Karen Stratton

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The Spokane City Council on Monday night approved a new plan to combat climate change locally. The proposal updates the city’s sustainability plan from 2009, using new information about climate change.

Proponents say the plan will require the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to meet state goals, among other things.

The Spokane City Council has unanimously voted to acknowledge the injustices committed against Native Americans and that City Hall sits on is tribal land.

During Monday’s city council meeting, Councilwoman Karen Stratton, whose mother was a Spokane Tribe member, said she was proud of the resolution, and the commitment it represents.

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Fluoride advocates and opponents made their cases to Spokane City Council members and the public during a virtual forum Thursday evening.

The event was held about four days before the council is expected to consider an emergency ordinance that would allow the city to inject fluoride into its drinking water.

Spokane Council Approves 2020 City Budget

Dec 16, 2019
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The Spokane City Council has approved a new budget for the city for 2020.

The document shifts several hundred thousand dollars from the mayor’s proposed spending plan to council priorities, including new support positions for the council.

Inland Journal, Nov. 6, 2019: General Election Wrapup

Nov 6, 2019
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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we put a wrap on the 2019 municipal election for the city of Spokane and some of the other cities in Spokane County. We’ll hear who Spokane’s new mayor will be. We’ll hear about the city council president’s race where there isn’t yet a clear winner, and who will be sitting on the council next year. We’ll also look at results from Spokane Valley.

Two Incumbents Lead In Spokane City Council Races

Nov 6, 2019

Two Spokane city council members are ahead after the first round of ballots have been counted. Lori Kinnear has a big lead over her challenger, Tony Kiepe, in the South district race.

In the Northwest, Karen Stratton leads Andy Rathbun by 400 votes out of 13,000 counted in her quest to win a second term.

Inland Journal Election Programs This Week

Oct 28, 2019
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SPR's public affairs program, Inland Journal, will feature four one-hour election programs this week, Monday-Thursday at 6 pm on KSFC FM 91.9.

Monday:  Spokane mayoral candidates Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward, Spokane City Council president candidates Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle, plus an interview about election changes in Washington with Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

Karen Stratton

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the second of our conversations with the two candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. Today, we talk with the incumbent, Karen Stratton, who’s running for a second term. We talk about issues she’s worked on in her first term, as well as the issues of the campaign, including homelessness, housing and police accountability. We’ll also touch on her personal financial situation, which includes a bankruptcy filing. We start with the issues she thinks are most important to her constituents.

Spokane Candidates Discuss Climate Change

Oct 3, 2019
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Spokane’s mayoral and city council candidates have addressed a wide variety of issues during this fall campaign, from homelessness to land use.

On Wednesday evening, the topic of the day was one that some of the candidates don’t even consider a local issue: climate change.

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Candidates for Spokane city office are in high demand these days as civic groups, reporters and others flood them with invitations for forums and interviews.

Tonight [Wednesday], some or all of the candidates will appear at a forum at Gonzaga University, where the topic is climate change.

Tuesday at the Civic Theater, the subject was business and downtown Spokane. The Downtown Spokane Partnership sponsored that two-hour event.

Spokane City Council Puts Off Shelter Management Decision

Sep 24, 2019
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Fall is here and the city of Spokane is beginning to feel the need to lock in plans for emergency shelters for this winter.

But plans are still not settled. The city has no shelter locked in and few concrete details. Because of that, the city council voted Monday night to wait before choosing an agency to operate whatever facility they ultimately decide on.

Spokane Council Races Narrowed To Two Candidates

Aug 7, 2019

There are still thousands of ballots still to be counted, but it appears the November general election match ups are pretty much set in three Spokane city council races.

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the results from Tuesday’s Spokane County election, including the city of Spokane’s mayor’s race and four city council races.
We start with the mayor’s race where retired television newscaster Nadine Woodward won the primary, winning more than 42% of the vote. Second place went to city council president Ben Stuckart, with more than 37%.

Current Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton will have a chance to run for a second term. The primary election voters gave Stratton 48% of the vote in a six-way race.

Today on Inland Journal, we spend an hour with the candidates for a city council seat representing northwest Spokane. Councilwoman Karen Stratton is running for a second term and she’s challenged by five people. We’ll talk with four of them. Ken Side hasn’t answered our requests for an interview.

Karen Stratton

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we continue our conversations with candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. Karen Stratton holds the seat and we’ll talk with her about her accomplishments she considers most important. We’ll also quiz her about issues such as homelessness and a possible new county jail about which we’ve been asking the other candidates.