CFJ in the News

Here are links to some recent news stories involving the Center, its cases, and its people. Please let us know if you have trouble connecting to stories.

Firm Keeps Community at its Core (marking the Center’s Tenth Anniversary), February 8, 2009.

Spokane county commissioners’ urban growth session broke law, lawsuit says. The Spokesman-Review, October 19, 2013.

Center for Justice calls oversight in proposed city, police contract “a travesty.” The Spokesman-Review, October 18, 2013.

Read the Center for Justice’s letter to City leadership questioning the next police contract. The Inlander, October 17, 2013

On Hold, A late hour tentative agreement with the Spokane Police Guild halts progress empowering the civilian ombudsman. The Inlander, October 10, 2013.

Shawn Vestal: Time for Patience with Police Guild Has Passed, Spokesman-Review, September 18, 2013.

Project Will Affect Boat, Trail Access, Rich Landers column on the Spokane Public Facilities District’s curious lack of commitment to a promised public boat access at the convention center, Spokesman-Review, September 12, 2013.

‘Out of Excuses,’ as Spokane voters wait for a stronger police ombudsman, one councilman takes matters into his own hands, The Inlander, September 11, 2013

Judge Denies Stay on Urban Growth, Spokesman-Review, September 11, 2013

Editorial: Downtown Behavior Fix to Take Time, Creativity, Spokesman-Review, September 10, 2013

Spokane City Council president stalls ‘sit-lie’ law, Spokesman-Review, September 8, 2013.

Peirone Prize Winner, Virla Spencer, The Inlander, August 29, 2013.

The Loophole, Washington state’s urban growth restrictions have a hole big enough to drive entire developments through, The Inlander, August 29, 2013.

Police Chief Touts Progress on Use of Force, Spokesman-Review, August 22, 2013

With Proposed Rail Expansion, Northwest Confronts it Clean Image, the New York Times, August 20, 2013

Interview with Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich, The Inlander, June 21, 2013.

Water Pollution Limits Stalled, Spokesman-Review, March 30, 2013

Nuclear Powered, The Inlander, March 28, 2013

Growth Vote Unsupported by the Math, Spokesman-Review, March 15, 2013.

Spokane County Really Screwed Up its Urban Growth Area Math, The Inlander, March 12, 2013

Ombudsman Power in the Mail for Vote, Spokesman-Review, January 25, 2013.

‘Not a Privilege,’ How traffic tickets may unfairly target the poor and what advocates are doing to change the law. The Inlander, January 17, 2013

Council Okays Tax Proposal, the Spokesman-Review, December 18, 2012

Top Cop, The Inlander, December 13, 2012.

Center for Justice Releases Police Oversight Suggestions, KXLY-TV, Nov. 2, 2012.

More Police Officer Oversight Sought, the Spokesman-Review, November 2, 2012

Justice Advocates Call for More Ombudsman Power, The Inlander blog, November 1, 2012.

379 Days, The Inlander looks at the legal and public perception issues surrounding the length of time that former police officer Karl Thompson has remained free after his conviction in the fall of 2011. (Sept. 27, 2012)

River of Many Returns, S-R Outdoors editor Rich Landers looks at the Spokane River through the eyes of CFJ board member Peter Grubb, June 3, 2012.

Tim’s Take, In an audio interview, KYRS newsman Gavin Dahl interviews CFJ journalist and Communications Director Tim Connor about the Neighborhood Alliance case, and what it says about the continued struggles to hold local government accountable. (KYRS radio, March 23, 2012.)

Settlement lays ‘Ron & Steve’ to rest–at least for now, S-R columnist Shawn Vestal salutes the Center for Justice’s role in the $400,000 settlement in the Neighborhood Alliance case, but notes the as yet-unanswered questions. (Spokesman-Review, March 23, 2012)

Is this the End of Neighborhood Power?, CFJ executive director Rick Eichstaedt blows the whistle on a developer’s move to cut Neighborhood Councils out of important land use proceedings. (the Inlander, March 21, 2012)

Coal-Hearted Commerce, the Inlander looks at the plans for massive coal shipments through Spokane and Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich’s concerns. (March 14, 2012)

The New Boss, the Inlander covers the appointment of Nancy Isserlis to be the new Spokane City Attorney. CFJ Communications Director and police oversight coordinator Tim Connor says it’s a promising move. (March 8, 2012)

Questions of Judgement, the Inlander examines Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke’s role in trying to make it harder for citizens and citizen groups to have a voice in land use actions. The Center’s Executive Director, Rick Eichstaedt, weighs in on the side of the public. (March 8, 2012)

Extreme Police Makeover, the Inlander looks at the prospects and obstacles for reforming the Spokane Police Department in the wake of the Otto Zehm case. (December 15, 2011).

