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Upcoming events 9/19/14 through 9/25/14

lower south hill block party

This Saturday, September 20 starting at 1PM will be the 8th Annual Lower South Hill Block Party. The block party will take place on South Madison between 8th and 9th Avenue. The party will include live music, food, beverages, children’s activities and a raffle and silent auction. It is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 22 at 1:30PM – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
Monday, September 22 at 6PM – Council Town Hall Meeting – 4001 N Cook St.
Tuesday, September 23 at 10AM – Marijuana Policy Subcommittee – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, September 23 at 12PM – Finance Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30PM – Human Rights Commission – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, September 23 at 7PM – Manito/Cannon Hill & Comstock – Wilson Elementary, 911 W 25th Ave.
Thursday, September 25 at 12:30PM – Spokane Regional Health District Board of Health – Public Health Center, 1101 W College Ave.

Tuesday AM Recap 9/16/14: Pilot Urban Utility Fund & Commercial Wastewater Rates

Last night, the council took another action to help revitalize our downtown core by creating a Pilot Urban Utility Installation Fund. The fund will be seeded with $250,000 to help developers mitigate costs associated with utility upgrades in city of right of way, and will specifically target projects that are for historic preservation, infill mix of housing, affordable housing and mixed use. Councilmember Waldref brought this ordinance forward and did a lot of work putting it together. A companion piece of legislation was also passed last night that creates a pilot project for allowing commercial building being converted to residential in downtown to utilize a commercial wastewater rate. Both ordinances passed 7-0. Also on the agenda was the appointment of the members of the Ombudsman Commission. This is a crucial step forward in implementing Proposition 1, as they will be tasked with oversight of the Office of the Police Ombudsman. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Events 9/12/14 through 9/19/14

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This Saturday from 3PM to 7PM 10 West Central homeowners are inviting the whole neighborhood, and beyond, to come over and enjoy live music and poetry readings by more than 20 local performers. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information about this event, click here.

Monday, September 15 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, September 15 at 1PM – Public Safety Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, September 15 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, September 16 at 6PM – Bicycle Advisory Board – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30PM – East Central Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center (500 South Stone Street)
Tuesday, September 16 at 7PM – Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council – Southside Community & Senior Center (3151 E. 27th Ave.)
Wednesday, September 17 at 6PM – East Central Community Center Contract Review Town Hall – East Central Community Center (500 South Stone Street)
Wednesday, September 17 at 7PM – Manito/Cannon Hill and Comstock Neighborhood Council – Sacajawea Middle School (401 E 33rd Ave.)
Thursday, September 18 at 1:30PM – Spokane Transit Authority Board Meeting – STA Boardroom (1229 W. Boone Ave)
Thursday, September 18 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Raise A Glass to ‘Feed Spokane’ Event

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If you are looking for an opportunity to help raise some money for a good local organization, look no further than the “Raise a Glass to Feed Spokane” event this Thursday at Patit Creek Cellars (822 W. Sprague Ave.) from 5-7PM. Cost per ticket is only $10 and there will be food, wine, music and raffle items.

Feed Spokane is local non-profit that brings together meal providers and community partners in the greater Spokane area to work together to serve free meals to those in need. According to Spokane Regional Health District, over 17% of the youth population in Spokane County is food insecure. Groups like Feed Spokane help provide to these populations.

Tuesday AM Recap 9/9/14: Crosswalk Ordinance

When citizens see crosswalks being removed it feels like their City is telling them not to walk. This is the opposite message we want to send. The City of Spokane hears over and over from neighborhoods and individuals that they would like to see a more walkable City. Last night we took a great step in the right direction by passing the Crosswalk ordinance, which will prevent crosswalks from being removed and require crosswalks be added if certain conditions are met. This ordinance is about implementing our comprehensive plan. Would it have prevented some of the almost 30 deaths we’ve had on our streets the last ten years? We’ll never know. But this ordinance will absolutely be an important tool for increasing pedestrian safety in the future. Thanks to Councilmember Mumm for bringing this action forward. The Crosswalk ordinance passed 5-1, with Councilmember Fagan voting against.

In other business last night we amended City code to allow license plate reader technology to help support our parking services—but only after I added a provision that forbids the commercial use of any information gathered. We did some code clean up changes to misdemeanor definition and to our false alarm ordinance. We also passed an emergency budget ordinance transferring $29k in the Development Services budget. All these items passed unanimously. An ordinance regarding abandoned property registration was deferred for a few weeks.

