Blog Posts for 2021


Property Crime

Dec. 29 at 12:17 p.m. - Watch 3:02 - Tips from a Spokane Police officer on how to keep your home and property safe from thieves.

Move Over Law

Dec. 29 at 11:06 a.m. - Watch 1:39 - The law requires that vehicles approaching an emergency or work zone proceed with due caution, and if safe move over, or change lanes.

Helping Families Out of Homelessness

Dec. 22 at 5:13 p.m. - Watch 2:26 - Family Promise keeps kids, parents together.

First Snow Event by the Numbers

Dec. 21 at 12:59 p.m. - City crews respond with flexibility in logistics and materials.

New Law to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Dec. 20 at 3:22 p.m. - A new Washington law aims at reducing single-use plastic serviceware goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

Your Patience at the Curb is Appreciated

Dec. 14 at 3:24 p.m. - Transition to new on-street parking system includes temporary disruptions.

Spokane Shares $9.3 Million in Rent Relief

Dec. 14 at 9:59 a.m. - Watch 2:50 - Tenants and landlords benefit from emergency assistance.

On-street metered parking time limits are getting an update

Dec. 7 at 9:32 a.m. - Public has chance to give feedback on updates to time limits.


New VOA Shelter for Young Adults

Nov. 23 at 4:05 p.m. - Watch 2:18 - Shelter takes shape near SCC vocational training.

City, Gonzaga Team Up to Offer Free Neighborhood Leader Training

Nov. 12 at 3:42 p.m. - Applications are being accepted for the free pilot City and Gonzaga leadership academy

Next Steps for Housing Action Plan Implementation

Nov. 11 at 10:20 a.m. - City Council and Plan Commission generate ideas for 2022 work program.

2022 Spokane Recycles Calendar

Nov. 8 at 2:13 p.m. - Students educate our community on the importance of reducing waste.

Upriver Dam 360 Virtual Tour Now Available!

Nov. 4 at 4:05 p.m. - From source to tap, discover how the City of Spokane’s water works.


New Center Treats People in Crisis

Oct. 29 at 2:38 p.m. - Watch 2:25 - New options, other than jail, for mental health patients.

Spokane Almost Leveled Clock Tower

Oct. 15 at 11:23 a.m. - Watch 1:53 - Man honored for saving historic landmark.

Mayor: outlook cautious, thoughtful, realistic

Oct. 12 at 9:29 a.m. - Woodward focuses on collaboration, next steps in Statement of Conditions and Affairs

Virtual Fall Compost Fair Planned for October

Oct. 4 at 5:10 p.m. - Spokane residents can learn the basics of home composting and receive a free compost bin by participating in a virtual compost fair.

Mayor Woodward releases preliminary draft 2022 budget

Oct. 4 at 4:22 p.m. - Priority-based maintains core service levels

Reserve Officers Back Spokane Police

Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. - Watch 2:17 - Volunteers help keep our community safe.

Regional shelter system fills gaps, adds consistency

Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. - Improved predictability comes in time for winter


Police Target Abandoned Vehicles

Sept. 23 at 11:25 a.m. - Watch 2:11 - Getting rid of neighborhood nuisances.

2021 Spokane Recycles Poster Contest

Sept. 13 at 4:55 p.m. - Students can enter the 2021 Spokane Recycles Poster Contest and have their artwork used to educate others about reducing waste.

Considering Stormwater Ordinance Changes to Protect Water Quality

Sept. 10 at 4:06 p.m. - Changes to Spokane Municipal Code are being proposed to meet conditions of the stormwater permit.

Serving Up a Problem

Sept. 3 at 11:51 a.m. - Watch 2:46 - Generosity without services enables “lifestyle”.


City of Spokane Housing Action Plan Finalized

Aug. 25 at 11:25 a.m. - Housing Action Plan outlines priorities for the future.

More Crews Targeting Downtown Trash

Aug. 18 at 4:16 p.m. - Watch 2:19 - New hires, extended hours address litter problem.

