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VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

On the front steps of Burien’s deteriorating Highline High School on Saturday (July 23), families, residents, students and teachers came together to help kick-off Highline Public Schools’ Nov.... [Read more]

School Board votes to place community-led Bond Measure on Nov. 8 ballot

School Board votes to place community-led Bond Measure on Nov. 8 ballot

CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School. A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on Nov. 8, 2016, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday morning,... [Read more]

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved an extended animal control contract with CARES, along with being told of unhappy parade goers pelting a Trump for President truck in the holiday parade were... [Read more]

Highline School Board to vote on placing bond on Nov. ballot at July 20 meeting

Highline School Board to vote on placing bond on Nov. ballot at July 20 meeting

The Highline School Board will vote at its July 20 meeting on whether to place a new bond on the November ballot. “The bond reflects the recommendation of a community-led committee and would fund... [Read more]

City of Burien hires Mary Eidmann as new Stormwater Outreach Specialist

City of Burien hires Mary Eidmann as new Stormwater Outreach Specialist

The City of Burien announced that it has hired Mary Eidmann to serve as its Stormwater Outreach Specialist. This newly-created position will allow the City to increase its stormwater education and outreach... [Read more]

LETTER: Trump supporter upset with getting soaked during 4th of July parade

LETTER: Trump supporter upset with getting soaked during 4th of July parade

[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 parade this year could have been... [Read more]

PODCAST: Gunshot puts campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; Jack Mayne…

PODCAST: Gunshot puts campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; Jack Mayne…

Here’s episode #57 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Highline School Board to decide July 20 on $299 million November bond election

Highline School Board to decide July 20 on $299 million November bond election

By Jack Mayne There will be a new Highline School District bond issue on the November ballot if the school board approves a proposal from the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee. The amount of the new... [Read more]

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent a lot of time Monday night on a what became a confused and dissembled discussion on wording of an update to the city’s strategic plan, which was largely made... [Read more]

AUDIO: Bob Edgar discusses new Burien projects at Mayor’s Luncheon

AUDIO: Bob Edgar discusses new Burien projects at Mayor’s Luncheon

Story, Photo & Audio by Scott Schaefer The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Thursday, June 18, with representatives from Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park,... [Read more]

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Ex-City Manager Mike Martin at a 2009 Burien City Council meeting. By Jack Mayne Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin is under investigation in Lynden, Whatcom County, after three female department heads... [Read more]

Capital Facilities Advisory Committee recommends Bond to build new schools

Capital Facilities Advisory Committee recommends Bond to build new schools

Thirty-nine Highline parents, students, and community members spent the last 10 months studying and deliberating about the need to improve or replace schools in Highline, and this week they recommended... [Read more]

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

By Jack Mayne The president of Kennedy Catholic High School has backed away from his earlier comments in a letter to all of the school’s parents and others that officials at the City of Burien had... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

[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 Burien City Council C.A.R.E.S Vote: On... [Read more]

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #55 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

This month, the City of Burien will welcome Lisa Marshall as its next City Attorney, the city announced Friday, June 10. Marshall replaces Soojin Kim, who will soon leave to build her own law practice. Marshall... [Read more]

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

By Jack Mayne The big news from Monday night’s (June 6) meeting was the discussion to give CARES a new and extended contract through 2017, or to return animal control to King County animal control. To... [Read more]

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Screengrab of the CARES 4-3 vote (NOTE: Lauren Berkowitz voted Yes via phone). By a vote of 4-3, the Burien City Council voted to extend the contract for CARES Animal Control at Monday night’s meeting... [Read more]

Highline Schools Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritizes solutions

Highline Schools Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritizes solutions

The Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is narrowing down a list of solutions for facility concerns facing Highline Public Schools, and on Tuesday (May 31) released their priorities. Initial... [Read more]

City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

The City of Burien announced that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 6, 2017, for the purpose of receiving public comments on the 2017 through 2022 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program... [Read more]

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

Sean Bouffiou of King County, along with Debra George of CARES at Monday night’s Burien City Council study session. By Jack Mayne It was virtually “a pep rally for CARES” at Monday night’s... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader responds to Jack Mayne’s Commentary on legal pot stores

LETTER: Reader responds to Jack Mayne’s Commentary on legal pot stores

[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:] NOTE: The following Letter is in response... [Read more]

Sponsored Post LEGAL NOTICE: Boundary Review Board Public Hearings will be June 13 & 14

LEGAL NOTICE: Boundary Review Board Public Hearings will be June 13 & 14

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF SEATTLE NORTH HIGHLINE ANNEXATION KING COUNTY BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD FILE NO. 2367 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the WASHINGTON STATE BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD FOR KING COUNTY... [Read more]