City Government

This Wednesday, the city of Burien sent out a newsletter to its approximately 48,000 residents and on the front page of that newsletter, it failed to list me as a candidate for council.

The information for who is running in the Council election comes directly from the King County Elections website. So I find it strange that my name was excluded from the list shown in the city newsletter. When I called the city for an explanation, they couldn't explain why this error had occurred and they did refuse to send out a mailing correction for their error.

Now the dilemma here is that the city does not consider the blogs to be valid media sources so they are only willing to correct their error in the Highline Times and on the city website.

If we are to believe the city's surveys, only 20 percent of the Burien citizens get their information from the Highline Times and only 33 percent of Burien citizens have a computer that they get their information from.

06/16/2013
Martin bailing out of Burien

Burien City Manager Mike Martin is leaving for Lynden, not Lakewood.

Martin had been among six finalists for the city manager job In Lakewood, south of Tacoma in Pierce County.

But Martin confirmed Friday to the Highline Times that he plans to take the city administrator position in Lynden.

He said the position is “not a done deal” but expects it to be finalized by next week.

With a 2010 census population of 11,978, Lynden is considerably smaller than Burien, which has 45,000 residents. It is located five miles south of the Canadian border in Whatcom County and 15 miles north of Bellingham.

Instead of a Wild Strawberry Festival, Lynden holds a Raspberry Festival the third weekend of July and the Northwest Washington Fair in August.

The town lies in a broad valley filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry farms.

Lynden pays homage to its Dutch heritage with some businesses sporting a Dutch/Eurpoean theme, complete with windmills.

Martin faced an uncertain employment future in Burien. Three of seven council members gave him the lowest rating possible in his latest annual evaluation.

06/14/2013

Update: The ad hoc committee was tasked with trying to resolve four areas of contention between the city of Burien's originally submitted Shoreline Master Program and the state Department of Ecology. One of these areas was the buffer and setback requirements for the marine shoreline. The city and DOE had already agreed on the Lake Burien setbacks.

Here is our previous coverage

Yet another hitch appeared June 3 as Burien lawmakers appeared ready to approve a compromise shoreline master plan and resubmit it to the state Department of Ecology (DOE).

Three Burien council members voiced concern the compromise granted more lenient conditions for Puget Sound property owners over Lake Burien residents.

But the prospect of dragging the five-year-long process along for even one more council meeting caused two of the three dissenters to decide to approve the plan in hopes it may be amended later.

Councilmember Rose Clark commented that while the council has focused on the Lake Burien and marine properties shore plan, “the rest of the city has been ignored.”

The vote was 6-1 with Councilmember Jack Block Jr. the lone dissenter.

06/13/2013
City of Burien plans to buy as part of redevelopment project

Press release:

The Board of Directors (the "Board") of Highline School District No. 401 (the "School District") intends to hold a hearing on June 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Highline School District ERAC building; 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W., Burien, WA.

The purposes of the hearing will be (a) to declare a portion of real property located at 1010 S. 146th St., in the City of Burien, County of King, Washington (the "Property"), as surplus because it is neither necessary for nor required for school purposes, and (b) to authorize the sale of the Property to the City of Burien pursuant to Chapter 39.33 RCW, the Intergovernmental Disposition of Property Act.

The proposed use of the Property is for development of the Northeast Redevelopment Area (“NERA”).

The Property is legally described as follows:
That portion of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter lying northwesterly of S. 144th Way and northerly of S. 146th Street.

06/05/2013

SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs press release:

Today the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative takes a major step forward as supporters will file more than 2,500 signatures and call on the city to place the initiative on the November 2013 ballot. Only 1,541 valid signatures are required to qualify the measure in the city.

It took airport workers and their community supporters less than 4 weeks of door-to-door canvassing to collect the signatures. The signature total represents nearly half of all SeaTac residents who voted in the 2011 general election.

