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Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles on Mon. Study Session agenda

Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles on Mon. Study Session agenda

At Monday night’s (Feb. 26) Burien City Council Study Session, lawmakers will discuss a new Regional Economic Development Alliance, Junk Vehicles, modifying City Council Meeting Guidelines and more. Download... [Read more]

‘Respect Washington’ officially classified as hate group by SPLC

‘Respect Washington’ officially classified as hate group by SPLC

‘Respect Washington,’ the anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal Burien’s ‘sanctuary city’ ordinance last year, was officially classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center this week…

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Highline School Levy increases approval to over 58%

ELECTION RESULTS 3: Highline School Levy increases approval to over 58%

The third round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Thursday, Feb. 15, and the Highline School Levy has grown to over 58% approval. School Levys are passed with a simple majority... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

The second round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the Highline School Levy has grown to nearly 58% approval: Highline School District No. 401... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

The first round of election results are in for the Feb. 13 Special Election, and it looks like the Highline School District’s Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy is... [Read more]

With just a few days left, some ballots for Tuesday’s election delayed

With just a few days left, some ballots for Tuesday’s election delayed

Not all ballots for the February Special Election were mailed on time due to an error at the state level. Remaining ballots were mailed Wednesday, Feb. 7, and the voting deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 13 at... [Read more]

Burien Council votes to keep $200,000 grant involving greenhouse property

Burien Council votes to keep $200,000 grant involving greenhouse property

By Jack Mayne Following the repeal of the city’s controversial trespass ordinance, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) rejected a move to return a two year old grant of $200,000 from King... [Read more]

Burien City Council repeals highly contested city ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’

Burien City Council repeals highly contested city ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Feb. 5) passed by a 4 to 3 vote to repeal the three previous so-called ‘Trespass Ordinances,’ but with a revision that it will not take... [Read more]

Jimmy Matta wants to be the Mayor for all of Burien, not just factions

Jimmy Matta wants to be the Mayor for all of Burien, not just factions

By Jack Mayne The new mayor sat down with this reporter last week to talk about his views for the future of Burien and to allay fears of those worried that a first Latino mayor will be a disadvantage... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to serve on Burien citizen advisory boards

Volunteers needed to serve on Burien citizen advisory boards

Applications are being accepted for openings on the following Burien City Council citizen advisory boards: Human Services Commission Parks & Recreation Board (residency required) Planning Commission... [Read more]

City Council to discuss repealing Burien’s ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’ Monday night

City Council to discuss repealing Burien’s ‘Trespass Ordinance(s)’ Monday night

At Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, lawmakers will discuss whether to repeal Ordinance Nos. 606, 621, and 624, regarding Trespass Warnings on City and other publicly owned property. Commonly... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘It is not the experience of the mayor, it is the agenda and priorities…’

LETTER: ‘It is not the experience of the mayor, it is the agenda and priorities…’

[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, It is not the experience... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I am somewhat distressed by last Monday’s City Council meeting…’

LETTER: ‘I am somewhat distressed by last Monday’s City Council meeting…’

[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: I am somewhat distressed... [Read more]

Burien politics on the agenda tonight for ‘The Shadow Council’ forum at NWFF

Burien politics on the agenda tonight for ‘The Shadow Council’ forum at NWFF

Burien is on the agenda for tonight’s (Wed., Jan. 24) edition of ‘The Shadow Council’ at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The event – billed as a ‘satirical... [Read more]

New Burien City Council wants more, better review of homelessness

New Burien City Council wants more, better review of homelessness

By Jack Mayne After electing Jimmy Matta its new Mayor, and Councilmember Austin Bell as Deputy Mayor, the newly-elected Burien City Council turned to a potential repeal of a homeless tresspass ordiance,... [Read more]

LETTER: A resident’s open letter to Jimmy Matta

LETTER: A resident’s open letter to Jimmy Matta

[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 Jimmy, I wanted to write you personally... [Read more]

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday’s 1st Burien City Council session of 2018

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday’s 1st Burien City Council session of 2018

Here’s what’s on the agenda for the first Burien City Council Study Session of 2018 – set for Monday night, Jan. 22: Selecting a new Mayor (for a two-year term – will it be newcomer Jimmy... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader shares who he thinks should be selected as City’s next Mayor

LETTER: Reader shares who he thinks should be selected as City’s next Mayor

[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:] During the first meeting of 2018, the... [Read more]

‘Demand Change Now’ rally planned for Jan. 22 Burien City Council Meeting

‘Demand Change Now’ rally planned for Jan. 22 Burien City Council Meeting

A rally called ‘Demand Change Now’ is planned for the Jan. 22 Burien City Council meeting. Suggestions for the 7 p.m. rally at City Hall – which appears to be organized by former Councilmember... [Read more]

Burien Council hears from outgoing members & welcomes three new members

Burien Council hears from outgoing members & welcomes three new members

By Jack Mayne Three new councilmembers along with reelected Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta took their oaths of office Monday (Dec. 18) at the final Burien City Council meeting of the year. Following a reception... [Read more]

Comp. Plan, Transportation, reception & Oath of Office on Mon. Council agenda

Comp. Plan, Transportation, reception & Oath of Office on Mon. Council agenda

On the agenda for Monday night’s (Dec. 18) regular Burien City Council meeting: Comprehensive Plan amendments, Transportation Benefit District, some Proclamations and a reception honoring outgoing... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Reasons to Speak Up About Speaking Out

CLIFF’S EDGE: Reasons to Speak Up About Speaking Out

The Burien City Council heard from The Seattle Times this week with what I would assume was unsolicited advice. Some might be surprised at The Times weighing in on the ongoing local dispute over a council... [Read more]

Burien City Council wants to know where the next airport will be

Burien City Council wants to know where the next airport will be

By Jack Mayne Burien City Councilmembers have by 6-0 vote approved a resolution asking county and state officials to look at the burgeoning growth of Sea-Tac Airport and figure out who is responsible for... [Read more]

St. Luke Church in Renton’s Muslim-Christian Friendship meeting is Dec. 9

St. Luke Church in Renton’s Muslim-Christian Friendship meeting is Dec. 9

St. Luke Church in Renton will host talks and conversation with two Islam scholars on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dr. John Morrow and Imam Sheikh Noor-uddin will be joined by Zahra Abidi, Executive Director of Seattle... [Read more]