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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
by Ralph Nichols After beginning a condemnation process in September to seize ownership of a private parking lot on International Boulevard â€“ for the private development of an envisioned city center... [Read more]
by Mark Neuman We touched base this week with friend of The B-Town blog, Burienâ€™s first mayor, Dr. Arun Jhaveri, and heâ€™s as busy as ever. Heâ€™s planning a trip to Copenhagen this month,... [Read more]
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]
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
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]
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]
by Ralph Nichols If youâ€™ve not yet voted and mailed your ballot, remember, tomorrow â€“ Tuesday, August 18, primary election day â€“ is the deadline to do so. And if you live in the southern... [Read more]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Here are notes from Monday night’s (Mar. 23rd) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here):
The City of Burien has a lot of improvements underway â€“ everything from the restrooms to the city’s website is getting a little â€œspring cleaning.â€
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.
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 [email protected] or call 206-241-4647…
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]