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Ethics panel delays review of French

A review of city Councilman Al French’s work on bus bench advertising rules was delayed again Wednesday. For the second meeting in a row, the Spokane Ethics Committee did not …


County gives city time on YMCA debt

Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


With caveat, city takes county money for Y

Most members of the Spokane City Council on Monday spoke in favor of transforming a building on an acre surrounded by Riverfront Park into apartments and commercial space. But facing …


City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


Spokane’s Initiative process gets look

Less than a month after the defeat of a citizen initiative opposed by each member of the Spokane City Council, officials are considering rule changes that critics say will make …


Plans back on for tower

A controversial 10-story development in the West Central neighborhood is moving forward again, after a city hearing examiner signed off on revised plans for the project. The developer of the …


Greenfield Estates annexation OK’d

About 150 people are about to become Spokane residents. The Spokane City Council this week approved the annexation of Greenfield Estates, an 83-lot subdivision that borders Hillyard.


City, police deal would let Spokane hire 10 officers

A tentative deal Spokane city leaders made this week with the Spokane Police Guild would save 12 police officer positions next year, city administrators said Wednesday. The guild is the …


Businesses could see fees go up

After months of debate, a proposal to raise business license fees is ready for City Council consideration. City administrators have developed a plan to increase the city’s base license fee …


Editorial: Council’s Y problem, budget gap intertwine

The overriding decision facing the Spokane City Council between now and year’s end is whether to adopt the 2010 budget. Meanwhile, the council also has to decide what to do …


Spokane City Council shift seems likely

The results of Tuesday’s election signal a shift on the Spokane City Council and the possible creation of a new voting bloc that will put more emphasis on the environment …


Raze the Y, study says

A $17,000 study about the future of the former downtown YMCA has come to the same conclusion reached by the Spokane Park Board: The structure will become a strain on …


Snyder clinches seat on council

Mike Allen conceded his Spokane City Council seat Thursday to magazine publisher Jon Snyder. Because Allen was appointed to his seat to fill a vacancy, Snyder will take office as …


Allen concedes council race to challenger

Incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen conceded Thursday in his reelection bid to magazine publisher Jon Snyder.


Snyder extends lead; fire bond still trailing

A fresh batch of election results Wednesday inched incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen closer to defeat. With about 70 percent of what is expected to be the final number …


Tight races remain close

A fresh batch of election results Wednesday inched incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen closer to defeat. With about 70 percent of what is expected to be the final number …


Spokane voters lean toward change in 2 council districts

Voters in two of Spokane’s three City Council districts appear to want change.


Campaigners count down to Tuesday

Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


State, local issues drive Tuesday’s vote

Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


Following their campaigns’ cash

Heading into the final weekend before the election, Spokane City Council candidates have raised about $188,000 for their campaigns. That’s more than the $125,000 candidates raised in 2007 – when …


St. John’s Cathedral wants to buy renovated Carlyle from city

For many residents of the Carlyle Care Center, choices are limited – and often harsh. Without the Carlyle, Priscilla Shadowens said, “I’d be homeless.”


City Council backs strong police oversight

The Spokane City Council sent a message Monday to Mayor Mary Verner: Push for stronger independent oversight over police. In a unanimous decision, the council requested that Verner negotiate with …


New face assured in Spokane’s northeast district

The battle for the empty Spokane City Council seat representing northeast Spokane pits the right-hand man of Washington’s most famous political operative against a relative newcomer to city politics. Mike …


District 2 race a tight one

The fault line in the race for a City Council seat representing southern Spokane is at Palouse Highway and Regal Street. Last year, Councilman Mike Allen voted to change rules …


Verner foresees police cuts

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s annual state of the city address Monday made a dire prediction about the likelihood of winning police concessions to prevent job losses next year. “We will …


Spokane police may pare ranks

Spokane police would cut 24 positions, most of them by attrition, to cover the department’s share of a projected city shortfall if officers don’t agree to wage concessions, Chief Anne …


Vote ires council president

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan accused four colleagues Thursday of lying, back-stabbing and maneuvering to weaken his authority while he was out of town. He promised to return next …


Council says I-1033’s outcome would be grim

The Spokane City Council made grave warnings Monday about a proposed state initiative that would limit future increases in local government spending. Council President Joe Shogan warned of heading “back …


Facing a wave of opposition

One of the dominating issues in City Council races this year is one on which every candidate agrees. All six hopefuls for three City Council seats say they oppose the …


Council OKs firefighters’ plan to ward off layoffs

The Spokane Fire Department will avoid layoffs thanks to an early retirement plan approved unanimously Monday by the Spokane City Council. Council members praised the Spokane Firefighters Union for what …