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Police oversight, community survey & more on agenda for Mon. council meeting

Police oversight, community survey & more on agenda for Mon. council meeting

On the docket for Monday night’s regular Burien City Council meeting is reports from OLEO on police oversight, community survey results, an update on fireworks, a proposed memorial for late Mayor... [Read more]

City of Burien hires Eric Christensen as its new Finance Director

City of Burien hires Eric Christensen as its new Finance Director

Burien City Manager Brian J. Wilson selected Eric Christensen to be the city’s next Finance Director, replacing Kim Krause, who left in April. His first day was June 25. Christensen brings over 20... [Read more]

Admissions Tax, report from Police Chief on agenda for Monday Council meeting

Admissions Tax, report from Police Chief on agenda for Monday Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday night’s (July 2) Burien City Council meeting are reports from new Police Chief Ted Boe, discussion of a new Admissions Tax, a State Legislative Session update, changing Council... [Read more]

Council discusses potential rental rights legislation, ponders rights ordinance

Council discusses potential rental rights legislation, ponders rights ordinance

By Jack Mayne Returning to earlier discussions of ways to prevent landlords indiscrimately evicting low income tenants and failing to provide needed repairs in a timely fashion was the major issue at... [Read more]

Landlords can still reject vouchers, subsidies; human service dept. started

Landlords can still reject vouchers, subsidies; human service dept. started

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council rejected on a tie 3–3 tie vote a proposal by Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz to require landlords to not consider whether a prospective resident gets public grant... [Read more]

Split City Council vote selects former Federal Way Police Chief as City Manager

Split City Council vote selects former Federal Way Police Chief as City Manager

New City Manager Brian Wilson By Jack Mayne Within the next two or three weeks Burien should have a new City Manager, following the City Council’s split vote at Monday night’s special session. The... [Read more]

City Council announces five finalists for new Burien City Manager position

City Council announces five finalists for new Burien City Manager position

The Burien City Council at Monday night’s Retreat (March 27) announced the five final applicants for the position of Burien City Manager. The firm Colin Baenziger & Associates conducted the search... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. This version was edited and re-submitted on March 14, 2017 to correct some inaccuracies that were concerning to the... [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]

State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

by Jack Mayne The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a public official using a personal cell phone must give the agency they work for access to all of the device’s records. The unanimous opinion... [Read more]

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]