Politics Section

Berkowitz lawyers say Burien can’t enforce ‘no social media’ during meetings

Berkowitz lawyers say Burien can’t enforce ‘no social media’ during meetings

By Jack Mayne A letter from lawyers representing Burien City Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz says it would be illegal for the city to enforce a blanket ban or censure her for her use of social media during... [Read more]

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

By Jack Mayne Homeless or near homeless from Burien and beyond urged for passionate concern and support while other, just as passionate citizens, sought relief from crime and the leftovers of drug addiction... [Read more]

City Council approves new employee to handle public records requests

City Council approves new employee to handle public records requests

EDITOR’S NOTE: An additional story – focusing on homelessness – from Monday night’s Burien City Council will be posted soon. By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday unanimously... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Your rigidly held personal beliefs are polarizing this Council into inactivity’

LETTER: ‘Your rigidly held personal beliefs are polarizing this Council into inactivity’

[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 Council Members, Your rigidly held... [Read more]

Council votes against adding motion to require members to attend in person

Council votes against adding motion to require members to attend in person

The Burien City Council rejected by 4-3 a motion by Councilmember Debi Wagner to add to the agenda Monday night (March 20) to change its rules to make it a requirement that all Councilmembers be personally... [Read more]

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Back by popular demand – has American politics always been so crazy? Come find out from Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington... [Read more]

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen – a beloved husband, father and grandfather – passed away on March 15th at his Burien home. Born March 10th, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN, King was the eldest of four children... [Read more]

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

At the upcoming Burien City Council meeting – set for this coming Monday, March 20 – solutions to homelessness – including the potential of establishing a local Day Center – along with NERA, replacing... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. This version was edited and re-submitted on March 14, 2017 to correct some inaccuracies that were concerning to the... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident claims Burien’s Noise Ordinance violates First Amendment

LETTER: Resident claims Burien’s Noise Ordinance violates First Amendment

[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:] Honarable Mayor Lucy Krakowiak Councilman... [Read more]

City of Burien issues statement in response to ‘Rally Against Crime’ protest

City of Burien issues statement in response to ‘Rally Against Crime’ protest

The City of Burien on Thursday (March 9) issued a statement in response to the ‘Rally Against Crime’ held outside and at the City Council meeting on Monday night, March 6. In the statement... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident challenges everyone to consider ways to improve community

LETTER: Resident challenges everyone to consider ways to improve community

[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:] Greetings City Council, I am writing as... [Read more]

34th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall will be Wednesday, March 15

34th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall will be Wednesday, March 15

A Telephone Town Hall for residents in the 34th Legislative District – which includes the Burien area – will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 6 – 7 p.m. Calls will go out to thousands of homes... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

[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 Council Members, I believe your inaction... [Read more]

Upset Burien citizens ‘Rally Against Crime’ at lengthy City Council session

Upset Burien citizens ‘Rally Against Crime’ at lengthy City Council session

Burgeoning crime in Burien and the need for additional police officers spurred a large group of residents to spend over an hour at the City Council’s public comment session at the Monday regular meeting…

Normandy Park ‘Parks PROS Planning’ public meetings start March 25

Normandy Park ‘Parks PROS Planning’ public meetings start March 25

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: The City of Normandy Park announced the dates, times, locations, and themes for its upcoming Parks PROS Planning public meetings, which begin Saturday, March... [Read more]

Arts, BEDP, Citizen of Year, CARES & more on agenda for Monday council

Arts, BEDP, Citizen of Year, CARES & more on agenda for Monday council

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s (March 6) Burien City Council meeting: The Council will hold a Special Meeting starting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers for the purpose... [Read more]

Bridge failure, oil spill get emergency action from Burien City Council

Bridge failure, oil spill get emergency action from Burien City Council

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night voted to have the city public works director to hire a company to figure out if a now closed and washed out bridge in the Boulevard Park neighborhood... [Read more]

Burien City Council approves ‘Refresh’ city logo at Monday night’s meeting

Burien City Council approves ‘Refresh’ city logo at Monday night’s meeting

At Monday night’s Study Session, the Burien City Council voted to approve the following new ‘Refresh’ logo for the city: Cost to the city for this logo/branding development from Tacoma-based... [Read more]

BEDP, oil spill, bridge closure & new logo on agenda for tonight’s Study Session

BEDP, oil spill, bridge closure & new logo on agenda for tonight’s Study Session

At tonight’s Study Session (Monday, Feb. 27), the Burien City Council will interview and vote on new members to the BEDP and arts commission, vote to waive competitive bidding requirements for both... [Read more]

Come ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ at Burien Community Church on March 9

Come ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ at Burien Community Church on March 9

All are invited to come ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ at Burien Community Church on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This is a free and open event, and all are encouraged to attend. “Come... [Read more]

POLL: What do YOU think? Two revised designs released for City of Burien logo

POLL: What do YOU think? Two revised designs released for City of Burien logo

After two proposed new logos for the City of Burien were presented by Tacoma agency JayRay – and rejected last October – two new revised ones were released this week. The City Council will likely... [Read more]

33rd Dist. Democrats will meet Monday, Feb. 20 at Normandy Park Congregational

33rd Dist. Democrats will meet Monday, Feb. 20 at Normandy Park Congregational

The 33rd District Democrats will meet Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Normandy Park Congregational Church for their monthly meeting. Doors will open at 6 p.m. “Join us for a potluck dinner... [Read more]

Legislature considers adding four seats to Port of Seattle Commission

Legislature considers adding four seats to Port of Seattle Commission

By Jack Mayne South King County will get more representation on the Port of Seattle Commission under legislation introduced this week in the Washington Legislature. The bill – HB 1999 – would create... [Read more]