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TRAFFIC ALERT: Asphalt overlay will affect traffic near Dottie Harper Park

TRAFFIC ALERT: Asphalt overlay will affect traffic near Dottie Harper Park

This week and next, asphalt overlay work begins on 4th Ave SW between SW 146th Street and SW 148th Streets (map below), near Dottie Harper Park, the City of Burien announced. Starting Thursday (June 23),... [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]

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

By Jack Mayne The president of Kennedy Catholic High School has backed away from his earlier comments in a letter to all of the school’s parents and others that officials at the City of Burien had... [Read more]

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Gas main on SW 160th; Gregory Heights asphalt

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Gas main on SW 160th; Gregory Heights asphalt

Two construction-related traffic alerts in Burien: GAS MAIN ON SW 160th Street The City of Burien is warning residents that traffic may be affected by the installation of a gas main on SW 160th Street... [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]

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

This month, the City of Burien will welcome Lisa Marshall as its next City Attorney, the city announced Friday, June 10. Marshall replaces Soojin Kim, who will soon leave to build her own law practice. Marshall... [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]

Around $20,000 in Arts & Culture grant funding now available from City of Burien

Around $20,000 in Arts & Culture grant funding now available from City of Burien

Approximately $20,000 in grant funding for Arts & Culture projects is now available to individuals, groups and organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to the residents of Burien. The... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Former Seattle City Light ‘Cherry Tree Lot’ is up for sale

FOLLOWUP: Former Seattle City Light ‘Cherry Tree Lot’ is up for sale

The former Seattle City Light lot located at Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street (map below) has been listed as “For Sale,” which means that a grassroots campaign to save an endangered, ~68-year... [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]

‘Speed Networking Event’ helps over 100 Highline Public Schools students

‘Speed Networking Event’ helps over 100 Highline Public Schools students

On Tuesday (May 17), the City of Burien helped host a ‘speed networking event’ for juniors and seniors from Highline Public Schools at City Hall: Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol addressed... [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]

Moody’s upgrades City of Burien’s credit rating to Aa3

Moody’s upgrades City of Burien’s credit rating to Aa3

Late last week, Moody’s Investor Services released a report upgrading the City of Burien’s credit rating from A1 to Aa3. The upgrade was given “due to the City’s robust reserves, strong liquidity,... [Read more]

City Attorney Soojin Kim, Analyst Nhan Nguyen leaving City of Burien staff

City Attorney Soojin Kim, Analyst Nhan Nguyen leaving City of Burien staff

On Tuesday (May 3), Burien City Attorney Soojin Kim announced she will be leaving her position after the first City Council meeting in June. As we previously reported, Kim was hired by the city to replace... [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]

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]