Riverfront Park Butterfly Update

Aug. 16 at 2:50 p.m. - Get the latest update on work to bring back Riverfront’s iconic butterfly.

Spokane Bike Cops Make Downtown Safer

Aug. 6 at 11:32 a.m. - Watch 2:24 - Bikes bridge gap between officers and public.


Spokane’s Floodplain and Your Property

July 26 at 12:06 p.m. - Spokane is prone to flooding around the Spokane River and Latah Creek

New Online Waste Reduction Classes

July 22 at 4:36 p.m. - Learn about composting critters and how to make your own bokashi composting system.

City Council Seeks American Rescue Plan Feedback

July 22 at 2:41 p.m. - Seeking Public Engagement on ARP Funding

Helping Homeless Off Streets with Jobs

July 16 at 12:24 p.m. - Watch 2:32 - UGM Internships lead to new lives, careers.

Massive New Facility Captures Tiniest Pollutant Particles

July 15 at 9:50 a.m. - City dedicates “Next Level of Treatment” at wastewater plant

Police Offer Help to People in Crisis

July 9 at 11:28 a.m. - Watch 2:47 - Training teaches officers de-escalation techniques.

Latex Paint Accepted for Recycling

July 6 at 12:57 p.m. - Residents can now drop off their unused latex paint for recycling at the City of Spokane’s Waste to Energy Facility.


New Study Reveal the “Scientific Truth about Waste-To-Energy”

June 30 at 10:16 a.m. - Study addresses the myths and misconceptions of Waste to Energy facilities

Helping People Find the “Way Out”

June 29 at 8:41 a.m. - Watch 3:19 - Making room for new Bridge Housing program.

Apply or Renew Your For-Hire License Online

June 18 at 12:24 p.m. - For-hire license applications available online!

City Offers New Career Opportunities

June 18 at 9:08 a.m. - Watch 2:00 - Civil Service testing made easier for applicants.

Mayor Doubles Efforts to Clean Up Downtown

June 11 at 2:29 p.m. - Watch 2:18 - Making sidewalks safe and sanitary for everyone.

Mayor Makes Changes in Shelter System

June 4 at 2:45 p.m. - Watch 2:57 - New programs to help people escape homelessness.

Help Combat the Drought with Odd/Even Watering!

June 4 at 12:05 p.m. - Spokane residents urged to save water to prepare for drought.

Spokane Police Department is hiring!

June 3 at 11:22 a.m. - Learn more about the hiring process


Hot Materials Do Not Belong In the Garbage

May 25 at 2:42 p.m. - Keep hot coals and ashes out of your trash to prevent garbage fires.

Why Building Safety Month Matters to You

May 21 at 9:42 a.m. - Structure safety is a good investment.

More Things to Recycle!

May 18 at 4:02 p.m. - There is one more thing residents can bring to the Waste to Energy Facility’s recycling drop off area.

Gonzaga Leadership Studies is coming to your Neighborhood Council

May 17 at 3:06 p.m. - Neighborhoods will benefit from customized leadership training.

Draft Sustainability Action Plan Released for Feedback

May 14 at 12:08 p.m. - Help guide sustainability policy for Spokane

For-Hire Licensing Going Virtual

May 14 at 9:29 a.m. - Online option will be available soon

Police Build Relationships in Boxing Ring

May 7 at 3:40 p.m. - Watch 2:52 - Spokane gym opens doors to kids and cops.

Become a Spokane Police Officer

May 5 at 4:43 p.m. - Take the Public Safety Test for free


City and EWU students team up for the Community

April 27 at 3:59 p.m. - EWU students put design skills to work for Continuum of Care

Brides Brave Sprague Avenue Construction

April 23 at 2:26 p.m. - Watch 2:17 - Businesses still accessible during construction.

Poetry In the Neighborhood

April 23 at 11:48 a.m. - Local poets give a voice to their neighborhoods

Partners for Work Virtual Event

April 12 at 12:54 p.m. - Partners for Work is back! A two-day employment event for adults with disabilities

Spokane Parks Windstorm Restoration Plans Underway

April 12 at 12:05 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is working with The Lands Council to mitigate damage to our urban tree canopy caused by the windstorm on January 13

Virtual Compost Fair

April 12 at 11:01 a.m. - Spokane County residents can learn the basics of home composting and receive a free compost bin by participating in a virtual compost fair.

