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Blog Posts for 2018


Happy Holidays from the City of Spokane!

Dec. 21 at 10:08 a.m. - My Spokane 311 has all the details on City closures, things to do this holiday season, and a holiday gift guide!

Riverfront Park to Hold Workshop for New Wheels Park

Dec. 20 at 3:25 p.m. - Be part of the design process, share your thoughts, and interact with the design team from Grindline, and Bernardo Wills Architects.

Council accepting applications for Sustainability Action Subcommittee

Dec. 19 at 4:50 p.m. - Join the City Council’s Sustainability Action Subcommittee to help Spokane make progress on our sustainability goals!

SFD Paramedics Train for Life-Saving Flights

Dec. 18 at 11:04 a.m. - Watch 3:35 - Spokane firefighters join Rescue 3 aircrew.

Construction Season Comes To an End

Dec. 14 at 4:16 p.m. - Watch 2:41 - MLK Way and the University District Gateway Bridge open in time for winter!

CityCable 5’s Most Watched Videos

Dec. 14 at 2:26 p.m. - Watch 35:08 - Viewer’s clicks generate Top 10 List.

Students Draw Attention to Recycling

Dec. 13 at 11:17 a.m. - County students recently participated in a poster contest promoting the power of recycling. Finalists’ art part of a 2019 recycling calendar.

Solar Power for City Hall

Dec. 12 at 4:24 p.m. - City Hall to be powered by solar as part of new Avista program

Helping Seniors

Dec. 11 at 1:53 p.m. - Utility bill credits available for certain seniors, disabled individuals


Happy Giving Tuesday!

Nov. 27 at 2:28 p.m. - This Giving Tuesday the City is focused on helping those experiencing homelessness.

FREE Residential Energy Code Compliance Training

Nov. 26 at 2:31 p.m. - The WSU Energy Program is offering FREE Residential Energy Code Compliance Training.

City Employee Saves A Best Friend

Nov. 21 at 10:50 a.m. - Watch 3:52 - A West Central Spokane woman is thankful a City of Spokane employee rescued her dog from the Spokane River.

Spokane Joins Anchor Community Initiative

Nov. 21 at 10:04 a.m. - Spokane joins A Way Home Washington’s initiative to end youth homelessness by 2022.

Research Slingshots Spokane into Future

Nov. 16 at 3:04 p.m. - Watch 2:34 - City test-drives ideas for saving time, money.

Everybody Counts Donation Drive

Nov. 16 at 12:25 p.m. - The annual Everybody Counts Donation Drive is back!

Do you want to run for local office?

Nov. 12 at 4:32 p.m. - City of Spokane implements Spokane Fair Elections Ordinance

Help the City End Homelessness

Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. - Where would you like to see the City make investments?

Choose Spokane

Nov. 9 at 2:46 p.m. - In Spokane, affordable housing, short commutes, and a strong job market welcome you.

A Heritage of Helping the Homeless

Nov. 9 at 12:05 p.m. - Watch 3:17 - Father & Daughter tag-team outreach efforts. Two generations of the Peeler family have devoted themselves to helping Spokane's less fortunate.

311 Helps You Plan Your November

Nov. 9 at 11:19 a.m. - Leaf pickup, green bin deadline, and more! My Spokane helps you plan your November.

City Crews Are Scheduled to Begin Leaf Pickup On November 12

Nov. 8 at 1:48 p.m. - Despite the early snow, City of Spokane crews are starting leaf pickup activities on City streets today, Monday, Nov. 12

Celebrating decades of reducing waste!

Nov. 7 at 4:49 p.m. - Watch 4:52 - Master Composter/Recyclers lead the way on home composting and better recycling

Important safety tips when driving near commercial vehicles

Nov. 6 at 5:07 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department wants to remind motorists to use caution and avoid unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles.

Housing in Spokane

Nov. 5 at 4:06 p.m. - City of Spokane launches housing website.

Helping Snow Plows Go Farther, Faster

Nov. 5 at 3:46 p.m. - Watch 2:53 - Crews gearing up to keep you moving. The Spokane Street Department is gearing up for its annual war on winter weather.

Enhancing Your Survival Mindset

Nov. 2 at 10:25 a.m. - Watch 2:59 - Spokane police offer self-defense classes.


EnVision Center Opening in January

Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. - Spokane’s EnVision Center located at 130 S. Arthur Street, will serve as a one stop shop for services.

How to Identify a Malicious Email

Oct. 23 at 2:13 p.m. - October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! This week we are focused on how to identify malicious emails.

