LETTER: Patty Janssen is running for Burien City Council, Position #7

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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. During this election year, we are allowing each candidate to introduce themselves in this manner as a public service at no charge:]

Hello Burien Neighbors, I’m running for Burien City Council position #7. Below is a snapshot into my background as a longtime Burien resident. Please email me or message me on Facebook with any questions you might have.

  • Burien homeowner for 26 years
  • Burien volunteer since 1994, founding member of Burien Citizen’s Patrol – Burien block watch steering committee member Volunteer of the year 2008
  • Tutored at risk youth at Hazel Valley Elementary 1994-1997
  • Burien business owner “Kid’s to Go” Private shuttle service 95-98
  • Kennedy Catholic Graduate: 1980
  • Endorsed by King County Police Officers Guild

It’s time to bring law and order back to our city. My considerable experience and volunteerism with the Burien Police Department has prepared me to take on this challenge. I’m ready to make an even greater positive impact for our community. My primary focus will be putting Burien first with every decision, crime prevention, pedestrian safety, and roads.

I’m ready to step into the role of Council Member with a Burien first attitude. We need strong leadership that will be tough on crime.

I’m not a career seeking politician, rather a community leader with Burien’s best interests in mind.

I would be honored to have your vote!

VOTE Janssen, VOTE Burien First.

– Patty Janssen

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12 Responses to “LETTER: Patty Janssen is running for Burien City Council, Position #7”
  1. Seahurst resident says:

    Thank you, Patty. We need law and order in this town to have flourish again. It will bring more business to this town and new development right at the time when we need it. People are looking outside of Seattle and avoiding Burien given its high crime rate.

    Best of luck with running.

    • PJ says:

      @ Seahurst resident – Thank-You! Won’t be long and we should see our ballots in the mail. Crime and safety is top of mind for most of our citizen’s and must be a paramount focus for our city council. I’d like to make that happen.

      • Jeanninne says:

        Clean it up! I agree: I moved here from Tacoma in May of 2015 because Burien was attractive to me by not being such a large city. I didn’t think of Burien like that when I was passing through a couple of decades ago. I thought to myself, “Who would live here?” But here I am. There are so many things I like about Burien–access to 509, I-5, not near the Southcenter Mall, a great transit center that you can get to anywhere in King County, plenty of food shopping choices, close to White Center. The list goes on…

  2. Question Authority says:

    It’s early, but I’m OK with the hopeful replacement of Mr. Whishywash by somebody.

  3. Debi Greene says:

    Oh good. A local Trump.

    • Question Authority says:

      Wow, just because someone is pro law enforcement you have the gall to call them Trumpish? You lack the ability to consider independent views and the right to topic individualism, and by the you way paint with a broad brush. Pro criminals I see.

  4. Ira Hartman says:

    Good opening speech.

    I would like to hear more about taxes and the policies that raise taxes, e.g.,

    sanctuary city policies and the associated cost of schools, care of homeless, etc.

    • PJ says:

      @ Ira Hartman – I’d be happy to discuss these topics with you. If you’d like you can send me an email so I can give you my contact information, maybe set up a meeting for coffee.

      Email address is : [email protected]

      Thanks, for your comment.

  5. Clean it up! says:

    I agree with you Ira. I would like to here some ideas of how Burien can raise capital to improve all of Burien (not just 152nd and it’s access points). Ideas that do not include plopping a cold storage facility/light industrial park into the middle of a residential neighborhood. Progressive ideas that might bring some of Seattle’s new ‘big guns’ our way with a chance for our citizens to have higher earnings and move into the rapidly developing future while protecting our security and family values.

    • Seahurst resident says:

      I don’t understand why someone would complain about the NERA development, which is a fantastic initiative that creates jobs and is strategically located right under the flight path. They should even have made it larger to allow bigger industrial park.

      Living right under the runway is not a good place to live, but perfect suitable for this type of warehousing business. Do you really think that big tech companies would consider Burien… Given the high crime rate, bad rated schools there is no way they would consider this town.

      The best Burien can get given its location is the healthy economic climate of Kent for light manufacturing, warehousing and possibly some hospitality business.

      The best way to grow out of a slump is to understand your position and grow from there.

      • Clean it up! says:

        Your view of Burien – being of no interest to the tech industry because Burien is so full of poor schools, high crime, yadda, yadda, yadda. is so off the mark. There is no reason that Burien cannot attract clean development. Access to SeaTac, low property costs and taxes, as well as relief from Seattle’s terrible traffic are just some of the qualities Burien has to offer. If we would work on building strong residential neighborhoods through out all of Burien with local schools and things like access to the sound with boat ramps, viewing platforms, and boat moorage, we could develop in a beautiful way rather than taking the quick path to becoming just another desperate town with derelict warehouses and industrial parks.
        There are so many ways we could create a culture that would welcome not only tech businesses but the families with tech related jobs to our area and thus have the working capital for the improvements Burien needs. They are literally pouring into King County to work in downtown Seattle. Why not build Burien in such a way as to make them welcome here? Light Industrial Parks are not family friendly places. They do not belong in residential neighborhoods.

  6. JJ Greive says:

    Burien First? I wonder who’s slogan that is stolen from. Someone with great respect I am sure…
    How about people first? We have a great city, with vibrant businesses and involved people. We are not chicago, and this rhetoric really does hurt the reputation of our city.

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