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City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

City of Burien holding public hearing on Transportation on Monday, June 6

The City of Burien announced that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 6, 2017, for the purpose of receiving public comments on the 2017 through 2022 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program... [Read more]

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

CARES gets overwhelming support at Council session; decision expected June 6

Sean Bouffiou of King County, along with Debra George of CARES at Monday night’s Burien City Council study session. By Jack Mayne It was virtually “a pep rally for CARES” at Monday night’s... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader responds to Jack Mayne’s Commentary on legal pot stores

LETTER: Reader responds to Jack Mayne’s Commentary on legal pot stores

[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:] NOTE: The following Letter is in response... [Read more]

Sponsored Post LEGAL NOTICE: Boundary Review Board Public Hearings will be June 13 & 14

LEGAL NOTICE: Boundary Review Board Public Hearings will be June 13 & 14

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF SEATTLE NORTH HIGHLINE ANNEXATION KING COUNTY BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD FILE NO. 2367 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the WASHINGTON STATE BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD FOR KING COUNTY... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Arun Jhaveri: Because Science Belongs in Congress

Arun Jhaveri: Because Science Belongs in Congress

Dr. Arun Jhaveri, Burien’s first mayor, is running for the 7th Congressional District seat. “I feel inspired to lead, using my scientific knowledge for the good of our global community,” says Dr.... [Read more]

New pot stores on hold to get ‘better understanding’ of effects on residents

New pot stores on hold to get ‘better understanding’ of effects on residents

By Jack Mayne King County has suspended issuing of permits for retail pot stores in unincorporated areas of the county until officials get a better fix on the effects of such stores on area residents. Several... [Read more]

Next Highline Forum will focus on Transportation on Wednesday, May 25

Next Highline Forum will focus on Transportation on Wednesday, May 25

The next Highline Forum will be Wednesday, May 25, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Normandy Park Community Club, located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive. The public is invited to make comments at the start... [Read more]

Rose Clark will speak at Burien Lions Club on Wednesday, May 25

Rose Clark will speak at Burien Lions Club on Wednesday, May 25

Rose Clark, Co-Chair of Highline Public Schools’ Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, will speak at the Burien Lions Club on Wednesday, May 25. The event will run from Noon to 1 p.m. at Angelo’s... [Read more]

Discover Burien elects/re-elects five Board Members at annual meeting

Discover Burien elects/re-elects five Board Members at annual meeting

Discover Burien welcomed two new members, as well as three returning members to serve on the board at their Annual Membership meeting, held on Wednesday May 11 at Revelle Hall at Navos. Each board member... [Read more]

Port asked by Burien Council to assist with Sea-Tac Airport expansion problems

Port asked by Burien Council to assist with Sea-Tac Airport expansion problems

By Jack Mayne The smell of jet fuel and fallout pollution from Sea-Tac Airport led the Burien Council to approve a resolution asking the Port of Seattle to provide help with the impacts on the city of... [Read more]

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved – with changes – by state

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved – with changes – by state

On April 27, 2016, The Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved – with changes – the City of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) limited amendment. The limited amendment proposes several changes... [Read more]

City Attorney Soojin Kim, Analyst Nhan Nguyen leaving City of Burien staff

City Attorney Soojin Kim, Analyst Nhan Nguyen leaving City of Burien staff

On Tuesday (May 3), Burien City Attorney Soojin Kim announced she will be leaving her position after the first City Council meeting in June. As we previously reported, Kim was hired by the city to replace... [Read more]

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

By Jack Mayne Despite a plethora of letters and pressure, the Burien City Council said nothing Monday night on when it will make a decision of extending the CARES animal contract or shifting to King County... [Read more]

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]