Officers with beards and yellow ribbons all for a good cause

Oct. 22 at 4:16 p.m. - It’s that time of the year again where you will see some SPD Officers wearing yellow ribbons and sporting beards. It’s all for a good cause.

Getting ready for Snow!

Oct. 22 at 3:16 p.m. - Watch 10:13 - City’s Snow Response Plan centers around more plowing in more areas sooner; requires collaboration with citizens.

A New Partner for Urbanova

Oct. 19 at 12:09 p.m. - Watch 22:04 - Verizon joins Urbanova, Spokane’s Smart Cities Initiative

Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government

Oct. 18 at 1:07 p.m. - Find out how your business can earn a government contract!

Police Reforms Create New Trust, Partnerships

Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. - Watch 4:03 - SPD implements 38 policy and training changes.

Secure Spokane 2018

Oct. 15 at 2:02 p.m. - Join local cyber security professionals to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security in our community!

Mayor: Condition of City is Strong

Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. - Watch 17:04 - Mayor Condon delivers the annual Statement of Conditions & Affairs.

What do you think of Bikeshare?

Oct. 11 at 2:29 p.m. - City seeks feedback on bike and scooter rental pilot program

We Need Your Input on Creating Housing Variety and Choices

Oct. 10 at 10:56 a.m. - Attend your local neighborhood council meeting and hear from the City’s Planning department about Infill!

Preparing for autumn with My Spokane 311

Oct. 9 at 12:20 p.m. - Your time is valuable; learn how to use our My Spokane 311 service.

Police Partner with Mental Health Professionals

Oct. 4 at 4:09 p.m. - Watch 3:22 - Experts ride with cops to help mentally ill.

Fall Leaf Festival Returns to Finch Arboretum

Oct. 3 at 4:33 p.m. - Fun and education mix at this annual celebration of fall foliage. Saturday October 27, 2018 from 11am to 2pm.

Seeking Examples of SpokaneScape!

Oct. 2 at 4:20 p.m. - Enter your water-smart landscaping in the City’s contest. Best examples of SpokaneScape landscaping will win utility bill credits.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Oct. 2 at 3:54 p.m. - Watch 1:13 - Mayor Condon declares the month of October as Cyber Security Awareness Month!


Celebrate Art, Culture & Innovation at Foreground

Sept. 27 at 1:47 p.m. - Foreground is a 10-day celebration of Spokane's artists, big thinkers and organizers.

Spokane Raises New Homes and Hopes

Sept. 21 at 11:35 a.m. - Watch 2:25 - City creates new housing opportunities.

Free Trees Now Available from City of Spokane Urban Forestry

Sept. 17 at 2:09 p.m. - Through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program, the Neighborhood Tree Program is giving away 500 trees this fall.

City Has $2.5 Million in CDBG Funds Available

Sept. 14 at 2:41 p.m. - Anyone can apply for CDBG funding, even you! Grant applications are due October 26th!

Becoming a City of Spokane Firefighter

Sept. 12 at 2:39 p.m. - Watch 3:00 - Are you interested in becoming a Spokane Fire Department firefighter? Here is everything you need to know about the application process.

North Monroe Corridor Opens Early

Sept. 7 at 3:10 p.m. - Watch 13:53 - Celebrate the Monroe Street’s reopening on September 15th!

10 New Officers Proposed for 2019

Sept. 4 at 4:39 p.m. - Watch 12:51 - Initial 2019 City Budget includes 10 new Police Officers, more dollars for Fire

Learning from Scandinavia

Sept. 4 at 2:35 p.m. - Spokane community delegation to learn about sustainable infrastructure and green economy strategies in Denmark and Sweden

Fall 2018 Cleaning from the Corridor

Sept. 4 at 12:32 p.m. - Cleaning from the Corridor 2018 in Audubon/Downriver


City Interim Response Plan for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Aug. 31 at 3:27 p.m. - City Interim Response Plan for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Spokane Creating New Housing Options

Aug. 28 at 11:32 a.m. - Watch 3:18 - Infill development saves taxpayer dollars.

Help Select Design Elements for the Post Street Bridge!

Aug. 24 at 3:40 p.m. - Learn more about the Post Street Bridge project and take our survey.

Spokane Housing Ventures to Build Jayne Auld

Aug. 23 at 11:06 a.m. - The Jane Auld Manor will include a three story apartment building and five duplex buildings.

Spokane Drives Off Stolen Car Top-10 List

Aug. 23 at 10:55 a.m. - Watch 3:51 - Vehicle theft down more than 5 percent.

Bikeshare is on its Way!

