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LETTER: 'If Burien were a Nation-State...U.N. would likely declare it a Failed-State' 3Dear Council Members,

If Burien were a Nation-State, the U.N. would likely declare Burien a Failed-State: Your Leadership is allowing criminal activities to hold 50,000 Residents hostage. Burien Residents want you to encourage economic growth to fund increased Police presence to reduce crime.

An Immutable Law: Survival of the Species

People are genetically hardwired to avoid the dangerous situations found in downtown Burien. Shoppers tend to avoid:

  • Gangs
  • Panhandlers
  • Drug dealers and Junkies

Gang warfare is deterring Burien shoppers, denying the City monies to fund Police.

Panhandlers are another aggressive in your face problem discouraging shoppers.

Do you believe shoppers like seeing drug dealers selling meth and heroin? How many shoppers want to be stuck by a dirty sharp?

Your Leadership routinely works on personal agendas. Residents want effective action on crime, economic development, and policing. Whose side are you on?

The 700K Dollar Question

Our Leaders lemming like behavior is leading Us to the financial cliffs. Their business as usual agenda doesn’t account for major changes in income in the immediate future.

Burien’s 700K dollar per year State Sales Tax Credit runs out in 2 years. We must choose to either:

  • Cut services
  • Grow Burien
  • Cutting services will likely reduce Police presence. I see this scenario ending badly.
  • Growing Burien requires the Council to focus on Burien. Your 2016 survey shows our priorities:
  • 47% Want crime reduction
  • 34% Want education and schools focused on
  • 26% Want more police and enforcement
  • 24% Want economic growth enhanced
  • 14% Want sidewalks and bike lanes
  • 13% Want road maintenance improved
  • 11% Want traffic congestion dealt with
  • 10% Want population growth addressed
  • 10% Want Real estate values improved

C.A.R.E.S. and Homelessness are not mentioned. I want You to table further discussion on these topics to focus on Our priorities.

Burien as an I.S.O. 9001 Quality City

A Quality City creates safety and prosperity by meeting constituent needs.

Maslow posits that human safety is a fundamental requirement including:

  • Personal security
  • Financial security
  • Health and well being.

Adding Police and judiciously applying code will improve Personal security. Code is the tool the City Manager uses to abate problems, making Burien safer and financially stronger.

Ending businesses activities that damage neighborhoods will increase Our personal net worth. Positive net worth is an economic driver. Shoppers returning to Burien will increase City revenues enabling more Police presence.

Health and well being will increase as on-site criminal activities in Apartment complexes are countered through the Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance #572.

Burien has growth potential to fund additional Police. According to a recent mobility study: there is a 43% vacancy rate on City provided parking in the various business corridors.

Most vacancies are located outside 152nd Street, meaning the Council is going to have to understand the differing needs of the various commercial nodes to prosper. Each node has impediments, requiring effective action to enhance economic activities.

Quality leaders create prosperity through active problem solving. Time has arrived to fund extra Police by increasing business activity in Burien.

– Dick West

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