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VIDEO: Local Activist Steve Edmiston talks Transparency with Port of Seattle

VIDEO: Local Activist Steve Edmiston talks Transparency with Port of Seattle

Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston last Tuesday (Feb. 13) provided the second segment of his briefing to the Port of Seattle Commissioners. Titled “Transparency,” Edmiston bluntly testified that with... [Read more]

ELECTION FINAL: Highline Public Schools Levy passes by almost 17%

ELECTION FINAL: Highline Public Schools Levy passes by almost 17%

On Friday afternoon, King County Elections posted the final, certified results of the Feb. 13 Special Election, and the Highline School District Levy passed by 3,191 votes, or 16.68 percent: Highline... [Read more]

Celebrate Burien’s 25th Birthday at Community Center on Monday, Feb. 26

Celebrate Burien’s 25th Birthday at Community Center on Monday, Feb. 26

HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY BURIEN! On Monday, Feb. 26, from 5 – 6:30 p.m., the City of Burien will celebrate its 25th birthday at the Community Center. The City’s first Mayor – Dr. Arun Jhaveri, as... [Read more]

Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

The Port of Seattle – in partnership with the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila – are launching the Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) to increase... [Read more]

Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles on Mon. Study Session agenda

Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles on Mon. Study Session agenda

At Monday night’s (Feb. 26) Burien City Council Study Session, lawmakers will discuss a new Regional Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles, modifying City Council Meeting Guidelines and more. Download... [Read more]

‘Respect Washington’ officially classified as hate group by SPLC

‘Respect Washington’ officially classified as hate group by SPLC

‘Respect Washington,’ the anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal Burien’s ‘sanctuary city’ ordinance last year, was officially classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center this week…

Significant new oversight measures for 4Culture proposed by King Co. Council

Significant new oversight measures for 4Culture proposed by King Co. Council

By Virginia Wright There is a very important piece of legislation before the King County Council right now which could have a profound impact on the local cultural economy: arts and heritage organizations,... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Highline School Levy increases approval to over 58%

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Highline School Levy increases approval to over 58%

The third round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Thursday, Feb. 15, and the Highline School Levy has grown to over 58% approval. School Levys are passed with a simple majority... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

The second round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the Highline School Levy has grown to nearly 58% approval: Highline School District No. 401... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

The first round of election results are in for the Feb. 13 Special Election, and it looks like the Highline School District’s Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy is... [Read more]

VIDEO: Here’s episode 1 of new ‘The Briefing’ Port of Seattle documentary film

VIDEO: Here’s episode 1 of new ‘The Briefing’ Port of Seattle documentary film

FOLLOWUP: Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston reports that his new documentary film project – intended to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle Commissioners addressing the harms to airport... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘It is critical to vote YES on the replacement levy by February 13th’

LETTER: ‘It is critical to vote YES on the replacement levy by February 13th’

[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:] We all want a community with safe neighborhoods,... [Read more]

With just a few days left, some ballots for Tuesday’s election delayed

With just a few days left, some ballots for Tuesday’s election delayed

Not all ballots for the February Special Election were mailed on time due to an error at the state level. Remaining ballots were mailed Wednesday, Feb. 7, and the voting deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 13 at... [Read more]

Burien property taxes up 18% over 2017; but city will get only 1% more

Burien property taxes up 18% over 2017; but city will get only 1% more

By Jack Mayne Burien property taxes are going up more than 18 percent this year, but don’t blame the Burien city government – blame the Washington Legislature for approving the new school financing... [Read more]

Burien Council votes to keep $200,000 grant involving greenhouse property

Burien Council votes to keep $200,000 grant involving greenhouse property

By Jack Mayne Following the repeal of the city’s controversial trespass ordinance, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) rejected a move to return a two year old grant of $200,000 from King... [Read more]

Burien City Council repeals highly contested city ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’

Burien City Council repeals highly contested city ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Feb. 5) passed by a 4 to 3 vote to repeal the three previous so-called ‘Trespass Ordinances,’ but with a revision that it will not take... [Read more]

Jimmy Matta wants to be the Mayor for all of Burien, not just factions

Jimmy Matta wants to be the Mayor for all of Burien, not just factions

By Jack Mayne The new mayor sat down with this reporter last week to talk about his views for the future of Burien and to allay fears of those worried that a first Latino mayor will be a disadvantage... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to serve on Burien citizen advisory boards

Volunteers needed to serve on Burien citizen advisory boards

Applications are being accepted for openings on the following Burien City Council citizen advisory boards: Human Services Commission Parks & Recreation Board (residency required) Planning Commission... [Read more]

City Council to discuss repealing Burien’s ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’ Monday night

City Council to discuss repealing Burien’s ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’ Monday night

At Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, lawmakers will discuss whether to repeal Ordinance Nos. 606, 621, and 624, regarding Trespass Warnings on City and other publicly owned property. Commonly... [Read more]

Meet the four Highline School Board Candidate finalists on Thursday, Feb. 8

Meet the four Highline School Board Candidate finalists on Thursday, Feb. 8

The community is invited to meet the candidates for the open position on the Highline School Board at a meet and greet event on Thursday, Feb. 8. Four candidates submitted applications to replace school... [Read more]

Local Filmmaker Steve Edmiston is challenging Port of Seattle Commissioners

Local Filmmaker Steve Edmiston is challenging Port of Seattle Commissioners

Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston on Tuesday (Jan. 30) launched a new project to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle that will challenge the Port to abandon “selective environmentalism”... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘It is not the experience of the mayor, it is the agenda and priorities…’

LETTER: ‘It is not the experience of the mayor, it is the agenda and priorities…’

[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, It is not the experience... [Read more]

Joe Van elected new President of Highline School Board

Joe Van elected new President of Highline School Board

The Highline School Board has a new leader – the board elected Joe Van (pictured above) to serve as the new board president. Mr. Van has served on the board since spring 2015, representing neighborhoods... [Read more]

Ballots for Feb. 13 Special Election will be arriving soon; school levy on ballot

Ballots for Feb. 13 Special Election will be arriving soon; school levy on ballot

Ballots for the Feb. 13, 2018 Special Election will be arriving soon. The only item you’ll find on your local ballot is for the school levy, which is not a new tax – it replaces the current levy,... [Read more]