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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]

LETTER: Resident concerned about density of pot stores in White Center

LETTER: Resident concerned about density of pot stores in White Center

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] The parking lot for this state-licensed... [Read more]

Six complaints for illegal fireworks taken by City of Burien on New Year’s Eve/Day

Six complaints for illegal fireworks taken by City of Burien on New Year’s Eve/Day

There were just six complaints in Burien of illegal fireworks on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, said city communications manager Katie Trefry in response to a B-Town Blog query. “Two of... [Read more]

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #31 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Suspect convicted for 1st Degree Murder of 96-year old Normandy Park man

Suspect convicted for 1st Degree Murder of 96-year old Normandy Park man

A jury returned a verdict on Tuesday, Dec. 8, finding Shane Chamberlain guilty of Murder in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement and Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement... [Read more]

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

by Jack Mayne Updating Burien’s biennial budget halfway through drew attempts to slash the budget for city police and to increase the cost of living increase for Burien city workers. After two and a... [Read more]

Burien woman charged in DUI fatality crash in White Center

Burien woman charged in DUI fatality crash in White Center

The King County Prosecutor’s Office is reporting that arraignment was held recently for a 50-year-old Burien woman who is charged with Vehicular Homicide for allegedly driving under the influence... [Read more]

City Council supports school financing, rejects minimum wage support

City Council supports school financing, rejects minimum wage support

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent a long time honing and refashioning its goals for dealing with the local, state and federal governments, seeking a federal increase in its minimum wage, but... [Read more]

State Attorney General announces agreement to protect Haggen’s workers

State Attorney General announces agreement to protect Haggen’s workers

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday (Sept. 29) announced an agreement with the owner of the Haggen grocery store chain that ensures laid-off workers will receive their pay on time. This... [Read more]

Burien resident awarded $500,000 settlement for 2010 Pit Bull attack

Burien resident awarded $500,000 settlement for 2010 Pit Bull attack

Burien resident Jeannette Cunningham (pictured above in 2010, left, and after surgery in 2012, right) was recently awarded a $500,000 settlement for a Pit Bull attack she suffered over five years ago (read... [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]

City of Burien issues moratorium on sign code, allowing more types of signs

City of Burien issues moratorium on sign code, allowing more types of signs

“Get that Hoohna Shine” signs liven up an alley behind Ambaum Blvd. SW near SW 151st Street. Photo by Scott Schaefer. The City of Burien City recently issued a temporary moratorium on the... [Read more]

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Screengrab of the City of Burien’s Executive Order No. 2015-2, aka the ‘Trespass Warning/Exclusion Notice.’ by Jack Mayne Violators of the newly-passed Burien city ordinance that allows... [Read more]

Prosecutor announces initiative to close 15 unlicensed marijuana stores

Prosecutor announces initiative to close 15 unlicensed marijuana stores

From our sister site The White Center Blog: From left, Sheriff John Urquhart, Dan Satterberg, and Russ Hauge of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, outside the KCSO Storefront in White Center... [Read more]

City of Burien reminds residents of fireworks ban, fire danger during heat

City of Burien reminds residents of fireworks ban, fire danger during heat

The City of Burien wants to remind all that – as the 4th of July rapidly approaches – residents are asked to comply with Burien’s ban on fireworks within City limits. “Hot, dry temperatures... [Read more]

You can be fined $250 for taking driftwood from any Burien Park beach

You can be fined $250 for taking driftwood from any Burien Park beach

A regular BTB Reader alerted us that on Tuesday morning (May 26), she witnessed three men dressed in restaurant cook uniforms take driftwood from Seahurst Park beach, load it into a green truck and take... [Read more]

City of Burien hires Soojin Kim as its new Attorney

City of Burien hires Soojin Kim as its new Attorney

The City of Burien announced Wednesday (May 13) that Soojin Kim has been hired to serve as its next City Attorney. She will replace the services provided by Kenyon Disend, PLLC, a municipal law firm which... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has voted to become a partner in seeking a grant to save and develop the Bel-R Greenhouses in northeast... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

It was a noisy and unusual Monday night (Feb. 23), as the Burien’s City Council heard loud arguments and heated discussions over a piece of legislation opponents say makes homelessness a crime in the city…

Numerous anti-school bond signs defaced, tampered with overnight

Numerous anti-school bond signs defaced, tampered with overnight

Seems that just before every election, political signs get defaced, removed or destroyed – and that’s just what happened overnight Tuesday (Jan. 27), as numerous anti-school bond signs were tampered... [Read more]

Burien City Council won’t reconsider ‘body odor’ ordinance until January

Burien City Council won’t reconsider ‘body odor’ ordinance until January

Excerpt of Burien’s controversial Ordinance #606. Click image to see larger version. by Jack Mayne The city ordinance now under attack by homeless advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)... [Read more]

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

by Jack Mayne After a long debate over whether to authorize hiring of a new economic development specialist, the Burien City Council at its Monday meeting (Dec. 1) approved on a 5-2 vote the two-year city... [Read more]