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]
Several days ago I called the Animal Control number for the City of Burien about a stray cat, with no collar, that has been living in our neighborhood for weeks. It was thin and devouring birds for food.... [Read more]
After being selected as Mayor, Brian Bennett and former Mayor Joan McGilton traded places... ...and Bennett ran the meeting. Photos by Scott Schaefer. by Ralph Nichols Brian Bennett is Burien’s new mayor,... [Read more]
Burien Mayor Joan McGilton. by Ralph Nichols Things are looking better in three Highline communities, the mayors of these cities said recently during their annual updates to members of the Southwest King... [Read more]
Shawn McEvoy Former Mayor and current Councilmember Shawn McEvoy was selected by the Normandy Park City Council this week to serve as Mayor for the remainder of 2011. The Normandy Park Mayor position... [Read more]
George Hadley, former mayor of Normandy Park, has passed away. He died at home Sunday afternoon (May 8), confirmed long time family friend Lee Moyer…
Former Normandy Park Mayor George Hadley at the 2010 Cove to Clover starting line. Hadley resigned from the city council in March due to a brain tumor. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Mark Neuman The recent... [Read more]
Former Burien City Councilmember Sally Nelson. The King County Council announced Tuesday (Jan. 18th) that it had unanimously appointed four members to the King county Districting Committee, including former... [Read more]
by Mark Neuman Picture a small boy in India, in the early 1940s, his family’s home being personally visited by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru themselves. Imagine that same boy, just a few years... [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 Mark Neuman
I spoke Friday (June 5th) with Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark, who is running for re-election, Position No. 5.
As of press time (or in this electronic era, as of â€œhit sendâ€ time), Clark has no opposition in her bid for another four-year term on the council:
The Burien City Council imposed on Monday (May 11th) strict â€œalcohol-related conditionsâ€ with which City Manager Mike Martin must â€œcomply fullyâ€ if he is to retain that position. Martin is scheduled to be arraigned in King County District Court Friday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The conditions are included in an amendment to Martinâ€™s contract (download and view PDF here), which was approved without discussion with a 6-1 vote by city lawmakers. Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak, who publicly called for Martinâ€™s ouster following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence, cast the dissenting vote. She also cast the lone vote against Martin when the council hired him as city manager in January 2007.
Here’s a portion of the amended contract…
by Mark Neuman We had a wonderful time catching up recently with our friend Dr. Arun Jhaveri, the first mayor of Burien. We first met Dr. Jhaveri about a year ago, when The B-Town Blog was just â€œbeing... [Read more]
BREAKING NEWS: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was slightly injured Wednesday morning around 10:15am during a courtesy visit to Burien. Mayor Nickels was observing improvements to the 1st Ave. South corridor... [Read more]
BREAKING NEWS 7:15pm 1/26/09: Longtime Burien resident and former City Councilmember Stephen Lamphear filed the following Initiative against the annexation of North Highline with the City of Burien Monday... [Read more]
by Josh Hart Well 2009 is almost here and many are wondering what will be in store for the upcoming year. What will change from this year? What needs to change? What do we want to change? With everything... [Read more]
We just got an exclusive response from Burien Mayor Joan McGilton on this entire annexation withdrawal issue, and here’s the latest: First, a snippet from Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin as... [Read more]