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Highline Public Schools announces support for Refugee & Immigrant Communities

Highline Public Schools announces support for Refugee & Immigrant Communities

In response to emerging reports of hate speech and violence directed at refugee and immigrant communities, Highline Public Schools announced Friday (Dec. 2) that it is joining over 50 local organizations... [Read more]

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Warning of more traffic, noise at airport spurs Council to form special committee

Larry Cripe By Jack Mayne After Quiet Skies Coalition leader Larry Cripe suggested that if Burien doesn’t get involved, “there will be a fourth, a fifth and a sixth” runway at Sea-Tac International... [Read more]

Burien’s ballot box ranked #7 in number of returns in all of King County

Burien’s ballot box ranked #7 in number of returns in all of King County

A lot of people are lamenting about low voter turnout in the Nov. 8 election, but residents of Burien should be proud – our ballot box, located near City Hall on SW 152nd Street ranked number seven... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneEditorial-111816.mp3 With the biennial budgets of the cities... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneInterimCM.mp3 The terms interim or acting city manager have... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Bond will pass with 65.12% approval

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Bond will pass with 65.12% approval

On Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 9), King County Elections released the second round of results for Tuesday’s General Election. With 31,783 ballots now counted, it looks like the Highline School Bond... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 34th District GOP Chair thanks supporters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 34th District GOP Chair thanks supporters

[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:] Donald Trump provided the nation with... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: School Bond, Sound Transit measures passing

ELECTION RESULTS: School Bond, Sound Transit measures passing

King County Elections posted the first round of results for Tuesday, Nov. 8’s General Election, and here are the early returns for some local issues…

Burien Council in dither over member comments included in meeting packets

Burien Council in dither over member comments included in meeting packets

By Jack Mayne A full third of the Burien City Council’s Monday night meeting was taken up by a dispute over whether a Councilmember should have made comments in response to a citizen’s letter included... [Read more]

PODCAST: Hate crime; pepper spraying at Highline High; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Hate crime; pepper spraying at Highline High; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #75 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]

Highline Public Schools releases ‘Fact-check the Buzz about the Bond’ FAQ

Highline Public Schools releases ‘Fact-check the Buzz about the Bond’ FAQ

Highline Public Schools this week released a ‘Fact-check the Buzz about the Bond’ FAQ, intended to clarify some misconceptions about the upcoming School Bond on the Nov. 8 ballot. “We’ve... [Read more]

VIDEO: Gov. Inslee raises $23K at Forest Ledge mansion in Seahurst Wed. night

VIDEO: Gov. Inslee raises $23K at Forest Ledge mansion in Seahurst Wed. night

Gov. Jay Inslee held a last-minute fundraiser event at the historic Forest Ledge mansion in Seahurst Wednesday night, Nov. 2…

League of Women Voters sponsoring ‘Ballots & Baristas’ event on Tues., Nov. 1

League of Women Voters sponsoring ‘Ballots & Baristas’ event on Tues., Nov. 1

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a nonpartisan, well-informed community conversation about King County ballot measures on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Burien Starbucks located at... [Read more]

LETTER: Former Burien Councilmember on School Bond in Voter’s Pamphlet

LETTER: Former Burien Councilmember on School Bond in Voter’s Pamphlet

[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 Friends, I sat down today to fill... [Read more]

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

By Jack Mayne The new proposed Burien logo was sent back to the drawing board as too complicated, not very inspiring,  and even boring at a study session Monday night, Oct. 24. Many Councilmembers even... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond

EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media is an active member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce. The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday (Oct. 21) that it is endorsing Prop.... [Read more]

Council may approve new Burien logo Monday night; sneak peek + take our poll

Council may approve new Burien logo Monday night; sneak peek + take our poll

The Burien City Council will review and perhaps approve new branding – including a new logo – for the city at Monday night’s (Oct. 24) Study Session. The city has contracted with JayRay, a creative agency... [Read more]

School District’s requested impact fee held by Council to get input from other cities

School District’s requested impact fee held by Council to get input from other cities

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council unanimously held up the establishment of a school impact fee program requested by the Highline School District, suggesting the district collaborate with all of the... [Read more]

PODCAST: Gunshots a mystery; new Interim City Manager; Jack Mayne…

PODCAST: Gunshots a mystery; new Interim City Manager; Jack Mayne…

Here’s episode #72 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]

Meet Candidate Pramila Jayapal this Sunday, Oct. 16

Meet Candidate Pramila Jayapal this Sunday, Oct. 16

From Burien resident Toni Lysen: Congressman Jim McDermott is retiring, and all are invited to meet a candidate who is running to succeed him – State Senator Pramila Jayapal – this Sunday, Oct. 16,... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident wants to put Initiative to add 18 cops on Nov. 2017 ballot

LETTER: Resident wants to put Initiative to add 18 cops on Nov. 2017 ballot

[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, Burien Public Safety... [Read more]

City Council appoints former Des Moines city manager as interim Burien manager

City Council appoints former Des Moines city manager as interim Burien manager

After an hour-plus interview of two candidates, the Burien City Council voted 5-0 Monday night (Oct. 10) to appoint retired Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki as interim manager of Burien…

JACK MAYNE: It’s time to stop requiring students to attend dangerous schools

JACK MAYNE: It’s time to stop requiring students to attend dangerous schools

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/JackMayneonSchoolBond.mp3 It is time to stop requiring the students... [Read more]

THE BLOG ENDORSES: Vote YES on the Highline School Bond Nov. 8

THE BLOG ENDORSES: Vote YES on the Highline School Bond Nov. 8

For the first time in our nearly nine-year history, we’ve decided to endorse a political issue – we are encouraging all our Readers to vote “YES” on Proposition No. 1 for Highline Schools Nov. 8…

Council holding special meeting Monday night to find Interim City Manager

Council holding special meeting Monday night to find Interim City Manager

The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday night, Oct. 10, to conduct interviews with Interim City Manager candidates. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., and will be held in the... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours starting Oct. 10

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours starting Oct. 10

Highline Public Schools wants residents to “learn how aging and crowded schools are impacting students” – they will be holding three Open Houses/School Tours starting Oct. 10. “All... [Read more]