Recession Section

BREAKING: Burien Town Square May Be Sold At Trustee’s Sale Friday

BREAKING: Burien Town Square May Be Sold At Trustee’s Sale Friday

by Ralph Nichols Burien Town Square’s only privately developed property – the nearly vacant condominium/retail complex built by Urban Partners, which opened in June 2009 – is now expected to be sold... [Read more]

Starting From Scratch At 71: One Man’s Plan To Reach Financial Independence, One Trade At a Time

Starting From Scratch At 71: One Man’s Plan To Reach Financial Independence, One Trade At a Time

by Nicholas Johnson Jim Todd, 71, and his wife Karen, 63, sit side-by-side in computer chairs, each roaming the Internet on their respective computers. Karen sits back as she picks up a lit Swisher Sweets... [Read more]

Burien’s Animal Control Manager To Close Clinic, Will Still Operate Program

Burien’s Animal Control Manager To Close Clinic, Will Still Operate Program

Dr. Leslie Kasper, Burien Animal Care & Control Manager, with friend, at Companion Animal Medical Center. The center will close Oct. 15th. by Ralph Nichols The continuing recession is forcing Dr. Leslie... [Read more]

“City In Good, Stable Financial Condition” As 2011-12 Budget Is Presented

“City In Good, Stable Financial Condition” As 2011-12 Budget Is Presented

by Ralph Nichols “The city is in good, stable financial condition” as work begins on Burien’s 2011-12 biennial budget, interim Finance Director Gary Coleman recently reported to council members. “We’re... [Read more]

Highline Schools Announces Budget Cuts For Next Year; Forums Scheduled

Highline Schools Announces Budget Cuts For Next Year; Forums Scheduled

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (April 1) that it will be cutting its budget by a projected $4.5 million for the 2010-11 school year due to a second consecutive year of declining state revenues.... [Read more]

BREAKING: Burien's Millennium Ford Is No Longer Selling New Cars

BREAKING: Burien's Millennium Ford Is No Longer Selling New Cars

by Ralph Nichols If you want to buy a new Ford in Burien, you’re out of luck. Instead, you’ll have to drive to Horizon Ford in Tukwila or Sound Ford in Renton. No, Millennium Ford at 14500... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Emerald City Smoothie’s Normandy Park Store Closes

B-TOWN BIZ: Emerald City Smoothie’s Normandy Park Store Closes

On Monday (March 1st) we received an email from Janel Stoneback, announcing that her Emerald City Smoothie store located at the Normandy Park Towne Center had shut its doors. This store, located at 19803... [Read more]

YMCA's Fundraising Drive Exceeds $40 Million Goal By $800K

YMCA's Fundraising Drive Exceeds $40 Million Goal By $800K

In a down economy, it’s always reassuring to hear of successful fundraising efforts, and the Greater Seattle YMCA has some great news – their recent $40 million capital campaign has not only... [Read more]

UPDATE: Burien Nissan Will NOT Be Re-Opening, At Least Anytime Soon

UPDATE: Burien Nissan Will NOT Be Re-Opening, At Least Anytime Soon

by Ralph Nichols After more than two months of anticipation, of driving past Burien Nissan at Five Corners and looking for new cars on display there once again, the news this week is disappointing. Burien... [Read more]

Proposed City Light Rate Increase Would Affect Most Burien Residents

Proposed City Light Rate Increase Would Affect Most Burien Residents

by Ralph Nichols A proposed 8.8 percent rate increase by Seattle City Light, which would begin in January, “will affect most of our residents,” Burien City Manager Mike Martin said last week. City... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is The City Of Burien About To Increase Property Taxes?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is The City Of Burien About To Increase Property Taxes?

To The Editor of the B-town Blog: On October 29, 2009; The Seattle Times ran a story on the $25 Burien Vehicle Tax/Proposition 1 that is currently on the November ballot. When the reporter asked why a... [Read more]

BIZ UPDATE: Three New Businesses, Four Re-Openings And Identity Of Potential New Cinema Company

BIZ UPDATE: Three New Businesses, Four Re-Openings And Identity Of Potential New Cinema Company

UPDATE 10/21/09: We have added one new business (Bratz, a German cafe) and one re-opening (Skippers) to this story, which we hope will continue to develop… by Ralph Nichols It may not be a boom.... [Read more]

Need Work? Announcing Our New Continually-Updated Jobs Page!

