mike martin Section
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]
[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 the... [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]
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]
[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 my... [Read more]
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…
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
by Ralph Nichols Signs around town declare it in several languages. But at last weekâ€™s meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, Burien City Manager Mike Martin kept the greeting... [Read more]
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]
by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin is concerned â€“ very concerned â€“ about the likelihood that Initiative 1033 will pass in Novemberâ€™s general election. So much, in fact,... [Read more]
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]
Photo of City Manager Mike Martin by Michael Brunk
Itâ€™s official. Several thousand North Highline residents now can mark Aug. 18th â€“ primary election day â€“ 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 Boardâ€™s prior approval of Burienâ€™s plan to annex the south part of the North Highline unincorporated area expired May 18 with no challenge being filed…
Story and Photos by Michael Brunk
Wednesday afternoon (May 20th), Tai Oh of Burien (right, below) and Terry Torbet of Kent (left) stood on SW 148th near First Avenue South holding a large banner protesting City Manager Mike Martin’s recent DUI incident, as seen in these pictures by Michael Brunk:
Burien City Manager Mike Martin entered a plea of “Not Guilty” on Friday (May 15th) to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a minor traffic accident on April 19th. Martin appeared before King County District Court Judge Eileen Kato, who scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 23rd.
Martin, 55, refused to perform field sobriety tests or take a Breathalyzer test when he was arrested following the one-car accident in Burien. As a result, his driverâ€™s license was suspended, as required by state law, when formal DUI charges were filed on May 6th.
On Monday (May 11th), the Burien City Council approved an amended contract for Martin on a 5-1 vote, which imposes strict â€œalcohol-related conditionsâ€ with which he must â€œcomply fullyâ€ to retain his position as city manager.
In agreeing to the addition of alcohol-related conditions to his contract, Martin denied committing â€œany wrongful or criminal act,â€ but acknowledged â€œthat the facts and circumstances of his arrest may constitute â€˜causeâ€™ to terminate his employment under the Original Agreement.â€