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Sheriff John Urquhart to Feds: ‘The War on Drugs has been a failure’

Sheriff John Urquhart to Feds: ‘The War on Drugs has been a failure’

King County Sheriff John Urquhart spoke in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (Sept. 10) about marijuana, stating that “the War on Drugs has been a failure” and urging feds... [Read more]

Burien City Manager Mike Martin may leave for Lakewood soon

Burien City Manager Mike Martin may leave for Lakewood soon

Photo by Michael Brunk. by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin informed city staff members Thursday (June 6) that he is a finalist for the city manager position with Lakewood. The Lakewood City... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘It’s Time for a Change’ in Burien City Government

LETTER: ‘It’s Time for a Change’ in Burien City Government

It’s Time for a Change Prior to the last City Council election, whatever the City Manager proposed was accepted and approved by the City Council Majority with few questions. City business went forward... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Can Burien Afford to Change Its Form of Government?’

LETTER: ‘Can Burien Afford to Change Its Form of Government?’

Burien has an elitist form of government that allows the least amount of citizen participation as possible-the council/manager form. Less than 10% of the cities and towns in the U.S.A. have this form of... [Read more]

Burien City Council Nixes Elected Mayor Proposal on 3-3 Vote Monday Night

Burien City Council Nixes Elected Mayor Proposal on 3-3 Vote Monday Night

Burien city council members defeated a motion to place the question of an elected city mayor on the April 2013 special election ballot at Monday night’s meeting (Nov. 26). Councilmembers Jack Block... [Read more]

Tardy With Taxes? Here's Where You Can Mail Your Return Tonight

Tardy With Taxes? Here's Where You Can Mail Your Return Tonight

Today (April 15) is Tax Day, and tardy filers throughout the area are scrambling to get their returns done and postmarked in time. If you’re one of the tardy filers, we recommend getting yours mailed... [Read more]

City Of SeaTac Reconsidering Controversial Eminent Domain Decision

City Of SeaTac Reconsidering Controversial Eminent Domain Decision

by Ralph Nichols After beginning a condemnation process in September to seize ownership of a private parking lot on International Boulevard – for the private development of an envisioned city center... [Read more]

Burien’s First Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri Joins One Million Lights As Executive Advisor

Burien’s First Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri Joins One Million Lights As Executive Advisor

by Mark Neuman We touched base this week with friend of The B-Town blog, Burien’s first mayor, Dr. Arun Jhaveri, and he’s as busy as ever. He’s planning a trip to Copenhagen this month,... [Read more]

Dial In To Rep. Tina Orwall’s “Telephone Town Hall” On Tuesday, Nov. 17th

Dial In To Rep. Tina Orwall’s “Telephone Town Hall” On Tuesday, Nov. 17th

State Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Normandy Park) will be holding a “Telephone Town Hall” on Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 6pm to 7pm, and to participate, you don’t have to drive anywhere in the rain... [Read more]

Our Burien City Council Online Candidate Forum – Position #1: Sue Blazak vs Jack Block, Jr.

Our Burien City Council Online Candidate Forum – Position #1: Sue Blazak vs Jack Block, Jr.

With the deadline to mail ballots for the Nov. 3rd general election just days away, we here at The B-Town Blog have created our own online forum which consists of answers to five relevant questions we... [Read more]

GUEST EDITORIAL: City Of Burien Has Ordinance On Graffiti Removal, Yet Still Has Grafitti On Its Own Sign

GUEST EDITORIAL: City Of Burien Has Ordinance On Graffiti Removal, Yet Still Has Grafitti On Its Own Sign

by Jim Branson Despite the city’s own ordinance against graffiti, the graffiti on this “Welcome to Burien” sign located in Olde Burien has been there for nearly three months. Here’s... [Read more]

Burien City Council Members Sharply Rebuke Tim Eyman’s I-1033

Burien City Council Members Sharply Rebuke Tim Eyman’s I-1033

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members sharply rebuked Initiative 1033 at their meeting Monday night (Oct. 5th) and voted 3-1 to oppose the tax-limitation measure that appears on the November ballot. Mayor... [Read more]

If Annexation Passes Tuesday, What Happens Next?

If Annexation Passes Tuesday, What Happens Next?

by Ralph Nichols If you’ve not yet voted and mailed your ballot, remember, tomorrow – Tuesday, August 18, primary election day – is the deadline to do so. And if you live in the southern... [Read more]

OPINION: Why Does The City Of Burien Want To Reduce Its Transparency?

