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Welcome our latest Advertiser: ‘What is the $200 Million Problem?’


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Please welcome our latest Advertiser, “The $200 Million Problem,” part of a new campaign to “Clean Up Burien.

As we do with all our paid Advertisers, we’re giving our new supporter a chance to share their message with our Readers:

Last year Burien homeowners lost an additional $200 million dollars above and beyond our surrounding communities. This trend of under performing our neighboring communities has been occurring since 2008, according to the King County Assessor’s office. The cause? Our neighborhoods are being overrun by abandoned bank repos and slumlords, thanks to the inattention of our City Manager.

These houses do more than blight our neighborhoods:

  • They drive our home values down.
  • They destroy our quality of life.

The City Council is aware of the issue, yet continue to pay Mike Martin $14,000 per month to not enforce the Burien Municipal Code with these banks and slumlords. I am going to continue speaking to these issues before the City Council until November 4th.

These are staggering losses we are experiencing, they affect almost every aspect of our lives.

In keeping these issues at the forefront of policy debate during this election cycle we can:

  • Change the course of the City of Burien.
  • Make Burien transparent.
  • Make our City vibrant and alive.

Remember, all politicians want to be elected. Ask them direct questions on:

  • What are their goals?
  • How are they are going to achieve their goals?
  • If they are incumbents, ask them to explain the mess they have created. Remember, they work for us, not the other way around.

Please visit www.cleanupburien.com for more information on how to turn this City around. I will bring a different dimension to the policy debate at each City Council meeting. The website will be regularly updated with the text of the speech as well as videos to give both the public and candidates something to chew on.

We don’t need to annex White Center to balance our budget. Cleaning up these houses will add over a billion dollars to the homeowners net worth and balance our City budget at the same time. What we need is a Council that steps up to the challenge of dealing with our contemptuous City Manager who is fine with our neighborhoods being overrun by these bank repos and slumlords.

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