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City may sell Playfair property at loss

The city’s gamble on the former horse track it bought in 2004 is poised to become a short-term loser. But in the long run, city officials say, selling the track …


City approves $200,000 for defense in Zehm case

The Spokane City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay up to $200,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit resulting from the death of Otto Zehm, who died in police …


‘Good cops’ impress city critic

A fixture of Spokane City Council meetings and frequent critic of city government praised police officers Sunday afternoon after he was robbed and the suspects were apprehended. Hank Valder, who …


Sustainability plan gets cool acceptance

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a lukewarm endorsement to ideas designed to help combat climate change. The council’s approval was so reluctant that it added an amendment to …


Council to evaluate new bike plan

Many Spokane streets would have more room for bikes under a plan that soon will be considered by the Spokane City Council. “We talk about being more bike- and pedestrian-friendly …


Council will take up bike plan discussion

Many Spokane streets would have more room for bikes under a plan that soon will be considered by the Spokane City Council.


Council to debate revised sign ordinance

Many Spokane business owners were outraged by the City Council’s attempt to adopt new sign rules two months ago, and their reaction has paid off.


Our View: City should have risked arbitration on chiefs’ pay

Old assumptions ought to be tested every so often to see if they’re still valid. Especially assumptions that keep us from acting prudently. At Spokane City Hall, for example, there …


Council votes for a study of Y buy

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Fire chiefs to get raises despite layoff concerns

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


Council OKs batallion chief raises

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


City wants to buy Y, but will study options

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Eugster to run for City Council

The City Council race in south Spokane went from zero candidates to two Friday, with the prospect of becoming the most interesting election on the municipal ballot this fall. Former …


Council considers Y’s fate

Spokane leaders have three weeks to decide the future of the downtown YMCA or risk forfeiting $1 million. The Spokane Park Board put the money down on the Y, which …


Officials rack brains to bridge budget gap

Cuts, concessions and taxes. They’re all on the table as Spokane leaders face a $5.5 million budget deficit in 2010.


Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city …


Sign ordinance plan draws criticism

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations. About 40 people …


Business leaders speak out against sign ordinance

Spokane business leaders were sharply critical Monday of a proposed 45-page sign ordinance that would restrict the size and height of signs and create numerous other regulations.


Residence requirement proposed for judges

One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Bob Apple …


Apple proposes residency requirement for judges

One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council.


Friction arises at meeting on West Plains annexation

In a meeting that got prickly at times, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and Airway Heights Mayor Matthew Pederson met Tuesday with the Spokane County Commission about the Lilac’s City’s largest …


City revamps human rights policy

Individual complaints regarding human rights violations no longer will be considered by the city’s Human Rights Commission. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to prohibit the commission from …


City seeks Riverside extension

Spokane officials have submitted an application for the $15 million extension of Riverside Avenue in time to win approval before new environmental regulations take effect that would prohibit the project. …


Our View: Cities making worthy joint effort on annexation

Spokane and Airway Heights are being downright cordial as they work out an annexation plan for the West Plains. Governance of the area had been the subject of squabbling for …


Our View: Putting bonds on same ballot helpful to taxpayers

The Spokane City Council made the right call Monday when its members voted 5-2 to schedule a forthcoming bond election March 10. Spokane Public Schools had asked them to pick …


Council overrides Verner’s shoreline veto

The Spokane City Council on Monday barely gathered the votes to override Mayor Mary Verner’s first veto.


City to place tax measure on March ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million.


Council OKs tax measure for ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million. The bulk of the property tax would pay for …


Council weighing tax vote in March

Six months after rejecting Mayor Mary Verner’s plan to raise property taxes for a police evidence building, animal shelter and other requests, the Spokane City Council appears headed to endorse …


Spokane council approves utility increases

Spokane trash, sewer and water customers will soon have to pay a few extra dollars a month on their utility bills. The Spokane City Council unanimously approved on Monday a …