Let’s Get Street Smart About Traffic Calming

April 12 at 9:52 a.m. - Traffic calming program changes offer better solutions.

Investing in Public Infrastructure

April 8 at 5:10 p.m. - City Launches a $70 Million Construction Season

Spokane Police Equipped to Save Lives

April 1 at 2:09 p.m. - Watch 2:33 - Officers prepared to help when every second counts.


Be Fire Smart – Recreational Fires

March 31 at 10:48 a.m. - Tips to keep your recreational fires safe.

Pick your passion during Spokane Gives!

March 29 at 10:20 a.m. - Watch 2:10 - With the weather warming up and more opportunities to get outside, we are encouraging everyone to pick your passion and give back to our community.

Cycle into Spring This Weekend

March 23 at 2:52 p.m. - Ride the pathways and bridges of Downtown Spokane, Kendall Yards, and the U District.

Collaboration has introduced hope

March 18 at 5:35 p.m. - Watch 48:13 - Mayor Nadine Woodward delivered a message of renewed partnership, collaboration and hope during her annual State of the City Address to the community

State of the City Address

March 15 at 9:16 a.m. - Join Mayor Nadine Woodward on Wednesday, March 17 at noon for the annual State of the City Address.


Recycling Pickup to Change in May

Feb. 23 at 4:31 p.m. - City to Switch to Every Other Week Recycling Collection to Keep Costs Affordable

Proposed police contract released

Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. - 5-year agreement awaiting Council, Guild membership vote

Mystery Bonds

Feb. 16 at 2:20 p.m. - The City has had several inquiries about municipal bonds issued from 1899 to 1912!

Meet SPD’s Newest K-9

Feb. 12 at 4:03 p.m. - Watch 3:11 - Dog flies half-way around world for new duties.

City Council 2020 Year-End Summary

Feb. 9 at 11:55 a.m. - Summary of Council actions for 2020

Have A COVID Safe Super Bowl

Feb. 3 at 2:44 p.m. - Host a virtual celebration

10 Minute Curbside Parking 2.0

Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. - Short term parking spaces helping small businesses.

Transitions Continues to Serve

Feb. 2 at 2:37 p.m. - Women’s Hearth keeps tradition alive during challenging times


Unlocking Access to Spokane River Gorge

Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. - Watch 2:54 - New Loop Trail improvements underway.

Tagging Cleans Up City’s Recycle Carts

Jan. 27 at 5:42 p.m. - Report from summer cart tagging study helps show the way to better recycling.

Change to how emergency calls answered

Jan. 26 at 5:24 p.m. - Calls for help still answered, resources sent

Derelict Housing Program Fills Gaps

Jan. 26 at 3:49 p.m. - Pilot program transforms neighborhoods and provides affordable housing.

Parks continues storm clean-up

Jan. 19 at 3:05 p.m. - Park crews are addressing down and high-risk trees at more than 25 parks, please stay clear of areas with damage.

Understanding Housing Displacement Risk in Spokane

Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. - What are the ways people can be displaced?

Pathways to Public Service

Jan. 15 at 12:48 p.m. - Join us for an upcoming hiring workshop!

Celebrate MLK Day 2021 in Spokane

Jan. 12 at 4:43 p.m. - Get involved in community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How COVID-19 will impact the 2021 Point-in-Time Count

Jan. 12 at 2:44 p.m. - One of several tools to learn about our homeless populations.

Teen Gets New Perspective Training with Police

Jan. 8 at 11:08 a.m. - Watch 3:52 - 15-year-old invited to walk in shoes of officers.

Episode 3 of the Talking Trash Podcast

Jan. 7 at 9:56 a.m. - The City of Spokane Solid Waste Department’s waste reduction podcast series, Talking Trash with Gina Claeys, has released Episode 3 of the series.