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Burien looks to create new committee to monitor growth of Sea-Tac Airport

Burien looks to create new committee to monitor growth of Sea-Tac Airport

By Jack Mayne The redesign of a Burien committee to oversee the continued and wide scale growth of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was initiated by the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 7). Given... [Read more]

Mary’s Place gets zoning map change as first step to allow multifamily housing

Mary’s Place gets zoning map change as first step to allow multifamily housing

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved a zoning map change on Monday (Dec. 17), a first step in Mary’s Place takeover of the former Lakeside-Milam Recovery Center to establish an apartment complex... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking public input on its website, wants you to take a survey

City of Burien seeking public input on its website, wants you to take a survey

The City of Burien is evaluating its website, and they want to hear from YOU by Jan. 7, 2019. The first step of course is to visit the city’s website and browse/search through it: https://burienwa.gov Do... [Read more]

Council begins crafting new biennial budget, approves recycling ‘adjustment’

Council begins crafting new biennial budget, approves recycling ‘adjustment’

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council began its semi-annual city budget discussions with a proposed biennial budget to replace the previous two-year one of $81.9 million with $53.5 million in general... [Read more]

City of Burien holding Community Meeting on Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23

City of Burien holding Community Meeting on Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23

The City of Burien will be holding a Community Meeting on its Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Southern Heights Elementary School. This free, open meeting will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m. “The community... [Read more]

Cathy Schrock hired as Administrative Services Director for City of Burien

Cathy Schrock hired as Administrative Services Director for City of Burien

The City of Burien announced that it has hired Cathy Schrock to serve as its Administrative Services Director. Her first day was Aug. 20, 2018. “She possesses the unique combination of great interpersonal... [Read more]

New hotel, small cell network, plastic ban & more on agenda for Mon. Council

New hotel, small cell network, plastic ban & more on agenda for Mon. Council

On the agenda for Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting are presentations on a new hotel, small cell wireless networks, awards for Burien Police, an interlocal agreement for an airport study,... [Read more]

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]