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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]

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

by Jack Mayne It was help hiring night at the Burien City Council monthly study session Monday (Jan. 25) night with approval for spending $60,000 for facilitating strategic planning and $75,000 for a... [Read more]

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

[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:] As the former First Mayor of the newly... [Read more]

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

by Jack Mayne After a split vote reelecting Lucy Krakowiak to remain Mayor, the Burien City Council heard Highline Public Schools superintendent say over 70 percent of seniors now graduate and that fewer... [Read more]

Krakowiak re-elected Mayor, Edgar Deputy Mayor; 3 abstain from voting

Krakowiak re-elected Mayor, Edgar Deputy Mayor; 3 abstain from voting

From left to right: King County District Court Judge Mark Eide, councilmembers Austin Bell, Bob Edgar, Lucy Krakowiak, and King County District Court Judge David Christi. Photo by Scott Schaefer. Councilmembers... [Read more]

Burien City Council changes truck routes, discusses youth council, fireworks, pot

Burien City Council changes truck routes, discusses youth council, fireworks, pot

by Jack Mayne Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting was the last one of the year, the last one for Councilmember Gerald Robison and the shortest meeting in a long time – less than two hours... [Read more]

City of Burien honors outgoing city councilmember Gerald Robison

City of Burien honors outgoing city councilmember Gerald Robison

Before Monday night’s (Dec. 21) city council meeting, the City of Burien recognized Councilmember Gerald “Jerry” Robison for his service to the Council by issuing a proclamation in his honor... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident writes open Letter to new City Councilmember Austin Bell

LETTER: Resident writes open Letter to new City Councilmember Austin Bell

[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 Mr. Bell: Although I did not cast... [Read more]

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved changes midway into its two-year financial plan and budget over the objections of Lauren Berkowitz Monday night. At the Dec. 7 Burien Council meeting, councilmembers... [Read more]

Activist requests public records from all cities in King County, including Burien

Activist requests public records from all cities in King County, including Burien

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Screenshot of Tim Clemans’ new insideyourgovernment.com website. Tim Clemans @tandrewclemans by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told Thursday night... [Read more]

LETTER: City Council Candidate Darla Green concedes, thanks supporters

LETTER: City Council Candidate Darla Green concedes, thanks supporters

[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 Burien Voter, Friends and Neighbors, It... [Read more]

CARES now handles all stray, lost cat reports, is lauded for doing ‘fantastic job’

CARES now handles all stray, lost cat reports, is lauded for doing ‘fantastic job’

by Jack Mayne Once controversial, the CARES Animal Control agency told the Burien City Council they now handle all calls about cats where once they did not, and one Councilmember said they “have done... [Read more]

ELECTION FINAL: Austin Bell officially declared winner by 189 votes

ELECTION FINAL: Austin Bell officially declared winner by 189 votes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated with correct results at 7:34 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2015: King County Elections on Tuesday (Nov. 24) issued the final, certified results for the Nov. 3 General Election,... [Read more]

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

by Jack Mayne Updating Burien’s biennial budget halfway through drew attempts to slash the budget for city police and to increase the cost of living increase for Burien city workers. After two and a... [Read more]

LETTER: Burien City Council Candidate Holli Giffin sends note of thanks

LETTER: Burien City Council Candidate Holli Giffin sends note of thanks

[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 Burien Friends, Neighbors, and Residents: I’d... [Read more]

ELECTION RETURNS 7: Council race tightens up; Austin Bell up by 147 votes

ELECTION RETURNS 7: Council race tightens up; Austin Bell up by 147 votes

The seventh round of results were released by King County Elections at 4:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, with the latest totals showing that Austin Bell continues to lead Darla Green, but down by 8 votes from... [Read more]

ELECTION: Incumbents winning; Bell beating Green by just 2 votes

ELECTION: Incumbents winning; Bell beating Green by just 2 votes

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) General Election have been released, with 19.37% of votes counted, the Burien City Council race shows the two incumbents (Edgar and Krakowiak) are... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

by Jack Mayne Even though the financial outlook for Burien is improving along with the state’s economy, a 1 percent increase of resident’s property taxes was given initial consideration by the Burien... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Are unions trying to buy Burien’s City Council election?

ANALYSIS: Are unions trying to buy Burien’s City Council election?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Oct. 30 at 2:15 p.m.: Analysis by Jack Mayne For the past few years, Burien’s City Council elections have been a bit more contentious with two sides (or... [Read more]

LETTER: Letter Writer says other Letter Writer is ‘misleading readers’

LETTER: Letter Writer says other Letter Writer is ‘misleading readers’

[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:] L. Plein is misleading readers in her... [Read more]

Goodwill training helps needy Burien residents get, keep jobs, Council told

Goodwill training helps needy Burien residents get, keep jobs, Council told

by Jack Mayne Training people in need to get and keep a job is a major focus of the Burien office for Seattle Goodwill and its work is constrained only by the size of its local facility, the Burien City... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Is an outside Political Action Committee trying to buy council seats?’

LETTER: ‘Is an outside Political Action Committee trying to buy council seats?’

[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; Is an Outside Political... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader expresses concerns about City Council candidate

LETTER: Reader expresses concerns about City Council candidate

[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:] Let me get this understood. In the Green... [Read more]

City of Burien to spend up to $149,300 with ad agency to re-brand city’s image

City of Burien to spend up to $149,300 with ad agency to re-brand city’s image

Some of the various current “brands” for Burien seen around town in 2015. The City of Burien announced Wednesday (Oc. 21) that it has contracted with an ad agency – and may spend up to $149,300... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader offers ideas to Burien City Council regarding Protestors

LETTER: Reader offers ideas to Burien City Council regarding Protestors

[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, One of the easiest ways to... [Read more]