City Government

Press release:

The City of SeaTac announces their receipt of a Community Transformation Grant (CTG), a federally funded initiative, which will support the upcoming station area planning effort surrounding the $383 million Sound Transit Angle Lake Light Rail Station, set to open in 2016.

The CTG grant will help fund the following planning projects for the City, to help guide the redevelopment of the area:

Angle Lake Station Area Plan Community Engagement Project ($28,000): The community engagement process will provide a conduit for the area’s diverse residential and business communities to voice their vision for how to increase opportunities for active transportation, recreation and access to healthy food within the Angle Lake Station Area.

Angle Lake Station Area Plan Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Study Project ($20,000): The study will assess pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the Angle Lake Station Area and will increase the City’s understanding of opportunities and deficiencies within the current pedestrian and bicycle networks throughout the station area.


The Burien Parks Department announced this week that Seahurst Park will close on Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day and remain closed through April 2014 for a major construction project that involves removal of the seawall in the northern section of the park, restoration of the natural beach and construction of a new fish ladder.

The announcement comes following approval by the state Legislature of the state budget, which includes $5.7 million for the Seahurst seawall removal. In addition, $3.9 million in funding is being made available through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A total of $9.6 million has now been secured from state and federal sources for the project and construction can now proceed, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Lafreniere told the Burien City Council at its meeting Monday, July 1.

The project will involve removal of the seawall and restoration of the beach to a more natural condition. The work will include all areas of the park along the shoreline, from the lower parking lot extending north.


Over the objections of Burien resident Chestine Edgar, the Highline School Board voted June 26 to negotiate a sale of the former Navos mental health center site to the city of Burien.

Burien wants to use a portion of the property to build a storm water facility for its Northeast Burien Redevelopment Area (NERA) project.

The old Sunny Terrace Elementary School is located at 1010 S. 146th St, near Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway. Navos occupied the 9.8-acre site from 1979 to Oct. 2012, before moving to its new facility at Southwest 136th Street and Ambaum Boulevard Southwest. The Sunny Terrace site is now vacant.

The site is within the NERA boundaries, which stretch from South 138th Street to South 152nd Street between 8th Avenue South and Des Moines Memorial Drive South.

Because it is next to the airport, the city and Port want to develop the area with warehouses and other airport-related industrial uses. Burien officials have also suggested new car dealerships along First Avenue South could move to an auto mall along Des Moines Drive.


I attended the School board meeting on June 26, 2013 and it was the first time I was allowed to view the information on the surplus school land sale to the City of Burien. What I found especially interesting was Rose Clark/Burien council member standing up and telling the School Board that the approval of this sale was time sensitive as the ground had to be broken for this storm water facility by the City of Burien by this fall.

I regularly attend and follow Council meetings and have never heard about the land deal, the monies that are available for it and how much Burien citizens will have to contribute to this developing this facility.

If this is so urgent of an issue, why hasn't it been discussed at any recent council meetings? Why hasn't there been open public disclosure on what is going on in NERA, and who will really be responsible for this storm water facility and the expense to develop it?

Please see the letter attached I submitted to the Highline School District School board at this meeting.

June 26, 2013
To: The Highline School District School Board/ Highline Schools

County Elections officially validates signatures for SeaTac initiative

The SeaTac City Council will take action on the jobs initiative on July 23.

The action will take place at the council's regular meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 4800 S. 188th St.

The public will be allowed to make comments at the start of the meeting. Because King County Elections has certified that the initiative petition received enough signatures, the council must place the measure on the November ballot or adopt it outright.

The council will also discuss the initiative at its study session July 9 at 4 p.m. The session at City Hall is open to the public. Public comment will be limited to a total of 10 minutes.

Here is our previous coverage:

Press release:

It's official: King County Elections has now certified that the SeaTac Jobs Initiative has met the required signature threshold, and after a public hearing by the SeaTac City Council next month, the initiative will head to the November ballot.

The initiative would set workforce standards for more than 6,000 low wage transportation and hospitality workers in SeaTac, including paid sick leave, a wage of $15/hour, and opportunities for full-time employment.


It’s official.

