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Quiet Skies Coalition says noisy flights over Burien still a ‘Work In Progress’

Quiet Skies Coalition says noisy flights over Burien still a ‘Work In Progress’

By Jack Mayne Any “comprehensive resolution” to the continuation of noisy propjet flights over Burien remains a work-in-progress, and any decisions by the Federal Aviation Administration remain up... [Read more]

It’ll be Olguin vs Manning, Wagner vs Matta, Green vs Tosta & Marx vs Janssen

It’ll be Olguin vs Manning, Wagner vs Matta, Green vs Tosta & Marx vs Janssen

On Tuesday (Aug. 15), King County Elections released its final, certified election results for the Aug. 1 Primary Election, so now we know who will face off for Burien City Council in the General Election. The... [Read more]

Burien Airport Committee’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 15

Burien Airport Committee’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 15

The Burien Airport Committee will hold a meeting for the purpose of discussing the attached agenda on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Chelsea Room at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Here are the latest returns on the day before certification

ELECTION RESULTS: Here are the latest returns on the day before certification

On Monday (Aug. 14), King County Elections released another round of election results for the Aug. 1 Primary Election, and on the day before results are certified, it appears that – pending a last minute... [Read more]

LETTER: What’s the connection between vehicular manslaughter in Virginia at a White Supremacist rally and a rape in Burien?

LETTER: What’s the connection between vehicular manslaughter in Virginia at a White Supremacist rally and a rape in Burien?

[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 Editor, What is the connection between... [Read more]

Around 75 attend Highline High School Climate and Culture Planning Session

Around 75 attend Highline High School Climate and Culture Planning Session

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Around 75 students, parents, and community supporters gathered in the Highline High School cafeteria Thursday night, Aug. 10, to brainstorm on plans for a positive... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 5: Races continue to tighten; Armstrong down by only 33

ELECTION RESULTS 5: Races continue to tighten; Armstrong down by only 33

King County Elections released on Wednesday, Aug. 9 the latest tally of votes for the 2017 Burien City Council race, and some of the races continue to tighten up. Here are some observations: Darla Green’s... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: It’s time for a certain councilmember to fade away…

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: It’s time for a certain councilmember to fade away…

Editorial by Jack Mayne It is time for Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz to take her own political advice and exit stage left so that the Burien City Council can once again become the people’s governing... [Read more]

Highline High School holding Climate & Culture Planning Session Thursday night

Highline High School holding Climate & Culture Planning Session Thursday night

Highline High School students, families and community supporters are coming together this Thursday, Aug. 10, to create a plan for a positive school climate and culture. The first of two sessions will be... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I witnessed the most disturbing events take place in the name of representative democracy…’

LETTER: ‘I witnessed the most disturbing events take place in the name of representative democracy…’

[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:] Burien City Council Meeting, Monday night,... [Read more]

Burien Council votes to put sanctuary law on Nov. 7 general election ballot

Burien Council votes to put sanctuary law on Nov. 7 general election ballot

Screenshot shows the vote to put Ordinance 395 on the Nov. 7 ballot as a 6-0 vote, with 1 abstention. By Jack Mayne Six Burien Councilmembers voted over the objections of Lauren Berkowitz to have the city... [Read more]

ELECTION 4: Totals for Burien City Council races are tightening up

ELECTION 4: Totals for Burien City Council races are tightening up

King County Elections released on Monday, Aug. 7 released the latest tally of votes for the 2017 Burien City Council race, and some of the races are tightening up. Here are some observations: Darla Green’s... [Read more]

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Craig Keller during public comment at the Burien City Council meeting on July 31, 2017. By Jack Mayne Political activist Craig Keller (pictured, left) has filed suit in King County Superior Court, demanding... [Read more]

Council will continue discussion on ‘sanctuary’ petition at Monday’s meeting

Council will continue discussion on ‘sanctuary’ petition at Monday’s meeting

At Monday night’s (Aug. 7) regular meeting, the Burien City Council will continue its discussion – and possibly take action on – whether to repeal the ‘sanctuary city’ Ordinance 651,... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Still Olguin vs. Manning; Wagner vs. Matta; Green vs. Tosta & Marx vs.Janssen

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Still Olguin vs. Manning; Wagner vs. Matta; Green vs. Tosta & Marx vs.Janssen

The third round of results for Tuesday’s Primary Election was released by King County Elections at 4:02 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, and it looks like the standings remain the same. So far the voter... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: It’s still Olguin vs. Manning, Wagner vs. Matta, Green vs. Tosta, & Marx vs. Janssen

ELECTION RESULTS 2: It’s still Olguin vs. Manning, Wagner vs. Matta, Green vs. Tosta, & Marx vs. Janssen

The second round of results for Tuesday’s Primary Election was released by King County Elections at 3:57 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 2, and it looks like the standings remain the same as the first round. So... [Read more]

City Manager: Nov. election still possible to attempt sanctuary ordinance repeal

City Manager: Nov. election still possible to attempt sanctuary ordinance repeal

By Jack Mayne Although the Burien City Council failed on Monday to repeal the city sanctuary law or place it on the November ballot – apparently violating state law – there still may be a chance for... [Read more]

ELECTION: Olguin & Manning; Wagner & Matta; Green & Tosta; Marx & Janssen

ELECTION: Olguin & Manning; Wagner & Matta; Green & Tosta; Marx & Janssen

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 18.05% of the votes counted, here’s how the Burien City Council horse race – of 17 candidates... [Read more]

Chaos, squabbling and indecision made for weird, conflicted Council session

Chaos, squabbling and indecision made for weird, conflicted Council session

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was revised on Aug. 2, 2017 to correct a quote: By Jack Mayne Monday night’s Burien City Council special meeting to decide whether or not to repeal the city’s sanctuary... [Read more]

LETTER: Neighbor shares observations on Burien’s Sanctuary City status

LETTER: Neighbor shares observations on Burien’s Sanctuary City status

[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 Editor: As a neighbor who monitors... [Read more]

Berkowitz filibuster forces Council to delay sending sanctuary ordinance to voters

Berkowitz filibuster forces Council to delay sending sanctuary ordinance to voters

By Jack Mayne In what many felt was a weird Burien City Council special session Monday night, the Council finally adjourned at 10:38 p.m. despite a legal requirement that the Council either rescind Burien’s... [Read more]

City Council to discuss, decide on action to repeal Ord. 651 Monday night

City Council to discuss, decide on action to repeal Ord. 651 Monday night

At Monday night’s (July 31) special meeting, the Burien City Council will discuss – and most likely decide on – what action to take regarding the petition to repeal Ordinance No. 651, the city’s... [Read more]

Burien Council to hold special meeting July 31 to discuss Ordinance 651 repeal

Burien Council to hold special meeting July 31 to discuss Ordinance 651 repeal

The Burien City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017 regarding the petition to repeal Burien’s Ordinance 651. This meeting – which starts at 7 p.m. – is free and open to the... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber will partner up with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber

Seattle Southside Chamber will partner up with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on Monday (July 24) announced a new partnership, with a goal to “better and more strategically promote... [Read more]