IMG_3748 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.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_94887" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 8.09.24 PM Councilmembers are sworn in. Photo courtesy City of Burien.[/caption] by Scott Schaefer Burien City Councilmember – and Mayor for 2015 – Lucy Krakowiak was re-elected Mayor at Monday night’s meeting, with Bob Edgar being re-elected as Deputy Mayor. Krakowiak and Edgar both received the majority needed from the seven councilmembers – 4 votes – while Nancy Tosta, Lauren Berkowitz and newly-elected Austin Bell all chose to abstain from voting. Krakowiak’s name was the only one tossed into the Mayoral ring, while Edgar defeated Tosta for Deputy Mayor. The 4 votes for Krakowiak and Edgar came from Steve Armstrong, Debi Wagner, Edgar and Krakowiak. One interesting anecdote is that the current seating arrangement places Berkowitz, Bell and Tosta – the apparent minority three – together on the left side, while Krakowiak, Edgar, Wagner and Armstrong are all seated together on the right. BERKOWITZ AND TOSTA DISAPPROVE OF KRAKOWIAK Both Berkowitz and Tosta commented that they did not believe Krakowiak was worthy of being re-elected:

“One of the criteria for councilmembers – let alone Mayor – is to uphold the state and federal constitution,” Berkowitz said. “I don’t believe this councilmember (?) has done so during her tenure, therefore I will also be abstaining.” “I believe that effective political leaders understand how to make progress through inclusivity, compromise and negotiation,” Tosta said. “Two years ago I voted for councilmember Krakowiak as Mayor as an act of compromise, with the hope that she could build a united council. As is noted in our community that has not happened – our council is divided, dysfunctional and not respected by those in our community, and given that I think we need leadership that brings out the best in each of us, that fosters cooperation and improves the quality of life for all citizens in our city. Given we do not have that leadership, I will be abstaining.”
Here’s a video showing the votes as well as the anti-Krakowiak comments (NOTE: the online video stream was having technical problems, but Scott Schaefer was on hand to record this on his iPhone): [youtube][/youtube] Here’s a video of Bell, Edgar and Krakowiak being sworn in by King County District Court Judges Mark Eide and David Christie: [youtube][/youtube] Jack Mayne will have an additional article about the rest of council meeting, so check back soon…]]>