Slide Show Of Jon Snyder

A new initiative for solving the problems that face Downtown Spokane

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Today, the City Council along with the Spokane Police Department, Downtown Spokane Partnership, representatives of the business community and service providers in downtown announced a new Downtown Livability Initiative. This Initiative is geared toward revitalizing the downtown core area; and working in partnership with members of the Spokane community to provide a holistic solution to the problems that face downtown Spokane. I am pleased to have worked with Council members on this initiative and look forward to working with people from all across this great community to make this Initiative a reality.

A PDF document of the initiative can be found downtown initiative; which describes the actions Council will be taking in the next 90 days to address concerns about downtown.

Tuesday AM Recap 6/25/13: Supporting Local Boilermakers

Last year it was brought to the attention of Council President Stuckart that firms employing local boilermakers were not being allowed to bid on work at the Waste to Energy facility on the West Plains. Last night the Council approved a contract for new work on the Waste to Energy after getting an agreement from the facility operator, Wheelabrator, to accept bids from two additional companies that employ local boilermakers. Thanks to the 30+ members of Boilermakers Local 242 who came down to support this action. Local workers should never be excluded from any work that this City has a hand in. Thanks to Council President for working on this issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday Am Recap 6/18/13: U-District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge

It was the public outcry that wasn’t. For two weeks a local radio station has beat the drum against the University Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. The bridge, which has been identified as an economic development priority for the University District medical campus as far back as 2001, was the main subject of last night’s meeting. The Council was considering an action to allocate $1.3 million dollars of state money–no local funds–to the engineering of the bridge. Normally this would have been an afternoon consent agenda item, which is typical of most actions for receiving state or federal grants, but Councilman Fagan moved it to the evening legislative agenda. I was expecting a big turnout of anti-bridge folks, but nobody showed up. The only people who spoke against the bridge were Council regulars who are generally against, well, most everything. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Events: January 14th Through 20th


Martin Luther King Day Events in Spokane
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Tuesday AM Recap 8/22/11: Ombudsman & Alcohol Impact Area

After weeks of consultations and discussions the Council last night agreed to draft a letter requesting that PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission) clarify the jurisdictional issues regarding the recent arbitrator’s decision that concluded the City Council must repeal the 2010 ordinance that gave the Spokane Office of the Police Ombudsman increased powers, including that of independent investigative authority. In unanimously embarking on this course of action the Council also decided to withdraw Councilman Rush’s resolution to appeal the arbitrator’s decision and defer Council President Shogan’s legislation to repeal 2010 ordinance until September 26. The intent was to give PERC time to respond to our letter. We expect to have the letter completed in the next two days. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Events: August 8th-15th

The deadline for nominations for the 2011 City Of Spokane Arts Awards is this Friday, August 12th. The 20th annual Arts Awards will be presented in six categories during a public meeting of the Spokane City Council Monday, October 3th at 6pm. A reception will be held following the presentation to honor this year’s nominees and recipients. Individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to nominate candidates for these awards in the following categories:

Individual Artist
Arts Organization
Arts in Education
Individual Benefactor
Business Benefactor
Arts Community Leadership

Here is the Arts Awards online nomination form and you can find more information from the Spokane Arts Commission. Check here for a complete list of past winners.

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Upcoming Events: June 20th-June 27th

The city is seeking applicants for funding that can be used to acquire, rehabilitate, or construct rental properties within the City limits that are affordable to low-income residents in our community.About $655,000 in federal HOME funds is available for affordable housing projects. In addition, about $245,000 is available for projects developed by nonprofit Community Housing Development Organizations. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). This program targets the creation of rental housing that is affordable to people who are at or below 50 percent of the Spokane area’s median family income, which is $31,050 for a family of four.

In exchange for low-cost deferred loans with the potential for debt forgiveness, property owner must agree to rent restrictions and to rent to low-income tenants for at least 15 years for projects involving rehabilitation or acquisition or 20 years for new construction projects. Applications are due on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 4 P.M. in the City’s Community Development Office, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Rm. 650, Spokane, WA 99201. Funding awards will be made in September 2011. Check here for the application and here for the program description.

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Summary of City Charter Amendments

City Council Attorney Mike Piccolo sent an updated short summary describing the proposed charter amendments for the twelve charter sections contained in the eleven ballot propositions. Sections 24 and 33 are combined into one ballot proposition. It’s a good starting point to developing information for the public. Please note the summaries are not intended to suggest how a person should vote but to provide a simple concise summary of the proposed amendments.

Section 6 Qualifications for Elective Office – Amends Charter to provide that the positions of Council President and Council Members are separate positions with separate terms of office and term limits. Current language does not distinguish between Council President and Council Members in regards to term limits. This amendment will enable a person to serve two consecutive terms as a council member and than two consecutive terms as Council President. This amendment does not remove the term limitation after serving two consecutive terms. The amendment will also provide a definition of “Residency” for the purpose of qualifying to hold elective office. Residency would mean a person’s permanent address where he or she physically resides and maintains his or her abode.

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Spokane Pedestrian Master Plan

The City is putting together a Pedestrian Master Plan to increase pedestrian safety and mobility, support a multimodal transportation system, and provide guidance on the best use of resources to implement pedestrian initiatives. The goal is to establish a pedestrian network emphasizing safe routes to school and connections to transit and these routes include streets, walkways, and trails that connect schools, libraries, parks, neighborhoods, and commercial areas throughout the City. Citizen input is important to ensuring success, so I hope you can attend the first open house on Tuesday April 26th from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Mason Auditorium at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.

On the Pedestrian Master Plan website, you can review the project materials to learn what the project has accomplished so far. You can find out how to get involved in upcoming meetings and events. You can also tell planners what you think by sending in your comments and questions.

Developments in the bombing case

Like most of you I was surprised and pleased to hear of a break in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade bombing case yesterday. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all local, state, and federal law enforcement officials who have contributed to the arrest in this matter. I would also like to thank all those who have contributed to the ongoing dialogue on racism and violence that this incident has inspired in our community, particularly the local NAACP whose forum I attended a few weeks ago. Let justice now take its course.

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