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Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Oct. 13) passed an ordinance on parking and impoundment of some vehicles but only after some acrimony involving three Council members. The Council... [Read more]

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

by Jack Mayne Craig Knutson is retiring this week and the Burien City Council honored him with a unanimously approved proclamation at Monday night’s (Oct. 13) session. “Whereas, in his role as Burien... [Read more]

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

by Jack Mayne Because it has become an “embarrassment” and a “laughing stock,” the Burien City Council will soon reconsider the so-called “trespass” ordinance passed by the Council on Aug.... [Read more]

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council at its Monday night (Oct. 6) session heard that increasing sales and property tax revenues could permit city lawmakers to increase the next biennial budget over the... [Read more]

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The City of Burien on Thursday (Oct. 9) released what it’s calling a ‘one-stop shop’ website – The Agenda Center – for meeting agendas and minutes. “Looking for agendas and... [Read more]

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

Excerpt of Burien’s controversial Ordinance #606. Click image to see larger version. by Jack Mayne The American Civil Liberties Union says Burien’s new trespass ordinance (#606, available here)... [Read more]

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…

All Highline area city councils back bond for new schools, critical improvements

All Highline area city councils back bond for new schools, critical improvements

The city councils located within the borders of Highline Public Schools all passed resolutions this month endorsing the district’s construction bond measure to repair or replace deteriorating schools... [Read more]

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

[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 fellow Burien residents! On September... [Read more]

POLL: What do you think of Burien’s controversial ‘anti body odor’ ordinance?

POLL: What do you think of Burien’s controversial ‘anti body odor’ ordinance?

Click image to see larger version. Ordinance #606, passed by the Burien City Council on Aug. 18 (read our original coverage here) has been raising quite a stink lately, garnering international media attention... [Read more]

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Most of the Monday night (Sept. 8) special Burien City Council meeting was given over to how to spell out specific actions to carry out a city economic plan, a plan that has been in the works... [Read more]

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

by Jack Mayne At the August 4 Burien City Council meeting, Angela Cheng, owner of Dragon Pearl Restaurant, told Council members she has owned the business in Burien for 38 years –– “never a violation,”... [Read more]

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

Kamuron Gurol has been on the job as Burien’s new city manager for only four months, yet this has afforded him more than enough time to become bullish on the city’s future…

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved by a 6 – 1 vote an ordinance (excerpt above) updating the city statute for dealing with people on publicly-owned property “whose behavior is dangerous…

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

by Jack Mayne For several weeks, the Burien City Council has been meeting almost weekly to hash out a draft of the community’s economic development plan to be presented to and debated at a public meeting... [Read more]

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

by Jack Mayne It wasn’t on the agenda for the Burien City Council’s Monday (Aug. 11) special meeting agenda but it dominated the first three quarters of an hour of the nearly three-hour session. There... [Read more]

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council wants to change and upgrade the way it conducts meetings, eying ways to change and update the previous Council’s rules. It also got a report on retaining trees in... [Read more]

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent much of a special meeting Monday night (July 28) beginning to hash out a plan for the city’s future economic development. The Council had, in June, completed... [Read more]

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘Coffee Chat’ this Saturday morning

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘Coffee Chat’ this Saturday morning

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee Chat will be this Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 11 a.m. at Burien Press. All are welcome to come sit, talk and have a cuppa joe with... [Read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

The City of Burien will be holding a public hearing on its 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at the June 2 City Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The... [Read more]

PHOTO: City Council & City Manager do team building exercises at retreat

PHOTO: City Council & City Manager do team building exercises at retreat

BTB Reader Robbie Howell sent us the following photo she took of the Burien City Council, along with new City Manager Kamuron Gurol, at the team building retreat held on Saturday, May 17: From left to... [Read more]

Burien City Council holding ‘team building’ retreat on Saturday, May 17

Burien City Council holding ‘team building’ retreat on Saturday, May 17

The Burien City Council will be attending a Council Retreat for the purpose of team building on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Burien Community Center, Shorewood Room, 14700... [Read more]