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LETTER: Resident thanks City Council for making Burien a ‘Sanctuary City’

LETTER: Resident thanks City Council for making Burien a ‘Sanctuary City’

[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 B-Town Blog – I am writing to express... [Read more]

Sanctuary city, airport committee on agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting

Sanctuary city, airport committee on agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday night’s (Jan. 9) upcoming City Council meeting will be the idea of proclaiming Burien a ‘Sanctuary City,’ along with a new airport committee and partnering... [Read more]

UPDATE: Burien’s ‘sanctuary city’ law improperly passed, says city attorney

UPDATE: Burien’s ‘sanctuary city’ law improperly passed, says city attorney

By Jack Mayne The passage of the city ordinance that would have made Burien a sanctuary city and prevent officials from asking for residence and citizenship documents was not property passed and is null... [Read more]

Divided Burien Council passes sanctuary ordinance

Divided Burien Council passes sanctuary ordinance

UPDATE Wed. Dec. 21, 2016: Due to a legal technicality announced Wednesday by City Attorney Lisa Marshall, Burien’s ‘Sanctuary City’ ordinance that was approved by a 3-2 vote at Monday... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/Editorial%2012.9.16.mp3 The proposal to make Burien a so-called ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

Burien City Council debates ‘sanctuary city’ idea; plus – take our Poll

Burien City Council debates ‘sanctuary city’ idea; plus – take our Poll

By Jack Mayne For a majority of its three and one-half hour meeting on Monday night (Dec. 5), the Burien City Council heard residents comment on a proposal by three Councilmembers to declare it a ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Larry Cripe By Jack Mayne After Quiet Skies Coalition leader Larry Cripe suggested that if Burien doesn’t get involved, “there will be a fourth, a fifth and a sixth” runway at Sea-Tac International... [Read more]

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

By Jack Mayne The new proposed Burien logo was sent back to the drawing board as too complicated, not very inspiring,  and even boring at a study session Monday night, Oct. 24. Many Councilmembers even... [Read more]

Proposed new Burien logo sent back to drawing board Monday night

Proposed new Burien logo sent back to drawing board Monday night

A proposed new Burien logo was sent back to the drawing board as too complicated, not very inspiring, even boring at the Burien City Council study session on Monday night, Oct. 24. Interim City Manager... [Read more]

Burien gets grant for new police officers; ‘Quiet Skies’ will fight airport noise

Burien gets grant for new police officers; ‘Quiet Skies’ will fight airport noise

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council was told Monday night (Oct. 3) that it had received a $375,000 federal grant to pay for part of the salaries of up to three additional police officers. and that a... [Read more]

Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away

Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away

Photo by Scott Schaefer. Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away, according to a Facebook post. Keene was elected to city council Position 6 in November 2007. She retired in 2010 and... [Read more]

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

By Jack Mayne A new budget with thoughts of tax increases and the invasion of low flying and noisy turbojet planes were featured at the special meeting of the Burien City Council Monday night. The meeting... [Read more]

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was revised with updated information on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016: The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, to discuss... [Read more]

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

By Jack Mayne A move to add two officers to the Burien Police Department at an estimated cost of $415,000 was debated for over an hour at Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, drawing heavy fire... [Read more]

Burien youth programs a hit with teens – fun instead of being on the phone

Burien youth programs a hit with teens – fun instead of being on the phone

By Jack Mayne At least a couple of Burien teens credit a city-sponsored youth program with helping them make friends which one said was much better than spending time with a smart phone. At a special meeting... [Read more]

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved an extended animal control contract with CARES, along with being told of unhappy parade goers pelting a Trump for President truck in the holiday parade were... [Read more]

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent a lot of time Monday night on a what became a confused and dissembled discussion on wording of an update to the city’s strategic plan, which was largely made... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

[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 Burien City Council C.A.R.E.S Vote: On... [Read more]

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #55 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]

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

By Jack Mayne The big news from Monday night’s (June 6) meeting was the discussion to give CARES a new and extended contract through 2017, or to return animal control to King County animal control. To... [Read more]

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Screengrab of the CARES 4-3 vote (NOTE: Lauren Berkowitz voted Yes via phone). By a vote of 4-3, the Burien City Council voted to extend the contract for CARES Animal Control at Monday night’s meeting... [Read more]

City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

The City of Burien announced that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 6, 2017, for the purpose of receiving public comments on the 2017 through 2022 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program... [Read more]

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

Sean Bouffiou of King County, along with Debra George of CARES at Monday night’s Burien City Council study session. By Jack Mayne It was virtually “a pep rally for CARES” at Monday night’s... [Read more]

Port asked by Burien Council to assist with Sea-Tac Airport expansion problems

Port asked by Burien Council to assist with Sea-Tac Airport expansion problems

By Jack Mayne The smell of jet fuel and fallout pollution from Sea-Tac Airport led the Burien Council to approve a resolution asking the Port of Seattle to provide help with the impacts on the city of... [Read more]