News & Announcements

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New Temporary Sign Regulations Reflect Community Input
09/04/2019
The City’s temporary sign regulations have been updated. The City’s permanent sign rules were not changed. A 90-day grace period was given to businesses to comply with the new regulations. Code enforcement on the new rules is allowed to begin on September 9, 2019.
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Susan McLain and Lorraine Chachere Join City of Burien
Susan McLain and Lorraine Chachere Join City of Burien
08/26/2019
Susan McLain Selected to be New Community Development Director; Lorraine Chachere Selected to be New Economic Development Specialist
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Urban Center Plan, Climate Action Plan, Enhanced Services Facilities, New Advisory Board Members
08/22/2019
Council discussed an arts and cultural district in Burien, selected new advisory board members, heard an update on the urban center plan, extended a moratorium on the siting of enhanced services facilities in Burien, discussed a climate action plan, and more.
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The Burien Town Square Fountain has Reopened
The Fountain has Been Reopened to the Public
08/22/2019
Burien’s Town Square Fountain has reopened to the public after repairs to the electrical system were completed. The fountain will remain open until October.
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Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance
The Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Takes Effect on January 1, 2020
08/21/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The Burien City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on January 7, 2019 to ban carryout plastic bags in restaurants and retail establishments. The ordinance and ban will take effect on January 1, 2020, giving Burien businesses time to use their current stock of plastic bags.
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Drone Monitoring to Measure Effectiveness of Beach Restoration Projects Scheduled
08/21/2019
To assess the effectiveness of beach restoration projects in restoring former forage fish spawning habitat, Coastal Geology will be using a drone to conduct monitoring work at Seahurst Park August 28–30.
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Rental Housing Policy
SCORE Jail, Burien Police Officer Honored, Mercado Update, Peter Western Bridge Update, Rental Housing Policy, VISION 2050
08/09/2019
Council heard an update on SCORE jail, recognized Burien Police Sgt. Chad Myers, and discussed a "mercado", Peter Western Bridge Construction, Burien Fire Department, rental housing policy, the Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050, and more.
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Peter Western Bridge.
Hamilton Construction Company to Build Peter Western Bridge
07/30/2019
Hamilton Construction Company has been awarded through a competitive bid process the contract to construct the new Peter Western Bridge. Construction will begin end of August and be completed by the end of 2020
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Community Invited to Help Update City’s Plan to Reduce Harm from Major Hazards
07/30/2019
The City of Burien is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan to reduce harm from potential hazards such as landslides and earthquakes. The community is invited to provide feedback about what hazards you see in Burien.
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Businesses Invited to Attend Discussion on Proposed Compostable Food Service Product Requirements
07/17/2019
The Burien City Council is discussing a potential law that would require all food service products in the City of Burien to be made of compostable materials due to concerns about the effects of plastics on the natural environment. The Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) invites Burien businesses to a roundtable discussion on the draft legislation.
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July 4th Holiday, Town Square Fountain, Strategic Communications Plan, Staffing Changes, Mercado, Solid Waste Plan
07/17/2019
Council discussed a Port of Seattle community fund, a strategic communications plan, the July 4th holiday, staffing changes, site options for a vendor market (“mercado”), investments into affordable housing, and more.
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Public Meeting on Sea-Tac Airport Impact Study July 24 at Tyee High School
07/17/2019
The Department of Commerce’s Sea-Tac Airport Impact Study project team is an open house on July 24 to gain public input on plans to study and inventory environmental, social, and economic impacts of the Sea-Tac Airport on the surrounding communities.
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Unforeseen Issues Delay Re-opening of Town Square Fountain
07/15/2019
As repair work for the Town Square Fountain progresses, unforeseen issues have occurred. At this time, we cannot commit to an open date. To help Burien’s youngest residents have fun and cool off during this summer’s hottest days, sprinklers will be turned on at Lake Burien Memorial Park Mondays and Fridays, 2–4 p.m. when temperature rises above 75 degrees.
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S 144th Way Improvements Begin
07/12/2019
S 144th Way is being re-aligned between Des Moines Memorial Drive and the cold storage warehouses. Construction begins July 15 and will continue until the end of the year.