Burien City Manager Mike Martin submitted his resignation on Thursday, June 20. His last day on the job will be July 24.

He will become the city administrator in Lynden, reporting to an elected mayor. It is the same type of position he held in Kent before coming to Burien.

In Burien, Martin is chief executive of the city. He is overseen by an elected city council, which selects one of its members to serve as mayor. Burien Mayor Brian Bennett presides at council meetings and represents the city at ceremonial occasions.

While Burien’s population of 45,000 is considerably larger than Lynden’s 12,000 residents, Martin will supervise about the same number of employees.

Also, Lynden’s annual budget is larger than Burien’s. Lynden’s yearly budget is $55 million while Burien’s two-year budget is $72 million.

Martin says he has some suggestions to Burien lawmakers on the transition process, which he will present at the July 1 council meeting. The council is expected to appoint an interim city manager and wait until a new council is sworn in this January before making a permanent choice.


A Better Burien for Animals – take the survey!

My organization is Feral Cat Assistance and Trapping, my name is Pamela Staeheli. I would like for you to participate in taking this anonymous survey so that I can provide the Burien Council and candidates with community feedback through this survey. The Council might be revisiting the animal control contract sometime this year. The survey will help clarify what the community wants and provide the council with better information to make a decision.

Animal control service will also be important during this year’s local Burien elections where the voters of Burien will be electing four Burien council members. To help inform voters, each of the 12 candidates will be asked to take the survey and participate in an endorsement process.

Please support this effort by taking the survey, telling your friends and neighbors about the survey, and finding out about Burien candidates. We’ll post the results of the survey at several different locations.

Please click on the link below.

Pamela Staeheli


When one candidate running for a City Council position recently contacted the City of Burien about political booths for the Strawberry Festival, that candidate was told that no political campaigning promoting individuals, an issue or party was allowed from booths at the event. This was the city's policy. The only thing that political groups or individuals could do from the booths was to provide general information to educate the public on things like where to vote or how to register to vote.

However, Joey Martinez, the 33rd Dems, the 34th Dems and two potential Port Commissioners violated the city rules for the festival and directly distributed campaign materials for a specific candidate. None of these booths were registering voters or explaining rules for voting. City staff were at the festival and could easily have stopped this material from being handed out or closed the renter's booth down. They did nothing.


Press release:

Now it’s easier to hop on your bike, head into town and do your shopping at the local businesses.

We’ve just installed a couple dozen, sparkling new, custom-designed bike racks around town, through the collaborative efforts of WABI Burien and the City of Burien’s Parks and Public Works Departments. And there are more racks coming!

Come to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and give a big, happy shout-out with the rest of the community. These bike racks have been a long time coming and there’s cause for celebration.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m.
Place: 639 SW 152nd Street (Out in front of Bumbershoot Books)

There will be refreshments and giveaways. A FREE raffle. Discounts offered by local businesses. And plenty of applause and good feelings. (Ride your bike to the ribbon-cutting, wearing your helmet, and we’ll give you an extra raffle ticket.)

Locations for all the racks: Burien Bike Rack Map
Bike Rack Project Overview: Bike Racks for Burien
Details: ”All things Bike Rack”


The city of Burien has settled its lawsuit with the former developer of the Burien Town Square project. A new company will take over the three parcels that have not been developed.

Burien City Council members approved the settlement 6-0 on June 17 without any comment. Councilmember Joan McGilton was absent.

Under the settlement agreement, RECP/UP will sell the parcels back to Burien or Legacy Partners, the new developer chosen by the city. RECP/UP, includes the developer Urban Ventures Burien and a capital partner that jointly own the properties.

Burien will pay the repurchase price of $2.6 million plus $100,000 for planning and design expenses incurred by RECP/UP over the past year plus an additional $575,846.

It has been a long path to the settlement. Urban Ventures, now RECP/UP, completed the first phase of the Burien Town Square condominiums in 2009. The national economic downturn, especially as related to housing, deeply slowed the condo sales. Four years later, the condos are about 55 percent sold.

The undeveloped parcels are to the north of the condos and Burien City Hall/Burien Library.

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