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Upcoming events 11/21/14 through 11/28/14

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We have some fantastic local poets here in Spokane; and if you’re looking for an opportunity to become acquainted with some of their work, you have the chance to do so. Tonight (Friday, November 21) at 7pm there will be a poetry reading at the Eastern Washington University Riverpoint Campus (668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., in the Phase 1 Building, 2nd Floor) featuring several local poets. It is free to attend. For more information, see here.

Monday, November 24 at 9:30am – Marijuana Policy Subcommittee – City Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, November 24 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – City Council Briefing Center.
Monday, November 24 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.

Monday’ Legislative Session is where the Council will be voting to adopt a budget for the City of Spokane for 2015. To find out who your council member is and contact them to provide input, click here.

Tuesday AM Recap 11/18/14: TBD Budget and City Plaza Name

Several items on the Council agenda last night passed unanimously. One of the major items to pass unanimously was the resolution naming the plaza next to City Hall. Council President Stuckart worked with the Spokane Tribe to come up with the name the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, which will be accompanied by the phrase “The Place Where Salmon Is Prepared” in Salish. The resolution also calls for creating a memorial to King Cole (who was instrumental in the development of Riverfront Park) in Riverfront Park, naming the Post Street Bridge the John Moyer Memorial Bridge due to his advocacy for protecting the river during the discussion on the Lincoln Street Bridge; and the creation of a permanent stage in the Plaza or Riverfront Park to host an annual Isamu Jordan Music Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming events 11/14/14 through 11/21/14

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On Tuesday, November 18 from 3:30pm to 6pm at Sheridan Elementary (3737 E. 5th Ave), the Spokane Regional Health Department is partnering with Spokane Public Schools and Group Health to offer free childhood vaccinations for children ages 2-18 years. For more information, call 509-354-7298.

Monday, November 17 at 10:30am – Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee – City Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, November 17 at 1:30pm – Public Safety Committee – City Council Briefing Center.
Monday, November 17 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, November 18 at 6pm – Bicycle Advisory Board – City Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30pm – East Central Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center, 500 South Stone Street.
Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm – Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council – Southside Community & Senior Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.
Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm – Manit/Cannon Hill & Comstock Neighborhood Council – Sacajawea Middle School, 401 E 33rd Ave.
Thursday, November 20 at 1:30pm – Spokane Transit Authority Board Meeting – STA Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave.
Thursday, November 20 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – City Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday AM Recap 11/11/14: Audit Transparency and Property Tax Levy

At last night’ council meeting, there were three items that came up for a vote. The first item was a resolution awarding a contract for software to help make the City’ Waste To Energy Facility more efficient and continue the transition of the facility to public control. The second item was an ordinance that requires any departmental or city audit findings to be posted on the city website so they are easily accessible to the public. The final item was an update of the property tax levy to increase it by one percent; the funds from which will go toward public safety. We also had a continuation of a budget hearing from the police department.

To see what is on our agenda for next week, click here.

Upcoming events 11/7/14 through 11/14/14

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On Saturday November 8 starting at 9AM, head on over to Fifth Annual Jefferson Elementary Craft and Vendor Fair (123 E. 37th Ave) for your arts and crafts fix. Admission is only $1. For more information, call 509-263-0511 or email JeffersonPatriotsPTG@gmail.com

Monday, November 10 at 1:30PM – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, November 10 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, November 11 at 6PM – Pedestrian, Transportation and Traffic Committee – West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street.
Wednesday, November 12 at 7PM – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council – Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N Cedar.
Wednesday, November 12 at 7PM – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Thursday, November 13 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Thursday, November 13 at 7PM – Latah/Hangman Neighborhood Council – Trading Company Store, 2nd Floor Breakroom, 4235 S. Cheney/Spokane Rd.

Tuesday AM Recap 11/4/14: Gambling Taxes

Scout Troop 420 at last night's Council meeting.

Scout Troop 420 at last night’s Council meeting.

There was one major item on the council agenda last night: an ordinance to lower gambling taxes on card rooms in the City of Spokane. Several institutions such as Hugos On the Hill brought their concerns forward to us about the burden of current tax rates, so the gambling tax ordinance was brought before council to lower tax rates in increments over the next two years.

