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Nationwide search for new Burien City Manager begins Tuesday

Nationwide search for new Burien City Manager begins Tuesday

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s nationwide search for a new city manager “goes live” with the publication and online posting of a recruiting brochure on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Applications for city manager will... [Read more]

Here are Burien residents’ responses to city’s survey on new City Manager

Here are Burien residents’ responses to city’s survey on new City Manager

As we first reported Nov. 13, the City of Burien posted an online survey asking for residents’ comments to assist its executive search firm in finding a new City Manager, and the results are in. “The... [Read more]

Community Meeting planned on City Manager Search Tuesday, Nov. 12

Community Meeting planned on City Manager Search Tuesday, Nov. 12

The City of Burien on Wednesday (Oct. 30) announced that it will be holding an open Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, “to gather information from the public.” Strategic Government... [Read more]

City of Burien announces it’s seeking consultant to find new City Manager

City of Burien announces it’s seeking consultant to find new City Manager

The City of Burien announced Wednesday (July 24) that it “will accept proposals from qualified consultants to assist the City with conducting a search that will lead to the selection of a new City... [Read more]

City Planner David Johanson honored for work on Burien’s Shoreline Plan

City Planner David Johanson honored for work on Burien’s Shoreline Plan

The City of Burien announced Thursday that Senior Planner David Johanson has been awarded its ‘Innovative Stewards Award’ for his work on the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) update, which was adopted... [Read more]

BREAKING: City Attorney Craig Knutson named Interim Burien City Manager

BREAKING: City Attorney Craig Knutson named Interim Burien City Manager

Craig Knutson, right, was named Interim City Manager for the City of Burien Monday, July 1. by Ralph Nichols The Burien City Council unanimously appointed City Attorney Craig Knutson as interim city manager... [Read more]

CONFIRMED: Burien City Manager Mike Martin will take job in Lynden

CONFIRMED: Burien City Manager Mike Martin will take job in Lynden

UPDATE 6/13/13 10 a.m.: BTB Senior Writer Ralph Nichols spoke with Burien City Manager Mike Martin Thursday morning (June 13), and it’s confirmed – Martin told him he “is planning to take”... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Hiring of interim City Manager will save approximately $14,000…’

LETTER: ‘Hiring of interim City Manager will save approximately $14,000…’

[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:] Dear Council Members: I propose that when... [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]

City of Burien says property values not declining faster than other cities

City of Burien says property values not declining faster than other cities

by Ralph Nichols Burien city officials have rejected a resident’s claim that local property values are declining faster than those in surrounding cities. North Burien resident Dick West has complained... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Clearly, there is a need for a change in City Hall’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Clearly, there is a need for a change in City Hall’

[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:] Letter to the Editor: When I first filed... [Read more]

Burien Council Evaluation: City Manager Mike Martin’s Future on Razor’s Edge

Burien Council Evaluation: City Manager Mike Martin’s Future on Razor’s Edge

A one-vote swing in the current political balance on the Burien City Council in the municipal elections this fall could mark the end of Mike Martin’s tenure as city manager…

City Questioned on Taxpayer Money Used to Clean Up Foreclosed Property

City Questioned on Taxpayer Money Used to Clean Up Foreclosed Property

by Jack Mayne North Burien resident Dick West wants to know why Burien city government spent upwards of $15,000 to clean up debris and trash from a foreclosed home at 11416 26th Ave. South (map below)... [Read more]

LETTER: What is ‘Tally of Tax Money Spent Pursuing Annexation of Area Y?’

LETTER: What is ‘Tally of Tax Money Spent Pursuing Annexation of Area Y?’

Members of the Council: Annexation of Area Y was rejected by their residents. The City of Burien spent a considerable amount of money studying and promoting annexation, including hiring staff for this... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘City Manager is Unaware there is a Tree Pruning & Cutting Permit Process’

LETTER: ‘City Manager is Unaware there is a Tree Pruning & Cutting Permit Process’

Letter to the Editor – In a final touch of levity, I would like to discuss the most recent articles about how the Burien City Manager went to the North Highline Unincorporated Council and told them once... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Burien is Becoming Less Connected to Its Citizens Each Year’

LETTER: ‘Burien is Becoming Less Connected to Its Citizens Each Year’

