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City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

City edges up to 70% recycle rate; plastic grocery bag ban considered by Council

By Jack Mayne The recycling rate is up in Burien while the Council mulls the possibility of banning plastic grocery bags. The issues were long discussions at the Monday (April 23) meeting of the Council... [Read more]

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Mayor Jimmy Matta marches with friends, family of shooting victim

Story & Photo by Aaron Wells Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta marched Monday afternoon (April 23) with the family and friends of Elizabeth Juarez, 13, one of two girls killed in a shooting on March 28. The... [Read more]

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Matta determined to bridge language gap for students, parents

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, attending Thursday’s community safety meeting at Highline High School, noted that 41% of Highline students are Hispanic and called for a phone tree to reach out to families... [Read more]

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Mayor, Council, City Manager & Police Chief

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Mayor, Council, City Manager & Police Chief

[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:] April 19, 2018 An Open Letter to The Honorable... [Read more]

More airplane noise expected over Burien; Sheriff seeking ways to control crime

More airplane noise expected over Burien; Sheriff seeking ways to control crime

By Jack Mayne Returning and increased airplane noise over Burien is likely after the the Federal Aviation Administration claims that it can ignore potential environmental rules to permit more prop-jet... [Read more]

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht speaks to City Council Monday night

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht speaks to City Council Monday night

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht attended the Burien City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing several questions surrounding gangs and youth-on-youth violence. Story & Photos by Aaron Wells King... [Read more]

Sheriff, Comp. Plan, correspondence to council & more on Council agenda Mon.

Sheriff, Comp. Plan, correspondence to council & more on Council agenda Mon.

On the docket for Monday night’s regular Burien City Council meeting is a previously-delayed presentation by new King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments, discussion... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I can personally testify that those protesters were anything but silent’

LETTER: ‘I can personally testify that those protesters were anything but silent’

[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 am commenting on a recent letter to... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Dow C. came to Burien, but he was too frightened to speak?’

LETTER: ‘Dow C. came to Burien, but he was too frightened to speak?’

[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: I am surprised that... [Read more]

Teen girls’ shooting deaths made focal point of Burien City Council meeting

Teen girls’ shooting deaths made focal point of Burien City Council meeting

By Jack Mayne Councilmember Krystal Marx pushed to have the recent deaths of two teenage girls made the focus of the Burien City Council meeting Monday night (April 2). The girls – ages 13 and 19 –... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident has suggestions for local youth programs

LETTER: Resident has suggestions for local youth programs

[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:] Since the city does not publish letters... [Read more]

Youth violence, community safety on agenda for Monday night Council meeting

Youth violence, community safety on agenda for Monday night Council meeting

Youth violence and community safety will likely be the top items on the agenda for Monday night’s regular Burien City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. In addition, expect a Legislative Briefing... [Read more]

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Sharon Nelson retiring, won’t seek re-election

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Sharon Nelson retiring, won’t seek re-election

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson announced this week that she is retiring, and won’t seek re-election this year. “It is time for me to return next year to being a wife, mother, grandmother... [Read more]

Council hears of proposed Ambaum changes for Metro Rapid Ride H line

Council hears of proposed Ambaum changes for Metro Rapid Ride H line

By Jack Mayne King County Metro Transit proposed changes to Ambaum Blvd. SW at Monday night’s Burien City Council Study Session, as a way to accommodate its new Rapid Ride H that will replace bus... [Read more]

New King County Sheriff will present at Monday night council study session

New King County Sheriff will present at Monday night council study session

New King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht will give a presentation at Monday night’s (March 26) Burien City Council Study Session. Download the agenda/packet here (PDF file). Here’s the full agenda: SPECIAL... [Read more]

Ban dangerous construction processes; CARES: ‘more dogs getting back home’

Ban dangerous construction processes; CARES: ‘more dogs getting back home’

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council was asked at Monday (March 19) night’s meeting to consider ordinances outlawing abuses by construction companies using processes that “shamelessly” abuse workers... [Read more]

Kent Councilmember accepts Burien Proclamation for Sikh Heritage Day

Kent Councilmember accepts Burien Proclamation for Sikh Heritage Day

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council’s new majority apparently meant what it said about becoming more open to new audiences and groups when it declared April 14 as Sikh Heritage Day. The proclamation... [Read more]

King County Council votes to provide oversight of 4Culture

King County Council votes to provide oversight of 4Culture

On Monday, March 19, the King County Council approved legislation that will provide enhanced oversight of 4Culture, the county’s cultural services agency. The final vote on Ordinance 2018-0086 was 6-3,... [Read more]

CARES Report, LEAD Program & more on agenda for Monday’s Council meeting

CARES Report, LEAD Program & more on agenda for Monday’s Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday night’s (Mar. 19) regular Burien City Council meeting is a report from Burien CARES Animal Control, discussions on an Admissions Tax, Accessory Dwelling Units, Law Enforcement... [Read more]

Sponsored Post 33rd District Democrats Legislative District Caucus will be Sat., March 24

33rd District Democrats Legislative District Caucus will be Sat., March 24

From new Advertiser the 33rd District Democrats: We all know that our nation needs new leadership; now is the time we focus locally to make that happen! We need to be prepared to fight for every vote... [Read more]

City Manager seeks community feedback on Police Services & Leadership

City Manager seeks community feedback on Police Services & Leadership

The City of Burien will be hosting a series of public meetings, as well as online opportunities to gather community feedback on police services in Burien – and they’re seeking public feedback. By... [Read more]

Sen. Karen Keiser gives update on funding for regional projects

Sen. Karen Keiser gives update on funding for regional projects

Sen. Karen Keiser (D – 33rd District) this week gave the following update in her email newsletter on funding for local projects, several of which are in our area: As we have worked on the budgets... [Read more]

Area Students will join ‘March for Our Lives’ protest in Seattle March 24

Area Students will join ‘March for Our Lives’ protest in Seattle March 24

A group of local high school students are organizing the Seattle branch of the nationwide ‘March for Our Lives’ protest, which will take place on Saturday, March 24, on Capitol Hill. A coalition... [Read more]

Burien Council told of plans to find new police chief; students seek youth council

Burien Council told of plans to find new police chief; students seek youth council

By Jack Mayne Burien’s city administration is planning “a robust public engagement process before the selection of the new police chief to gather community feedback on what people want to see in their... [Read more]