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City Manager search, zoning & more on agenda for Monday night City Council

City Manager search, zoning & more on agenda for Monday night City Council

At the upcoming Monday night Burien City Council meeting (on Monday, May 1), lawmakers will discuss the next steps in their ongoing (and seemingly delayed) City Manager search, as well as zoning and more. The... [Read more]

Crime increasing in Burien, along with everywhere in S. King County, Chief says

Crime increasing in Burien, along with everywhere in S. King County, Chief says

By Jack Mayne Burien’s crime rate is increasing as it is in other cities in south King County, according to Police Chief Scott Kimerer in his annual report to the City Council on Monday night (April... [Read more]

King County Elections hosting two Candidate Workshops April 28 & 29

King County Elections hosting two Candidate Workshops April 28 & 29

Interested in running for office? If so, King County Elections might be able to help – they’re hosting two candidate workshops to discuss: How to file for office How to submit your voters’... [Read more]

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaks to standing-room only crowd Thursday

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaks to standing-room only crowd Thursday

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was introduced by Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta to a standing-room-only gathering at a Town Hall held in the Burien Community Center on Thursday evening…

Police/Crime Report, City Manager search & more on Monday’s City Council agenda

Police/Crime Report, City Manager search & more on Monday’s City Council agenda

The City’s annual Police/Crime Report, the ongoing search for a new City Manager (apparently none of the five finalists we’ve previously reported on are making the grade?), CARES Animal Control,... [Read more]

Resolution recognizing ‘The Maury Island Incident’ passed in State Senate

Resolution recognizing ‘The Maury Island Incident’ passed in State Senate

Sen. Keiser with the “Maury Island Incident” team: Steve Edmiston, Scott Schaefer, Shelli Park and John White, taken April 18th, 2017. On Tuesday, April 18, the Washington State Senate passed... [Read more]

REMINDER: Congresswoman Jayapal holding Town Hall meeting TONIGHT

REMINDER: Congresswoman Jayapal holding Town Hall meeting TONIGHT

REMINDER: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Burien TONIGHT – Thursday, April 20, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. – at the Burien Community Center. This event is free and open... [Read more]

Airplane noise could return if Burien does not stay vigilant, City Council told

Airplane noise could return if Burien does not stay vigilant, City Council told

By Jack Mayne A group fighting the noise of turbo-prop planes over west Burien told the Burien City Council Monday night that the city has won over the Federal Aviation Administration for now – but... [Read more]

LETTER: Council didn’t reveal ‘Capture Burglars in Action’ ordinance #635

LETTER: Council didn’t reveal ‘Capture Burglars in Action’ ordinance #635

[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, The Council Leadership... [Read more]

Wayfinding, Arts, Animals & more on agenda for Monday Council meeting

Wayfinding, Arts, Animals & more on agenda for Monday Council meeting

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s regular meeting of the Burien City Council, to be held on April 17, starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall: Public Hearing and Potential Action... [Read more]

INTERNCAST: Intern Devin Otto interviews Burien’s City Manager finalists

INTERNCAST: Intern Devin Otto interviews Burien’s City Manager finalists

On Friday, April 7, our new Big Picture High School Intern Devin Otto met with and interviewed the five finalist candidates for Burien’s new City Manager at an open meeting at the Community Center. The... [Read more]

Council holding Sat. meeting on City Manager finalists; public meeting Friday

Council holding Sat. meeting on City Manager finalists; public meeting Friday

The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting this Saturday, April 8 to review the five finalist candidates for City Manager. The meeting will begin bright and early at 8 a.m. at City Hall (download... [Read more]

Lauren Berkowitz can keep on phoning it in while Tweeting commentaries

Lauren Berkowitz can keep on phoning it in while Tweeting commentaries

By Jack Mayne Burien City Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz can still attend sessions by telephone, despite having long been criticized by some members of the Burien public. Berkowitz has physically attended... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I believe the Council Leadership is a menace to Public Safety…’

LETTER: ‘I believe the Council Leadership is a menace to Public Safety…’

[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 the Council... [Read more]

Burien City Council honors ‘Citizens of the Year’ at Monday night’s meeting

Burien City Council honors ‘Citizens of the Year’ at Monday night’s meeting

The Burien City Council honored its 2017 ‘Citizens of the Year’ at a special reception just before Monday night’s meeting (April 3): From left to right: Co-Citizen of the Year Wendy Meyers-Wenger,... [Read more]

Comp. Plan, B&O Tax, Fireworks & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Comp. Plan, B&O Tax, Fireworks & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s (April 3) Burien City Council meeting (download PDF of packet here): Motion to Adopt Proposed Ordinance No. 667, Approving the Final Plat... [Read more]

Congresswoman Jayapal holding Town Hall meeting in Burien on Thurs., April 20

Congresswoman Jayapal holding Town Hall meeting in Burien on Thurs., April 20

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Burien on Thursday, April 20, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Burien Community Center. This event is free and open to the public. “This... [Read more]

City Council announces five finalists for new Burien City Manager position

City Council announces five finalists for new Burien City Manager position

The Burien City Council at Monday night’s Retreat (March 27) announced the five final applicants for the position of Burien City Manager. The firm Colin Baenziger & Associates conducted the search... [Read more]

U.S. Attorney General threatens sanctuary cities like Burien, Seattle

U.S. Attorney General threatens sanctuary cities like Burien, Seattle

By Jack Mayne The City of Burien was categorically threatened by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday (March 27) when he threatened to strip some “sanctuary cities” of coveted Justice Department... [Read more]

Don’t like your city’s politics? Campaign School teaches Candidates April 12

Don’t like your city’s politics? Campaign School teaches Candidates April 12

Don’t like your City’s politics? Well then – do something about it! Here’s an event that will take place on Wednesday, April 12: Campaign School is an exclusive one-day course blending the... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident wants City of Burien to not pay taxes to support Port of Seattle

LETTER: Resident wants City of Burien to not pay taxes to support Port of Seattle

[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 Council, As I mentioned in the... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Reception to meet new City Manager finalists will be April 7

SAVE THE DATE: Reception to meet new City Manager finalists will be April 7

The public is invited to attend a Community Reception to meet the finalists for the City of Burien City Manager position on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Guests will be asked to... [Read more]

Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat on Monday, March 27

Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat on Monday, March 27

The Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat this coming Monday, March 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. at City Hall. This retreat will be an open, public meeting. Please note however that public commenting... [Read more]

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]