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UPDATE: SW Chamber’s Sept. 23 ‘Meet the Candidates’ now open to the public

UPDATE: SW Chamber’s Sept. 23 ‘Meet the Candidates’ now open to the public

UPDATE: The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s “Meet the Candidates” Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, will now be open to the public, and *not* just chamber members as previously announced. The... [Read more]

State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

by Jack Mayne The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a public official using a personal cell phone must give the agency they work for access to all of the device’s records. The unanimous opinion... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATES: Three B-Town Blog Candidate Forums coming up soon

SAVE THE DATES: Three B-Town Blog Candidate Forums coming up soon

The B-Town Blog welcomes all readers, neighbors, voters and anyone who would like to attend, to our three upcoming Candidate Forums, featuring candidates for the three open seats on the Burien City Council. The... [Read more]

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport Southcenter. Candidates... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Eagle Landing lower stairs to be removed, stair area kept closed

FOLLOWUP: Eagle Landing lower stairs to be removed, stair area kept closed

by Jack Mayne The Eagle Landing Park stairs and the land around them will remain closed because of slide dangers, and the city has sought a permit to allow the now detached lower portion of the stairs... [Read more]

Contentious Burien Council debate stalls completion of working guidelines

Contentious Burien Council debate stalls completion of working guidelines

by Jack Mayne From the beginning of the Burien City Council’s Monday night meeting it appeared it would be a fast and orderly session, but as is becoming normal for this Council, nothing is easy or simple,... [Read more]

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

by Jack Mayne Some Burien parks may become too dangerous for kids to use, the City Council was told Monday night. At the same meeting (Aug. 3), the Council talked a long while but finally appropriated... [Read more]

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

[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 – I’d like to dispel myths... [Read more]

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Screengrab of the City of Burien’s Executive Order No. 2015-2, aka the ‘Trespass Warning/Exclusion Notice.’ by Jack Mayne Violators of the newly-passed Burien city ordinance that allows... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

Here’s episode #12 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

by Jack Mayne What was intended to be a simple discussion of how the Burien City Council wanted to spend $55,000 on how to provide care for homeless people in the city turned into a marathon battle filled... [Read more]

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

by Jack Mayne The old trespass law is gone, but there is a new one to take its place despite the sustained efforts of Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz. Police Chief Scott Kimerer also told Councilmembers... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public meetings

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public meetings

[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:] Letter to the Editor; On March 15, 2015... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

[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:] Burien City Council Members, Please publish... [Read more]

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

by Jack Mayne Burien citizens will soon be able to see again communications from the public to the City Council, and at least one Councilmember will continue using Twitter and texting during meetings,... [Read more]

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

by Jack Mayne Representatives of Sound Transit ran into difficulty with the Burien City Council because it doesn’t even put the city on its project map, and has no proposals to better connect Burien... [Read more]

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

by Jack Mayne The first mayor of Burien is reawakening the angst over the “safety, security and well-being of ordinary citizens” that go to the City Hall and the King County Library. Arun Jhaveri said... [Read more]

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Front page of Monday night’s Burien City Council packet, which runs 404 pages. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council will no longer get copies of letters and e-mail communications from citizens by... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

by Jack Mayne Police Chief Scott Kimerer told the Burien City Council Monday night (May 4) that a new schedule intended to double the number of officers on the streets twice each day should start by July... [Read more]

SkinPerfect Owner Darla Green announces she’ll run for City Council

SkinPerfect Owner Darla Green announces she’ll run for City Council

Darla Green, Owner of SkinPerfect Aesthetics in Olde Burien, announced Wednesday night (April 29) that she will challenge Gerald Robison for Burien City Council Position #6. Robison has not yet declared... [Read more]

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

The City of Burien announced Thursday afternoon (April 23) that the City Hall/Library lobby doors will be kept open through the end of City Council meetings on Monday nights, even when meetings run longer... [Read more]

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

by Jack Mayne A door that has been locked every night at 9 p.m. since 2009 caused two Burien City Council members to walk out of Monday night’s (April 20) meeting because citizens might not have... [Read more]

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

by Jack Mayne The usual Burien City Council sport of hearing mostly Seattle-based homeless advocates damning the city for having approved two trespass ordinances they consider to be unconstitutional was... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

[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:] I wrote to the Burien Council a couple... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne Spending money is always of great concern to Burien taxpayers, especially when the city simply does not have a lot of available... [Read more]

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

The Burien City Council on Monday (March 16) appointed citizen representatives to several city commissions and boards. Shelley Brittingham, Alistair Christopherson, Erik Christopherson, Dane C. Johnson... [Read more]

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has voted to become a partner in seeking a grant to save and develop the Bel-R Greenhouses in northeast... [Read more]