through a program that encourages people to donate to homeless services instead of panhandlers, to local nonprofit SNAP.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Collective bargaining transparency, income tax ban sought by pro-business group at Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday will hear two initiatives submitted by Better Spokane, a fiscally conservative group that supports business-friendly political candidates. One would prevent the city from enacting …