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Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

LETTER: Former council candidate encourages residents to attend economic summit

[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:] Hello fellow Burien residents! On September... [Read more]

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

Despite ‘Stop Work’ order, Kennedy High athletic field project moves ahead

by Jack Mayne On Monday (Sept. 15), Burien city officials posted a “Stop Work” order at a Kennedy Catholic High School athletic field project – but only some parts of the project were actually halted... [Read more]

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

OPINION: The Cactus Speaks: Highline School District wants more money

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This column, wirrten by Earl Gipson, is from our sister site The SeaTac Blog. It reflects his view of SeaTac city government and other local politics:] by Earl Gipson Summer’s over... [Read more]

Residents can speak out, share ideas on city’s new ‘Connect Burien’ website

Residents can speak out, share ideas on city’s new ‘Connect Burien’ website

‘Connect Burien’ is a new public engagement website, brought to you by the City of Burien and premiering today – Monday, Sept. 15. “This interactive new platform opens the conversation about Burien’s... [Read more]

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Most of the Monday night (Sept. 8) special Burien City Council meeting was given over to how to spell out specific actions to carry out a city economic plan, a plan that has been in the works... [Read more]

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

Property owner fined nearly $8,000 by City of Burien for code violations

by Jack Mayne At the August 4 Burien City Council meeting, Angela Cheng, owner of Dragon Pearl Restaurant, told Council members she has owned the business in Burien for 38 years –– “never a violation,”... [Read more]

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

Kamuron Gurol has been on the job as Burien’s new city manager for only four months, yet this has afforded him more than enough time to become bullish on the city’s future…

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

Burien City Council approves ordinance controlling ‘disruptive’ public behavior

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved by a 6 – 1 vote an ordinance (excerpt above) updating the city statute for dealing with people on publicly-owned property “whose behavior is dangerous…

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

by Jack Mayne For several weeks, the Burien City Council has been meeting almost weekly to hash out a draft of the community’s economic development plan to be presented to and debated at a public meeting... [Read more]

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

Minimum $15/hour wage discussion hits Burien City Council; plus, take our Poll

by Jack Mayne It wasn’t on the agenda for the Burien City Council’s Monday (Aug. 11) special meeting agenda but it dominated the first three quarters of an hour of the nearly three-hour session. There... [Read more]

Sponsored Post 34th District Democrats holding Dinner/Auction on Friday, Aug. 15

34th District Democrats holding Dinner/Auction on Friday, Aug. 15

The 34th District Democrats will be holding a Dinner & Garden Party/Auction – “Luau at the Lake” – at the TAF Bethaday Community Learning Center at Lakewood Park/Hicks Lake on Friday, Aug.... [Read more]

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council wants to change and upgrade the way it conducts meetings, eying ways to change and update the previous Council’s rules. It also got a report on retaining trees in... [Read more]

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent much of a special meeting Monday night (July 28) beginning to hash out a plan for the city’s future economic development. The Council had, in June, completed... [Read more]

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘Coffee Chat’ this Saturday morning

Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘Coffee Chat’ this Saturday morning

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee Chat will be this Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 11 a.m. at Burien Press. All are welcome to come sit, talk and have a cuppa joe with... [Read more]

Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

Council approves City Manager evaluation process; agreement to build public trail

City Manager Kamuron Gurol. by Jack Mayne Burien’s new City Manager will be evaluated by the Council next month, then twice more during his first year under a new process adopted by the lawmakers... [Read more]

Burien’s Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon lights up American Lung Association’s ‘CycleLung’

Burien’s Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon lights up American Lung Association’s ‘CycleLung’

On Tuesday (July 1), Burien state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon rode the American Lung Association’s “CycleLung” – a pedal-powered piece of artwork that stimulates the importance of lung health when cycling... [Read more]

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

LETTER: SW King County Chamber of Commerce supports Ex-Im Bank

[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:] The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce... [Read more]

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

Lake Burien group’s case against city’s Shoreline Master Program dismissed

This week, the Growth Management Hearing Board dismissed an appeal to the City of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program, filed by a neighborhood group in Lake Burien. “The Board dismissed the appeal... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Developing an “Economic Development Strategic Plan” for Burien turned into a two-plus hour debate Monday night on the best way to reverse the economic stagnation in the city. A final... [Read more]

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

LETTER: Former city council candidate gives props to new councilmembers

[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:] In reading the recent article as written by... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

ANALYSIS: Burien has a new, positive approach to government

by Jack Mayne If you have not attended a Burien City Council meeting or watched the televised sessions for a while, you need to take a new look. The whole meeting atmosphere has changed from rigid and bristling non-information…

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next ‘Community Coffee Chat’ is Saturday

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta’s next Community Coffee Chat will be this Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. at Burien Press. “I want to talk about food,” Nancy told The B-Town... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

A bond to fund construction of four schools and make critical improvements districtwide was proposed to the Highline Public Schools Board at its May 28 meeting; the board will vote on June 4 whether to... [Read more]

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

City holding hearing on Transportation Improvement Program June 2

The City of Burien will be holding a public hearing on its 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at the June 2 City Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The... [Read more]