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Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

Burien City Council Strategic Planning Retreat will be Monday, Feb. 8

The Burien City Council will be attending a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This is a public meeting, open to all. Here’s... [Read more]

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Burien Mayor to announce candidacy for 7th District seat Wednesday

Former Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri will be formally declaring his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat in the State of WA on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Burien City Hall between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

by Jack Mayne

The man who asked Burien and Des Moines – and most other cities in the state – for every single public record they had, dropped his request all of a sudden via email on Monday…

Burien Council wants public’s view on keeping CARES as animal control agency

Burien Council wants public’s view on keeping CARES as animal control agency

by Jack Mayne With the animal control contract with nonprofit CARES coming to an end this summer, the Burien City Council was told Monday night (Feb. 1) that it may be asked to extend the contract through... [Read more]

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

Burien’s first Mayor announces his bid for Jim McDermott’s congressional seat

Burien’s first Mayor announces his bid for Jim McDermott’s congressional seat

by Mark Neuman Dr. Arun Jhaveri, Burien’s first mayor, announced Wednesday (Jan. 27) that he will run for Congress. Jhaveri told The B-Town Blog this morning that he intends to run for the 7th Congressional... [Read more]

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

Burien Council hires help for strategic planning; new city website coming

by Jack Mayne It was help hiring night at the Burien City Council monthly study session Monday (Jan. 25) night with approval for spending $60,000 for facilitating strategic planning and $75,000 for a... [Read more]

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

LETTER: Former 1st Mayor of Burien has advice for the new City Council

[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:] As the former First Mayor of the newly... [Read more]

Councilmember McDermott wants to replace Congressman McDermott

Councilmember McDermott wants to replace Congressman McDermott

by Jack Mayne King County Councilmember Joe McDermott on Wednesday (Jan. 20) announced his candidacy for Washington’s 7th Congressional District, following speculation that he would seek to replace retiring... [Read more]

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are re-posting this column (originally run Nov. 2, 2008) in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life and work we celebrate today:] “When machines and computers,... [Read more]

Public Disclosure Commission rejects complaint over use of election funds

Public Disclosure Commission rejects complaint over use of election funds

by Jack Mayne The Washington Public Disclosure Commission rejected a complaint by Donald F. Wasson of Des Moines that the Highline Public School District violated state law when it sent out a brochure... [Read more]

VIDEO: Gov. Jay Inslee launches gun control initiative at Navos in Burien

VIDEO: Gov. Jay Inslee launches gun control initiative at Navos in Burien

Story, Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer The day after President Obama made an emotional speech on gun control, Gov. Jay Inslee came to Burien’s Navos Mental Health facility where he announced... [Read more]

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

Burien Council told school graduation rate higher; considers city rebranding

by Jack Mayne After a split vote reelecting Lucy Krakowiak to remain Mayor, the Burien City Council heard Highline Public Schools superintendent say over 70 percent of seniors now graduate and that fewer... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘How are we going to make Burien safer?’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘How are we going to make Burien safer?’

[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:] Each region of Burien has a unique public... [Read more]

Krakowiak re-elected Mayor, Edgar Deputy Mayor; 3 abstain from voting

Krakowiak re-elected Mayor, Edgar Deputy Mayor; 3 abstain from voting

From left to right: King County District Court Judge Mark Eide, councilmembers Austin Bell, Bob Edgar, Lucy Krakowiak, and King County District Court Judge David Christi. Photo by Scott Schaefer. Councilmembers... [Read more]

Six complaints for illegal fireworks taken by City of Burien on New Year’s Eve/Day

Six complaints for illegal fireworks taken by City of Burien on New Year’s Eve/Day

There were just six complaints in Burien of illegal fireworks on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, said city communications manager Katie Trefry in response to a B-Town Blog query. “Two of... [Read more]

Meet Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee at Highline Historical Society event Jan. 10

Meet Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee at Highline Historical Society event Jan. 10

The upcoming election holds great promise for the political cartoonist, and here’s your chance to meet one – Milt Priggee will be a SeaTac City Hall on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. for a FREE event... [Read more]

City of Burien accepting new requests for 2016 Comprehensive Plan

City of Burien accepting new requests for 2016 Comprehensive Plan

The City of Burien announced that it is accepting new requests to be considered during the 2016 Comprehensive Plan docketing process. The application period runs from Jan. 1 to 5 p.m. on March 1. From... [Read more]

Burien City Council changes truck routes, discusses youth council, fireworks, pot

Burien City Council changes truck routes, discusses youth council, fireworks, pot

by Jack Mayne Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting was the last one of the year, the last one for Councilmember Gerald Robison and the shortest meeting in a long time – less than two hours... [Read more]

City of Burien honors outgoing city councilmember Gerald Robison

City of Burien honors outgoing city councilmember Gerald Robison

Before Monday night’s (Dec. 21) city council meeting, the City of Burien recognized Councilmember Gerald “Jerry” Robison for his service to the Council by issuing a proclamation in his honor... [Read more]

PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

Here’s episode #32 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]

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #31 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]

LETTER: Resident writes open Letter to new City Councilmember Austin Bell

LETTER: Resident writes open Letter to new City Councilmember Austin Bell

[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 Mr. Bell: Although I did not cast... [Read more]

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved changes midway into its two-year financial plan and budget over the objections of Lauren Berkowitz Monday night. At the Dec. 7 Burien Council meeting, councilmembers... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Rubbish is like graffiti: clean it up immediately or it spreads…’

LETTER: ‘Rubbish is like graffiti: clean it up immediately or it spreads…’

[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:] Rubbish is like graffiti: clean it up... [Read more]

City of Burien issues Impaired Driving Proclamation to honor DUI victim

City of Burien issues Impaired Driving Proclamation to honor DUI victim

The City of Burien last week issued a proclamation recognizing December 2015 as Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation recognized James Nolan, a young Burienite who was killed as a passenger... [Read more]

PODCAST: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

PODCAST: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

Here’s episode #30 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]