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Homelessness on agenda for tonight’s Burien City Council Study Session

Homelessness on agenda for tonight’s Burien City Council Study Session

Homelessness – aka “Housing Instability” – is on the agenda for Monday night’s Study Session of the Burien City Council, which gets underway at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at... [Read more]

No federal liability seen with sanctuary ordinance, Burien City Council told

No federal liability seen with sanctuary ordinance, Burien City Council told

By Jack Mayne Burien City Attorney Lisa Marshall told the City Council at its Monday night meeting not to worry about threats from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding stripping federal dollars... [Read more]

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

At the upcoming Burien City Council meeting – set for this coming Monday, March 20 – solutions to homelessness – including the potential of establishing a local Day Center – along with NERA, replacing... [Read more]

City of Burien will sue FAA if it does not quickly stop controversial over-flights

City of Burien will sue FAA if it does not quickly stop controversial over-flights

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has agreed 6-1 to hire a San Francisco law firm to take the Federal Aviation Administration to court if the agency does not immediately stop changes in commuter jet... [Read more]

Friday’s Burien Arts Opening Reception is movin’ on up to city offices

Friday’s Burien Arts Opening Reception is movin’ on up to city offices

Another first Friday brings another Opening Reception for an exciting Burien Arts Association fine arts exhibit, which is movin’ on up to Burien’s municipal offices on the third floor of... [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]

REMINDER: Volunteers needed for Blood Drive during Farmers Market Thursday

REMINDER: Volunteers needed for Blood Drive during Farmers Market Thursday

REMINDER: A Blood Drive will be held during the Farmers Market this Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Burien City Hall. The Farmers Market runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., so this is a great opportunity... [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]

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]

Give Blood, then browse the Burien Farmers Market this Thursday

Give Blood, then browse the Burien Farmers Market this Thursday

Give Blood – and browse the Farmers Market this Thursday, Oct. 1! A Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed Noon–1 p.m.) in the Multipurpose Room of Burien City Hall at 400 SW 152nd... [Read more]

As a Tweet told you earlier, Burien Council outlaws Twitter during meetings

As a Tweet told you earlier, Burien Council outlaws Twitter during meetings

by Jack Mayne Months of rancor over a Councilmember’s use of social media finally culminated Monday night (Sept. 21) with approval of guidelines that permits a member to be censured if caught Tweeting... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for City of Burien Blood Drive at City Hall Thursday, Oct. 1

Volunteers needed for City of Burien Blood Drive at City Hall Thursday, Oct. 1

The City of Burien will be hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 1 at City Hall, and they’re looking for volunteers. The event will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., but will be closed from Noon –... [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]

‘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]

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]

Two charged with alcohol/drug use near City Hall by Burien Police Wednesday

Two charged with alcohol/drug use near City Hall by Burien Police Wednesday

Burien Police say they charged two for drinking alcohol and/or buying/selling drugs near City Hall (400 SW 152nd Street) on Wednesday, May 20. Trespass warnings were also issued to the two suspects. “Officers... [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]

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]

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer Chanting “stand fast and fight” and brandishing printed and scrawled signs proclaiming “People Matter” and “Bring Human Rights Back... [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]

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Page 1 of a draft of Ordinance 621, a revision of Burien’s controversial “Body Odor” trespass ordinance. A protest against the city’s Ordinance #606 (now #621), which affects homeless... [Read more]