In afternoon session yesterday I moved to defer for a year Councilmembers and Allen and Salvatori’s advisory votes on whether councilmembers should be part time jobs or increased to full time. Their intention was to put it on the November ballot. I moved to defer because the November ballot is an important one. It will likely have ballot measures regarding both parks and streets. Adding two advisory votes is an unneccessary distraction from what the citizens need us to focus on right now. I don’t need an advisory vote to tell me how many hours to put in on this job. If other Councilmembers are looking to be validated for only working part time hours they will need to find that validation somewhere other than the November ballot. I will continue to work hard to represent the citizens of Spokane as best I can. My motion to defer passed 4-3 with Councilmembers Waldref, Mumm, and Council President Stuckart all voting in favor. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re a dog owner (and dog lover) you don’t want to miss Spokanimal’ fourth annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday. It starts at 9:30am at the Highbridge Dog Park (163 South A Street). There is a $10 suggested donation per dog and all proceeds go to continued cleanup and maintenance of the park.
Monday, April 21 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, April 21 at 1:30pm – Public Safety Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Monday, April 21 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm – Mainto/Cannon Hill & Comstock Neighborhood Council – Wilson Elementary, West 25th Avenue.
Thursday, April 24 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center in the Lower Level of City Hall.
Last night’s council agenda contained three major items. The first item on the agenda last night was the 2015 budget priorities for city. It passed on a 6-1 vote with Councilman Fagan voting against. Council took the initiative to draft these priorities to help guide the administration in developing and presenting a budget for 2015. Some of the priorities include following up and funding the Fire Task team recommendations, sustaining COPS funding at current levels, funding an update to the Bicycle Master Plan and the completion of the Pedestrian Master Plan, and identifying specific city reserve level goals and creating a plan to meet those goals. To read the full list of priorities, click here. Read the rest of this entry »
Smart Growth for America just posted an interview they did with Councilman Snyder last week regarding complete streets in Spokane. Here’s a snippet:
During his first term on the Spokane, WA City Council, Councilman Jon Snyder, a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, experienced a lesson that he has carried with him since. “As a leader, you need to understand the difference between a policy that may take several years to develop, and those that represent a flaw in the system that should be called out and remedied quickly.”
Councilman Snyder worked for two years to pass a Complete Streets ordinance (PDF) in Spokane, a process that took time, perseverance and creativity. Snyder credits a broad coalition of support to the ordinance’s eventual passage in 2011: During the meeting where the City Council approved the ordinance, a diverse group of community members, including representatives from schools, older adults, persons with disabilities, the local farmers’ market, and businesses all spoke in favor of policy adoption.
Snyder realized that Complete Streets, which are prioritized in Spokane’s comprehensive plan, “weren’t a priority in how we fund projects in our transportation system. So, I thought, ‘If it’s all about funding, I’ll find some funding.’” Snyder found a dedicated funding source in the city’s Photo Red program, which monitors and fines drivers who run red lights.
To read the whole thing, click here.
Not everyone has an opportunity to make it down to city hall and meet with their elected representatives on council. That’s why events like Greater Spokane Incorporated’ “Connect with the Elect” are a great opportunity to meet and greet. This year, Connect with the Elect is will feature myself and Councilmembers Candace Mumm and Amber Waldref. The event will be held at the GSI headquarters at 801 W. Riverside. There is no fee to attend for members of Greater Spokane Incorporated. Non-member ticket price is only $20. If you have the time and a little extra cash, I hope to see you there. For more information, click here.
Monday, April 14 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, April 14 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, April 15 at 6pm – Bicycle Advisory Board – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30pm – East Central Neighborhood Council meeting – East Central Community Center, 500 South Stone Street.
Thursday, April 17 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
As part of family weeked on Saturday April 5 starting at 10am, WSU Health Sciences students will be hosting a health fair at the Riverpoint Campus where they will be offering screenings including blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, bone density, hearing, BMI and more screenings. At the fair, there will also be science experiments for kids to participate in, program showcases and food. It is free to the public. If you want more information, call 358-7921.
There will be no council meeting the week of April 7th due to spring break.
Tuesday, April 8 at 6pm – Pedestrian, Transportation & Traffic Committee – West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council – Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N Cedar.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Thursday, April 10 at 3:30pm – Spokane City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Thursday, April 10 at 7pm – Latah/Hangman Neighborhood Council – Trading Company Store, 2nd Floor Breakroom, 4235 S. Cheney/Spokane Rd.
As I discussed in my blog post on Tuesday, the Mayor vetoed an ordinance I brought forward to close a loophole that currently allows development projects to become vested before we find out whether or not the courts or the Growth Management Hearings Board rules whether an urban growth area expansion is illegal. The other day, Shawn Vestal at the Spokesman wrote a great piece on his decision to veto the ordinance. I’ve posted a snippett of the article below, but I encourage you to read the whole thing here. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday the Mayor vetoed a Council action for the first time. The reason he gave for reversing our action to close a loophole regarding illegal Urban Growth Area (UGA) expansion was that there wasn’t enough “process” prior to voting. Sometime people cry “process” when they’ve lost the intellectual argument. Such was the case yesterday. You can see my testimony above to hear my reasons why I brought the measure forward. You can also look at media coverage here, here, andhere and read my previous post here for background. Read the rest of this entry »
.The Council voted unanimously last night for a two-year Market Garden pilot project. This ordinance allows citizens to grow food in their gardens and sell it onsite to their neighbors and exempts this activity from require a city business registration fee. A companion ordinance adding regulations to the amount of chickens that can be owned and allowing for small sheep, goats, and pigs in certain circumstances passed on a 4-3 vote with Councilmembers Fagan, Allen, and Salvatori voting against. Both ordinances were the results of a year-long public dialogue on our local food system. Council President Stuckart led one of the most extensive public processes for creating a new policy that I have seen on the Council. I was happy to support both these measures, which encourage a sensible reconnection to our agricultural past and encourage micro-enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are looking for an opportunity to speak with your Council members outside of City Hall, many of us hold what are called “mobile offices” in public spaces to connect with constituents. I will be holding my mobile office on Friday, March 28 at 1pm at Fire Station #4 (1515 W First Ave). If you have any questions, issues or concerns you want to chat with me about, I encourage you to stop by. No reservation necessary.
Monday, March 24 at 9:30am – Marijuana Policy Subcommittee – City Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.).
Monday, March 24 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – City Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Monday, March 24 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Thursday, March 27 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – City Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.