Dear Editor: As a business and property owner in the White Center area for over 20 years, I exercised my legal right to send a letter to voters in unincorporated White Center, warning them about $16,000... [Read more]

LETTER/POLL: ‘Citizens Would Like to See Burien Run by an Elected City Mayor’

LETTER/POLL: ‘Citizens Would Like to See Burien Run by an Elected City Mayor’

To The B-Town Blog Editor: At the July 2, 2012 Burien City Council meeting, some of the Council members spoke out about the lack of transparency in how the Burien City Manager Mike Martin was operating... [Read more]

LETTER: Concerns about Jerry Robison, Mike Martin and Area Y Annexation

LETTER: Concerns about Jerry Robison, Mike Martin and Area Y Annexation

At the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting (NHUAC) in White Center on April 5, 2012, regular agenda presenter Mike Martin, Burien City Manager, launched a public attack against some of the... [Read more]

LETTER: At NHUAC Meeting, Mike Martin Made ‘Surprising Announcement’

LETTER: At NHUAC Meeting, Mike Martin Made ‘Surprising Announcement’

To the Editor, B-Town Blog At the April 5, 2012 meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council (NHUAC), Mike Martin, Burien City Manager, made a surprising announcement that he and the City... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘We Don’t Need a New Tax to Change Public’s Perception on Crime’

LETTER: ‘We Don’t Need a New Tax to Change Public’s Perception on Crime’

The April 6 edition of The Highline Times carried an article on “Kids and Cops” stating that City Manager Mike Martin plans to ask Burien residents to fund a tax increase of $1.8 – $2.3 million... [Read more]

City Manager Mike Martin Takes Responsibility for $500,000 Cost Overrun on Asphalt Overlay Project

City Manager Mike Martin Takes Responsibility for $500,000 Cost Overrun on Asphalt Overlay Project

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s recently completed asphalt overlay project ended with an estimated cost overrun of about $500,000. And, City Manager Mike Martin told The B-Town Blog Monday (Aug. 15), “We... [Read more]

LETTER: It’s ‘Time To Put Away Smoke & Mirrors’ About Annexing White Center

LETTER: It’s ‘Time To Put Away Smoke & Mirrors’ About Annexing White Center

For almost one and a half years, the Burien City Manager (Mike Martin) has been publicly insisting that Burien can afford to annex White Center/Area Y. As a matter of fact, he made such statements prior... [Read more]

City Manager Says Town Square Sale A Sign That Condos Will Sell Again

City Manager Says Town Square Sale A Sign That Condos Will Sell Again

by Ralph Nichols Saying this is “something we’ve been expecting for quite a long time,” Burien City Manager Mike Martin said Thursday (Oct. 28) called a pending trustee’s sale... [Read more]

Mike Martin Says "Welcome"; Burien's Population May Grow To Nearly 50K

Mike Martin Says "Welcome"; Burien's Population May Grow To Nearly 50K

by Ralph Nichols Signs around town declare it in several languages. But at last week’s meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, Burien City Manager Mike Martin kept the greeting... [Read more]

Burien Officials Confront Seattle Times Columnist Over White Center Annexation

Burien Officials Confront Seattle Times Columnist Over White Center Annexation

On Monday (Mar. 1st), Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large published a followup article that is basically a reaction to him being confronted by Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, Councilmember Kathy Keene and... [Read more]

City Manager Mike Martin Exploring Ways To Opt Out If I-1033 Passes

City Manager Mike Martin Exploring Ways To Opt Out If I-1033 Passes

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin is concerned – very concerned – about the likelihood that Initiative 1033 will pass in November’s general election. So much, in fact,... [Read more]

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin on Tuesday (June 23rd) was granted a deferred prosecution (download court doc as a PDF here) on a DUI charge (driving under the influence) by King County... [Read more]

Aug. 18th Officially Certified As Annexation Vote Date

Aug. 18th Officially Certified As Annexation Vote Date

Photo of City Manager Mike Martin by Michael Brunk

by Ralph Nichols

It’s official. Several thousand North Highline residents now can mark Aug. 18th – primary election day – on their calendars as the date they will decide at last whether to be annexed by Burien.

City Manager Mike Martin said Friday (May 22nd) the 30-day period to appeal the King County Boundary Review Board’s prior approval of Burien’s plan to annex the south part of the North Highline unincorporated area expired May 18 with no challenge being filed…