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Resources for Power Outages, School Closures, Clean-Up, Downed Power Lines and More

Yesterday, a wind storm slammed Spokane, causing power outages and major damage to homes, cars, etc. due to toppled trees. This blog contains a list of resources and information for people impacted by the wind storm who are in need of help.

Avista power outage map: http://outagemap.myavista.com/external/default.html
Inland Power outage map: https://www.inlandpower.com/outage-map/

Avista Phone Number for downed power lines: 1-800-227-9187
Inland Power Number for downed power lines: 1-877-668-8243

Number for tree blocking a street in the City of Spokane: 509-625-7733

Spokane Public Schools Closure and Delay List: http://www.khq.com/story/7254841/school-closures-delays

Number for foresters who offer on-site free technical assistance about storm damage to your trees: 509-535-7274

The City is extending its residential curbside pickup for yard waste collection for two additional weeks, through December 18th, for any small storm debris.

If you have large materials to clean up in your yard, the City is accepting emergency storm debris for free at the Northside Landfill at 5502 W. Nine Mile Road (8am to 5pm) or the Waste to Energy Facility at 2900 S. Geiger Blvd (7:30am to 5pm) for free. Both locations will be accepting large storm debris through Friday. For more information click here: https://my.spokanecity.org/news/releases/2015/11/18/city-to-accept-storm-debris-free-at-northside-landfill-wte-facility/

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.

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 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.

Upcoming events 7/12/14 through 7/18/14

marmot-fest-featuring-rogue-wave-12

If you are looking for something for the whole family to enjoy this weekend, you are in luck: The KYRS Marmot Fest is happening on July 12 from 1PM to 11PM in Glover Field (Peaceful Valley, just below the falls). The event is completely solar powered and will feature a community village that will include visual art and non-profit booths, a food court, a beer garden for 21+ and a main stage with live music playing all through the day. Tickets are only $20 and kids under 13 get in for free. For more information, click here.

Monday, July 14 at 1:30PM – Pubic Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.).
Monday, July 14 at 6PM – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, July 15 at 6PM – Bicycle Advisory Board – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30PM – East Central Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center, 500 South Stone Street.
Tuesday, July 15 at 7PM – Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council – Southside Community & Senior Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.
Thursday, July 17 at 3:30PM – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Tuesday Am Recap 6/2/14: PCBs and Drive-Through Moratorium Hearing

It’s not every night that all items pass 7-0 unanimously, but it happens more often than people think. The item that garnered the most testimony last night was a change to City purchasing policy to stop buying paint and products that contain PCBs. PCBs are a dangerous chemical with carcinogenic properties that gets into our watershed and fish. Once the chemical gets into tissue, such as fish, or humas when they eat fish, it never leaves and keeps accumulating over a lifetime. This makes it especially hard to get rid of. PCBs are found in many items with yellow coloring. The City will now work to ensure we don’t purchase products that include PCBs. This is another way to protect the Spokane river. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday Morning Recap 5/20/14: Food Trucks & Fire Dept. Middle Management

Was there a really a good reason to expand exempt Mayoral appointments in the Fire Department from 2 to 14? I never thought so and that’s why I voted against this change last year. Too many middle-managers for our fire service when we have other needs, and too many opportunities for bypassing our Civil Service system and creating nepotism. A lawsuit was filed against the Mayor’s changes and a judge overturned the new middle-management additions. Last night on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Fagan voting against, those changes were overturned and the exempt positions were reduced to what they had been before. Since the Judge’s ruling however the Mayor appointed a new middle-management position to the fire service. The legal wrangling over this change is likely not over yet.

The Council decided to defer our other big topic last night which was changes to food truck statutes. Our current municipal code never anticipated mobile food truck becoming a staple of downtown dining and competing with bricks and mortar restaurants. Food trucks are great and deserve not to be forced to operate in a gray area of City law. To that end, the City embarked on a multi-year process to come up with rules that would be fair to both food trucks and existing restaurants. Last night food truck vendors came out against the new regulations and the Council voted 5-2 to defer the new rules for a month to look at making possible changes to them. Councilmembers Mumm and I voted against deferral. I think we are way overdue in dealing with this issue and I would have preferred to vote on the sections of the ordinance we could agree on and then take time to work on the rest. Food trucks have operated in legal limbo for too long and deserve to be recognized in our code and regulated in a way that creates a level playing field with bricks and mortar restuarants.

Only other action last night was a title change in our code to now call the Council Finance Committee the “Finance and Technology” Committee.

Upcoming events 5/3/14 through 5/9/14

U.S. Pavilion (NBBJ, 1974), Expo '74, Spokane, 1974. Photo by Chas R. Pearson

U.S. Pavilion (NBBJ, 1974), Expo ’74, Spokane, 1974. Photo by Chas R. Pearson

While the big event this weekend will be Bloomsday, we cannot forget that we are about to hit the 40th Anniversary of the 1974 Expo. If you would like to celebrate the anniversary, the Spokane Convention Center will be hosting an exhibit (and gala) on Saturday, May 3 starting at noon (while the gala starts at 6pm). It is only $4 to get in and take a peak at the exhibit. For more information call 279-7000. And when you’re done at the exhibit, head over to City Hall and check out the new City Hall Plaza and revitalized Huntington Park.

Monday, May 5 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, May 5 at 1:30pm – Finance Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, May 5 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm – Cliff Cannon Neighborhood Council meeting – Women’s Club, Basement, 1428 W. 9th.
Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm – Rockwood Neighborhood Council meeting – Hutton Elementary, 908 East 24th Avenue.
Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30pm – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. 1st.
Thursday, May 8 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Upcoming events 4/26/14 through 5/2/14

earth day

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than the Annual Earth Day event happening this Saturday, April 26th in Riverfront Park starting at 10am. There’s something for everyone at this event: music, food, entertainment, kids activities and a farmers market. The event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions about the event, call 509-884-7841.

Monday, April 28th at 9:30am – Marijuana Policy Subcommittee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.).
Monday, April 28th at 12pm – OPO Commission public comment meeting – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Monday, April 28th at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Monday, April 28th at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, April 29th at 5pm – OPO Commission public comment meeting – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Thursday, April 30th at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.
Friday, April 31st at 4pm – Community Assembly – Council Breifing Center in the lower level of City Hall.

Tuesday AM Recap 4/22/14: Advisory Vote & Prosecutor Letter

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 »