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Burien’s 1st Mayor voted into Association of Energy Engineers Hall of Fame

Burien’s 1st Mayor voted into Association of Energy Engineers Hall of Fame

  Burien’s first mayor, Arun Jhaveri, was recently voted into the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Hall of Fame. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. at the annual World Energy... [Read more]

Highline Mayors update Chamber members on local economic rebound

Highline Mayors update Chamber members on local economic rebound

Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer Highline cities have weathered the recession and now their economic futures look bright, mayors of four area cities told members of the Southwest King County... [Read more]

Lucy Krakowiak selected as Mayor at Monday night’s city council meeting

Lucy Krakowiak selected as Mayor at Monday night’s city council meeting

Longtime councilmember Lucy Krakowiak was unanimously selected as the new Mayor for Burien at Monday night’s city council session, while Bob Edgar was selected as Deputy Mayor…

Normandy Park Mayor withdraws from City Council race

Normandy Park Mayor withdraws from City Council race

by Jack Mayne Mayor Clarke Brant has withdrawn from the race for reelection for City Council saying it is “really time to retire.” The sole candidate in the Position 2 race now is Mike Bishoff. Candidates... [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]

LETTER: Former Burien Mayor: ‘No Animal Control and No Caring Either!’

LETTER: Former Burien Mayor: ‘No Animal Control and No Caring Either!’

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]

BREAKING: Brian Bennett Selected As Burien’s New Mayor

BREAKING: Brian Bennett Selected As Burien’s New Mayor

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]

Highline Mayors Say Local Economies Show Signs Of Improvement

Highline Mayors Say Local Economies Show Signs Of Improvement

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 Selected To Serve As Normandy Park Mayor For Rest Of 2011

Shawn McEvoy Selected To Serve As Normandy Park Mayor For Rest Of 2011

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 Normandy Park Mayor, Passes Away

George Hadley, Former Normandy Park Mayor, Passes Away

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…

Resting At Home, Former Normandy Park Mayor George Hadley Says “Thank You”

Resting At Home, Former Normandy Park Mayor George Hadley Says “Thank You”

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]

Burien’s Sally Nelson Appointed to King County Districting Committee

Burien’s Sally Nelson Appointed to King County Districting Committee

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]

From Bombay To Burien: Meet Dr. Arun Jhaveri

From Bombay To Burien: Meet Dr. Arun Jhaveri

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]

OPINION: Why Does The City Of Burien Want To Reduce Its Transparency?

OPINION: Why Does The City Of Burien Want To Reduce Its Transparency?

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]

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

Councilmember Rose Clark Is Running For Re-Election

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 “hit send” time), Clark has no opposition in her bid for another four-year term on the council:

City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

by Ralph Nichols

The Burien City Council imposed on Monday (May 11th) strict “alcohol-related conditions” with which City Manager Mike Martin must “comply fully” 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 Martin’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 Martin’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…

Dr. Arun Jhaveri: From Bombay To Burien To…Obama?

Dr. Arun Jhaveri: From Bombay To Burien To…Obama?

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 “being... [Read more]

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Nickels Suffers Injury In Burien

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Nickels Suffers Injury In Burien

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]

Ex-Councilmember Files Initiative Against Annexation

Ex-Councilmember Files Initiative Against Annexation

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]

A “State Of The City” Address From Our 15-Year Old Intern

A “State Of The City” Address From Our 15-Year Old Intern

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]

Burien Mayor Responds To Seattle Councilmember Conlin

Burien Mayor Responds To Seattle Councilmember Conlin

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]