Aug. 20 at 4:06 p.m. - Watch 5:49 - Bikeshare pilot program planned this fall; watch for bikes and scooters for rent

Moving Forward With the Parking Study

Aug. 16 at 2:15 p.m. - Parking study finds there are over 36,000 downtown parking spaces.

How Are You Hacking Washington?

Aug. 15 at 10:34 a.m. - How are you #HackingWashington? Tell us on social media by using the hashtag #HackingWashington

Property Crimes Dropping in Spokane

Aug. 10 at 2:07 p.m. - Watch 2:38 - Property Crimes Dropping in Spokane

Learn about the City of Spokane’s eleven Opportunity Zones

Aug. 9 at 10:15 a.m. - Watch 1:06:52 - 90 Investors, Developers, Accountants, and Bankers attended the Spokane Opportunity Zone Training and Discussion

Fall registration has a new look and feel!

Aug. 8 at 3:53 p.m. - Based on your feedback, we’ve simplified registration with new software.

Spokane Killing Off Zombie Homes

Aug. 7 at 3:21 p.m. - Watch 3:06 - Police program brings new life to neighborhoods.

Impacts of Upriver Beacon Fire on Camp Sekani Park

Aug. 6 at 3:45 p.m. - Camp Sekani recently reopened after being damaged by wildfire. Learn the current status of restoration efforts and how you can help.

Saving a Life? All in a Day’s Work

Aug. 2 at 11:09 a.m. - Watch 2:37 - Officer Uses CPR to Revive 5-Year Old.

Get the Scoop on Joint Meeting

Aug. 1 at 2:51 p.m. - Here’s the latest information on the joint meeting to consider investments in Schools and Libraries

Saving for the Future

Aug. 1 at 11:34 a.m. - City Council Approves $2.5 Million Addition to Reserves


Summer Serves Up Crime Opportunities

July 27 at 4:09 p.m. - Watch 2:41 - Making your home less attractive to thieves.

New Codes Could Save Lives, Property

July 27 at 10:19 a.m. - Watch 2:13 - The City of Spokane wants to adopt some minimum standards for housing both inside and outside any place people call home.

City Announces Cultural Fund Grantees

July 25 at 3:42 p.m. - The City has awarded grant funding for programs and events that honor and celebrate Spokane’s diversity!

Taking Services and Hope Inside Homeless Camps

July 24 at 2:07 p.m. - Watch 2:59 - City of Spokane expanding outreach efforts.

Connect Downtown Event

July 23 at 3:51 p.m. - Wednesday, July 25 come learn about the future of downtown Spokane!

The Gift of Snow Gates

July 23 at 2:51 p.m. - Watch 6:55 - The City will more than double the number of snow gates in its fleet to address driveway berms.

Panhandlers Take a Ride to a Better Life

July 19 at 2:59 p.m. - Watch 3:36 - Hope Works offers hand up, not hand out.

Establishing Neighborhood Multi-Cultural Centers

July 18 at 4:43 p.m. - The City of Spokane is excited to announce that it is seeking to partner with organizations to establish Neighborhood Multi-Cultural Centers.

City, schools discussing innovative partnership

July 18 at 2:19 p.m. - The City of Spokane and Spokane Public Schools are discussing an innovative partnership to make a generational investment in learning and leisure.

Help Prevent Fires

July 17 at 4:21 p.m. - Stay safe this summer by eliminating any fire hazards near and around your property. Burn restrictions are currently in place.

Are you interested in becoming a police officer or firefighter?

July 17 at 12:08 p.m. - City of Spokane offering free public safety testing

What’s on Your Downtown Wish List?

July 16 at 5:04 p.m. - Watch 2:51 - Public asked to shape downtown’s future

Spokane Arts Grant Awards Information Session

July 13 at 10:24 a.m. - Do you know a local artist that would be interested in applying for a $10,000 grant?

Man Sells Restaurant Becomes Spokane Cop

July 5 at 8:24 a.m. - Watch 3:02 - 44-year-old wants to fight crime, not flip burgers


Being Good Neighbors

June 27 at 9:27 a.m. - City to consolidate entrances to a buffer zone adjacent to the closed South Side Landfill.

Dig Disrupts Liberty Park Sprinklers

June 25 at 3:22 p.m. - Watch 1:49 - Crews working turf rehab plan.

Housing Quality Definitions & Standards

June 21 at 4:20 p.m. - Update on Housing Quality Definition and the Property Maintenance Code

4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Offers Food, Fun, and Fireworks

June 20 at 4:45 p.m. - You’re invited to attend the region’s premier 4th of July celebration. Here’s what you can look forward to.

