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Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

City Manager Kamuron Gurol. by Jack Mayne Burien’s new City Manager will be evaluated by the Council next month, then twice more during his first year under a new process adopted by the lawmakers... [Read more]

Burien’s Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon lights up American Lung Association’s ‘CycleLung’

Burien’s Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon lights up American Lung Association’s ‘CycleLung’

On Tuesday (July 1), Burien state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon rode the American Lung Association’s “CycleLung” – a pedal-powered piece of artwork that stimulates the importance of lung health when cycling... [Read more]

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

[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 Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce... [Read more]

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

This week, the Growth Management Hearing Board dismissed an appeal to the City of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program, filed by a neighborhood group in Lake Burien. “The Board dismissed the appeal... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Developing an “Economic Development Strategic Plan” for Burien turned into a two-plus hour debate Monday night on the best way to reverse the economic stagnation in the city. A final... [Read more]

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

[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:] In reading the recent article as written by... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

by Jack Mayne If you have not attended a Burien City Council meeting or watched the televised sessions for a while, you need to take a new look. The whole meeting atmosphere has changed from rigid and bristling non-information…

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee Chat will be this Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. at Burien Press. “I want to talk about food,” Nancy told The B-Town... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

A bond to fund construction of four schools and make critical improvements districtwide was proposed to the Highline Public Schools Board at its May 28 meeting; the board will vote on June 4 whether to... [Read more]

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

The City of Burien will be holding a public hearing on its 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at the June 2 City Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The... [Read more]

PHOTO: City Council & City Manager do team building exercises at retreat

PHOTO: City Council & City Manager do team building exercises at retreat

BTB Reader Robbie Howell sent us the following photo she took of the Burien City Council, along with new City Manager Kamuron Gurol, at the team building retreat held on Saturday, May 17: From left to... [Read more]

Burien City Council holding ‘team building’ retreat on Saturday, May 17

Burien City Council holding ‘team building’ retreat on Saturday, May 17

The Burien City Council will be attending a Council Retreat for the purpose of team building on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Burien Community Center, Shorewood Room, 14700... [Read more]

Talk with Councilmember Nancy Tosta at ‘No Coffee But Pots’ this Saturday

Talk with Councilmember Nancy Tosta at ‘No Coffee But Pots’ this Saturday

Your next chance to discuss local issues with Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta will be this Saturday, May 3, starting at 10 a.m. at the Moshier Pottery Sale. “I will be at the Moshier Pottery... [Read more]

LETTER: New council should pull Burien out of the Potential Annexation Area

LETTER: New council should pull Burien out of the Potential Annexation Area

[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:] I have a dream that one day our elected officials... [Read more]

Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Coffee & Chat is Saturday, April 5

Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Coffee & Chat is Saturday, April 5

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee and Chat will be held on Saturday, April 5, starting at 10 a.m. at Dino’s Country Kitchen, located at 127 SW 153rd Street (NOTE:... [Read more]

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, March 26 at City Hall

Next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, March 26 at City Hall

On Wednesday, March 26, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., members of the Highline Forum will meet at Burien City Hall’s Council Chambers, 400 SW 152nd Street. The public is invited to make comments at the... [Read more]

Burien Council approves $450,000 to complete Seahurst Park Restoration

Burien Council approves $450,000 to complete Seahurst Park Restoration

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members unanimously approved at their March 17 meeting an additional $450,000 to fund completion of phase two of the Seahurst Park Shoreline Ecosystem Restoration Project. Only... [Read more]

Council selects 2 residents, neighborhood group as its 2014 ‘Citizens of the Year’

Council selects 2 residents, neighborhood group as its 2014 ‘Citizens of the Year’

Burien City Councilmembers unanimously selected two residents – Maureen Hoffmann and Betty Olson Vacca – along with a local group – Neighbors of Seahurst Park – as Burien’s 2014 ‘Citizens... [Read more]

Burien City Council unanimously votes to select Kamuron Gurol as City Manager

Burien City Council unanimously votes to select Kamuron Gurol as City Manager

By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Burien City Council voted to select as its new City Manager Kamuron D. Gurol at Monday night’s special session, held at the Burien Community Center…

Burien City Council holding ‘special meeting’ for City Manager Monday night

Burien City Council holding ‘special meeting’ for City Manager Monday night

The City of Burien sent out a notice on Friday (March 7) announcing that: “The Burien City Council will hold a Special Meeting for the purpose of authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract for the... [Read more]

Local residents meet the five finalists for Burien City Manager position Friday

Local residents meet the five finalists for Burien City Manager position Friday

An estimated 60 local residents had an opportunity to meet the five finalists for the vacant Burien City Manager position at a Feb. 28 open house in the community center.  One candidate – Michael... [Read more]

Deadline to file amendments to Comprehensive Plan is Monday, March 3

Deadline to file amendments to Comprehensive Plan is Monday, March 3

The deadline to file an application for an amendment to Burien’s Comprehensive Plan is Monday, March 3 at 5 p.m. “The City of Burien annually considers amendments to the Burien Comprehensive... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Two weeks ago, you were asked to participate in a citizen survey…’

LETTER: ‘Two weeks ago, you were asked to participate in a citizen survey…’

[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:] Hello Neighbors and Members of the Burien Community, Thank... [Read more]

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding 3rd ‘Community Coffee’ chat March 8

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding 3rd ‘Community Coffee’ chat March 8

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta is planning the third of her monthly Saturday morning Community Coffee and Chats at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Geno’s Coffee Shop, located at 11620 Ambaum... [Read more]

Names of six finalists for Burien City Manager position announced

Names of six finalists for Burien City Manager position announced

On Friday (Feb. 21), the names of the six finalists for the City Manager position were released by the City of Burien. Residents have been invited by the city to meet the finalists on Friday, Feb. 28 from... [Read more]