Slide Show Of Jon Snyder

Opportunity for public input on the improvement of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

In case you haven’t heard, In the final moments of the last legislative session(June, 2015) State Representative Joe Schmick, placed into the capitol budget a proviso that permanently closed 135 miles of the John Wayne Trail. The state park land is the only cross state trail in Washington. It is a beautiful scenic path that is closed to motorized vehicles and used by hikers, bikers, and horse riders by the thousands.

The trail would be closed today if not for a typo. Rather than close the trail from “Columbia river to Malden”, it read to close the trail from “Columbia river to Columbia river”. This nullified the legislation going into effect. Recently, the Spokane City Council passed a resolution supporting the preservation and maintenance of this trail in light of these developments.

Representative Schmick has now agreed to hold three public listening meetings where he will solicit public opinion. At the end of these meetings he has said he will consider introducing legislation to address the concerns he hears. The meeting date, times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday November 10th 12pm Rosalia, Community Center (7th St. and Whitman Ave).
Monday November 16th 12pm Lind, Union Elevator Conference room 201 S street
Monday November 23rd 6pm Ellensburg, Hal Holmes Center 209 N Ruby St.

Those unable to attend the meetings but would like Rep. Schmick to hear their concerns may email

Upcoming events 11/6/15 through 11/13/15


Tomorrow will be the 12th Anniversary of KYRS – Thin Air Community Radio. To celebrate, the KYRS 12th Anniversary Celebration & Silent Auction will be at the Washington Cracker Bldg. 304 W. Pacific at 7pm. Tickets can be bought here or at the door. $20 for general admission.

Monday, November 9 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of Spokane City Hall (808 W Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, November 9 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of Spokane City Hall.
Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Councl – Peaceful Valley Community Center (214 N Cedar).
Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Thursday, November 12 at 1pm – Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board Meeting – 221 W. First (SRTC Office).
Thursday, November 12 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Councilman Snyder at Spokane Public Radio Talks: Our Water, Our Future Today at 6:30pm

water forum

This year’s drought conditions have seriously impacted more than recreational life in the Inland Northwest. Tourist dollars are down in communities that rely on those recreational visits. Crop damage and dry pastures are harsh realities for agriculture. Smoke from various wildfires keeps those with asthma indoors. And many climate specialists believe this is only the beginning of our water-related problems.

Spokane Public Radio will explore what the region-wide drought means for our communities now and in the future at “SPR Talks: Our Water, Our Future.” This community forum takes place today in the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pannelists for this forum include:

Jon Snyder, Spokane City Councilman
Guy Gregory, Washington Dept. of Ecology Water Resources Program
Rob Lindsay, Spokane County Water Resources Manager
Rachael Paschal Osborn, Center for Environmental Law Senior Policy Adviser
Rick Romero, City of Spokane Utilities Director

For more information about the event and the panelists, click here.

Upcoming Events: Sept. 18th through Sept. 25th

south hill block party

Tomorrow from 1-5pm is the 9th Annual Lower South Hill Neighborhood Block Watch Party and Potluck. There’ll be live music, activities for kids, food and a silent auction. See the poster above for more information!

Monday, September 21 at 1:30pm – Public Safety Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, September 21 at 6pm – City Council Town Hall – Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street).
Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm – Pedestrian, Transportation and Traffic Committee – West Central Community Center (1603 N. Belt Street).
Wednesday, September 23 at 2pm – Plan Commission Hearings (Pedestrian Plan and Mobile Home Park Comp Plan Amendment) – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Wednesday, September 23 at 5pm – Riverside Neighborhood Council – Downtown Library
Thursday, September 24 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Sidewalk Summit Tomorrow at 2pm at City Hall

A Sidewalk Summit will be held tomorrow, August 25, 2015 at 2pm at Spokane City Hall in the Council Chambers. It is open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the summit is to provide information on the obstacles and barriers that people with limited or impaired mobility face due to the current condition of many sidewalks in the city, and come up with strategies to address how the city currently designs, constructs and maintains sidewalks.

The summit is a joint effort between Councilmember Jon Snyder and Access 4 All Spokane, a group dedicated to celebrating and encouraging accessible and disability friendly places, services and events in Spokane County.

For more information, click here.

Sasquan (aka Worldcon) Comes to Spokane

The World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, has landed in Spokane this year. The event will take place from August 19th through August 23rd at the Spokane Convention Center. Worldcon was started in 1939 in New York City and has been all over the world since then; drawing thousands of authors, gamers, artists and science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. Information about all the festivities, which includes author readings, art and writing contests, live music, games and so much more, can be found here. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider swinging by Worldcon for all the fun. Read the rest of this entry »

SPD Civilian Oversight Training: Force Encounter Analysis

Spokane Police Department is hosting a training that you might be interested in: “Force Encounters Analysis for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.” The class is about the investigation of use of force and deadly force incidents, considering the latest research in stress, performance, and officer decision making.

On Friday January 22, 2016, the California Training Institute will deliver an 8-hour workshop for citizen review/oversight boards, responsible for oversight of law enforcement. The format is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation with ongoing interactive discussions, videos, and case study.

To sign up, please contact Kim Anderson at the SPD Academy: 509-742-8100. Or email Kim at

Upcoming events 7/10/15 through 7/17/15


At the Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival Saturday, July 11, you can try paddleboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, geo-chaching, SUP yoga, disc golf, rafting, enjoy live entertainment and check out over 40 outdoor recreation-oriented booths and free samples and demos at the festival exhibitor area. The event is sponsored by Spokane Parks and Recreation, Out There Monthly Magazine and Evergreen Mountina Bike Alliance. General admission is $5 per person, with an additional cost to sign up for outdoor activities/excursions. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register here.

Monday, July 13 at 10:30am – Finance Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, July 13 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, July 13 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Thursday, July 16 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Thursday, July 16 at 5:30pm – Earned Sick and Safe Leave Open House – Council Chambers.

Upcoming events 5/15/15 through 5/22/15


With great weather we have been having, we couldn’t ask for a better time for Bike to Work Week; which begins next week on Monday, May 18. As part of Bike to Work Week, the City of Spokane is hosting the Commute of the Century. On Monday at 11:30am, a large group of bicycle riders, including Mayor Condon and WA State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, will be meeting in the South Perry District to go for a 5.8 mile ride along the South Hill. If you have the time to do it, you can pre-register here.

Monday, May 18 at 10am – Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, May 18 at 1:30pm – Public Safety Committee – Council Briefing Center.
Monday, May 18 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, May 19 at 4pm – Earned Sick and Safe Leave Task Force Meeting – West Central Community Center (1603 North Belt Street).
Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm – East Central Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center (500 South Stone Street).
Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm – Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council – Southside Community and Senior Center (3151 E. 27th Ave).
Thursday, May 21 at 1:30pm – Spokane Transit Authority Board Meeting – STA Offices (1230 W Boone Ave).
Thursday, May 21 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Twisted Willow Traffic Meeting This Wednesday (Southgate Neighborhood)

Last year developers vested a 100+ home subdivision called Twisted Willows over in Glenrose that proposed to have all the traffic enter and exit on 42nd Avenue on the east side of Southgate.

There will be a new traffic impact meeting at 6:15pm this Wednesday, April 15th at Fire Station 81 (6117 S. Palouse Hwy.) to discuss an updated design that will have traffic entering and exiting on both 42nd and 43rd Avenues into Southgate and potentially through Trickle Creek to Glenrose. To read the announcement and look at the updated plans, see here. For more information, see this post on the Southgate Neighborhoods website.