From left to right: Former Burien Mayors Brian Bennett, Lucy Krakowiak, Noel Gibb, Wing Woo, Arun Jhaveri, current Mayor Jimmy Matta and former Mayor Kitty Milne.

By Scott Schaefer
The City of Burien kicked off its 25th Anniversary year with a celebration at the Community Center on Monday night, Feb. 26.
Burien won’t officially turn 25 until 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 28, but it’s never too early to start celebrating, right?
The event was hosted by City Manager Brian Wilson, and featured guest speakers Arun Jhaveri (the City’s first Mayor), current Mayor Jimmy Matta, King County Executive Dow Constantine, along with a video message from Congresswoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal (see her Tweet below).
Also present to commemorate B-Town’s 25th B-Day were many previous councilmembers, volunteer citizens, businesspeople, members of the Consulate of Mexico, and former Mayors, including Wing Woo, who was seriously injured in a tragic accident in Maui in June, 2016.
Former Mayor Wing Woo (2002–2003) greets Burien’s first Mayor, Arun Jhaveri (1993–1998).

The celebration was held in front of a full house in the Seahurst Banquet Room, and along with dignitaries – including former State Legislator Georgette Valle – there were historic displays from the city’s 10th anniversary party in 2003, as well as new, infographic-style ones about its 25-year history.
Below is an edited version of The B-Town Blog’s live Facebook video:

Here’s a proclamation presented by Dow Constantine:

And some photos from the event (click images to view larger images/slideshow):


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