Politics Section

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]

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott on Saturday, Oct. 11

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott on Saturday, Oct. 11

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott’s at Normandy Perk in Normandy Park on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to this free, public event, where... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

[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:] Response to Mr. Schipper’s letter of September... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools has been a good fiscal steward…’

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools has been a good fiscal steward…’

[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, After voters approved school construction... [Read more]

Metro Transit considering replacing bus route #139 with alternative shuttles

Metro Transit considering replacing bus route #139 with alternative shuttles

Just a few days after a group of women protested the cutting of Metro bus route #139 in Burien, King County on Monday announced that it is considering an expansion of its ‘Alternative Services Program,’... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s ‘Economic Development Dialog’

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s ‘Economic Development Dialog’

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer On Saturday morning (Sept. 27), around 70 residents gathered at the Burien Community Center to participate in an ‘Economic Development Dialog’ hosted by... [Read more]

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Group protests cutting of Metro bus #139 in Burien Thursday

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Group protests cutting of Metro bus #139 in Burien Thursday

A group of women held signs at 21st Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Burien Thursday afternoon (Sept. 25), protesting the cut of Metro Transit bus route #139 in Burien. The group included some retired nuns. This... [Read more]

City of Burien releases agenda, documents for Saturday’s Economic Dialog

City of Burien releases agenda, documents for Saturday’s Economic Dialog

On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the City of Burien released an agenda, along with supporting documents, for Saturday’s ‘Economic Dialog,’ which will run from 8 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, Sept.... [Read more]

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…

All Highline area city councils back bond for new schools, critical improvements

All Highline area city councils back bond for new schools, critical improvements

The city councils located within the borders of Highline Public Schools all passed resolutions this month endorsing the district’s construction bond measure to repair or replace deteriorating schools... [Read more]

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

[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:] Hello fellow Burien residents! On September... [Read more]

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

by Jack Mayne On Monday (Sept. 15), Burien city officials posted a “Stop Work” order at a Kennedy Catholic High School athletic field project – but only some parts of the project were actually halted... [Read more]

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, Sept. 24

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, Sept. 24

On Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., members of the Highline Forum will meet at Highline Public Schools’ Educational Resource and Administration Center (ERAC) at 15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW... [Read more]

POLL: What do you think of Burien’s controversial ‘anti body odor’ ordinance?

POLL: What do you think of Burien’s controversial ‘anti body odor’ ordinance?

Click image to see larger version. Ordinance #606, passed by the Burien City Council on Aug. 18 (read our original coverage here) has been raising quite a stink lately, garnering international media attention... [Read more]

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This column, wirrten by Earl Gipson, is from our sister site The SeaTac Blog. It reflects his view of SeaTac city government and other local politics:] by Earl Gipson Summer’s over... [Read more]

Upthegrove introduces body camera proposal for King County Sheriff’s Officers

Upthegrove introduces body camera proposal for King County Sheriff’s Officers

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove – a Burien native – introduced legislation this week calling for a pilot project of wearable body cameras for the King County Sheriff’s Office. If passed,... [Read more]