Other items on the agenda included a contract with Hitachi for spare parts for the Waste to Energy facility, a resolution setting a hearing date for the vacation of some right-of-way north of 8018 W. Sunset Hwy. and a hearing for vacation of an alley between Rowan and Nebraska Ave. from Julia Street to Myrtle Street. All of these items passed unanimously as well. The council also held the continuation of a hearing on the 2015 proposed budget. The Ethics Code Ordinance, which was set to be voted on at our meeting last night, was deferred for four weeks so we could make some needed improvements to the ordinance before a vote. The council also deferred an emergency application to the Washington State Building Code Council regarding fire sprinkler requirements for Air BnB homes.

Upcoming events 10/31/14 through 11/7/14

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Everyone have a happy and safe Halloween!

Monday, November 3 at 10:30AM – Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, November 3 at 1:30PM – Finance Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, November 3 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, November 4 at 7PM – Cliff Cannon Neighborhood Council – Women’s Club, Basement, 1428 W. 9th.
Tuesday, November 4 at 7PM – Rockwood Neighborhood Council – 3612 S. Grand (Old Jefferson School).
Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30PM – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. 1st.
Thursday, November 6 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Friday, November 7 at 4PM – Community Assembly – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday AM recap: Immigration Status Ordinance and $200 million in Utility Bonds

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes on another three and half hour Monday night meeting: first item we tackled was a request to have a comp plan amendment considered that would establish a new manufactured home zone in the City. I brought this forward with the help of local members of AMHO (the Association of Manufactured Home Owners) in order to see if we can’t strike a better balance be the rights of mobile home park property owners and the housing needs of park residents. The goal would be to create a mechanism to better preserve this important source of affordable housing in the City. This resolution does not commit the City to any course of action other than going through the amendment process in 2015, which is ultimately decided by a vote of City Council. The resolution passed 5-2 with Councilmembers Allen and Fagan voting against. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday AM Recap 10/21/2014: Legislative Agenda & Library Loan

A big agenda and a long meeting last night. Where to begin? Let’s start with items that weren’t unanimous. The Council went through a three-month process which included a lot of community outreach and a bunch of back and forth on priorities to arrive at our new and improved 2015 State Legislative Agenda last night. This passed with approval of all Councilmembers except Mr. Fagan. There was only one item on the agenda that garnered much feedback and that was our medical education priorities. The agenda supports both WSU and UW medical education projects. Both are listed as a priority for the City of Spokane. WSU’s 4-year, researched-based medical school is listed as a higher priority purely based on its much larger economic impact to our city. For the record I’m not a Husky or a Cougar, I’m a Geoduck. Washington is one of the biggest states in the country that still only has one medical school. If UW or EWU or CWU, or whoever, were proposing a full, 4-year, researched-based medical school in Spokane I believe Council would make that one of our highest priorities as well. But WSU has a proposal on the table and two decades worth of planning and momentum behind the U-District, which covers about one-fifth of our land area in the downtown core of Spokane. The Council is proud to support both UW expansion of WWAMI medical education slots in Spokane and funds for accreditation of a new WSU med-school, and we look forward to advocating for both in the State Legislature this year. By all accounts even if both were to pass we may still need more resources to address our medical challenges of the future. You can see the full agenda as passed at the bottom of this post.

Two items passed 5-2 last night. First was an ordinance codifying current policy on anti-bias policing. The 2nd was a interfund loan of $500k to the library to help them upgrade check-out and computer technology. These technological upgrades are the key to library services improving after the temporary library levy lid lift expires in three years. This move will eliminate some positions but Council worked hard with staff and the library board to find a way to have almost all the positions reduced through attrition, while improving library service. Both Councilmembers Allan and Fagan voted against both these measures. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming events 10/17/14 through 10/24/14

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This weekend is the 22nd Annual Ferris Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair will feature nearly 100 artists selling handmade arts and crafts, as well as food and refreshments. The fair runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 18 and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, October 19th. For more information, click here.

Monday, October 20 at 10:30am – Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
Monday, October 20 at 1:30pm – Public Safety Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, October 20 at 5pm – Office of Police Ombudsman Commission – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, October 20 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, October 21 at 6pm – Bicycle Advisory Board – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30pm – East Central Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center (500 South Stone Street).
Wednesday, October 22 at 2pm – Plan Commission – Council Briefing Center.
Thursday, October 23 at 1:30pm – Spokane Transit Authority Board Meeting – STA Boardroom (1229 W. Boone Ave)
Thursday, October 23 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.