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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


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.

Tuesday AM Recap 10/14/14: Reduced Business Fee Registrations

At last nights council meeting, the three final reading ordinances on the agenda all passed unanimously. The first ordinance changed our code relating reduced business registration fees by allowing business owners to to provide proof of income by filing a tax return that has been filed within the past twelve months as opposed to requiring the prior year tax return. The second ordinance will reduce the financial penalty for late payment of gambling taxes from 10% (up to 30 days late) and 15% (from 31 to 60 days late) to 5% and 10% respectively. The last ordinance will reduce the minimum penalty for late payments of utility and franchise tax fees. The council deferred two emergency budget ordinances: One that concerns issuing bonds that will be used to purchase and isntall a radio frequency identification for the Spokane Public Library, and another that is for an office manager position in Building and Development Services.

Prior to the council meeting, we had the opportunity to meet this years Opus Prize Winners. The Opus Prize is an award given to people engaged in humanitarian, faith-based entrepenuership by the Opus Prize Foundation. Gonzaga was selected as this years host. To learn more about the prize and this years winners, click here.

Standing Up To Hate

On Saturday evening last week during the final service for Yom Kippur, it was discovered that someone had painted a swastika on the concrete wall in the courtyard at Temple Beth Shalom. In response, the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission released the statement below; and Temple Beth Shalom is holding a special service this evening at 6 P.M. that will be open to the public. I encourage those who can go, to attend and stand with Spokane’ Jewish community to show that we will not tolerate hateful acts like this.


Human Rights Commission Statement regarding the incident at Temple Beth Shalom

It has been reported that during the Yom Kippur service, someone spray painted a swastika on a courtyard wall at Temple Beth Shalom. We denounce this appalling act of intolerance. This act represents a horrifying symbol of anti-Semitism and is an offense to our Jewish family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

This act also represents an offense against the values that we cherish: acceptance and mutual respect. It is through these values that we build a better community for everyone. It is in times like these that we must all make a pledge to uphold those values, educate ourselves and stand against intolerance and prejudice in our community.

The City of Spokane Human Rights Commission

Upcoming Events 10/10/14 through 10/17/14


This weekend the Greater Hillyard Business Association will be hosting the first ever Market Street Harvest. The festival will take place netween Wellesly and Francis starting at 9AM on Saturday, October 11th with a breakfest, and continue on until 8PM with activities for the whole family. For more information, click here. Tickets for the breakast (all proceeds go to the 92nd MedGroup) and general admission tickets for the festival are available here.

Monday, October 13th at 1:30PM – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, Octover 13th at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, October 14th at 6PM – Pedestrian, Transportation and Traffic Committee – West Central Community Center (1603 North Belt Street).
Thursday, October 16th at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday AM Recap 10/7/14: Voter Guide Committees & Regular Meeting Times

Before the legislative business got under way at last nights council meeting, Mayor Condon gave a speech on the state of the city. On the agenda for the evening were three resolutions and one emergency ordinance: The ordinance extends a moratorium on certain land use applications in Centers and Corridors Type 1 and 2 zones. We set a hearing date for an alley vacation between Rowan Ave and Nebraska Ave. We adopted a resolution that appoints separate committees to work on pro and con statements for Proposition 1 (the street levy) and Proposition 2 (the park bond) for the voters guide. Finally, we voted on a resolution to codify regular study session and standing committee dates and times. All items were passed unanimously.

Next weeks agenda has several major items including ordinances relating to the gambling tax, reduced business registrations and late payments of utilities and franchise taxes. To view those items and more, click here.

Councilman Snyder on the latest Council Connection Episode

Last week, I hosted the episode of Council Connection: a live show hosted by councilmembers that gives us the ability to showcase events in our district, or issues being that will be tackled by council. For last weeks show, I had a full slate of guests: Eva Silverstoe with the Spokane Public Library Foundation stopped by to talk about upcoming events like Spokane Reads! and the book sale, Kitty Klitzke from the advocacy Futurewise discussed the importance of transit in our city, and Brian McClatchey and Randy Ramos gave a great update on what they hope to do with the United Native American of Spokane Public Development Authority. To see the show in its entirety, watch the video above.

Upcoming events 10/3/14 through 10/10/14


Tonight is your chance to experience Terrain. After 6 showcases, the one-night arts and culture event has moved to an exciting new location (the Washington Crack Co. Warehouse on 304 W. Pacific) for its 7th outing and will feature an incredible 255 art pieces by 142 artists. There is also a lineup of 10 bands playing throughout night. It’s free and for all ages. For more information, click here.

Monday, October 6 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 6 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm – Cliff Cannon Neighborhood Council – Women’s Club, Basement, 1428 W. 9th Ave.
Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm – Rockwood Neighborhood Council – 3612 S. Grand (Old Jefferson School).
Wednesday October 8 at 7pm – Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N Cedar.
Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Thursday, October 9 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday AM Recap 9/30/14: Comp Plan Amendments & Uber, Lyft & Taxis

After months of negotiations led by Council President Stuckart with assistance from Councilmember Fagan the Council unanimously passed interim regulations for Uber and Lyft. Both companies had been operating outside City code and this action now brings them into compliance and and allows for further discussion on how to create permanent regulation. At the same time the Council relaxed some regulations for the taxi industry. The goal here to creates a level playing field where local taxi companies and big multinational firms like Uber and Lyft compete in a fair environment all the while trying to adequately protect the consumer.

We had two Comp Plan amendments to consider last night. The first one passed unanimously adding a small amount of Neighborhood Commercial zone along Napa Street in the Chief Garry neighborhood. The second was a very significant upzone on Haven and Wellesley bordering a single-family low-income neighborhood. Councilmember Mumm was concerned that not enough transition area was considered. It’s a common issue in the City: low-income, mostly single family home neighborhoods have much higher underlying zoning than is actually built. They don’t often have the political clout to contest re-zones that would never be tolerated in more affluent neighborhoods. This is why more care must be taken in these situations in order to balance the needs of the community with the needs of the individual property owner. Councilmember Mumm requested this amendment be sent back to the Planning Commission for further consideration. That motion passed with Councilmembers Waldref, Stratton and myself in support. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming events 9/27/14 through 10/3/14


Spokane AIDS Network is set to hold its annual AIDS Walk this weekend on September 27th in Riverfront Park (North Bank Shelter) at noon. The walk offers a one mile and three mile route and is $20 for adult entry and 15$ for children under 12. There will be speakers, music and light refreshments. If you haven’t had a chance to register yet, click here or you can register the day of the event starting at 11AM.

Monday, September 28 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30PM – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture (2316 W. 1st)
Thursday, October 2 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Friday, October 3 at 4PM – Community Assmebly – Council Briefing Center.