Mayor Mary Verner will present her proposed 2012 budget to the Spokane City Council tonight.
The Council will then have until the end of the year to work out a final budget proposal and will hold hearings on Mondays through November, according to a statement from the city.
In other business, the Council will consider whether to use money from a city reserve to fix drainage issues at the Indian Canyon driving range and replace a cart at Downriver Golf Course.
They will also vote on an ordinance raising garbage rates in the new year.
Two ordinances dealing with public urination will have their first reading: one that removes the crime from under the umbrella of the lewd-conduct statute, and a second that creates a new section in the municipal code that makes public urination a misdemeanor.
The provision argues that relieving oneself in public is not a sexual act, and therefore it is not appropriate for it to be dealt with under the lewd-conduct statute.
Another ordinance on first reading will align the city's drug paraphernalia statute with state law.
The meeting, in City Council chambers, begins tonight at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour later than usual.
It may be Monday, but at least it’s Halloween. Here are 13 songs to get you into the spirit of the day. Some are classics, and some are much more recent.
We start with the deliciously creepy Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and make our way through twisted, sad, fun, campy and disturbing.
We end with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s terrifying “Night on Bald Mountain.” Even as an adult, and even without Disney’s Fantasia animation, “Bald Mountain” is, to me, the scariest piece of music ever written.
It would have been Otto Zehm's birthday today, if he hadn't died in Spokane police custody five years ago. In a moment of cosmic irony, the trial of the officer charged in his death, Karl Thompson, should wrap up today with closing arguments. (SR)
This weekend DEA agents set up an unwanted-prescription-drug booth in Spokane to take back legally prescribed pills that people didn't want any more. Most of the people who took the DEA up on the offer appear to have been people suffering a severe allergy to fun. (KXLY)
People were eating ribs here 14,000 years ago ... mastodon ribs, to be exact. The finding, by a WSU scientist, was published in the journal Science today and proves we were barbecuing Flintstones-style in the Inland Northwest about 1,000 years earlier than previously believed. (SPR)
The hyper-conservative Koch Brothers helped bankroll climate research done by a noted climate-change skeptic at UC Berkeley. His findings: Yep, shit's getting warmer, alright.
Everybody wants their baby to be the 7 billionth Related: People who track global population warn, "You breeders are kinda missing the point."
After denying it, then blaming it on others, and the media, and opponents, Herman Cain admits to being accused of sexual harrassment. But is all, like, "I totally didn't do it. You guys are jerks for bringing it up."