Workers and their supporters will deliver their signatures to the SeaTac City Clerk’s office with the help of a marching band, balloons and celebratory signs.

“Today we celebrate in SeaTac. Filing the initiative shows how the community is coming together in its care and concern for one another. When working families can be paid properly and thrive, our whole community benefits,” said Rev. Jan Bolerjack, pastor of Riverton Park United Methodist Church.

06/05/2013
Withdrawals in Highline cities leave fewer primary battles

Barring a successful general election write-in campaign, the SeaTac council majority will remain intact after the November election.

Mayor Tony Anderson will run unopposed for his council seat. His opponent, Suber Adam, withdrew this week after filing to run against Anderson.

Mayor Anderson often votes with Deputy Mayor Mia Gregerson and council members Barry Ladenburg and Dave Bush on controversial issues. Councilwoman Terry Anderson, who has served on the council since SeaTac incorporated, often votes with council members Rick Forschler and Pam Fernald.

Gregerson, Ladenburg, Bush and Terry Anderson won election in 2011.

Forschler, Kathryn Campbell and Othman Heibe will face off in the Aug. 6 primary election. The top two will go on to the Nov. 5 general election.

Fernald and her opponent, Joe Van have a bye until the November election.

Adding additional spice to the general election could be a proposed initiative to set wage and working conditions for some airport and hospitality workers around Sea-Tac Airport.

05/22/2013

Press release:
My name is Chuck Rangel. My wife and I moved from Chicago to the Seattle area over thirty-seven years ago. We chose Burien because it had everything that we were looking for – many family friendly neighborhoods, great park facilities and an active center business core. We successfully raised five children in this environment. I believe Burien STILL has that opportunity available to many families who want to do the same thing – raise their families in a great small town.
In my thirty-seven years here I have been active and involved with many of the Burien “communities” – President of The Burien Jaycees, baseball coach of the Burien American Legion team and treasurer of the Burien Little Theater. I am Hispanic American and who served proudly in the US Army during the Viet Nam era.

05/22/2013

I want to thank the media for giving me this opportunity to comment about why I withdrew from the Burien City Council election.

Also, I want to thank the friends and neighbors who encouraged me to run for the council. It is always flattering to have citizens and friends tell you that you would be the right person to serve the city and their rights and interests in the city.

I decided to file for this election because until late Friday it looked like Rose Clark was going to run unopposed for the Burien City Council. I feel very strongly that new blood is needed on the Burien City Council.

Burien now has a situation in which the majority of the city council members have taken control of our city’s government and they have promoted some financially ill advised ventures such as the annexation of Area Y/White Center and spending into the city’s cash reserves.

05/22/2013

Press Release:

May 20 was kick-off day for a four-week campaign to raise funds for the Faith Callahan Memorial Swim Lesson Scholarship Fund.

The fund pays for swimming lessons for children who live in low-income households in the Des Moines community.

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation, the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District and the Mount Rainier Pool have joined together to raise funds for the summer swim lesson program. These groups share a core value of sustaining a water-safe environment for all citizens.

Nine Americans drown every day and three of them are children. Most never learned how to swim. One of the goals of the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District is to assure that no child in the district ever be one of those statistics because they didn’t have an opportunity to learn to swim.

The swim scholarship program was named in honor of Faith Callahan. She had been a life-long supporter of the Mount Rainier Pool and in her 106 years recognized the importance of water safety, exercise and swimming, in particular.

05/22/2013

Press release:

On September 29th, of last year, a suspect accosted and attempted to abduct a 10-year-old child at the Albertson’s at South 128th Street and 1st Avenue South in Burien.

Albertson’s employees, becoming aware of a commotion, intervened and successfully rescued the child and after a struggle, detained the suspect pending the arrival of the police.

On May 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer will honor the employee’s with the King County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award is the Sheriff’s Office 7th highest award conferred on an individual or group who demonstrate extremely meritorious dedication.

Please join Chief Kimerer and the Burien City Council when they acknowledge these very deserv