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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]

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]