City Council Section

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]

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

By Jack Mayne Despite a plethora of letters and pressure, the Burien City Council said nothing Monday night on when it will make a decision of extending the CARES animal contract or shifting to King County... [Read more]

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

By Jack Mayne Burien residents in a semiannual survey say they are concerned about crime and education, but are satisfied at how their city government is performing, with eight out of 10 people surveyed... [Read more]

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on 4/24/16 with corrected information about the Evergreen pool. By Jack Mayne After weeks of wrangling over adding money for Burien’s human services, the Burien... [Read more]

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

Here’s episode #47 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]

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council voted 5 to 2 to pass an ordinance banning junk vehicles stored or abandoned on private property in the city, with Councilmembers Lauren Berkowitz and Austin Bell... [Read more]

Junk cars, sexual assault awareness & subdivision approval at Council meeting

Junk cars, sexual assault awareness & subdivision approval at Council meeting

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council handled a number of routine items in a generally calm and quiet meeting that lasted less than two hours on Monday, March 21. The Council voted to put on their April... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers establishing a youth ‘service club’

Burien City Council considers establishing a youth ‘service club’

by Jack Mayne During the past few weeks, Burien City Councilmembers have expressed interest in developing a Youth Council to ensure “the youth in our community have a mechanism to be heard and express... [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]

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]