RFQ for Community Land Trust

June 20 at 3:29 p.m. - The city is soliciting proposals from agencies interested in developing and managing a Community Land Trust.

Downtown Central

June 20 at 2:58 p.m. - Join the Downtown Plan update conversation and show the City of Spokane what you would like to see downtown.

Make a Difference in Your Community

June 14 at 2:01 p.m. - Apply to join the Spokane Park Board, Bicycle Advisory Board or Ombudsman Commission today!

City Seeking Cultural Fund Grant Applications

June 13 at 4:11 p.m. - The City will be awarding grant funding for programs and events that honor and celebrate Spokane’s diversity!

BECU Outdoor Movies Return to Riverfront for 2018 Season

June 11 at 3:59 p.m. - Popular classics and recent blockbusters are playing in Riverfront’s Lilac Bowl this summer

Journey from Homelessness to City Employee

June 7 at 5:04 p.m. - Watch 3:16 - City job proves answer for one homeless man

Submit Your Code & Parking Complaints Online

June 7 at 4:42 p.m. - Citizens can now report Code and Parking Enforcement complaints online.

Downtown Central a Downtown Plan

June 1 at 4:01 p.m. - Help the City of Spokane update the Downtown Plan!


Reintroducing the Give Real Change and Hope Works Programs

May 31 at 2:41 p.m. - Give Real Change by donating to programs addressing homelessness.

Mounted Horse Patrol Rides Again

May 30 at 2:05 p.m. - Watch 2:36 - C.O.P.S. reining in crime with help from horses.

Spokane Gives Has Record Breaking Year

May 24 at 3:51 p.m. - In April, Spokane Gives volunteers reported over 123,000 hours of service!

Saving the Historic Arches

May 24 at 12:22 p.m. - Post Street Bridge replacement is being designed to save the historic concrete arches.

Save with SpokaneScape

May 22 at 10:53 a.m. - Replace grass with SpokaneScape landscaping and get a credit on your City utility bill

Firefighters Reach for Checklists

May 18 at 10:24 a.m. - Watch 2:19 - Clinical guides could help save lives.

Smoothing Out the Ride

May 15 at 3:51 p.m. - New program designed to lessen the impacts of garbage trucks on unpaved streets and alleys.

Carrousel Rides Back into Our Hearts

May 12 at 1 p.m. - Watch 3:56 - New rotunda showcases Carrousel’s beauty

Join Us At Connect Downtown

May 11 at 3:51 p.m. - Join us May 21st from 3 – 6 p.m. at the south entrance of Riverfront Park (near the Rotary Fountain) to discuss downtown Spokane’s future at Connect D

Use Caution Around the Spokane River

May 10 at 4:29 p.m. - Very cold, fast moving water can be dangerous.

Prostitution Sting Drives Down Demand

May 10 at Midnight - Watch 3:09 - Spokane police arrested 14 men and towed their vehicles during a recent sting operation designed to disrupt human trafficking.

2018 Parking Study Survey

May 8 at 2:11 p.m. - Take the new parking survey and you could win a gift card to Atticus Coffee & Gifts!

New Lease on Life for Vacant Lots

May 4 at 10:08 a.m. - Watch 2:21 - City wants more options for infill development

Development Code Open Houses

May 2 at 4:24 p.m. - City updating lot width, wall height, attached housing and parking setback requirements.


New Ways to Interact with City of Spokane

April 27 at 3 p.m. - Watch 2:14 - City launches 311 chat, chat with a planner, and partnership with GovQA. New online features provide a more customer friendly environment.

Pedestrian Bridge Named University District Gateway Bridge

April 27 at 2:21 p.m. - The University District Gateway Bridge will connect the University District and Sprague corridor.

Saturday is Cleaning from the Corridor!

April 26 at 3:01 p.m. - Peaceful Valley will be hosting this year’s Cleaning from the Corridor event!

Celebrating Earth Day

April 23 at 4:53 p.m. - On Earth Day, we reflect on sustainability successes and look ahead to more.

Are Electric Fences Allowed in Spokane?

April 17 at 2:27 p.m. - Amendment update would expand electric fence usage to Light Industrial zones.

District 3 Health Education Fair

April 17 at 1:58 p.m. - The Health Education Fair is scheduled for April 21st!

West Central Spokane 9-1-1 Call Hotspot

April 13 at 4:04 p.m. - Watch 2:07 - Accessible health care at the best price.

