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PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

Here’s episode #37 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking input on new Downtown Mobility Plan

City of Burien seeking input on new Downtown Mobility Plan

How do you get around Downtown Burien? The City of Burien is preparing a Downtown Mobility Plan, and they want to hear from residents. “The Plan will focus on how you get to Downtown Burien and... [Read more]

Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

The Burien City Council will be attending a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This is a public meeting, open to all. Here’s... [Read more]

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri will be formally declaring his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat in the State of WA on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Burien City Hall between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

by Jack Mayne

The man who asked Burien and Des Moines – and most other cities in the state – for every single public record they had, dropped his request all of a sudden via email on Monday…

Burien Council wants public’s view on keeping CARES as animal control agency

Burien Council wants public’s view on keeping CARES as animal control agency

by Jack Mayne With the animal control contract with nonprofit CARES coming to an end this summer, the Burien City Council was told Monday night (Feb. 1) that it may be asked to extend the contract through... [Read more]

Burien Police honors four Officers at Monday night’s City Council meeting

Burien Police honors four Officers at Monday night’s City Council meeting

At Monday night’s City Council meeting (Feb. 1), the Burien Police Department honored four officers for heroism and dedicated service to the city: Left to right: Burien Police Officers Evan Buetow,... [Read more]

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Burien shooting most likely gang related; weather & more

VIDEO PODCAST: Burien shooting most likely gang related; weather & more

Here’s episode #36 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Nominations for Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ now open through Feb. 12

Nominations for Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ now open through Feb. 12

Nominations for the City of Burien’s annual ‘Citizen of the Year’ award are now open, with a deadline of Feb. 12. Do you know someone who has improved the quality of life in Burien? Do... [Read more]

Burien’s first Mayor announces his bid for Jim McDermott’s congressional seat

Burien’s first Mayor announces his bid for Jim McDermott’s congressional seat

by Mark Neuman Dr. Arun Jhaveri, Burien’s first mayor, announced Wednesday (Jan. 27) that he will run for Congress. Jhaveri told The B-Town Blog this morning that he intends to run for the 7th Congressional... [Read more]

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

by Jack Mayne It was help hiring night at the Burien City Council monthly study session Monday (Jan. 25) night with approval for spending $60,000 for facilitating strategic planning and $75,000 for a... [Read more]

City of Burien receives award for its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report

City of Burien receives award for its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report

Last week, the City of Burien was notified that it is a recipient of a ‘Certificate of Achievement for Excellence’ award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States... [Read more]

Port of Seattle meeting on Sustainable Airport Master Plan Tuesday, Jan. 26

Port of Seattle meeting on Sustainable Airport Master Plan Tuesday, Jan. 26

The Port of Seattle announced that it will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26 to give an “update on the Sustainable Airport Master Plan, a blueprint for the future of the airport.” “Commissioners... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet Burien neighborhood, more

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet Burien neighborhood, more

Here’s episode #35 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

[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:] As the former First Mayor of the newly... [Read more]

Councilmember McDermott wants to replace Congressman McDermott

Councilmember McDermott wants to replace Congressman McDermott

by Jack Mayne King County Councilmember Joe McDermott on Wednesday (Jan. 20) announced his candidacy for Washington’s 7th Congressional District, following speculation that he would seek to replace retiring... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools shares results of online survey

Highline Public Schools shares results of online survey

More than 1,500 people shared their priorities, ideas, and concerns with Highline Public Schools through a three-step, online ‘ThoughtExchange‘ conversation. Read the results here This fall,... [Read more]

New pot store sought for KC’s Family Restaurant location; plus, take our Poll

New pot store sought for KC’s Family Restaurant location; plus, take our Poll

by Jack Mayne The City of Burien received an application on Friday (Jan. 15) for its first retail marijuana store – to be called “The Joint” – from a man named David Sadis, and to be located at... [Read more]

School Board Conversation with Angelica Alvarez cancelled, to be re-scheduled

School Board Conversation with Angelica Alvarez cancelled, to be re-scheduled

Highline Public Schools announced Tuesday (Jan. 19) that the Jan. 22 ‘School Board Conversation’ with Board Member Angelica Alvarez has been cancelled due to a family emergency. “We apologize... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Lights out at KC’s Family Restaurant’; will light up as Pot Store

B-TOWN BIZ: Lights out at KC’s Family Restaurant’; will light up as Pot Store

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the lights were turned off for the last time at KC’s Family Restaurant, located at 14325 1st Ave South in Burien (map below). On Friday (Jan. 15), this notice – indicating... [Read more]

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are re-posting this column (originally run Nov. 2, 2008) in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life and work we celebrate today:] “When machines and computers,... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Public Disclosure Commission rejects complaint over use of election funds

Public Disclosure Commission rejects complaint over use of election funds

by Jack Mayne The Washington Public Disclosure Commission rejected a complaint by Donald F. Wasson of Des Moines that the Highline Public School District violated state law when it sent out a brochure... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #33 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

VIDEO: Gov. Jay Inslee launches gun control initiative at Navos in Burien

VIDEO: Gov. Jay Inslee launches gun control initiative at Navos in Burien

Story, Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer The day after President Obama made an emotional speech on gun control, Gov. Jay Inslee came to Burien’s Navos Mental Health facility where he announced... [Read more]

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

by Jack Mayne After a split vote reelecting Lucy Krakowiak to remain Mayor, the Burien City Council heard Highline Public Schools superintendent say over 70 percent of seniors now graduate and that fewer... [Read more]