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LETTER: Resident wants Burien Farmers Market moved to Sundays

LETTER: Resident wants Burien Farmers Market moved to Sundays

[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:] To Andrea Reay and the Board of Directors... [Read more]

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

LETTER: Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta responds to ‘Ray’s’ Comments on the Blog

[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 – I’d like to dispel myths... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

It has been my honor to serve as your commissioner these past 5 years. Working with my fellow commissioners and district staff, we have made great strides forward in upgrading infrastructure, staff training,... [Read more]

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Screengrab of the City of Burien’s Executive Order No. 2015-2, aka the ‘Trespass Warning/Exclusion Notice.’ by Jack Mayne Violators of the newly-passed Burien city ordinance that allows... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

Here’s episode #12 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

‘Point of Order’ debate night reveals Burien Council enduring political split

by Jack Mayne What was intended to be a simple discussion of how the Burien City Council wanted to spend $55,000 on how to provide care for homeless people in the city turned into a marathon battle filled... [Read more]

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

New ‘trespass’ ordinance passed; Burien now ranked 91st Safest City

by Jack Mayne The old trespass law is gone, but there is a new one to take its place despite the sustained efforts of Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz. Police Chief Scott Kimerer also told Councilmembers... [Read more]

LETTER: Kennedy Catholic High School presents their case about athletic field

LETTER: Kennedy Catholic High School presents their case about athletic field

[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:] Kennedy Catholic has submitted a land... [Read more]

LETTER: Neighbor upset with Kennedy High School’s new athletic field

LETTER: Neighbor upset with Kennedy High School’s new athletic field

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader and originally sent to the City of Burien. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear... [Read more]

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; mail thieves & more

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; mail thieves & more

Here’s episode #10 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public meetings

LETTER: Resident concerned about Tweeting & texting during public meetings

[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:] Letter to the Editor; On March 15, 2015... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

LETTER: Resident ‘horrified by the revised City Council Meeting Guidelines’

[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:] Burien City Council Members, Please publish... [Read more]

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

Tweeting, texting still OK at Council; citizen letters return to meeting packet

by Jack Mayne Burien citizens will soon be able to see again communications from the public to the City Council, and at least one Councilmember will continue using Twitter and texting during meetings,... [Read more]

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

by Jack Mayne Representatives of Sound Transit ran into difficulty with the Burien City Council because it doesn’t even put the city on its project map, and has no proposals to better connect Burien... [Read more]

LETTER(s): English Language Learners write letters about Ordinance 606/621

LETTER(s): English Language Learners write letters about Ordinance 606/621

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aria Peters is an English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher at the Arts and Academics Academy on the Evergreen Campus in the Highline School District. This spring, her intermediate level... [Read more]

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city’s 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri

by Jack Mayne The first mayor of Burien is reawakening the angst over the “safety, security and well-being of ordinary citizens” that go to the City Hall and the King County Library. Arun Jhaveri said... [Read more]

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Citizen letters deleted from Council meeting packets; new system promised

Front page of Monday night’s Burien City Council packet, which runs 404 pages. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council will no longer get copies of letters and e-mail communications from citizens by... [Read more]

Krakowiak, Edgar swap positions, Robison will not seek reelection

Krakowiak, Edgar swap positions, Robison will not seek reelection

by Jack Mayne Local attorney Holli Giffin and former Deputy Mayor Bob Edgar are now running head-to-head for the Position 2 seat held by Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, and she has jumped to position 4 to try... [Read more]

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

Ken Rogers, left, and Marion Yoshino by Jack Mayne Two South King County residents have filed for election to the Port of Seattle Commission Position 5 to replace incumbent Commissioner Bill Bryant, who... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Filing for the Highline School Board is May 12 – 16′

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Filing for the Highline School Board is May 12 – 16′

[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: Filing for elected offices... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

Burien City Council hears new plan to double Burien Police during critical hours

by Jack Mayne Police Chief Scott Kimerer told the Burien City Council Monday night (May 4) that a new schedule intended to double the number of officers on the streets twice each day should start by July... [Read more]

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: In the south end of North SeaTac Park, near one of the last bogs around – Tub Lake – are several homeless encampments and a tremendous amount of garbage. When... [Read more]

SkinPerfect Owner Darla Green announces she’ll run for City Council

SkinPerfect Owner Darla Green announces she’ll run for City Council

Darla Green, Owner of SkinPerfect Aesthetics in Olde Burien, announced Wednesday night (April 29) that she will challenge Gerald Robison for Burien City Council Position #6. Robison has not yet declared... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Emergency radio equipment levy passing with 65%

ELECTION RESULTS: Emergency radio equipment levy passing with 65%

With only one item on the April ballot for our area – King County Proposition No. 1, a property tax levy to replace emergency safety radio equipment – it appears that the measure will pass easily. The... [Read more]

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

The City of Burien announced Thursday afternoon (April 23) that the City Hall/Library lobby doors will be kept open through the end of City Council meetings on Monday nights, even when meetings run longer... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools must fix ‘Separate but Equal’ Policy’

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools must fix ‘Separate but Equal’ Policy’

[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:] Highline Schools must fix “Separate... [Read more]

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage – who has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was... [Read more]

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

by Jack Mayne A door that has been locked every night at 9 p.m. since 2009 caused two Burien City Council members to walk out of Monday night’s (April 20) meeting because citizens might not have... [Read more]