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Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

by Jack Mayne A door that has been locked every night at 9 p.m. since 2009 caused two Burien City Council members to walk out of Monday night’s (April 20) meeting because citizens might not have... [Read more]

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

by Jack Mayne The usual Burien City Council sport of hearing mostly Seattle-based homeless advocates damning the city for having approved two trespass ordinances they consider to be unconstitutional was... [Read more]

Des Moines Councilmember charged with slapping special needs student

Des Moines Councilmember charged with slapping special needs student

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: by Jack Mayne Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

‘Bring Humanity Back to Burien’ chant demonstrators during Friday march

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer Chanting “stand fast and fight” and brandishing printed and scrawled signs proclaiming “People Matter” and “Bring Human Rights Back... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne Spending money is always of great concern to Burien taxpayers, especially when the city simply does not have a lot of available... [Read more]

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has voted to become a partner in seeking a grant to save and develop the Bel-R Greenhouses in northeast... [Read more]

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

by Jack Mayne Whether a new ordinance criminalizes homelessness or not again returned to the forefront at the latest regular Burien City Council meeting. Four people who said they lived in Seattle and... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

It was a noisy and unusual Monday night (Feb. 23), as the Burien’s City Council heard loud arguments and heated discussions over a piece of legislation opponents say makes homelessness a crime in the city…

Highline Schools Elementary Teacher charged with raping 14-year old boy

Highline Schools Elementary Teacher charged with raping 14-year old boy

Darcy Smith, center, when she was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. Also pictured is Deputy Superintendent Carla Jackson, left, and Interim Superintendent Alan Spicciati, right. Photo courtesy... [Read more]

Burien dogs bark their thanks, give $15,000 to city at council meeting

Burien dogs bark their thanks, give $15,000 to city at council meeting

Photo courtesy City of Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council went to the dogs again Monday night (Feb. 2) when Kellie Bassen, chair of the B-Town Dog Owners Group (D.O.G.) gave the city a $15,000... [Read more]

City Council chooses getting, keeping business as top economic goal for 2015

City Council chooses getting, keeping business as top economic goal for 2015

by Jack Mayne In one of the shorter meetings of recent past, the Burien City Council decided at Monday’s (Jan. 26) study session that getting and keeping businesses in the city is the most important... [Read more]

Highline bond issue proponent complains of violations of  disclosure law

Highline bond issue proponent complains of violations of disclosure law

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 by Jack Mayne The Highline Citizens for Schools has filed a complaint with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission claiming the... [Read more]

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

A makeshift memorial marks the spot where Peter Vandervelde was killed by a DUI driver in Burien on Nov. 21. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A Pittsburg man has been charged with vehicular homicide... [Read more]

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Story by Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer After four hours of haggling over the wording, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) approved updating a city ordinance that permits police to ban... [Read more]

Burien City Council ‘downzones’ Lake Burien neighborhood

Burien City Council ‘downzones’ Lake Burien neighborhood

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council sided with the city staff and rejected a Planning Commission decision and approved a downzoning of the Lake Burien area. The Monday (Dec. 15) meeting also finished... [Read more]

Burien City Council dumps any possible North Highline annexation

Burien City Council dumps any possible North Highline annexation

by Jack Mayne Probably the last possible avenue to any thought of Burien annexing White Center and North Boulevard Park was shut down by a one-vote margin at the Burien City Council meeting Monday night. The... [Read more]

Seattle Council OKs resolution on possible North Highline annexation

Seattle Council OKs resolution on possible North Highline annexation

From our sister site The White Center Blog: The Seattle City Council quickly and unanimously approved on Monday (Dec. 15) a so-called “placeholder” resolution that could result in a vote by residents... [Read more]

Seattle City Council considering annexation of White Center

Seattle City Council considering annexation of White Center

From our sister site The White Center Blog: The Seattle City Council wants to ask the people of White Center and north Boulevard Park to vote on whether they want to be a part of Seattle. Annexation of... [Read more]

Burien City Council won’t reconsider ‘body odor’ ordinance until January

Burien City Council won’t reconsider ‘body odor’ ordinance until January

Excerpt of Burien’s controversial Ordinance #606. Click image to see larger version. by Jack Mayne The city ordinance now under attack by homeless advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)... [Read more]

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

by Jack Mayne After a long debate over whether to authorize hiring of a new economic development specialist, the Burien City Council at its Monday meeting (Dec. 1) approved on a 5-2 vote the two-year city... [Read more]

City attorney candidate surprises Burien by rejecting job

City attorney candidate surprises Burien by rejecting job

by Jack Mayne Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol e-mailed us today, saying “unfortunately, the new city attorney has informed me that he will not be able to accept the job after all.” Daniel Teodoru... [Read more]

Potbelly pigs may be welcome in Burien, but peacocks and roosters banned

Potbelly pigs may be welcome in Burien, but peacocks and roosters banned

by Jack Mayne The once every 10 year exercise in recreating a comprehensive plan to accommodate the newcomers to the city was begun Monday night in the Burien City Council monthly study session. The critter... [Read more]

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

by Jack Mayne In a meeting leading up to December passage of the Burien 2015-2016 city budget, the Burien City Council preliminarily okayed increasing the business and occupations tax, and also increased... [Read more]

Burien’s state audit shows quick resolve of a single ‘significant’ problem

Burien’s state audit shows quick resolve of a single ‘significant’ problem

by Jack Mayne The state auditor in its 2013 audit found no major financial problems in Burien city government, but one “significant deficiency” turned out to be an error the city staff found itself. Washington... [Read more]

Daniel Teodoru hired as new Burien City Attorney, begins work Dec. 1

Daniel Teodoru hired as new Burien City Attorney, begins work Dec. 1

by Jack Mayne Daniel Teodoru of Breckenridge, Colorado, has been hired as the new Burien city attorney effective Dec. 1, said City Manager Kamuron Gurol. Teodoru replaces now-retired City Attorney Craig... [Read more]

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

by Jack Mayne Finance Director Kim Krause told the Burien City Council Monday night of adjustments in the preliminary 2015-2016 biennial budget scheduled for adopting on Dec. 1. One is an increase in property... [Read more]

No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

by Jack Mayne A proposal by City Manager Kamuron Gurol to increase the city’s Business and Occupation tax on larger businesses and ending it for small businesses was debated at Monday night’s Burien... [Read more]