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Upcoming Events 11/28/14 through 12/5/14

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On Tuesday, December 2 at 6pm at Ferris High School, the Junior League of Spokane will be hosting a community needs forum to discuss issues that our city faces, ranging from homelessness to foster care to literacy. The forum includes community leaders and experts from across Spokane and is open to the public. Fore more information, click here.

Monday, December 1 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, December 1 at 1:30pm – Finance Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, December 1 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm – Rockwood Neighborhood Council – 3612 S. Grand (Old Jefferson School).
Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. 1st.
Thursday, December 4 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Friday, December 5 at 4pm – Community Assembly – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday Am Recap 11/25/14: 2015 Budget with More Equitable Utility Rates

Last night’s budget passed by the Council (6-1 Councilmember Fagan against) achieved several things I’ve been working on for years:

- Increased Human Service funding
- Continuing to reverse cuts to public safety staffing
- More stable funding for C.O.P.S. shops
- Increased planning resources
- Increased funding for neighborhood economic development
- Increasing the stability of the pension system
- Saving money by taking the Waste-to-Energy Plant under public control

But perhaps one of the most important things this budget included was improved utility rates. For the last three years I have been asking for multi-year rate setting and a re-balancing of rates so that low-volume water users and apartment residenst see a little bit of relief on their utility bills. Starting next year low-volume water users will see a $5 a month credit on their wastewater charges. In 2016 apartments will see a wastewater charge credit of $2 a month which will rise to $3 a month the following year. It may not seem like much but it helps correct a situation where these users have been subsidizing other users in our system for years. Passing a three-year rate action allows us to do this re-balancing gradually and take advantage of savings we received when the City recently got a good deal selling green bonds for our Cleaner River Faster program. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »