Politics Section

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]

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

by Jack Mayne The usual Burien City Council sport of hearing mostly Seattle-based homeless advocates damning the city for having approved two trespass ordinances they consider to be unconstitutional was... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

LETTER: Resident has more concerns about councilmember’s social media use

[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 wrote to the Burien Council a couple... [Read more]

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

With a May 15 filing deadline just over a month away, four people have filed to run for three open seats on the Burien City Council so far: Austin Bell Holli Giffin Lucy Krakowiak* Joey Martinez *incumbent... [Read more]

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

The Highline School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member – Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac – on Wednesday, April 15, during a special meeting. Van is a finalist for the vacant Director District 3... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

Next Highline Public Schools Construction Bond election will be in 2016

Next Highline Public Schools Construction Bond election will be in 2016

Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer Highline Public School officials anticipate placing a new construction bond issue on the ballot next year, superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield recently... [Read more]

Kennedy Catholic High student Connor McClean serves as Page in Olympia

Kennedy Catholic High student Connor McClean serves as Page in Olympia

Connor McClean – a student at Burien’s John F. Kennedy Catholic High School – served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by state Rep. Tina Orwall... [Read more]

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer Chanting “stand fast and fight” and brandishing printed and scrawled signs proclaiming “People Matter” and “Bring Human Rights Back... [Read more]

LETTER (with Audio): School Superintendent & School Board Meetings

LETTER (with Audio): School Superintendent & School Board 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:] Dear Editor, On March 26, Highline Schools... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne Spending money is always of great concern to Burien taxpayers, especially when the city simply does not have a lot of available... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘School Construction Assistance Program … is in dire need of reform’

LETTER: ‘School Construction Assistance Program … is in dire need of reform’

[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:] Of note from an article in the Seattle... [Read more]

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) announced that it will hold a series of 14 free workshops throughout Washington – including Tuesday, May 5 in Burien – to encourage... [Read more]

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

Citizen representatives appointed to commissions, boards by City Council

The Burien City Council on Monday (March 16) appointed citizen representatives to several city commissions and boards. Shelley Brittingham, Alistair Christopherson, Erik Christopherson, Dane C. Johnson... [Read more]