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Street will be named for King

A new street that will go from Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane through the Riverpoint campus will be named for Martin Luther King Jr. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously …


‘High-test’ beer targeted

The sale of “high-test” beer on a section of East Sprague is being restricted by the Spokane City Council in an effort to curb some of the consequences of alcohol …


Even primary election serves up political hash

I’m always relieved to get past a primary. The only point of a primary election is to weed out those less-popular candidates who, if elected, might actually do the public …


Voters decisive on council race, tax

Tuesday’s two Spokane City Council primary races yielded one landslide and one battle too close to call. Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin easily topped a list of five challengers for her seat …


University tax district will fund improvements

A new district will siphon new tax revenues for 25 years from in and around the University District in Spokane to pay for pedestrian improvements, beautification and other projects. The …


South Hill group bows out of fight against big retailers

A neighborhood vote this week smooths the way for the biggest retail center the South Hill has seen in decades, if not ever. The Southgate Neighborhood Council ended its long …


Council candidates split on global warming’s cause

Only four of the dozen candidates running for Spokane City Council say human activity contributes significantly to global warming. The rest – including two incumbents – question what has become …


Council’s tactic inspires skepticism, not democracy

Whether they realize it or not, the Spokane City Council is asking to cook the books on the Community Bill of Rights charter amendment and skew the results of the …


Ballot to address cost of bill of rights

A group fighting to place a list of rights into Spokane’s charter is accusing city leaders of tampering with that initiative and has hinted that it may file a lawsuit …


Council OKs fire bond for November ballot

Spokane voters will decide in November if they want to continue paying extra property taxes to buy fire equipment and build new fire stations. But residents may cast their votes …


Council sends ‘bill of rights’ to vote

Spokane City Council members Monday spoke loudly against a proposed initiative that would create nine rights the city would be required to enforce. But their dislike of Envision Spokane’s “Community …


Union contracts contentious issue in six-way council race

It’s not easy to goad Nancy McLaughlin into a fight. Even during the most passionate Spokane City Council debates, she’s among the least likely of the seven members to shout, …


Six candidates, one City Council seat

Mike Allen was the surprise choice of a divided City Council when he was picked to fill an empty seat 18 months ago. At the time, Allen said he didn’t …


Parking lot will narrow block of Main Avenue

A lane of travel in a block of a downtown street will be eliminated this summer to make way for a bigger parking lot. The Spokane Public Facilities District next …


Wages & means

Jobs with great pay and excellent benefits can be hard to come by in a recession – but not necessarily at City Hall. The city of Spokane hasn’t stopped filling …


New trail segment OK’d

A bike and pedestrian trail almost two decades in the making will see significant progress thanks to federal stimulus money accepted Monday night by the Spokane City Council. The 10-mile …


Spokane City Council OKs police overseer

After years of debate, Spokane on Monday hired its first independent police ombudsman. But exactly how independent and effective the new overseer can be remains part of a contentious debate.


Bad streets stay atop city survey

Here’s no surprise: Spokane residents want smoother streets. It’s the top desire of citizens who so far have taken an online City Council survey about what they want from city …


Lawyer off case for city

A majority of Spokane City Council members expressed concern Wednesday when they learned the city has agreed to pay up to $200,000 in public funds to a private attorney who …


New city sign code approved

Spokane leaders this week finalized sweeping new rules governing signs. The city’s sign code, approved 6-1 by the Spokane City Council on Monday, creates rules in places where none exist, …


Council OKs Y purchase

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park. The unanimous vote means the YMCA of the Inland Northwest will be fully compensated …


City grudgingly agrees to buy YMCA site

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park.


City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this …


City may purchase 11 snowplow blades

City leaders hope to have a bigger arsenal to clear the pavement if Spokane gets another batch of deep snow this winter. The Spokane City Council next week will consider …


SCAFCO banking on Playfair site

The country is in the midst of a significant recession, but that’s not stopping Larry Stone from making a significant investment in his grain storage and steel stud manufacturing company, …


Array of candidates file for City Council

David Elton is under a court order not to attend Spokane City Council meetings. That didn’t stop him from becoming a candidate for the council’s open seat representing south Spokane …


County plans to offer funds for YMCA site

Spokane County will offer taxpayer funds to the city to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park, but only after the city completes a feasibility study and agrees the building …


Council candidates file

Spokane City Council races and a special election for a legislative seat in southeastern Washington began to fill up Tuesday on the second day of filing week. Michael Fagan, one …


City offers unions grim alternatives

City and union leaders talk a lot about cooperation and communication these days. But as time inches closer to deciding how to cut $7 million from Spokane’s 2010 budget, employee …


Settlement would pay family $1.9 million in city truck death

The family and estate of a teen killed in 2007 when he was struck by a city recycling truck would be paid $1.9 million under a proposed settlement that will …