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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]

UPDATE: Sinkhole on SW 136th caused by sewer infrastructure problems

UPDATE: Sinkhole on SW 136th caused by sewer infrastructure problems

Photos & Story by Scott Schaefer UPDATE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016: The City of Burien said Wednesday (April 20) that the cause of the sinkhole on SW 136th – which resulted in the road being... [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]

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

The City of Burien announced on Tuesday (April 12) that it is seeking feedback on code updates, with an open, public meeting set for Thursday, April 21 at the Community Center. The city said that it is... [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]

Burien’s parking and how it’s paid for dominates marathon City Council session

Burien’s parking and how it’s paid for dominates marathon City Council session

by Jack Mayne A study of downtown parking says the city has plenty of it – and is nowhere near the woes of such places in Seattle as Ballard and Capitol Hill – but still it’s a hot button issue for... [Read more]

Transform Burien helps local homeless by providing free laundry services

Transform Burien helps local homeless by providing free laundry services

Local non-profit Transform Burien – with financial assistance from the City of Burien – is helping local homeless folks by providing free weekly laundry services every Wednesday afternoon. Organizers... [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]

City hires Steve Roemer as new Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

City hires Steve Roemer as new Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

Steve Roemer at the dedication of a new playground at Dottie Harper Park in July, 2015. Photo by Scott Schaefer. The City of Burien announced Friday (March 11) that Steve Roemer has been appointed as its... [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]

UPDATE: Burien Film Festival news; plus, check out the new neighborhood crests

UPDATE: Burien Film Festival news; plus, check out the new neighborhood crests

The 2016 Burien Film Festival has already received 13 filmmaker entrants for this year’s event, which will take place during the Burien UFO Festival on Friday, April 1. Organizers will be on hand... [Read more]

Burien Police, City Manager address crime concerns at Community Meeting

Burien Police, City Manager address crime concerns at Community Meeting

Burien Police officials, along with City Manager Kamuron Gurol, spoke to a full house at Tuesday night’s (Feb. 23) Community Meeting on crime at Gregory Heights Elementary School – just a few... [Read more]

City of Burien opening Downtown Mobility Storefront Studio Wednesday

City of Burien opening Downtown Mobility Storefront Studio Wednesday

The City of Burien is preparing a Downtown Mobility Plan, and are opening a Storefront Studio this Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25. The Plan will focus on how you get to Downtown Burien and... [Read more]

Beware parkers – the City of Burien has hired a Parking Compliance Officer

Beware parkers – the City of Burien has hired a Parking Compliance Officer

Photo courtesy City of Burien. The City of Burien announced Friday (Feb. 12) that it has hired a Parking Compliance Officer to monitor two-hour parking zones and disabled parking spaces in and around the... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking input on new Downtown Mobility Plan

City of Burien seeking input on new Downtown Mobility Plan

How do you get around Downtown Burien? The City of Burien is preparing a Downtown Mobility Plan, and they want to hear from residents. “The Plan will focus on how you get to Downtown Burien and... [Read more]

Premiere Burien Film Office Happy Hour plays to a packed house Tues. night

Premiere Burien Film Office Happy Hour plays to a packed house Tues. night

by Scott Schaefer The first-ever monthly ‘Happy Hour’ for the new Burien Film Office premiered to a packed house at the Tin Theater Tuesday night (Feb. 2), with over 50 film and arts enthusiasts... [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]

Nominations for Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ now open through Feb. 12

Nominations for Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ now open through Feb. 12

Nominations for the City of Burien’s annual ‘Citizen of the Year’ award are now open, with a deadline of Feb. 12. Do you know someone who has improved the quality of life in Burien? Do... [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]

City of Burien receives award for its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report

City of Burien receives award for its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report

Last week, the City of Burien was notified that it is a recipient of a ‘Certificate of Achievement for Excellence’ award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States... [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]