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PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #49 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]

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

Burien citizens mostly satisfied with city government; no light rail for the city

By Jack Mayne Burien residents in a semiannual survey say they are concerned about crime and education, but are satisfied at how their city government is performing, with eight out of 10 people surveyed... [Read more]

Next Highline Public Schools Bond will be ‘Community Driven’ according to district

Next Highline Public Schools Bond will be ‘Community Driven’ according to district

“The community is driving the next bond placed on the ballot for Highline Public Schools,” the district announced this week. Forty community members have spent the last ten months studying... [Read more]

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

Burien Council adds money for human services; hears about airport expansion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on 4/24/16 with corrected information about the Evergreen pool. By Jack Mayne After weeks of wrangling over adding money for Burien’s human services, the Burien... [Read more]

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

PODCAST: 7-year old left in stolen car; Jack Mayne Commentary on CARES…

Here’s episode #47 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]

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

City of Burien seeking feedback on code updates; public meeting set for April 21

The City of Burien announced on Tuesday (April 12) that it is seeking feedback on code updates, with an open, public meeting set for Thursday, April 21 at the Community Center. The city said that it is... [Read more]

Dave Upthegrove wants to be Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands

Dave Upthegrove wants to be Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands

Former area resident and current King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced Monday (April 11) that he will be running for Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. The current officeholder... [Read more]

POLL: Should City extend Burien CARES’ contract or return to King County?

POLL: Should City extend Burien CARES’ contract or return to King County?

At Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 4 to 3 to not extend the Burien CARES Animal Control contract past August, so that the city has time to figure out whether King... [Read more]

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

Burien Council approves junk car law; opposes extending CARES contract

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council voted 5 to 2 to pass an ordinance banning junk vehicles stored or abandoned on private property in the city, with Councilmembers Lauren Berkowitz and Austin Bell... [Read more]

Learn ‘Political Incivility & Polarization in America’ at Burien Library April 19

Learn ‘Political Incivility & Polarization in America’ at Burien Library April 19

Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Is there a correlation between political incivility and productivity? Dr. Cornell Clayton of Washington State University will lead a lively discussion,... [Read more]

PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

PODCAST: SeaTac City Manager on leave; Burien parking law upsets some…

Here’s episode #45 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]

Burien’s parking and how it’s paid for dominates marathon City Council session

Burien’s parking and how it’s paid for dominates marathon City Council session

by Jack Mayne A study of downtown parking says the city has plenty of it – and is nowhere near the woes of such places in Seattle as Ballard and Capitol Hill – but still it’s a hot button issue for... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Local Photographer rallies with Bernie Sanders at Safeco Field

PHOTOS: Local Photographer rallies with Bernie Sanders at Safeco Field

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Friday, March 25, and local Photographer Daniel Poiree was there, along with around 15,000 other supporters. “The... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Democracy in action at Burien caucuses

PHOTOS: Democracy in action at Burien caucuses

Burien residents were out in force at the Democratic Caucuses Saturday morning (March 26), and here are some pics. First, at Seahurst Elementary, Maureen Hoffmann took these photos (click images to... [Read more]

Junk cars, sexual assault awareness & subdivision approval at Council meeting

Junk cars, sexual assault awareness & subdivision approval at Council meeting

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council handled a number of routine items in a generally calm and quiet meeting that lasted less than two hours on Monday, March 21. The Council voted to put on their April... [Read more]

UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Caucus will be Saturday, March 26

UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Caucus will be Saturday, March 26

From resident Rebecca Dare comes this update: Hi, Neighbors. The Democratic Presidential Caucus will convene at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning March 26, to vote for Presidential candidates, accept resolutions... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers establishing a youth ‘service club’

Burien City Council considers establishing a youth ‘service club’

by Jack Mayne During the past few weeks, Burien City Councilmembers have expressed interest in developing a Youth Council to ensure “the youth in our community have a mechanism to be heard and express... [Read more]

13-year old Cassidy Huff named City of Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ Monday

13-year old Cassidy Huff named City of Burien’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ Monday

The Burien City Council announced the recipient of its 2016 “Citizen of the Year” at Monday night’s meeting, and 13-year old Cassidy Huff was unanimously chosen by a 7-0 vote. As many of our Readers... [Read more]

Open Houses on Sustainable Airport Master Plan will be March 16, 21 & 24

Open Houses on Sustainable Airport Master Plan will be March 16, 21 & 24

The Port of Seattle will be holding its next series of community informational Open Houses on the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP), the long-term blueprint for future development of Sea-Tac Airport,... [Read more]

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Presidential Caucuses for Washington State will be held this Saturday, Feb. 20 (for Republicans), and March 26 for Democrats. To vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary, you must be a registered voter in... [Read more]

Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

The Burien City Council will be attending a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This is a public meeting, open to all. Here’s... [Read more]

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri will be formally declaring his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat in the State of WA on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Burien City Hall between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

by Jack Mayne

The man who asked Burien and Des Moines – and most other cities in the state – for every single public record they had, dropped his request all of a sudden via email on Monday…