Tag: sanctuary city

The Stranger: ‘Trump’s America Is 10 Miles South of Downtown Seattle’

Sydney Brownstone wrote a well-researched, in-depth story on Burien for The Stranger this week, entitled “Trump’s America Is 10 Miles South of Downtown Seattle (How Burien became a microcosm of national politics).” In it, she addresses racism, along with our city’s recent political battles dealing with immigration, sanctuary city status, and Initiative No. 1 (repealing […]

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Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

By Jack Mayne Political activist Craig Keller (pictured, left) has filed suit in King County Superior Court, demanding the Court order the Burien City Council to either put the city’s controversial sanctuary ordinance on the November election ballot or totally repeal it. “The City should not be able to take no action and frustrate the […]

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Berkowitz filibuster forces Council to delay sending sanctuary ordinance to voters

By Jack Mayne In what many felt was a weird Burien City Council special session Monday night, the Council finally adjourned at 10:38 p.m. despite a legal requirement that the Council either rescind Burien’s sanctuary ordinance or send it to the November ballot. Outgoing Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz launched into a 20-minute filibuster at 10:15, and […]

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Petition to Repeal Ord. 651 meets signature goal; here’s what happens next

On Friday (July 21), King County Elections completed verification of the signatures submitted to their office for the City of Burien Initiative No. 1 (repeal of Ordinance 651), and determined that there were a sufficient number of signatures to move forward. Of the 4,953 signatures that were compared against those on file with the County, […]

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More petition signatures delivered to City of Burien to repeal Ordinance 651

On Thursday (July 20), representatives from ‘Respect Washington’ delivered to the City of Burien more petition signatures for the “Initiative Petition to REPEAL Burien’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Ordinance 651.” The Burien City Clerk delivered the signed petitions to King County Elections at noon, the City announced. It is unknown at this time how many additional signatures […]

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