There was a long agenda last night but it went fairly fast because all items save one had unanimous votes. I am particularly pleased that the resolution I authored supporting Governor Gregoire’s request that the federal government reclassify medical marijuana from a schedule 1 drug to a schedule 2 drug garnered full support of the Council. This is the first time the Spokane City Council has gone on record in a resolution for any aspect of marijuana policy and I think it was overdue. We have many citizens in our city that are caught in legal limbo over the law’s lack of clarity and reclassification would go a long way in sorting this mess out. I want to thank Councilman Mike Fagan for co-sponsoring this resolution with me. Mike has expressed intense concern to me about how his district in particular is affected by the current conflict between state and federal law on medical marijuana. Read the rest of this entry »
Because of the Town Hall meeting format, where neighborhoods councils come to present directly to the Council, we only had one item on our legislative agenda last night. That item was affirming the Mission, Vision, and Values statement for the City of Spokane. Our mission is “TO DELIVER EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SERVICES THAT FACILITATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE.” You can read the rest of the Vision and Values statement in this week’s packet. Mayor Condon made the request to bring this resolution forward and I commend him for doing so. It’s always good to be reminded of these important aspirations for our City government. The Mayor also brought forth free Cyrus O’leary pie for everyone in attendance last night in celebration of National Pie Day, and I thank him for that as well. The resolution passed unanimously 6-0 (Councilmember McLaughlin was out of town on a trip.) Read the rest of this entry »
It was nice to be back at the dias after a week absence. So far my recovery from knee surgery is going well. My most important milestone will be getting in shape for the Ferris HS Daddy and Daughter Dance in February. Otherwise I’ll be in hot water with my seven-year-old. PT don’t fail me now.
All Council action came on unanimous vote last night. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out this wonderful class on Urban Bee Keeping at Sun People Dry Goods!
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Spokane residents have one month left to receive a subsidized home energy audit with local non-profit general contractor SustainableWorks. With stimulus funds running out, the price of home energy audits will increase to $195 at the first of the year. This is the final opportunity for Spokane residents to find out how to make their homes more energy efficient this winter at a greatly reduced cost. The purpose of the SustainableWorks program is to help homeowners make home improvements that reduce their energy use and energy bills. In additional to receiving a low cost home energy audit, participants can save on items like furnaces, air sealing, insulation, and hot water heaters that reduce their energy costs. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, please visit www.sustainableworks.com or call 509-532-1688. You must sign-up by midnight of December 31st to qualify for the $95 home energy audit. New clients must pay for their audit by January 31, 2012.
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Next time you’re in Peaceful Valley, take a peek at a new memorial sign paid for by donations and posted on the shelter near the basketball court, just off Main Street, under the Maple Street Bridge. The sign honors neighborhood basketball enthusiast, Jerry Talley, who passed away recently.
According to Peaceful Valley neighbors, “…no one has used the basketball court more than Jerry Talley – sun, rain, snow, and sleet, Jerry would be out at the court, shooting, rebounding, and chasing missed shots. Jerry was featured as Hoopfest’s oldest player in 2010. No matter what the weather or competition was like, Jerry’s mantra always seemed to be “one more game!” Teenagers, twenty-somethings, middle-aged former athletes: Jerry would outlast them all. Jerry will be sorely missed in the neighborhood.”
The text on the sign reads:
“In honor of basketball player Jerry Talley
Who, in his eighth decade, inspired others to play “One more game.”
The Council only had a brief legislative agenda to make room for our last town hall meeting of the year. Our legislative actions included an EBO for accepting a Department of Justice grant, a budget change to allow for better than expected concession proceeds from the parks department, and creating a half-time position for the rest of the year for the Fire Departments CARES program. The CARES program is a successful initiative that looks at ways to reduce repeat 911 calls for non-emergency assistance by coordinating better community services. All actions were passed unanimously. Read the rest of this entry »
There will be an open house on the topic of Development Code Proposals Affecting Schools, Churches and Non-residential Parking in Residential Zones.
DATE: Thursday, September 8th
TIME: 5:00-7:00 PM, presentation at 5:30 PM
LOCATION: East Central Community Center-Senior Room (500 South Stone Street)
This presentation is regarding changes to the Spokane Municipal Code that would affect schools and religious institutions in residential zones. Specifically, these proposals would change the process required to approve a new school or church or expand an existing one. This issue is of great interest to many citizens on the south hill regarding several proposed projects by both schools and churches. Other related code changes are also proposed and will be discussed at the open house, including prohibiting the demolition of residential structures for the expansion of non-required parking for a non-residential use. Click Here to view the proposed changes.
For additional Information please contact Kathleen Weinand, City Planner at (509) 625-6146 or email@example.com, or visit the web site at www.spokaneplanning.org
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 »