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Election 2011: Provisional Ballots at CenterPlace

Election 2011: Provisional Ballots at CenterPlace

For whatever reason, dozens of voters found their way to make-shift election centers scattered across Spokane County to vote the old fashioned way. In a booth. It’s not a method that’s advised for everybody. For those that have unfortunate accidents happen to their ballots on election day, it’s the only option.

Spokane County Elections provided the stats for their election center, located at CenterPlace. The numbers were... interesting.

Central Valley High School students prepare for Rally in the Valley

Central Valley High School students prepare for Rally in the Valley

Students from Central Valley High School’s AP government classes are getting a lesson in event planning and politics. With the guidance of their instructor, Bill Gilchrist, they’re planning “Rally in the Valley”, a debate of issues for Spokane Valley candidates and the Spokane Valley residents they hope will vote for them.

“It has not been easy,” Gilchrist explained. He continued, “There have been some obstacles, but it shows perseverance and even courage. You have to constantly look for solutions.”

One student, Drew Brown, ASB president, said politicians are the challenge.

Spokane Valley to discuss next year's budget during upcoming city council meetings

Spokane Valley to discuss next year's budget during upcoming city council meetings

The City of Spokane Valley has a proposed budget of $57 million for 2012. They will not be raising the rates of property taxes maintaining their status as one of the lowest municipal rates in Spokane County. City manager, Mike Jackson, says its their conservative spend and fiscal planning that makes up their financial strength.

In an email sent out Tuesday evening, the City outlined the some areas of note in their proposed 2012 budget.

Former Spokane deputy city manager hired as interim deputy city manager for Spokane Valley

Former Spokane deputy city manager hired as interim deputy city manager for Spokane Valley

In order to ensure backup, based on city code, to the Spokane Valley city manager, the position of Deputy City Manager was filled on an interim basis by the City.

Roger Crum will be serving as Deputy City Manager until further notice. When appointed, city manager, Mike Jackson indicated that he would look at permanently filling the position until 2012.

Prior to Crum's hiring, finance director Ken Thompson had previously provided backup during extended absence of the city manager, but he recently retired leaving no backup.

Ballot Return Statistics for the City of Spokane Valley

Ballot Return Statistics for the City of Spokane Valley

The City of Spokane Valley has one of the lowest return of ballots so far during the Primary election in Spokane County. So far, 16% of issued ballots in Spokane Valley have been returned. Spokane County Elections says that total ballots returned as of this morning [.PDF] has added up to 35,544. Ballots are due tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17th by 8 p.m.

Bike and Pedestrian Master Program Reading Cancelled

Bike and Pedestrian Master Program Reading Cancelled

City Council has asked for additional time to review the proposed Bike & Pedestrian Master Program. The anticipated readings for the ordinance were scheduled for August 9th and 23rd, but they have been canceled. A discussion of the Program has been added to the agenda for the regularly scheduled study session on Tuesday, August 30th at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

As stated before, the meeting is open to the public and will also be available to watch on Spokane Valley's new SVTV Web Channel. Because it is a study session, public comment will not be taken.

Shea-Crouse bill would restrict use of unmarked police cars on private property

Shea-Crouse bill would restrict use of unmarked police cars on private property

A bill that would restrict the use of unmarked police patrol vehicles on private property for certain administrative business was introduced to the house on May 5 by 4th district Representatives, Matt Shea and Larry Crouse. House Bill 2113 is intended to prevent situations like the August 2010 shooting of 74-year old Wayne Scott Creach by a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy. For now the measure has been referred to the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee for further consideration.