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Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

City Manager Kamuron Gurol. by Jack Mayne Burien’s new City Manager will be evaluated by the Council next month, then twice more during his first year under a new process adopted by the lawmakers... [Read more]

Seahurst Park set to re-open in August

Seahurst Park set to re-open in August

New fish ladder at Seahurst Park Beach. Construction crews are in the final stages of the Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Project, with a public opening planned for late August, the City of Burien announced. Crews... [Read more]

Improvements to Burien CARES Animal Control ‘apparent’ to reviewer

Improvements to Burien CARES Animal Control ‘apparent’ to reviewer

by Jack Mayne The woman who reviewed Burien CARES last year told the City Council on Monday (July 7) that there have been many improvements during the past year. Denise McVicker, the deputy director of... [Read more]

Highline School Board extends contract with Dr. Susan Enfield through 2017

Highline School Board extends contract with Dr. Susan Enfield through 2017

The Highline School Board unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Susan Enfield at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9. Dr. Enfield’s contract now runs through 2017, coinciding... [Read more]

Meetings set for Stormwater Improvements for Miller-Walker Basin

Meetings set for Stormwater Improvements for Miller-Walker Basin

Four public meetings about proposed Stormwater Improvement Projects for the Miller-Walker Creek Basin are set for July 22, Aug. 6, Oct. 27 and Nov. 4. Here’s more info: Earlier this year, the Miller-Walker... [Read more]

Violent crime in Burien declined in 2013

Violent crime in Burien declined in 2013

by Ralph Nichols Despite headlines from Seattle and some suburban cities, which render an illusion of violent crime rampant in King County, most serious crime in Burien declined in 2013. This topped the... [Read more]

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun: Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President, one Thomas Jefferson, who... [Read more]

REMINDER: City reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in Burien

REMINDER: City reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in Burien

With the July 4th holiday fast approaching, the City of Burien wants to remind residents that the sale, possession or discharge of any fireworks is prohibited. “Burien Police will have extra patrols... [Read more]

LETTER: Debi Wagner’s letter to Port Commissioner about Airport Toxins

LETTER: Debi Wagner’s letter to Port Commissioner about Airport Toxins

[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 John (Creighton): These comments are my... [Read more]

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

[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:] The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce... [Read more]

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

This week, the Growth Management Hearing Board dismissed an appeal to the City of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program, filed by a neighborhood group in Lake Burien. “The Board dismissed the appeal... [Read more]

Jenn Ramierz Robson named Director of Resident Services for Housing Authority

Jenn Ramierz Robson named Director of Resident Services for Housing Authority

After serving as Executive Director to New Futures as well as Southwest Youth and Family Services, Jenn Ramirez Robson has accepted the position of Director of Resident Services for the King County Housing... [Read more]

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, June 25

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, June 25

The next Highline Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 25, from 2:30 to 4:10 p.m. at Sea-Tac Airport’s Conference Center – London Room. The public is invited to make comments at the start of the meeting. The... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Residential valuation notices mailed to Burien property owners

Residential valuation notices mailed to Burien property owners

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara’s office announced that it has mailed 2014 property valuations to all residential property owners in ‘Area 23 – Burien,’ located in West Central King County. Area... [Read more]

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

At the request of Flight Pattern Kids (FPK), a non-profit environmental health research group, the City of Burien is proclaiming the week of June 16 – 21, 2014 as “Toxics Awareness Week.” Citizens... [Read more]

Seattle sued over $15/hour pay

Seattle sued over $15/hour pay

by Jack Mayne With the $15 minimum wage already law in SeaTac and recently in Seattle, the first of what promises to be many lawsuits was filed in Seattle federal court on Thursday (June 12). There are... [Read more]

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Developing an “Economic Development Strategic Plan” for Burien turned into a two-plus hour debate Monday night on the best way to reverse the economic stagnation in the city. A final... [Read more]

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

[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 reading the recent article as written by... [Read more]

Lawsuit against contractor now likely over needed repairs to new Fire Station

Lawsuit against contractor now likely over needed repairs to new Fire Station

Almost two years after its completion, Burien’s brand new Fire Station still sits empty due to construction problems. Photo by Scott Schaefer. Burien Fire Chief Mike Marrs. by Ralph Nichols The clock... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

by Jack Mayne If you have not attended a Burien City Council meeting or watched the televised sessions for a while, you need to take a new look. The whole meeting atmosphere has changed from rigid and bristling non-information…

Highline Public School Board votes to place bond measure on Nov. 4 ballot

Highline Public School Board votes to place bond measure on Nov. 4 ballot

The Highline Public School Board voted this week to place a school construction bond to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. If approved, the bond would: Rebuild... [Read more]

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee Chat will be this Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. at Burien Press. “I want to talk about food,” Nancy told The B-Town... [Read more]

Safety improvements planned at intersections throughout Burien

Safety improvements planned at intersections throughout Burien

Burien has received a Citywide Safety Improvements Grant from the state Department of Transportation for safety enhancements to several signalized and non-signalized intersections throughout the City. Project... [Read more]

Three Burien Police Officers honored with Service Awards

Three Burien Police Officers honored with Service Awards

Three members of the Burien Police Department received Police Service Awards at the City Council meeting Monday night (click image to see larger version): Honored for their life-saving actions were (holding... [Read more]

Town Square Park Fountain, hampered by plumbing problems, restarts

Town Square Park Fountain, hampered by plumbing problems, restarts

UPDATE Monday, June 2, 2014: The City of Burien announced Monday that the Town Square Park Fountain has restarted “on a limited basis,”according to a note on the city’s website. “The... [Read more]