City Government

I was viewing a recent meeting of the Burien City Council when everyone was discussing the viability of the environmental studies structure planned for Seahurst Park and realized that I had some concerns.

First of all, I have to say that I have known Georgette Valle practically my whole life and consider her a friend and have great respect for her contributions to local politics as a former city council member and a legislator in Olympia.


Is SeaTac the Grinch that stole Christmas from a genuine tree farm in the city?

SeaTac businessman Gene Fisher says this is probably the last holiday season he will be selling Christmas trees on his nearly two-acre tree farm at 2857 S. 152nd Street.

And he will offer only trees customers cut themselves on his unique urban lot. He won't be importing any pre-cut trees.

City regulations are one reason he's shutting down.

The city has strict ordinances on the size and number of directional signs businesses can display.


With monorail off Seattle's list of potential modes of mass transit, the remaining contenders to serve the western side of the city are streetcars, buses, and light rail.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club at the REI store downtown, the transit forum for about 100 featured a panel discussion by city officials, a state legislator and a journalist.

Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin talked about "bus rapid transit," which means buses traveling in bus-only lanes.


Ben Franklin said "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own a press." This truism is exemplified by the Herald's long-term "monorail at any cost" whining. I had hoped The Herald would have been capable of presenting some sort of journalism, in the form of unbiased presentation and analysis of the important issues.

Instead, ownership chose to present only one-sided project cheerleading and attacks on opponents. I don't recall seeing the Herald campaigning like this on any past issues. Even in articles written by Tim St.


After attending a King County hosted meeting on annexation of North Highline, it is obvious there is still a great deal of confusion among the residents of both areas.

If 90 percent of the Burien residents do not want Highline annexed to them as the Deputy Mayor stated, they had better step up to the plate and let the Burien City Council know, and quickly.

Many Burien residents think they can just vote no when the issue is placed on the ballot.


Seattle voters' defeat of the monorail is affecting the public debate over how the North Highline area should govern itself in the future.

Without the monorail tax, the cost of being a resident of Seattle is comparable to the tax expense of living in Burien.

North Highline residents have been comparing tax costs as they study which city the unincorporated area should join.

If the tax costs are about the same in Burien and Seattle, residents of North Highline ought to focus on what government services they want and which city can provide them, said Lisa Benson o


Last week, an important dignitary from the Republic of Korea visited Federal Way.

Jae-Joung Lee, a Vice Prime Minister in the Korean government, is spending the month of November touring the United States in his role as senior vice president of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification (ACDPU).

The ACDPU was founded in 1981 to mitigate the effects of the Korean War and the division of Korea into North and South.


Photo by Seth Bynum / Federal Way News

Jae-Joung Lee, right, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea discusses his nation's views on nuclear disarmament with Federal Way Mayor Dean McColgan and members of the city council. Vice Prime Minister Lee serves as the Senior Vice President of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification (ACDPU), which seeks to mitigate the effects of the Korean War and the division of Korea into North and South. Lee and his entourage visited western Washington to gather information on unification from Americans and Koreans living in the US.

Following last week's demise of the monorail, Mayor Greg Nickels ordered the Seattle Department of Transportation to conduct a transit study for West Seattle, Ballard and the rest of the western half of the city.

The study will compare buses, bus rapid transit, light rail and streetcars, said Patrice Gillespie Smith, Seattle Department of Transportation chief of staff. Neither subways nor monorail will be part of the new analysis, she said.

The study will consider transit that mingles with street traffic, such as buses.


In response to "House Meets Height Law" of Nov. 2.

The new "dream house" being built by Vassil Dimitrov on the water side of the 4200 Block of Beach Drive is now blocking the view of the water for most owners of condos and apartments across the street.

Contrary to Mr. Dimitrov's statement, how could any of us be happy with this four-story house?


The results of last week’s general election held good news for challengers and bad news for incumbents in several Highline-area city council races, especially in Burien.

Voters retired two Burien City Council members -- Mayor Noel Gibb, who was seeking election to a second term, and two-term Councilman Stephen Lamphear.

Gibb was defeated by Sue Blazak, a political newcomer who has been a long-time community activist.

Former Councilwoman Rose Clark, who lost a bid for re-election two years ago, defeated Lamphear.


Miss Burien 2005 Amelia Gilbert, left, hugs her little sister, Melody, who she had just crowned Miss Burien 2006. Photo by Seth Bynum

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