Pin It
Favorite

In Otto’s Name 

A pavilion in Mission Park to be named after Otto Zehm; plus, a resolution on coal trains

click to enlarge art18126.jpg
A PAVILION FOR OTTO

Spokane Mayor David Condon has proposed naming a Mission Park pavilion after Otto Zehm.

According a letter sent to the Spokane Parks Board, Condon made the proposal to name a “picnic shelter or similar facility,” as part of a settlement reached last month with the family of Zehm, who died in 2006 after a confrontation with Spokane Police.

The letter requests that the shelter include a plaque with the words: “In Memory of Otto Zehm.”

“Ten years from now, when people ask, ‘Why’s that plaque there?’ we can say, ‘That’s when policing changed,’” says Breean Beggs, attorney for the Zehm family.

Beggs says the city originally offered a picnic area in Riverfront Park, but Zehm’s mother, Ann, preferred Mission Park. That was somewhere Zehm enjoyed spending time when he was growing up, Beggs says.

Parks Board President Randy Cameron says he expects the issue to come to a vote at a July 12 meeting.

— CHRIS STEIN

BREAKING THE LOGJAM

A few months ago, it looked like Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart wouldn’t get support for a city resolution regarding the possible increase in coal trains passing through the city.

What changed? Stuckart says he worked with each council member on the wording and content of the resolution. Approved 5-0 at Monday night’s council meeting (Councilmembers Steve Salvatori and Nancy McLaughlin were absent), the resolution calls for any government agencies studying the impact of coal trains to look specifically at how they’ll affect Spokane. It also calls for a public comment session set in Spokane to discuss potential impacts.

“It was the most coordinated and cooperative effort that I have seen with the City Council,” says Councilman Mike Fagan. “All seven of us had our opportunity to provide input. … I wish legislation worked like this all the time.”

The resolution’s broad appeal is also notable in what it lacks. The council specifically didn’t condemn coal trains, or the half-dozen proposed coastal shipment facilities, Stuckart says. That’s in contrast to a recent Seattle resolution, which specifically opposed the coal shipment facilities based on health and environmental concerns.

“Ours is much more mellower,” Stuckart says.

— JOE O'SULLIVAN

RECALL'S END

The attempted recall of Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem and three city council members ended on an anti-climax: The recall advocates — angry over opposition to a public vote on the McEuen Field plan — never gathered enough signatures.

Rather, they gathered enough signatures, but nearly one out of every four signatures were found to be invalid — many with listed addresses not matching voter registration. It’s not unusual for a hefty chunk of petition signatures to be. In Washington state, it’s typical for 18 percent of signatures to be thrown out.

But Recall CDA’s 23 percent failure rate?

“I think that seems kind of high,” says Frank Orzell, the recall’s organizer. In part Orzell blames the interpretation of Idaho’s state laws, claiming that voters who recently moved, and hadn’t yet updated their registration, had their signatures tossed out. “Being dependent on the house number, the address, should not be a condition for the democratic voice to exercise itself,” Orzell says.

He says he won’t challenge the result. Rather, he’s looking toward the City Council elections in 2013.

“One of the great accomplishments has been a vastly increased awareness in the community for them to be informed and involved in the community,” Orzell says.

— DANIEL WALTERS

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Game Changer
  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • In Contempt
  • In Contempt

    A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Never Again
  • Never Again

    Washington state lawmakers push reforms after last July's murder-suicide; plus, Spokane's police ombudsman is leaving
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Campbell House Holidays

Campbell House Holidays @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Daniel Walters

  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    Creepy games, financial podcast pick and an important book
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Game Changer
  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

More by Joe O'Sullivan

  • R.I.P. Spokane
  • R.I.P. Spokane

    Exploring the Spokane of South Dakota — left for dead long ago
    • Jun 11, 2013
  • Beating On
  • Beating On

    Ska and new wave legends the English Beat land in Spokane
    • Mar 26, 2013
  • Green Water
  • Green Water

    Will Congress say yes to more hydropower?
    • Feb 27, 2013
  • More »

More by Chris Stein

  • Ready for Anything
  • Ready for Anything

    Developing agility may help prevent injury
    • Sep 1, 2012
  • PAML's Next Step
  • PAML's Next Step

    Francisco Velazquez insists on symmetry. Even sitting at a huge table flanked by leather-backed chairs and a jumble of expensive video equipment, he makes sure his Blackberry and iPhone (the former for business, the latter for pleasure) are situated in neat symmetry with each other.
    • Sep 1, 2012
  • Burns Out
  • Burns Out

    As the city scrambles to keep Tim Burns around for a while longer, the police ombudsman says he may leave his post anyway
    • Aug 22, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Let Us Breathe

    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation