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Constantine, McDermott call for adding Burien service to Sound Transit

Constantine, McDermott call for adding Burien service to Sound Transit

King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine and King County Council and Sound Transit Board member Joe McDermott today moved to add future high-capacity transit service to West... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘An open Letter to my neighbors about the school bond…’

LETTER: ‘An open Letter to my neighbors about the school bond…’

[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: I am writing to support Proposition... [Read more]

Susan Enfield: ‘While we have challenges in Highline, we are on the right track…’

Susan Enfield: ‘While we have challenges in Highline, we are on the right track…’

Last week Highline Public Schools Superintendent gave her annual ‘State of Our Schools’ speech at the Museum of Flight. Here’s a video of her full speech, followed by what the school... [Read more]

LETTER: Evergreen High Alum supports Highline School District Bond

LETTER: Evergreen High Alum supports Highline School District Bond

[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. Let me introduce myself. I am a... [Read more]

Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit Public Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 4

Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit Public Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 4

A public meeting on the Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Burien Community Center. “The Miller Walker Basin Partners (the cities of Burien, Normandy Park... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Our public schools are the cloth that binds…’

LETTER: ‘Our public schools are the cloth that binds…’

[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 member of the Samoan-American... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Don’t let fear scare you away from facts and the truth’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Don’t let fear scare you away from facts and the truth’

[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:] This country was founded by declaring, in part,... [Read more]

City of Burien holding two public hearings on 2015-16 Biennial Budget

City of Burien holding two public hearings on 2015-16 Biennial Budget

The City of Burien will be holding public hearings on Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 to receive comments on the 2015-16 Biennial Budget and proposed supplement package. The meetings will be held in the City Hall Council... [Read more]

LETTER: A letter from the Highline Public Schools Board of Directors

LETTER: A letter from the Highline Public Schools Board of Directors

[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. Also please note that this Letter was written... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Administrators and Board have overlooked realistic and achievable fixes’

LETTER: ‘Administrators and Board have overlooked realistic and achievable fixes’

[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:] Much of what’s been contended in the bond... [Read more]

No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

by Jack Mayne A proposal by City Manager Kamuron Gurol to increase the city’s Business and Occupation tax on larger businesses and ending it for small businesses was debated at Monday night’s Burien... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Rebuttal to Highline School District Board President’s letter’

LETTER: ‘Rebuttal to Highline School District Board President’s letter’

[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:] REBUTTAL TO THE HIGHLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

[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, So, about that Highline High School... [Read more]

King County Council approves vital links to Lake to Sound Trail

King County Council approves vital links to Lake to Sound Trail

Legislation linking an important segment of the ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ that will connect the cities of Burien, Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines received unanimous approval by the Metropolitan... [Read more]

Soundside Alliance Outlook Breakfast will be Wednesday, Nov. 5

Soundside Alliance Outlook Breakfast will be Wednesday, Nov. 5

The Soundside Alliance – a consortium of cities which includes Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila – will be holding an ‘Outlook Breakfast’ on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from... [Read more]

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘This message brought to you at no charge by Don Wasson…’

LETTER: ‘This message brought to you at no charge by Don Wasson…’

[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:] In a few days, we will receive our BALLOTS. We... [Read more]

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Oct. 13) passed an ordinance on parking and impoundment of some vehicles but only after some acrimony involving three Council members. The Council... [Read more]

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

by Jack Mayne Craig Knutson is retiring this week and the Burien City Council honored him with a unanimously approved proclamation at Monday night’s (Oct. 13) session. “Whereas, in his role as Burien... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Our community deserves better than exaggerated claims…’

LETTER: ‘Our community deserves better than exaggerated claims…’

[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, The volunteers who make up Highline... [Read more]

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

by Jack Mayne Because it has become an “embarrassment” and a “laughing stock,” the Burien City Council will soon reconsider the so-called “trespass” ordinance passed by the Council on Aug.... [Read more]

LETTER:  Highline Public Schools Board of Directors President on bond issue

LETTER: Highline Public Schools Board of Directors President on bond issue

[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:] Editor: Our elementary schools are overcrowded,... [Read more]

Public meetings on Miller/Walker Creek Stormwater will be Oct. 27 & Nov. 4

Public meetings on Miller/Walker Creek Stormwater will be Oct. 27 & Nov. 4

Public meetings to discuss Miller and Walker Creek Stormwater will be held Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 4. “When it rains in the Miller and Walker Creeks basin, streams flow high and fast, and... [Read more]

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council at its Monday night (Oct. 6) session heard that increasing sales and property tax revenues could permit city lawmakers to increase the next biennial budget over the... [Read more]

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The City of Burien on Thursday (Oct. 9) released what it’s calling a ‘one-stop shop’ website – The Agenda Center – for meeting agendas and minutes. “Looking for agendas and... [Read more]

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol released the following statement in response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the recently adopted Trespass Ordinance #606 (read our previous... [Read more]

Inquest ordered into death of Burien man in August shootout with police

Inquest ordered into death of Burien man in August shootout with police

Tyrone Bandy The King County Executive’s Office announced Tuesday (Oct. 7) that they will be conducting an inquest into the fatal shooting of Tyrone Bandy, 45, at his Burien home on Aug. 10. As... [Read more]

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

Excerpt of Burien’s controversial Ordinance #606. Click image to see larger version. by Jack Mayne The American Civil Liberties Union says Burien’s new trespass ordinance (#606, available here)... [Read more]