Fighting Fires Before They Start

April 12 at 12:04 p.m. - Watch 3:18 - New Chief Pushes for Fire Prevention

Downtown and University District Parking Study

April 10 at 9:28 a.m. - Nelson\Nygaard is conducting a parking study for the City of Spokane.

Everybody Counts Survey Identifies Solutions

April 9 at 12:01 p.m. - Watch 3:58 - Census shows homeless numbers rising

2018 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference

April 3 at 4:01 p.m. - Registration for the Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference is open!


Do Treehouses Need a Building Permit?

March 30 at 2:26 p.m. - Watch 2:05 - Call City Hall before making home improvements.

City to Launch Spokane Matters 2.0

March 28 at 10:48 a.m. - Join us Thursday to share the issues affecting your district with your Spokane Matters district group.

Orange cones are coming!

March 26 at 4:51 p.m. - Watch 14:00 - Mayor Condon launches 2018 construction season, featuring $67 million in new work.

Officer Works to Make Downtown Safer

March 23 at 12:33 p.m. - Watch 5:22 - Patrol cop targets crime, habitual offenders, and works to make Downtown safer

Cleaning from the Corridor 2018

March 21 at 9:04 a.m. - Cleaning form the Corridor (CFTC) is back and this year’s event will be hosted in the beautiful Peaceful Valley neighborhood.

Special Event Permitting Process Changes - Coming Soon

March 15 at 4:01 p.m. - City employees are in the process of updating the special event permit process.

Businesses are open!

March 13 at 9:27 a.m. - The City is launching a comprehensive effort to assist businesses during the North Monroe Corridor revitalization project this summer.

Keep the Change, Pay by Phone

March 2 at 11:45 a.m. - Watch 3:14 - Coins create loads of Heavy Metal. Download the Passport Parking app and pay for parking with your cell phone.


New Convenience for Residential Parking Pass Holders

Feb. 28 at 4:32 p.m. - Passport Parking provides a convenient process to purchase residential parking passes.

Behind the Wheel of a Snow Plow

Feb. 23 at 12:39 p.m. - Watch 3:25 - Crews work long hours to clear streets

Painting the Ponies: Restoring Riverfront Park’s Looff Carrousel

Feb. 19 at 2:38 p.m. - Riverfront Park’s 1909 Looff Carrousel is getting a makeover in preparation for its new home.

Patients Get Relief from Pain, Big Bills

Feb. 14 at 3:54 p.m. - Watch 3:49 - Fire departments in Spokane and Spokane Valley offering free rides to urgent care centers to people who call 911 for help but do not require emergency

Upcoming North Spokane Corridor Workshops

Feb. 12 at 4:12 p.m. - Washington State Department of Transportation is holding its first series of North Spokane Corridor 2018 workshops!

Celebrate Black History Month

Feb. 8 at 12:11 p.m. - History month events are scheduled throughout the month of February in Spokane.

Firefighters Climb for Cancer Cure

Feb. 6 at 3:46 p.m. - Watch 1:54 - Stairclimbing events raise pulses, money

Solar Power Compacts Downtown Trash

Feb. 5 at 3:59 p.m. - Watch 1:55 - New high-tech bins recycling friendly


Invest With Us: The YARD

Jan. 31 at 4:36 p.m. - The YARD holds promise for industry and quality of life improvements: You can be a part of its revitalization.

Growing Healthy Forests

Jan. 23 at 3:21 p.m. - Forest health collaboration created over 35 acres of more resilient and healthy forested open space in the City of Spokane this winter.

Making sure resources meet the need

Jan. 23 at 11:20 a.m. - Watch 2:19 - Spokane prepares for an intensive look at members of our homeless community. The Point in Time Count is Thursday, January 25th, 2018.

City Asks Public for Input into Building Heights along Riverfront Park

Jan. 19 at 3:37 p.m. - The City is seeking public input into a possible increase in allowed building heights on the south side of Riverfront Park.

Volunteers Donated Their Time on MLK Day

Jan. 17 at 4:22 p.m. - Volunteers gathered on MLK Day to sort Everybody Counts donations!

Gaining seconds and inches

Jan. 12 at 10:33 a.m. - Watch 2:41 - Officer’s steely nerves prevent shooting

Preserving Spokane’s Architectural Roots

Jan. 8 at 11:32 a.m. - Watch 3:33 - Protecting Older Buildings from Demolition

Celebrate MLK Day in 2018!

Jan. 5 at 11:58 a.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us with an opportunity get involved

The North Spokane Corridor Place Project

Jan. 3 at 12:40 p.m. - Help WSDOT, EWU and the City of Spokane design community places along the North Spokane Corridor!