OPINION: Why Does The City Of Burien Want To Reduce Its Transparency?

by Stephen Lamphear Following in the steps of the likes of Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, the city of Burien is preparing to reduce its responsiveness to public records requests. Here’s a screenshot... [Read more]

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Scott Schaefer Here are notes from Monday night’s (July 20th) Burien City Council Study Session (PDF agenda here, streaming video link here): Both Mayor Joan McGilton and Councilmember Kathy... [Read more]

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage

Here are notes from Monday night’s (May 11th) Burien City Council meeting (PDF agenda here, streaming video link here)…

New City Hall To Officially Open On Tuesday, May 19th

New City Hall To Officially Open On Tuesday, May 19th

The city of Burien will be making the big move to its new digs this coming weekend, with plans to open its new city hall on Tuesday, May 19th.

This will be the first phase opening of the Burien Town Square project.

City Hall will be closed Monday, May 18th and will then reopen on Tuesday, May 19th.

The new Urban Partners condominium and retail building will welcome its first occupants in late spring. The King County Regional Library and Town Square Park also will be opening around the same time.

The Burien Town Square Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, June 13. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m. followed by tours of the City Hall, library and City park. Urban Partners also will be conducting tours of the condominiums. The festivities will include live entertainment and refreshments.

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage Here are notes from Monday night’s (April 6th) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here): LEVY SUPPORTS VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES: A recent survey found that 50% of... [Read more]

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage

Here are notes from Monday night’s (Mar. 23rd) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here):

SPRING CLEANING
The City of Burien has a lot of improvements underway – everything from the restrooms to the city’s website is getting a little “spring cleaning.”

City Of Burien Releases Its First Email Newsletter

City Of Burien Releases Its First Email Newsletter

by Janet Grella

Wednesday (March 18th) marked a new era in the City of Burien’s ongoing effort to upgrade their communications system with residents.

Approximately 1,800 citizens received the city’s first-ever online monthly newsletter.

By email.

All residents will continue to receive the quarterly, printed newsletter via snailmail.

If you are interested in receiving the online newsletter email your interest to cityofburien@burienwa.gov or call 206-241-4647

Federal Stimulus $$ Set To Stimulate First Ave South

Federal Stimulus $$ Set To Stimulate First Ave South

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the area will be on the receiving end of $40.4 million in funding from the recent federal stimulus package, with $3.8 million going towards “Phase IIA”... [Read more]

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

by Gina Bourdage Notes from Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting (Feb. 9th): LAKE-TO-SOUND TRAIL King County Council Chair Julia Patterson and her team presented the 17-mile Lake-To-Sound... [Read more]

Ex-Councilmember Files Initiative Against Annexation

Ex-Councilmember Files Initiative Against Annexation

BREAKING NEWS 7:15pm 1/26/09: Longtime Burien resident and former City Councilmember Stephen Lamphear filed the following Initiative against the annexation of North Highline with the City of Burien Monday... [Read more]

The City Of Burien Seeking Advisory Board Volunteers

The City Of Burien Seeking Advisory Board Volunteers

The City of Burien is seeking volunteers to serve on one of four Advisory Boards: Arts Commission Business and Economic Development Partnership Parks & Recreation Board Planning Commission All... [Read more]

Come Speak Your Mind About The Viaduct On Dec. 15th

Come Speak Your Mind About The Viaduct On Dec. 15th

It plays a huge role as part of Burien’s “secret passageway” to downtown Seattle, and it often allows one to get into town within 15-20 minutes. We’re speaking of course about the... [Read more]

Annexation On Tonight’s City Agenda

Annexation On Tonight’s City Agenda

Burien City Councilperson Lucy Krakowiak tells us that the hot topic of Annexation will be on the agenda at tonight’s Burien City Council meeting. And guess what – you, the public, are invited... [Read more]

Deadline To Register To Vote Is Sat. Oct. 4th

Deadline To Register To Vote Is Sat. Oct. 4th

It’s election season, and the stakes are higher than they’ve been in years – so don’t forget to register to vote for the Nov. 4th election (you have until this Saturday, Oct. 4th... [Read more]

Report On Thursday Night's Annexation "Open House"

Report On Thursday Night's Annexation "Open House"

B-Town Blog’s Mark Neuman filed this late-night missive with Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer around 11pm Thurs. night: Scott – Got back, about an hour ago, from the City of Burien’s... [Read more]