City Government

The city of Burien will hold its annual community meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Sylvester Middle School, 16222 Sylvester Rd. SW.

This event gives the public an opportunity to meet city council members, the city manager and other officials, ask questions, and learn about the latest city projects.

An open house at which displays will be available for viewing will be followed by a question-and-answer session from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Burien City Hall at 206-241-4647.


History has shown that incumbents in non-partisan races who get less than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election are very seldom elected in the general election.

This must be very distressing for Des Moines Councilwoman Maggie Steenrod, who got less than 37 percent in the primary.

Her election prospects only get worse when voters read her campaign claims closely.



SeaTac lawmakers decided Oct. 11 to replace a controversial 1997 agreement between the city of SeaTac and the Port of Seattle with a new 10-year pact.

In the 1997 Interlocal Agreement (ILA), the city agreed not to oppose the Port's plans to build a third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport.

The Port operates the airport.

In return, the Port set up a $10 million community mitigation fund for the city.


Times/News Correspondent

Des Moines council candidate Ed Pina said at a candidate's forum last week that, if elected, he will give budget priority to critical city services such as police and street improvements.

The former planning commission member spoke at the Oct.


Times/News Correspondent

A citizen initiated rezoning for townhouse development along Pacific Highway south of South 260th Street could increase congestion for Des Moines drivers if approved, city council members were told Oct. 13.

A large public response to the proposed development and unanswered questions about its impact prompted lawmakers to extend last week's public hearing to Nov.


Congratulations to Normandy Park! For the first time in many, many years, we have new candidates running for all three city council positions up for election on Nov. 8.

Usually our city council positions go uncontested, leaving us with long-term "career" council members. New voices and ideas are desperately needed.

The three candidates, Sonja Lindquist, David Hohimer and Jon Hardy, have young families and are therefore involved in the community and schools.


I appreciated the Herald's report (Oct. 12) that "all of the candidates" at a recent forum now accept what the common man has known for months: that a Yes I-912 vote sends State Route 99 plans "back to the drawing board." Praise be!

Back in 1996 the Washington Department of Transportation estimated a viaduct retrofit at $344 million and then again in 2001 at $720 million.


Dean Wong

It was not a pretty scene. A bus had exploded under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Part of the aging structure had collapsed on top of the bus and other cars. Injured people cried for help as they waited to be rescued.

Fortunately this was only an emergency exercise.



Western Towboat West Point escorts the Washington State Ferrry Kaleetan out of the Ballard Locks this summer.

To the editor:

City councilmember Jeanne Burbidge listens, cares and makes effective decisions. She evaluates all aspects of a situation, and then votes for an action which will benefit all residents of Federal Way. This has been her sensible and practical approach throughout her two terms on the City Council, and during her 2002-2003 term as mayor.

Such level-headed thinking is appreciated regionally, especially on the South County Area Transportation board where she served for eight years.


Alex Russell

A month after the completion of a new stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail, a local business owner still has safety concerns about the trail running along industrial Ballard.

"I don't want to see anybody get hurt but the problem is the the one that's going to get injured, and commerce, industry is going to get shut down," said Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil.

A central part of Aakervik's business is trucking fuel to his waterfront business.