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Spokane Journal of Business endorses STA Proposition No. 1


Yesterday, the Spokane Journal of Business said “Yes to Buses” and endorsed Proposition 1: the ballot initiative that will fund Spokane Transit Authority’s Moving Forward pPlan by increasing the sales tax by three tenths of one percent. An excerpt is below, but you can read the whole thing here.

… However, we believe the long-term benefits that would emanate from this sizable financial investment outweigh the measure’s flaws, and we encourage voters to support it…..

STA says the added funding would enable it to provide an estimated 25 percent increase in bus service, which it expects will accommodate a 30 percent increase in ridership to more than 15 million rides a year by 2025. As part of a long-range plan, the transit authority says it would implement more than 25 improvements across the region to meet a growing demand for transit services.

To learn more about STA’s Moving Forward Plan and Proposition No. 1, click here.

Special screening of “From Spokane With Love” tonight at the Magic Lantern

Tonight at 7pm, the Magic Lantern (W 25 Main) is hosting a special screening of the documentary film “From Spokane With Love.” Tickets are $8. After the film, there will also be a panel discussion.

“From Spokane With Love” is a heart-warming, entertainig and informative movie about the Friendship Delegation from Spokane, which includes Councilman Jon Snyder and his son Jackson, who went to Iran to try and bridge the gap of stereotypes and misinformation and bring their two peoples together.

Tuesday AM Council Recap 3/24/15: Town Hall Meeting

Last nights City Council meeting was a Town Hall at the East Central Community Center. Town Halls are held once a quarter and provide council with the opportunity to stay informed about issues effecting neighborhoods across the city and efforts to address those issues. Yesterday, we recieved updates from Southgate, Manito/Cannon Hill, Comstock, Lincoln Heights, Rockwood and East Central neighborhoods.

During open forum, many people expressed concerns and thoughts (both positive and negative) about the search for a new Executive Director of the East Central Community Center. If you are interested in learning more about the candidates for the new position, the East Cental Community Organization will be holding a public forum on Thursday, March 26th at 6pm at the East Central Community Center. More information can be found here.

Tuesday Council Recap 3/17/15: Photo Red Funds

At last nights City Council meeting, all items on the legislative agenda passed unanimously. There were three Emergency Budget Ordinances (EBO): one to create a Mail Courier position in the IT Department, an EBO to add several Pubic Works Journey Level Inspectors and an Engineer in Training to Streets due to the increase in construction projects, and a final EBO that implemented quarterly pay grade adjustments in accordance with approved union agreements. There was also one Emergency Ordinance to amend our municipal code relating to vehicle impouundment for patronizing a prostitute. We passed an ordinance establishing this program in a targeted area on Sprague several weeks ago, but legal noticed some small changes that needed to be made as we began implementing this.

The four resolutions that passed unanimously included the adoption of a Spokane County 2015 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, a resolution to reduce the speed limit on Inland Empire Way to 25 MPH from 23rd Ave to the Cul-da-Sac, a resolution approving the appointment of a Chief Information and Technology Officer, and finally a resolution regarding photo red fund allocations. The photo red resolution amended our current standards to allow neighborhoods to use traffic calming funds for LED street lights, school speed zone 20MPH signs with flashing lights, the maintenance and/or pruning of street trees and vegetation deemed to be a safety hazard to vehicle traffic and street furniture (such as a bench) with the approval of an MOU for a business or community group to maintain the furniture. I brought the photo red resolution forward with the help of Councilmembers Mumm and Fagan to add more options for our neighborhoods to choose from when applying for traffic calming funds while still maintaining a close nexus with traffic calming.

Councilman Snyder testifies on Senate oil train bill

Yesterday, Councilman Jon Snyder was in Olympia and testified on Senate Bill 5057; concerning the shipment of oil via rail. While the bill does more than current state law, Councilman Snyder points out that it ignores pipelines altogether and that the small tax increase on tank cars does not reflect the potential costs of derailment. Listen to his testimony above.

Tuesday AM Council Recap 3/10/15: Cell Tower Moratorium

The Council only had one item before us last night: An emergency ordinance asking for a moratorium on cell tower construction for six months. The Council passed this unanimously. After hearing concerns from both the Grandview Thorpe neighborhood and the Cliff Cannon neighborhood, the Council felt it was appropriate to take a 6-month pause in cell-tower applications while the Council takes some time to assess our current regulations to make sure neighborhoods and single-family zones aren’t unduly impact by these large structures. I am also looking to have the City use this opportunity to do some much-needed technology mapping and planning. Do we know where the gaps in cell coverage are? If we are going to approve new towers we need to have some confidence that coverage is improving and that these structures are not overly intrusive. I would also like the City to look at our broadband access for citizens as well. The Council will hold a hearing on this matter in the next 60 days has per City law.

Upcoming events 3/6/15 through 3/13/15


March for Meals is a national campaign during March, sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. March 6, from 8-10 am, at Spokane Valley Mall; March 7, at 8 am, at Northtown Mall and March 7, at 10 am, River Park Square.

Monday, March 9 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, March 9 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council – Peaceful Valley Community Center (214 N Cedar).
Wednesday March 11 at 7pm – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center (4202 S. Regal St).
Thursday, March 12 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday AM Council Recap 3/3/15: Riverside CSO Project and Meal Reimbursements

At last night’s council meeting, the legislative agenda for council consisted of four actions. Two items were approved unanimously: a resolution authorizing loan agreements between the City and the Washington State Department of Ecology for the Riverside Water Reclamation Facility and Combined Sewer Overflow Basin, and an ordinance brought forward by Councilmember Stratton to cap meal reimbursement costs for employees at the city.

The Council voted 5 to 1 (Fagan voting against) to approve an ordinance amending the municipal code to add a Policy Advisor position for council and to change the title of the council’s Budget and Performance Analyst to Senior Research and Performance Analyst in order to better reflect the job duties that our current analyst handles. Finally, the Council voted 5 to 1 (Fagan voting against) to send signatures relating to an indecent exposure ballot initiative to the city clerk for validation.

Flash-Bach today at noon at City Hall

ZUILL BAILEY, artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, will give a short FREE performance today in the Council Chambers at City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd). You are invited to attend.

Zuill is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world. His rare combination of artistry and technical wizardry as well as his engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

This Flash-Bach! performance is part of the community outreach of the 2015 Northwest Bach Festival, bringing 20 musical events to Spokane between Feb. 24 and March 8, part of the Festival’s goal to take music outside traditional concert halls.

Zuill will be making six Flash Bach! appearances during the festival. The location will be announced the morning of each performance on the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page.

For more information about the festival,

Upcoming events 2/27/15 through 3/6/15

On Monday, March 2 at 5:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, Within Reach is hosting a Russian Community Forum on Childhood Vaccinations. If you have questions about vaccinations, I enocurage you attend. Click here (English) or here (Russian) for more information.

Monday, March 2 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, March 2 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, March 3 at 9am – Plan Commission Transportation Subcommittee – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30pm – Community Assembly Community Development Committee – West Central Community Center (1603 North Belt Street).
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm – Cliff Cannon Neighborhood Council – Women’s Club, Basement (1428 W. 9th).
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm – Rockwood Neighborhood Council – 3612 S. Grand (Old Jefferson School).
Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture (2316 W. 1st).
Thursday, March 5 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Friday, March 6 at 4pm – Community Assembly – Council Briefing Center.