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As city leaders eye police reform, state legislators could also take action

In their quest for police reform, elected officials in the city of Spokane may lean on their counterparts in the state Legislature for help.

Shawn Vestal: Rejection of Guild deal a great step, but far from an ending

The unanimous Spokane City Council rejection of the contract proposed with the Police Guild was a victory for police accountability and for democracy itself.

UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Spokane City Council rejects police union contract

The Spokane City Council resoundingly shot down a controversial new contract with the union that represents Spokane police officers on Monday.

UPDATED: Tue., June 16, 2020

As Stuckart celebrates cancellation of ‘Cops’ and ‘Live PD,’ Knezovich expresses disappointment

“Cops” and “Live PD” – two reality television shows that claim to offer viewers an unvarnished view of policing in America, including Spokane – have been canceled amid the nationwide …

UPDATED: Mon., June 15, 2020

Council delays vote on Spokane Police Guild contract

The Spokane Police Guild and city of Spokane have waited nearly four years to reach a new labor agreement.

UPDATED: Sat., June 13, 2020

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside Spokane City Hall

Protesters staged a “die-in” outside Spokane City Hall Friday afternoon to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and to encourage City Council members to take a more …

Getting There: Survey says 82% support Centennial Trail project in West Central; some question city’s engagement process

While the city has a long list of transportation visions, ideas and plans it hopes to pursue, the Six Year Comprehensive Street Program is where projects go when the city …

UPDATED: Tue., June 2, 2020

After George Floyd’s death, witness of March arrest in Spokane speaks out about apparent use of controversial tactic

The Spokane Police Department is reviewing a March arrest that reminded the woman who reported it of the arrest that resulted in George Floyd’s death: a man in distress telling …

UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Spokane City Council members’, mayor’s salaries will stay flat this year, rise 2% next year

The salaries of Spokane City Council members and Mayor Nadine Woodward won’t budge in 2021.

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Order up outside: Spokane eases restrictions on restaurants, retailers to allow more sidewalk, street service

In an executive order issued Thursday, Mayor Nadine Woodward established the Restaurant and Retail Program, which eases the city’s regulations on how and when a restaurant or retailer can expand …

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Cost of Spokane ambulance rides set to jump 28%

The starting cost of an ambulance ride in the city of Spokane will increase 28% under a new one-year agreement approved on Thursday.

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Spokane City Council, mayor likely won’t see raises next year; 2% bump in 2022

The mayor and members of the Spokane City Council would receive a marginal raise in 2022 under a tentative plan approved on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Spokane City Council weighs, defers rate increase for ambulance service

The Spokane City Council continued to ask questions at a proposed 28% rate increase for American Medical Response, the city’s medical transportation provider.

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Spokane clears path for sidewalk eateries; more action to help restaurants reopen expected

On Thursday, the Spokane City Council took swift action aimed at reducing the lag time between filing an application and receiving city permission to operate on a sidewalk, street or …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Spokane City Council backs push to reopen economy, enter Phase 2

The Spokane City Council threw its weight behind the push to reopen the region’s economy on Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Commission will consider if Spokane City Council members deserve pay raises

Spokane’s Salary Review Commission reviews the council and mayor’s salaries every two years. Many, including Council President Breean Beggs, believe they’re due for a raise, and offered blunt assessments of …

UPDATED: Mon., May 18, 2020

Group claims responsibility for taking down COVID-19 crosses at City Hall

A group of men claiming to be members of the far-right group Proud Boys have claimed responsibility for taking down a memorial demonstration for the people who have died of …

UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Plans unveiled for homeless shelters in Spokane Arena, county office building

Spokane city officials detailed plans on Thursday to open temporary homeless shelters at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and a county-owned office building.

UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

Spokane City Council considers limiting shelter reductions

After the brief closure of the Cannon Street warming center led to a tent city near downtown Spokane last month, the Spokane City Council will consider a new law that …

The cost of an ambulance ride in Spokane could soon go up more than 20%

The city’s ambulance service, American Medical Response, could soon be allowed to charge nearly 20% more to Spokane patients.

UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

Spokane City Council considers backing Inslee’s phased plan without rejecting sooner reopening

The Spokane City Council is considering a resolution that would “strongly endorse” Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan for reopening the state.

UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

Even with budget cuts, Spokane City Council plans to hire spokesperson, citing heavy workload

The council is moving ahead with plans to hire its own spokesperson despite belt-tightening elsewhere in city government, with its members saying the position is vital and already accounted for …

UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2020

From Bernard to Wellesley, Spokane adds roads to maintenance plan in effort to boost economy

Looking to help jump-start an economy roiled by the coronavirus, city officials laid out plans to invest an additional $10 million in road projects on Monday.

City asks, thousands answer: Residents weigh in on COVID response

Although its results are unscientific, the survey demonstrated to city officials that the public is engaged in the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to weigh in on the path ahead, as …

Expecting revenue shortfall of $10M or more, city of Spokane eyes budget cuts

Spokane city leaders already have implemented a hiring freeze on nonessential positions, but they expect to make deeper cuts in anticipation of a sharp drop in revenues this year.

UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

Rep. Matt Shea, initiative promoter Tim Eyman join protest of governor’s COVID-19 response

Spokane police did not arrest or attempt to disperse any of the protesters, whom the police department described as “peaceful and friendly.” Officers did recommend charges against a 52-year-old woman …

Full-time Spokane parks employees shift into new roles as other workers get furloughed

Spokane Parks and Recreation has rapidly adjusted to life during a pandemic, which has forced the closure of playgrounds, postponed outdoor concerts and postponed recreational sports leagues – all as …

UPDATED: Wed., April 15, 2020

In an effort to boost the economy, Spokane vows to continue infrastructure projects

Looking to inject life into an economy almost devoid of private investment, the city of Spokane will plow ahead with $80 million in construction projects this summer.

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Governing by webcam: Councils, boards move meetings online

Local city councils and the Spokane County commissioners will no longer meet in person, but each has been left to determine how to provide public access to their deliberations.

City leaders brace for COVID-19 impact on Spokane budget

Despite dreary economic forecasts, city leaders remain optimistic federal and state aid will help pay for the local COVID-19 response, say they have built reserves during the good times to …