Upcoming events 9/5/14 through 9/12/14

spokefest

This Sunday is the annual Spokefest in downtown Spokane. This event is an opportunity to connect with the cycling community and experience some of the great bicycle routes we have in the city. Last year, around 2,000 people attended, and with the forecast on Sunday, it will be a great day. Registration materials for the bicycle bike rides and Bike Safety Rodeo can be found here. And don’t forget to stop by the SpokeFair between Post and Stevens on Spokane Falls Blvd. for live entertainment, food vendors and information on local cycling groups and sponsors. More information on SpokeFest can be found here.

Monday, Sept. 8 at 11AM – Planning, Community and Ecoonomic Development Committee – Council Briefing Center in the Lower Level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
Monday, Sept. 8 at 1:30PM – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, Sept. 8 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the Lower Level of City Hall.
Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6PM – Pedestrian, Transportation & Traffic Committee – West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street.
Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7PM – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council – Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N Cedar.
Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7PM – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7PM – Grandview Thorpe Neighborhood Council – Location TBD. Contact Chair of Council at macluerssen@q.com
Thursday, Sept. 11 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Trading Company Store, 2nd Floor Breakroom, 4235 S. Cheney/Spokane Rd.

A thank you to two great men Spokane recently lost

Recently, the Spokane area lost two great men: John Moyer and Orville Barnes.

John Moyer was a licensed ob-gyn for about 30 years before he ran to be the Representative of the 6th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives in 1986. He served in the legislature for 10 years, representing both the 6th and the 3rd Legislative Districts, where he was strong advocate for childrens health. He was also President of the Spokane County Medical Society, the Washington Medical Society and the Spokane Ob/Gyn Society. To read more about Moyer, click here.

Orville Barnes was a business owner (he owned McCarthy Management & Development), president of the Spokane Taxpayers Assoication for 8 years and served on the Spokane School Board for 6 years and the Washington State Board of Education. He went on to be elected to city council in 1991 and served two terms. One of the biggest projects he advocated for was the construction of Riverpark Square, which helped revitalize downtown Spokane. To read more about Barnes, click here.

Tuesday AM Recap 8/26/14: Karen Stratton appointed new Councilmember

By a 5-1 vote (Councilmember Fagan voting against) Karen Stratton was appointed to the vacant 3rd District City Council seat last night. With only 15 months of the Council term remaining we needed someone who could get up to speed on City issues immediately and has deep community ties. Karen comes from a political family. Both her mother and father were successful elected officials, so she grew up learning the importance of representing citizens. She has worked for the City for over 10 years having been appointed by a Republican Mayor and also served under a Democratic one. People hoping for a Councilmember beholden to a specific ideology will be disappointed, as they likely were with the entire slate of five finalists — who were all excellent. Karen is the first Councilmember from the 3rd District to live south of Northwest Boulevard. I believe she will work hard to represent the best interests of her district and the City as a whole. You can read her resume here and read her Spokesman Review interview here. Thanks again to everyone who applied to this important position.

Also last night the Council approved funding priorities for Community Development Block Grant, Human Services Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs, and an ordinance that put an end to 11 years of litigation over an adult retail business which will guarantee the closure of a non-conforming adult retail business. Both passed unanimously.

Upcoming events 8/23/14 through 8/29/14

gathering at the falls powwow

There’s never a shortage of things to do or see in Spokane, especially over the summer, and this weekend is no exception. Starting today and going through Sunday is the annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow. This decades old tradition brings Native American tribes from all across the region who showcase their heritage and culture with dancers, food and musicians. There will also be games, a fun run and contests. The fun starts today at 7PM. Read more here.

Monday, August 25 at 9:30AM – Marijuana Policy Subcommittee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd)
Monday, August 25 at 1:30PM – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, August 25 at 5PM – Building Stronger Neighborhoods – Fire Station #4 (1515 W. Riverside)
Monday, August 25 at 6PM – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30PM – Human Rights Commission – Council Briefing Center.
Wednesday, August 27 at 1:30PM – City/County Joint Development Meeting – Council Chambers.
Thursday, August 28 at 3:30PM – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

The STA Plaza’ importance to our city, and why its future is not “dim”

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Recently, there has been a lot of commentary on the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza, in part due to the Boards’ decision to delay the renovations of the plaza at the behest of Downtown Spokane Partnership and Greater Spokane Incorporated, but there are two pieces worth reading if you haven’t already had a look at them.

First up, Heather Svandize wrote a great editorial column in the Spokesman-Review on why the transit renovations are key to a vibrant city. Second, after the article in the Spokesman on Monday by Dave Wasson quoted Chuck Hafner as saying the “only resolution to it will be to move the plaza,” Board Chair of the STA Councilwoman Amber Waldref set out to set the record straight that there are no plans to move the plaza. Read her email to STA Board members in the Inlander article here.