Driveway ordinance sparks debate - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Driveway ordinance sparks debate

Posted: Updated:
An ordinance about driveways sparked a heated debate at last night's City Council meeting. An ordinance about driveways sparked a heated debate at last night's City Council meeting.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

At Monday night's City Council meeting, council members voted 6-1 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits the obstruction of driveways that interfere with the public right of way.

Like the week before, the meeting was a bit more animated than usual with many people upset about the ordinance, claiming that it is about more than driveways.

Council member Mumm who is behind the ordinance describes it as an "inclusive ordinance" that is about protecting the public's right of way when using a driveway, but opposing Council member Mike Fagan, the lone naysayer, says that it was introduced with a specific agenda.

He says the wording Mumm used when speaking to council about the ordinance was "local business access is being obstructed by those philosophically opposed to some of the businesses services."

In a conversation with CEO and President of Planned Parenthood, Karl Eastlund on Monday, he confirmed that they were in favor of this ordinance because of the problem they've had with protestors blocking the driveway for patients.

Councilman Fagan says that he believes the ordinance favors one group's interests over another's and calls it unconstitutional.

Mumm said all types of people were in support of the ordinance including "those who like to express their first amendment rights." She was particularly speaking about Life Services of Spokane, a pro life organization that sent out a press release stating their support of the ordinance. That press release also talked about the organization's support for free speech of those who "may be philosophically opposed to some of the business services."

Shawn Stevens, Executive Director of Life Services says the statement was used out of context. In Mumm's closing remarks at Monday's meeting she used an excerpt from the press release saying "Life Services supports the preservation of access to local businesses and homes through driveways within the public right of way."

"Councilwoman Mumm did read an excerpt of our press release that created an illusion that we were in 100% support of her agenda," says Stevens.

He said the statement continued with "at the same time, Life Services supports the preservation of the right to free speech for those who are considered 'philosophically opposed to some business services.'"

Stevens says the statement was crafted in response to whether or not the ordinance would affect Life Services.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 8 people killed in eastern Oregon vehicle crash

    8 people killed in eastern Oregon vehicle crash

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-08-14 05:19:31 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say eight people were killed in a crash involving two vehicles in the high desert of eastern Oregon.    The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the head-on collision happened after 10 a.m. Monday on Oregon Route 78 southeast of the small town of Burns.    Oregon State Police Capt. 

    >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say eight people were killed in a crash involving two vehicles in the high desert of eastern Oregon.    The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the head-on collision happened after 10 a.m. Monday on Oregon Route 78 southeast of the small town of Burns.    Oregon State Police Capt. 

    >>
  • Grizzly bear spotted in Athol/Garwood area

    Grizzly bear spotted in Athol/Garwood area

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 2:11 AM EDT2018-08-14 06:11:51 GMT

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to warn you about a grizzly bear that's been roaming around the Athol and Garwood area. Multiple people have reported seeing it, and wildlife officers have set up a trap to catch it, but so far they've been having trouble finding it. KHQ spoke with one woman who says the bear walked through her yard. 

    >>

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to warn you about a grizzly bear that's been roaming around the Athol and Garwood area. Multiple people have reported seeing it, and wildlife officers have set up a trap to catch it, but so far they've been having trouble finding it. KHQ spoke with one woman who says the bear walked through her yard. 

    >>
  • Spokane Valley flag football fields found vandalized

    Spokane Valley flag football fields found vandalized

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 2:16 AM EDT2018-08-14 06:16:01 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- A flag football league in Spokane Valley is preparing for their first practice next week but organizers say they can't help but feel disappointed because someone suddenly vandalized the fields they have put so much work into. "We're pretty disappointed, a little beat up," said Jeff Miller, the Director for Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- A flag football league in Spokane Valley is preparing for their first practice next week but organizers say they can't help but feel disappointed because someone suddenly vandalized the fields they have put so much work into. "We're pretty disappointed, a little beat up," said Jeff Miller, the Director for Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • City Council moves to preserve famed Seattle music venue

    City Council moves to preserve famed Seattle music venue

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:26:53 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. - An iconic Seattle music venue that could've been slated for destruction has been given a temporary reprieve  The City Council voted 8-0 Monday to include the Showbox in the Pike Place Market historic district. KOMO reports that would temporarily stop plans to construct a 44-story building on the site by a Vancouver, B.C. development company, the Onni Group.  

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. - An iconic Seattle music venue that could've been slated for destruction has been given a temporary reprieve  The City Council voted 8-0 Monday to include the Showbox in the Pike Place Market historic district. KOMO reports that would temporarily stop plans to construct a 44-story building on the site by a Vancouver, B.C. development company, the Onni Group.  

    >>
  • Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-08-14 14:40:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES - Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo. The video shows the man crossing a railing last week and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear and her mother lifts her head as the man runs off and raises his arms in gesture of victory. 

    >>

    LOS ANGELES - Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo. The video shows the man crossing a railing last week and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear and her mother lifts her head as the man runs off and raises his arms in gesture of victory. 

    >>
  • 22 dead and 8 injured in Italy bridge collapse

    22 dead and 8 injured in Italy bridge collapse

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-08-14 14:34:12 GMT

    GENOA, Italy - Italian deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi says the number of victims in the Genoa highway bridge collapse has risen to at least 22 dead and eight injured. Rixi told Sky TG24 that, as he was speaking, emergency response crews were recovering a body from an automobile that was suspended on a central part of the bridge.

    >>

    GENOA, Italy - Italian deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi says the number of victims in the Genoa highway bridge collapse has risen to at least 22 dead and eight injured. Rixi told Sky TG24 that, as he was speaking, emergency response crews were recovering a body from an automobile that was suspended on a central part of the bridge.

    >>