LETTER: ‘Public information request confirms Burien still in annexation game’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear B-Town Blog:

A public information request to the King County Executive’s office received last week shows that there were multiple White Center annexation meetings that included the city of Burien, King County, and others that have been occurring starting in January 2013 (two months after Burien’s recent failed annexation attempt). Senior Burien city officials attended these meetings. At one meeting, Burien City Manager Mike Martin stated that (if) there is a major turn over on the Burien City Council in this November election, “Burien will not be involved in annexation for the foreseeable future”. Martin’s statement confirms our point; If Burien votes against Joan McGilton, Rose Clark, Joey Martinez and Lauren Berkowitz, Burien’s annexation obsession will be dead. It is as simple as that.

The public record request also shows that White Center residents Liz Giba and Barbara Dobkin, (the two most vocal pro Burien annexation voices in White Center and very close associates with Burien City Council members Rose Clark and Joan McGilton) met this past spring with King County Executive Constantine, asking him to continue putting pressure on Burien to annex White Center. The odds are very good that McGilton and Clark knew about and encouraged this meeting.

Burien’s efforts to annex White Center will not end until Burien voters dramatically change the Burien city council. If Burien wants to get back to focusing on its own future, vote for Debi Wagner, Steve Armstrong, Jack Block, and Nancy Tosta.

– Mark Ufkes
White Center Resident

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