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Hotel development, finances, Eagle Landing stairs on Mon. Council agenda

Hotel development, finances, Eagle Landing stairs on Mon. Council agenda

On the agenda for Monday night’s regular Burien City Council meeting is an update on hotel development – including suggested locations – along with a report from the Human Services Commission, amending... [Read more]

LETTER: Someone destroyed 12 Lois Schipper for State Senate campaign signs

LETTER: Someone destroyed 12 Lois Schipper for State Senate campaign signs

[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: As happened last week in... [Read more]

VIDEO: Mayor Jimmy Matta speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

VIDEO: Mayor Jimmy Matta speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

On Friday, June 8, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual ‘State of Our Cities’ membership luncheon, with guest speakers from five regional cities, including Burien Mayor... [Read more]

Governor, King County Executive speak at protest in SeaTac Saturday

Governor, King County Executive speak at protest in SeaTac Saturday

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: On Saturday, June 9, a protest against the detention of asylum-seeking mothers was held outside the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, with special appearances and... [Read more]

Council backs SR 509 extension to I-5; reminds fireworks are illegal in Burien

Council backs SR 509 extension to I-5; reminds fireworks are illegal in Burien

By Jack Mayne Even though the Burien City Council unanimously endorsed a state project to finish the connection of State Route 509, it is not expected to cost local taxpayers any Burien money. The Council... [Read more]

City of Burien survey seeks feedback from residents and businesses

City of Burien survey seeks feedback from residents and businesses

The City of Burien is conducting a survey to find out what residents think about the city and city services. The city conducts this survey every other year in order to help make decisions on issues that... [Read more]

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

On Wednesday, May 23, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide for noise mitigation for the Highline School... [Read more]

Burien Council endorses Metro changes to Ambaum Blvd. for RapidRide H Line

Burien Council endorses Metro changes to Ambaum Blvd. for RapidRide H Line

By Jack Mayne After a long discussion and the third Burien City Council presentation by Metro Transit on proposed changes to permit the start of RapidRide H Line ended Monday (May 21), when the Council... [Read more]

Some SeaTac officials object to Burien Mayor Matta siding with residents of Firs

Some SeaTac officials object to Burien Mayor Matta siding with residents of Firs

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: By Jack Mayne Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta created a small controversy when he wrote a letter to the King County Superior Court judge presently considering an appeal of... [Read more]

VIDEO: City of Burien holds Community Meeting on Eagle Landing Park

VIDEO: City of Burien holds Community Meeting on Eagle Landing Park

On Thursday, May 17, the City of Burien held a Community Meeting about Eagle Landing Park at City Hall to discuss issues about the failed stairs, as well as listen to public comments. The meeting –... [Read more]

Metro RapidRide, TIP, Youth Council & more on agenda for Monday Council

Metro RapidRide, TIP, Youth Council & more on agenda for Monday Council

On the agenda for Monday night’s Burien City Council regular meeting is discussion and potential action on Metro Transit’s proposed RapidRide H-Line, the 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement... [Read more]

Darla Green, Debi Wagner file for 34th District State Senate position

Darla Green, Debi Wagner file for 34th District State Senate position

Friday, May 18, was the deadline for candidates to file for Washington’s 34th state senate district – most recently represented by retiring Democrat Sen. Sharon Nelson – and some familiar... [Read more]

City Manager makes surprise appearance at Eagle Landing Park info seminar

City Manager makes surprise appearance at Eagle Landing Park info seminar

Story, Photos & Audio by Scott Schaefer On Wednesday night, May 16, around 30 residents – including a surprise appearance by Burien City Manager Brian Wilson – gathered in the back of Marlaina’s... [Read more]

Puget Sound Regional Council’s General Assembly will be Thursday, May 31

Puget Sound Regional Council’s General Assembly will be Thursday, May 31

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s General Assembly will be held on Thursday, May 31 at The Sanctuary Seattle at the Mark. Lunch will be provided to registered participants; to register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/general-assembly-2018-registration-43756968270 The... [Read more]

LETTER: John White fires back – with documentation – at City of Burien

LETTER: John White fires back – with documentation – at City of Burien

[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. This ‘arguing via letters on the... [Read more]

LETTER: City of Burien responds to John White’s drone/slide complaints

LETTER: City of Burien responds to John White’s drone/slide complaints

[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 read the article you posted on Thursday,... [Read more]

Burien Council hears – but takes no action on – failing stairs at Eagle Landing Park

Burien Council hears – but takes no action on – failing stairs at Eagle Landing Park

By Jack Mayne At Monday night’s meeting, the Burien City Council heard an offer to install piles to shore up the cliff where stairs to Eagle Landing Park have been declared unsafe, despite continued... [Read more]

Prepaid postage ballots approved by King County Council Monday

Prepaid postage ballots approved by King County Council Monday

No Stamp? No Problem! The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday (May 7) approved legislation allowing the Department of Elections to send voters postage paid envelopes to return their ballots in this... [Read more]

Housing, food instability discussed at informal event hosted by Krystal Marx

Housing, food instability discussed at informal event hosted by Krystal Marx

By Aaron Wells The Burien Reporter Burien City Councilmember Krystal Marx met with members of the community over coffee at Starbucks in Five Corners on Saturday evening, May 5. Marx invites the community... [Read more]

Eagle Landing Park stairs, new Police Chief & more on agenda for Mon. council

Eagle Landing Park stairs, new Police Chief & more on agenda for Mon. council

A discussion on the Eagle Landing Park Stairway Project, Art in Public Places, official introduction of new Police Chief Ted Boe, along with four Proclamations and more are on the agenda for Monday night’s... [Read more]

Residents question Ambaum Blvd. fixes for rapid transit as too expensive

Residents question Ambaum Blvd. fixes for rapid transit as too expensive

By Jack Mayne In March, the Burien City Council was told of plans by Metro Transit to change the right of way for Ambaum Boulevard for the proposed RapidRide H-Line bus rapid transit, and city residents... [Read more]

City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

By Jack Mayne The recycling rate is up in Burien while the Council mulls the possibility of banning plastic grocery bags. The issues were long discussions at the Monday (April 23) meeting of the Council... [Read more]

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Story & Photo by Aaron Wells Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta marched Monday afternoon (April 23) with the family and friends of Elizabeth Juarez, 13, one of two girls killed in a shooting on March 28. The... [Read more]

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, attending Thursday’s community safety meeting at Highline High School, noted that 41% of Highline students are Hispanic and called for a phone tree to reach out to families... [Read more]