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State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

State Supreme Court rules cell phone records are subject to public record laws

by Jack Mayne The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a public official using a personal cell phone must give the agency they work for access to all of the device’s records. The unanimous opinion... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATES: Three B-Town Blog Candidate Forums coming up soon

SAVE THE DATES: Three B-Town Blog Candidate Forums coming up soon

The B-Town Blog welcomes all readers, neighbors, voters and anyone who would like to attend, to our three upcoming Candidate Forums, featuring candidates for the three open seats on the Burien City Council. The... [Read more]

City of Burien issues moratorium on sign code, allowing more types of signs

City of Burien issues moratorium on sign code, allowing more types of signs

“Get that Hoohna Shine” signs liven up an alley behind Ambaum Blvd. SW near SW 151st Street. Photo by Scott Schaefer. The City of Burien City recently issued a temporary moratorium on the... [Read more]

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport Southcenter. Candidates... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Eagle Landing lower stairs to be removed, stair area kept closed

FOLLOWUP: Eagle Landing lower stairs to be removed, stair area kept closed

by Jack Mayne The Eagle Landing Park stairs and the land around them will remain closed because of slide dangers, and the city has sought a permit to allow the now detached lower portion of the stairs... [Read more]

Contentious Burien Council debate stalls completion of working guidelines

Contentious Burien Council debate stalls completion of working guidelines

by Jack Mayne From the beginning of the Burien City Council’s Monday night meeting it appeared it would be a fast and orderly session, but as is becoming normal for this Council, nothing is easy or simple,... [Read more]

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

by Jack Mayne Some Burien parks may become too dangerous for kids to use, the City Council was told Monday night. At the same meeting (Aug. 3), the Council talked a long while but finally appropriated... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident wants Burien Farmers Market moved to Sundays

LETTER: Resident wants Burien Farmers Market moved to Sundays

[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:] To Andrea Reay and the Board of Directors... [Read more]

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

[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’d like to dispel myths... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

It has been my honor to serve as your commissioner these past 5 years. Working with my fellow commissioners and district staff, we have made great strides forward in upgrading infrastructure, staff training,... [Read more]

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Screengrab of the City of Burien’s Executive Order No. 2015-2, aka the ‘Trespass Warning/Exclusion Notice.’ by Jack Mayne Violators of the newly-passed Burien city ordinance that allows... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

Here’s episode #12 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

by Jack Mayne What was intended to be a simple discussion of how the Burien City Council wanted to spend $55,000 on how to provide care for homeless people in the city turned into a marathon battle filled... [Read more]

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

by Jack Mayne The old trespass law is gone, but there is a new one to take its place despite the sustained efforts of Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz. Police Chief Scott Kimerer also told Councilmembers... [Read more]

LETTER: Kennedy Catholic High School presents their case about athletic field

LETTER: Kennedy Catholic High School presents their case about athletic field

[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:] Kennedy Catholic has submitted a land... [Read more]

LETTER: Neighbor upset with Kennedy High School’s new athletic field

LETTER: Neighbor upset with Kennedy High School’s new athletic field

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader and originally sent to the City of Burien. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear... [Read more]

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; mail thieves & more

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; mail thieves & more

Here’s episode #10 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public meetings

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public 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:] Letter to the Editor; On March 15, 2015... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

[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:] Burien City Council Members, Please publish... [Read more]

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

by Jack Mayne Burien citizens will soon be able to see again communications from the public to the City Council, and at least one Councilmember will continue using Twitter and texting during meetings,... [Read more]

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

by Jack Mayne Representatives of Sound Transit ran into difficulty with the Burien City Council because it doesn’t even put the city on its project map, and has no proposals to better connect Burien... [Read more]

LETTER(s): English Language Learners write letters about Ordinance 606/621

LETTER(s): English Language Learners write letters about Ordinance 606/621

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aria Peters is an English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher at the Arts and Academics Academy on the Evergreen Campus in the Highline School District. This spring, her intermediate level... [Read more]

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

by Jack Mayne The first mayor of Burien is reawakening the angst over the “safety, security and well-being of ordinary citizens” that go to the City Hall and the King County Library. Arun Jhaveri said... [Read more]

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Front page of Monday night’s Burien City Council packet, which runs 404 pages. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council will no longer get copies of letters and e-mail communications from citizens by... [Read more]

Krakowiak, Edgar swap positions, Robison will not seek reelection

Krakowiak, Edgar swap positions, Robison will not seek reelection

by Jack Mayne Local attorney Holli Giffin and former Deputy Mayor Bob Edgar are now running head-to-head for the Position 2 seat held by Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, and she has jumped to position 4 to try... [Read more]

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

Ken Rogers, left, and Marion Yoshino by Jack Mayne Two South King County residents have filed for election to the Port of Seattle Commission Position 5 to replace incumbent Commissioner Bill Bryant, who... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Filing for the Highline School Board is May 12 – 16’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Filing for the Highline School Board is May 12 – 16’

[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: Filing for elected offices... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

by Jack Mayne Police Chief Scott Kimerer told the Burien City Council Monday night (May 4) that a new schedule intended to double the number of officers on the streets twice each day should start by July... [Read more]