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LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

[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, So, about that Highline High School... [Read more]

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]

LETTER: Highline High School Alum shares thoughts on School District Bond

LETTER: Highline High School Alum shares thoughts on School District 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:] All five of us Mathison kids graduated from... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘This message brought to you at no charge by Don Wasson…’

LETTER: ‘This message brought to you at no charge by Don Wasson…’

[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:] In a few days, we will receive our BALLOTS. We... [Read more]

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Oct. 13) passed an ordinance on parking and impoundment of some vehicles but only after some acrimony involving three Council members. The Council... [Read more]

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

by Jack Mayne Craig Knutson is retiring this week and the Burien City Council honored him with a unanimously approved proclamation at Monday night’s (Oct. 13) session. “Whereas, in his role as Burien... [Read more]

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

by Jack Mayne Because it has become an “embarrassment” and a “laughing stock,” the Burien City Council will soon reconsider the so-called “trespass” ordinance passed by the Council on Aug.... [Read more]

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council at its Monday night (Oct. 6) session heard that increasing sales and property tax revenues could permit city lawmakers to increase the next biennial budget over the... [Read more]

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

City of Burien offers new website for Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The City of Burien on Thursday (Oct. 9) released what it’s calling a ‘one-stop shop’ website – The Agenda Center – for meeting agendas and minutes. “Looking for agendas and... [Read more]

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol released the following statement in response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the recently adopted Trespass Ordinance #606 (read our previous... [Read more]

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

ACLU wants City of Burien’s ‘trespass’ Ordinance #606 repealed

Excerpt of Burien’s controversial Ordinance #606. Click image to see larger version. by Jack Mayne The American Civil Liberties Union says Burien’s new trespass ordinance (#606, available here)... [Read more]

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott on Saturday, Oct. 11

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott on Saturday, Oct. 11

Have ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ Rep. Jim McDermott’s at Normandy Perk in Normandy Park on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to this free, public event, where... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

[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:] Response to Mr. Schipper’s letter of September... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s ‘Economic Development Dialog’

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s ‘Economic Development Dialog’

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer On Saturday morning (Sept. 27), around 70 residents gathered at the Burien Community Center to participate in an ‘Economic Development Dialog’ hosted by... [Read more]

City of Burien releases agenda, documents for Saturday’s Economic Dialog

City of Burien releases agenda, documents for Saturday’s Economic Dialog

On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the City of Burien released an agenda, along with supporting documents, for Saturday’s ‘Economic Dialog,’ which will run from 8 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, Sept.... [Read more]

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

[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:] Hello fellow Burien residents! On September... [Read more]

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

by Jack Mayne On Monday (Sept. 15), Burien city officials posted a “Stop Work” order at a Kennedy Catholic High School athletic field project – but only some parts of the project were actually halted... [Read more]

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This column, wirrten by Earl Gipson, is from our sister site The SeaTac Blog. It reflects his view of SeaTac city government and other local politics:] by Earl Gipson Summer’s over... [Read more]

Residents can speak out, share ideas on city’s new ‘Connect Burien’ website

Residents can speak out, share ideas on city’s new ‘Connect Burien’ website

‘Connect Burien’ is a new public engagement website, brought to you by the City of Burien and premiering today – Monday, Sept. 15. “This interactive new platform opens the conversation about Burien’s... [Read more]

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Most of the Monday night (Sept. 8) special Burien City Council meeting was given over to how to spell out specific actions to carry out a city economic plan, a plan that has been in the works... [Read more]

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

by Jack Mayne At the August 4 Burien City Council meeting, Angela Cheng, owner of Dragon Pearl Restaurant, told Council members she has owned the business in Burien for 38 years –– “never a violation,”... [Read more]

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

Kamuron Gurol has been on the job as Burien’s new city manager for only four months, yet this has afforded him more than enough time to become bullish on the city’s future…

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved by a 6 – 1 vote an ordinance (excerpt above) updating the city statute for dealing with people on publicly-owned property “whose behavior is dangerous…

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

by Jack Mayne For several weeks, the Burien City Council has been meeting almost weekly to hash out a draft of the community’s economic development plan to be presented to and debated at a public meeting... [Read more]

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

by Jack Mayne It wasn’t on the agenda for the Burien City Council’s Monday (Aug. 11) special meeting agenda but it dominated the first three quarters of an hour of the nearly three-hour session. There... [Read more]

Sponsored Post 34th District Democrats holding Dinner/Auction on Friday, Aug. 15

34th District Democrats holding Dinner/Auction on Friday, Aug. 15

The 34th District Democrats will be holding a Dinner & Garden Party/Auction – “Luau at the Lake” – at the TAF Bethaday Community Learning Center at Lakewood Park/Hicks Lake on Friday, Aug.... [Read more]

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council wants to change and upgrade the way it conducts meetings, eying ways to change and update the previous Council’s rules. It also got a report on retaining trees in... [Read more]