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City Council Special Meeting Summary: 09/12/2022
September 19th, 2022
Roll Call: All members present, but S. Moore (late)Agenda DiscussionGovernor Inslee’s is ending the Covid-19 state of emergency on Oct 31, which ends Burien’s eviction moratorium as written in the ordinance.Vote: Remove Eviction Moratorium Discussion from agenda – Passed unanimously      Public CommentKatie W. - A Registered Nurse representing the Transit Riders Union (TRU). The TRU has determined...
Urgent Call To Action — Parents Keep Your Kids Safe At School
September 5th, 2022
By Wendy ButzerinThis is an URGENT ALERT  to parents and all citizens regarding Title IX changes that will affect  our childrens’ physical and emotional safety at school. Parents must comment to the Board of Education by September 12th to halt this dangerous precedent.These changes will mandate:Students may use the locker room and restrooms not based on biological sex but on genderidentity prefere...
To the Burien City Council: Many Issues with the Strategic Plan
August 25th, 2022
To the Burien City Council, Carolyn Hope, and City Manager:1. By State law, the city is required to (1) have a balanced budget, (2) protect public safety,(3) maintain the infrastructure and (4) comply with all Federal and State laws and agencies that enforce them and enforce their local laws. These items are not listed as priorities for the vision or sub-areas of this strategic plan. If this plan ...
City Council Summary: 8/15/22
August 24th, 2022
City Council Regular Meeting Summary: 08/15/2022Roll Call: All members presentProclamations: Proclamation to Honor Charlotte BergCity Manager Oath of OfficeAdolfo Bailon sworn into office.Emerging IssuesAssociation of Washington Cities Board and Commission RecruitmentsAWC is recruiting staff and elected officials to serve on various committee’s.AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation ...
City Council Summary: 8/1/22
August 18th, 2022
City Council Regular Meeting Summary: 08/01/2022Roll Call: All members present except Hugo Garcia (excused)Proclamations: Guatemala DayPresentationsDigital Main Street Program - Economic DevelopmentDigital Empowerment for Burien Businesses, to assist business that struggle due to lack of a digital presence.Creation of digital business directory - “Burien Digital Main Street” - highlighting Burien ...
City Council Summary: 7/18/22
August 16th, 2022
Summary of the Regular City Council Meeting on 7/18/22...
Remembering Earnest Thompson
August 16th, 2022
By Ruth Storkel: Here in Normandy Park we are mourning the loss of city councilman, Earnest Thompson, who passed away August 1, 2022. We offer our sincere condolences to the Thompson family. We want to tell you we appreciate the time and energy Earnest contributed to making this city a truly great place to live! Good city council members are “watchman on the wall” for our cities. They work diligen...
Welcome Reception for New City Manager of Burien Tonight
August 15th, 2022
There will be a welcome reception tonight (8/15/22) at 6pm in the Burien City Council Chambers. Adolfo Bailan, selected by the Burien City Council in June, will be sworn in and available to meet Burien residents afterwards. Following the reception will be a City Council Meeting.......
Road Repair on 152nd and 4th Ave in Downtown Burien Today
August 15th, 2022
The City of Burien warned residents via Facebook that there would be construction on 4th Avenue through Monday August 15th. The repairs will take place just south of 152nd Street. Heavy congestion and traffic delays should be expected.......
August Primary Election Early Results
August 3rd, 2022
On August 2nd ballots were due for the primary election. Although official results won't be published for a couple of weeks, the unofficial results can sometimes give an indication of how people voted.The King County Election results page will be updated daily with new vote counts. The first published unofficial results can be found here.Roughly 20% of the ballots have been counted so far. The fol...
Burien Police Department Pursues and Arrests Bank Robbery Suspect
July 29th, 2022
On July 28th, the Burien Police Department pursued and arrested a suspect in a bank robbery. Officers responded quickly and took the suspect into custody at the Burien Library.The following is from the Burien Police Departments facebook page:"Yesterday, a man entered one of our local banks and demanded money from the teller.  He got his cash and walked outside, thinking he was going to make a quic...
Burien Community Center Opens July 26-28 as Cooling Center
July 27th, 2022
The City of Burien has opened the Community Center for residents to cool off during this week's hot weather.The following is from the City of Burien website:The City of Burien is opening the Burien Community Center to operate as a cooling center.Find bus routes to Burien city facilities on King County Metro website. Buses are air conditioned and fare will be waived for people traveling to cooling ...
US Senate Candidate Tiffany Smiley on Helping Burien Thrive
July 18th, 2022
By Martin Barrett Tiffany Smiley is currently a candidate for US Senate representing Washington State. We had a chance to talk with her during a recent stop she made in Burien. The Gem of the Sound is focused on Burien so we asked her this question, “What policies and changes do you intend to promote should you become the next Senator for Washington State, that will specifically help small towns l...
Community Emergency Response Team Training
July 14th, 2022
Burien, Tukwila, and Des Moines will be doing CERT training this September and October (2022). Below is a flyer for the event. Type your new text here.......
Burien Library Opens Today
July 11th, 2022
Let’s go to the library!”  That was a favorite suggestion in my family while I was growing up.  And I have never stopped loving libraries!Early on, I remember checking out books from the school library: Laura Ingalls Wilder stories (and many others)…fascinating! Then in rural Eastern Oregon on the farm, the Bookmobile came monthly for those farm folks who didn’t get into town often. Eventually we...
Strategic Planning in Burien
July 9th, 2022
By Martin Barrett Once Again it is About Public SafetyIn 2016 the Burien City Council adopted a four-year strategic plan, (click for an expanded explanation).The priorities identified: To promote public safety and crime prevention.Steward the city’s basic infrastructure, making sure it is safe and maintained to standard. Promote a thriving local business community and a positive community spirit.O...
City Council Special Meeting Summary: 6/27/22
July 5th, 2022
A Special Meeting was held on June 27, to provide an update on the City Manager hiring contract. The contract was complete and was presented to the Council, however since it was not distributed via email in time for the meeting, the motion had to be made to schedule the Mayor's signing to a future meeting, scheduled for June 30. Adolfo Bailon had signed the contract prior to this meeting.A separat...
Burien City Council Votes to Approve Contract for City Manager
July 1st, 2022
The Burien City Council voted to approve the contract for the new city manager, Adolfo Bailon during the meeting on June 30th, 2022.The following statement is from a press release, found here:"The City of Burien conducted a national search, receiving more than 50 applications from a diverse set of candidates. The City Council sought community feedback on what both the community and City staff want...
June 30th, 2022
By Martin Barrett In Congress, July 4, 1776The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a dece...
City Council Summary: 6/21/2022
June 27th, 2022
Roll Call: All members present, J. Matta not present for roll call, but joined Zoom call during first presentation.Proclamations: NonePresentationsWA DOT SR-509 Improvements ProjectPuget Sound Gateway Program consists of SR 167 and SR 509 Completion projects. Program established in 2018 to merge the two projects.INFRA Grant and Move Ahead WA funding awarded.Stage 1A – SR 99 Bridge near S 208th St....
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