The Soother, the Inlander reports on CFJ attorney Rick Eichstaedt’s analysis for the County Planning Commission that the county’s land use machinations for a new jail are illegal. (March 24, 2011).

Probe Finds Many Errors in Bigelow Gulch Project, (Washington Department of Transportation review finds numerous serious errors in Spokane County’s property acquisition for road expansion), January 23, 2011.

Center for Justice 3.0, Inlander story on future of the Center for Justice, interview with Jim Sheehan, December 16, 2010.

McGlades Bistro Loses in Zoning Case, January 14, 2011.

Neighborhood Group Sues Over Parking Lot
(CFJ is representing the Friends of Manito), December 16, 2010


Unforgiven (regarding the legal obstacles to felons setting their lives straight.) October 28, 2010.

Tomorrow, Tomorrow (about the prospect of delays in Spokane River cleanup), October 28, 2010.

Source of PCBs a River of Mystery, June 15, 2010

Council to Consider Plan for Stronger Ombudsman, May 23, 2010.

Clean Water Drill, May 12, 2010.

New Tunes? April 1, 2010 (regarding the First Amendment rights of street musicians).

Creek at Risk, Complaint Alleges April 2, 2010

Greater Ombudsman Powers Urged, February 7, 2010.

Where the Sidewalk Ends (regarding street musicians and River Park Square) January 21, 2010

Hagadone Will Landfill Dredged Marina Soil, January 20, 2010.

State Phosphorous Restrictions Could Spread to Lawn Fertilizer, January 20, 2010

Sedimental Journey, (regarding the City’s PCB pollution problems), November 18, 2009.

Sewer Rates May Go Up, November 3, 2009.

City Says Zehm 911 Recording Was MisLabeled, October 31, 2009.

Shortsighted? (regarding CFJ’s work on empowering a police ombudsman), October 29, 2009.

Work on Federal Case Must Wait, Judge Rules, October 22, 2009 (regarding stay in Zehm civil suit).

Zehm’s Mother Can Give Statement, Judge Rules, September 24, 2009.

Police Reject Allegations by Federal Prosecutors, September 23, 2009.

Zehm Inquiry Continuing, September 17, 2009

State Releases Clean River Plan, September 16, 2009

Feds Unhappy with City Attorney, September 13, 2009.

Court Upholds Thousands of Verdicts, September 4, 2009.

Police & Politics, September 3, 2009

Chopping Block, September 3, 2009.

Thompson Supporters Raise Cash, August 25, 2009.

County Broke Records Law, Court Says, August 14, 2009.

Fernan Project May Face Suit, July 30, 2009.

Protectionists Dismayed by Washington’s New Industrial Stormwater Permit, July 22, 2009.

Arlington School Board accused of secrecy, July 21, 2009.

The Western Front, July 2, 2009.

County Faces Suit in Man’s Death (filing of lawsuit in Trent Yohe case) July 2, 2009.

Dual Legal Role is Under Scrutiny (regarding City’s hired counsel in Otto Zehm case) June 24, 2009.

Feds Indict Zehm Officer, June 23, 2009.

Officials Defend Police Response, June 23, 2009.

Spokane Leaders Stick By Accused Officer, June 22, 2009.

Zehm to Blame in Fight with Officers, City says, June 20, 2009.

City Asks to Dismiss Zehm Case, June 19, 2009.

Pick for Ombudsman is an Approachable Guy, June 17, 2009.

Six Ways to Savor the River, June 14, 2009.

High Court Weighing Spokane Courts, May 31, 2009.

Stewardship, Decisive Action Needed to Clean up Spokane River, May 30, 2009. (Guest column in Spokesman-Review by Riverkeeper & CFJ attorney Rick Eichstaedt.)

City Approves $200,000 for Defense in Zehm Case, May 27, 2009.