Need Work? Announcing Our New Continually-Updated Jobs Page!

Here at The B-Town Blog, our mission is not only to serve our community with the most up-to-date, relevant local news, events and more – it’s also to serve our Readers with resources that... [Read more]

Burien City Council Expected To Declare Opposition To I-1033 Tonight

Burien City Council Expected To Declare Opposition To I-1033 Tonight

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members are expected to declare tonight (Oct. 5) their opposition to Initiative 1033 – Tim Eyman’s latest attempt to reign in government spending revenue. At... [Read more]

4Culture Awards Grants To Hi-Liners & City Of Burien

4Culture Awards Grants To Hi-Liners & City Of Burien

4Culture, the cultural development agency serving King County, recently announced federal stimulus funding awards totaling $250,000 to preserve jobs at 40 arts and cultural organizations throughout the... [Read more]

BECU Holding Free “Surviving In Today’s Economy” Seminar Thurs., Sept. 24th

BECU Holding Free “Surviving In Today’s Economy” Seminar Thurs., Sept. 24th

BTB Advertiser BECU is holding a free seminar called “Surviving in Today’s Economy” on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Woodmont Library in Des Moines. Here are the details: WHAT:... [Read more]

“B-Town Burgers” May Be Opening Soon In Olde Burien

“B-Town Burgers” May Be Opening Soon In Olde Burien

A new burger joint may be opening soon in Olde Burien – “B-Town Burgers & Shakes” is apparently taking over the space at 822 SW 152nd Street, next to Goodie Gumdrops, on the corner... [Read more]

Want To Help A Woman From Foreclosure? ACORN Needs Your Help Today!

Want To Help A Woman From Foreclosure? ACORN Needs Your Help Today!

On Wednesday, Sept. 9th our sister site The White Center Blog first reported how Burien-based community-service group ACORN is trying to help save resident Maria Morales’ home from foreclosure by... [Read more]

Are Reports Of The Demise Of Burien’s Town Square True? Take Our Poll

Are Reports Of The Demise Of Burien’s Town Square True? Take Our Poll

by Ralph Nichols Borrowing a phrase from Mark Twain, reports of the demise of Burien’s Town Square condominiums, which opened for occupancy in June, are vastly exaggerated. So declares Dan Rosenfeld,... [Read more]

BREAKING: Might Burien Nissan Be Re-Opening Soon?

BREAKING: Might Burien Nissan Be Re-Opening Soon?

We got an email tip from BTB Reader Jennifer about a Job Ad posted Monday (Aug. 31st) on Craigslist that implies that the closed/empty Burien Nissan may be re-opening in mid-September under new management... [Read more]

Applicants Camp Overnight To Apply For Burien Fire Dept. Job

Applicants Camp Overnight To Apply For Burien Fire Dept. Job

According to both KIRO-TV and Northwest Cable News, dozens of job-seekers camped overnight Tuesday night outside the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department building on 8th Ave SW in hopes of being one of... [Read more]

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church Offering Free Resource Fair With Free Backpacks This Saturday, Aug. 15th

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church Offering Free Resource Fair With Free Backpacks This Saturday, Aug. 15th

Household finances got you down? Feeling the pinch during this economy? Well, the good folks at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church are holding a Free Resource Fair and Block Party, where they will be giving... [Read more]

Airport Rental Car Garage Construction To Restore 3,000 Jobs

Airport Rental Car Garage Construction To Restore 3,000 Jobs

The Port of Seattle Monday announced that an estimated 3,000 jobs will be restored when the airport “Consolidated Rental Car Facility” parking garage construction begins again. The Port of... [Read more]

Burien Town Square – Success To Be? Or Future Ghost Town?

Burien Town Square – Success To Be? Or Future Ghost Town?

by Gina Bourdage Since discussions began in October of 2003 to build an urban community center, devoid of the need to drive to find world class cuisine, shopping and entertainment, the city of Burien and... [Read more]