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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

With downtown library set to temporarily close, officials celebrate its future

City leaders gathered at the downtown library on Friday to celebrate its looming transformation into a modern community pillar that melds the offerings of a traditional public library with future-focused …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

As tenants, landlords tackle housing laws behind closed doors, councilman Michael Cathcart calls for transparency

City leaders have convened a group of landlords and tenants to forge a compromise on a controversial slate of new housing laws. But, thus far, the group is meeting behind …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

With continued investment in Cannon Street warming center, city could use it permanently

The city will invest in security upgrades at its Cannon Street warming center as officials consider plans for the building’s ultimate use as a permanent shelter.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

City adds MLK Jr. to renamed East Central Community Center

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to rename the East Central Community Center as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at East Central.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Homelessness, housing needs at center of Woodward’s 2020 plans

Mayor Nadine Woodward pledged Friday to provide a “path toward self-sufficiency” for the homeless while addressing the concerns of downtown businesses and residents affected by its side effects.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Amid unspecific threats, police presence boosted at Spokane City Council meetings

In response to unspecified threats, there has been an increased police presence at recent Spokane City Council meetings.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Contract negotiated in private between Spokane and prosecutors approved; Cathcart cries foul

The city has signed its first new contract with a union since voters approved a charter amendment requiring collective bargaining negotiations be held in public view. But the contract was …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Council holds off on Mosquito noise machine ban

The Spokane City Council once again balked Monday on a proposal to ban devices that emit high-pitched noises to disperse young and homeless people from areas near downtown businesses.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Why not both? Community center proposal would honor MLK, keep East Central in name

A long debate over the name of the East Central Community Center will wait at least another week to be resolved, but a compromise could be within reach.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Proposed law aims to reduce impact of Planned Parenthood protests in Spokane

Councilwoman Lori Kinnear introduced a new law Monday that she said aims to respect free speech and the protesters’ right to their opinion, while ensuring their chorus of objection does …

Spokane City Council to vote on revised ban on high-pitched devices designed to drive away homeless

After minor revisions, the Spokane City Council will vote Monday on a bill drafted by Councilwoman Kate Burke that would outlaw the use of the Mosquito, which emits a high-pitched …

Debate over renaming East Central Community Center after King is complex

A proposal to rename a community center in the Spokane’s historical epicenter of racial diversity after Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to be divisive, even within the marginalized community representative …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

City passes new rules regarding hydrants after Hillyard water contamination

In response to an accident that shot hydroseeding materials into Hillyard residents’ water last summer, the Spokane City Council adopted a new set of regulations for use of fire hydrants …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Spokane City Council overrides Condon’s final veto

The City Council will vote to override the former Mayor David Condon’s veto of their revisions to the Salary Review Commission.

Final fight: Condon, City Council spar over city salaries

On Dec. 30, Condon vetoed the City Council’s changes to the law that governs the Salary Review Commission – a board that sets the salaries of the mayor and city …

New Councilman Cathcart wants community policing in his district

Mayor Nadine Woodward is moving quickly to identify and open a new downtown police precinct focused on community-oriented law enforcement, with more officers patrolling on foot and bike. New City …

Betsy Wilkerson aims to bring inclusion, compromise to Spokane City Council

With a résumé boasting 20-plus years as a business owner and leadership roles in several nonprofits, Wilkerson was appointed to a vacant seat on the Spokane City Council last week …

No longer leading Spokane City Council, Ben Stuckart starts consulting business

Ben Stuckart formally created a consulting business, Forward Principle Consulting, this month, but isn’t ruling out taking his career in a different direction in the future.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Spokane City Council appoints Betsy Wilkerson to replace Beggs

Heeding her offer of a “different perspective,” the Spokane City Council unanimously appointed Betsy Wilkerson to the vacant seat in District 2. Upon her swearing-in, Wilkerson will become the first …

Spokane City Council to choose from seven finalists for open seat on Monday

From nonprofit leaders to independent business owners, the Spokane City Council will weigh a diverse set of seven finalists for a vacant seat and select a winner on Monday.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Spokane lawmakers put on hold proposal to forgive unpaid utility bills totaling $450,000

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

The Falls, McKinley School projects win city backing

The City Council signed off Monday on incentives for the developers behind the McKinley School renovation in East Spokane and The Falls, a high-rise planned on the north bank of …

Spokane considering forgiving 14 years of unpaid utility bills they believe would be legally difficult to collect

The $450,000 write-off would apply to 174 ratepayers who the city says it would have trouble collecting money from. The debts were accrued between 1999 and 2013, coinciding with the …

Mike Fagan earns high praise, even from political opposites, for approach on City Council

In two terms on the Spokane City Council, Mike Fagan stood alone in warning of the potential perils of 5G wireless connectivity, an influx of illegal immigrants across the Canadian …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Nadine Woodward sworn in as Spokane’s mayor

Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated …

David Condon the builder: Record street investments, stormwater tanks a lasting legacy

A remade Riverfront Park and smoother streets are just the visible projects that have been accomplished during Condon’s administration. Beneath the city’s feet, there are tanks capable of holding millions …

As he leaves office, Spokane Mayor David Condon remains a pragmatist

From sewer tanks to utility rates, outgoing Mayor David Condon spent two terms in office unrelentingly tackling the meat-and-potatoes matters of city government.

David Condon’s handling of ouster of police Chief Frank Straub cast pall over relationship with City Council

The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had …

David Condon’s comeback for the ages led to quick change at Spokane City Hall

To shake things up at Spokane City Hall, David Condon first had to make an improbable comeback against an incumbent who trounced him in the primary.

Passion defined Ben Stuckart’s two terms as Spokane City Council president

As he leaves office, Stuckart’s former council colleagues described his leadership style in interviews with The Spokesman-Review as unrelentingly passionate, at times to a fault, but always politically skillful and …