Politics Section

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

The City of Burien announced Thursday afternoon (April 23) that the City Hall/Library lobby doors will be kept open through the end of City Council meetings on Monday nights, even when meetings run longer... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools must fix ‘Separate but Equal’ Policy’

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools must fix ‘Separate but Equal’ Policy’

[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:] Highline Schools must fix “Separate... [Read more]

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage – who has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was... [Read more]

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

by Jack Mayne A door that has been locked every night at 9 p.m. since 2009 caused two Burien City Council members to walk out of Monday night’s (April 20) meeting because citizens might not have... [Read more]

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

by Jack Mayne The usual Burien City Council sport of hearing mostly Seattle-based homeless advocates damning the city for having approved two trespass ordinances they consider to be unconstitutional was... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

[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 wrote to the Burien Council a couple... [Read more]

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

With a May 15 filing deadline just over a month away, four people have filed to run for three open seats on the Burien City Council so far: Austin Bell Holli Giffin Lucy Krakowiak* Joey Martinez *incumbent... [Read more]

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

The Highline School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member – Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac – on Wednesday, April 15, during a special meeting. Van is a finalist for the vacant Director District 3... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

Next Highline Public Schools Construction Bond election will be in 2016

Next Highline Public Schools Construction Bond election will be in 2016

Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer Highline Public School officials anticipate placing a new construction bond issue on the ballot next year, superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield recently... [Read more]

Kennedy Catholic High student Connor McClean serves as Page in Olympia

Kennedy Catholic High student Connor McClean serves as Page in Olympia

Connor McClean – a student at Burien’s John F. Kennedy Catholic High School – served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by state Rep. Tina Orwall... [Read more]

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer Chanting “stand fast and fight” and brandishing printed and scrawled signs proclaiming “People Matter” and “Bring Human Rights Back... [Read more]

LETTER (with Audio): School Superintendent & School Board Meetings

LETTER (with Audio): School Superintendent & School Board Meetings

[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 Editor, On March 26, Highline Schools... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne Spending money is always of great concern to Burien taxpayers, especially when the city simply does not have a lot of available... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘School Construction Assistance Program … is in dire need of reform’

LETTER: ‘School Construction Assistance Program … is in dire need of reform’

[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:] Of note from an article in the Seattle... [Read more]

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) announced that it will hold a series of 14 free workshops throughout Washington – including Tuesday, May 5 in Burien – to encourage... [Read more]

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

The Burien City Council on Monday (March 16) appointed citizen representatives to several city commissions and boards. Shelley Brittingham, Alistair Christopherson, Erik Christopherson, Dane C. Johnson... [Read more]

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has voted to become a partner in seeking a grant to save and develop the Bel-R Greenhouses in northeast... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident concerned with Councilmember’s use of social media

LETTER: Resident concerned with Councilmember’s use of social media

[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:] Currently, Burien has a sitting councilmember... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘What about a new Highline Schools Bond?’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘What about a new Highline Schools Bond?’

[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:] What about a new Highline Schools Bond? A... [Read more]

Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson’s telephone town hall for 33rd District is March 25

Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson’s telephone town hall for 33rd District is March 25

Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Tina Orwall and Rep. Mia Gregerson will host a telephone town hall for 33rd Legislative District residents from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. At that time, constituents in... [Read more]

Highline School Board seeking candidates for District 3 open seat

Highline School Board seeking candidates for District 3 open seat

After the resignation of Susan Goding, the Highline Public Schools Board of Directors is soliciting candidates to fill the position of Director District 3…

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

by Jack Mayne Whether a new ordinance criminalizes homelessness or not again returned to the forefront at the latest regular Burien City Council meeting. Four people who said they lived in Seattle and... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

It was a noisy and unusual Monday night (Feb. 23), as the Burien’s City Council heard loud arguments and heated discussions over a piece of legislation opponents say makes homelessness a crime in the city…

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Page 1 of a draft of Ordinance 621, a revision of Burien’s controversial “Body Odor” trespass ordinance. A protest against the city’s Ordinance #606 (now #621), which affects homeless... [Read more]

Think Global, Act Local – noted Israeli Peace activist to speak Saturday

Think Global, Act Local – noted Israeli Peace activist to speak Saturday

Nitsan Joy Gordon has been working for over 20 years toward peace in the Middle East through her unique program called “Together Beyond Words,” which will be presented at St. Luke’s... [Read more]

POLL: Should school bonds be passed by a simple majority or not?

POLL: Should school bonds be passed by a simple majority or not?

Rep. Mia Gregerson, who also serves as the appointed Mayor of SeaTac, released a statement this week endorsing a simple majority for school bonds. Currently, a supermajority of 60 percent is required... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Highline Public Schools Levy passing, Bond failing

ELECTION RESULTS: Highline Public Schools Levy passing, Bond failing

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Feb. 10) Special Election were released at 8:04 p.m., and the early tallies show that the Highline School District Levy is passing with a 57.47% approval, while... [Read more]