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Earthquake a Reminder to Make Sure You’re Prepared
07/12/2019
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck at Three Lakes, Washington and shook much of our region. As of now, no significant impacts or damages have been reported within King County.
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Fireworks are Banned
Call 911 to Report Fireworks Violation
07/03/2019
The possession and discharging of all fireworks is banned in the City of Burien. To report a fireworks violation, please call 911.
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StormFest Worker
Camping and Unauthorized Use of Parks, Community Center update, StormFest, Spray Park, Micro-enterprise support
07/03/2019
Council discussed the pilot program to address camping and unauthorized use of parks, StormFest, and climate change.
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Join a Discussion about Burien's Urban Center
06/14/2019
On Thursday, June 27, the City of Burien invites you to join a discussion about a shared community vision for Burien’s Urban Center at an open house at Angelo’s of Burien.
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Add Your Voice to the Storm Drainage Master Plan
06/06/2019
The City of Burien is updating the Storm Drainage Master Plan, which was last published in 2012. The plan will guide where the City focuses its efforts to reduce urban flooding and protect water quality in Miller Creek, Salmon Creek, and Puget Sound.
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Pilot Program to Regulate Unauthorized Use of Burien Parks and Facilities, EMS Levy, Sign Code, Fireworks, Long-Range Financial Plan
06/04/2019
Council discussed progress on the pilot four-month program to regulate unauthorized use of Burien parks and facilities, passed a resolution supporting the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services levy, approved revisions to the zoning code regulating temporary signs in Burien, discussed long-range financial plan scenarios, and heard alternatives to the current fireworks prohibition.
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Algal Toxin Found in Lake Burien Water Sample
06/04/2019
An algal toxin was found in a water quality sample collected from Lake Burien on May 31. Public Health recommends that people and pets do not swim in the lake, drink lake water, or engage in other water-contact activities.
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Chris Craig to Lead Economic Development for the City of Burien
05/29/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Chris Craig has been selected to lead economic development for the City of Burien.
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Join a Community Conversation about Rental Housing Policies
05/24/2019
The City of Burien is hosting a follow up community meeting on June 20 on proposed rental housing policies and a rental inspection program. City of Burien staff will present a summary of the proposed policies and ask for community feedback. The proposed policies will reflect revisions based on feedback received during previous community meetings.
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Sign Code, Transportation Improvement Program, Initiative 976, Burien First Fridays
05/23/2019
Council discussed amendments to Burien’s sign code, updates to the Transportation Improvement Program, passed a resolution opposing Initiative 976, and heard a presentation about Burien First Fridays.
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Statement from City Manager
05/20/2019
Response from City Manager Wilson to residents expressing concerns about how the City is serving those living unsheltered in our community, and about tents and camping in Burien parks and the effect this has on the health and safety of our parks.
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Burien Town Square Fountain
Burien's Town Square Fountain Under Repair
05/09/2019
The Town Square Fountain will have a delayed opening due to sustained substantial water damage in the control vault and the fountain’s electrical system. Parks Department staff are working quickly to secure repair services and seek replacement of electrical components.
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PRIDE and National Police week, 9th Circuit Boise Decision, City Response to Camping in Parks
05/08/2019
Council issued two proclamations, discussed a proposed plan for addressing camping in parks and homelessness, and appointed members to the Burien Airport Committee and Planning Commission.
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Burien Addresses Camping in Parks
Pilot Program to Connect Unsheltered to Services
05/01/2019
On May 6, 2019, the City of Burien announced a new approach to addressing unauthorized use of Burien parks and facilities. In an effort to make everyone feel welcome and safe in Burien parks, City staff and Burien Police will be taking a compassionate, collaborative, and legal approach to prevent camping and encampments, that complies with the Martin v Boise decision.
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Celebrate Burien’s Urban Forest by Sharing a #TreeSelfie
Celebrate Burien’s Urban Forest by Sharing a #TreeSelfie
05/01/2019
Burien is holding a #TreeSelfie photo contest, where one lucky individual will win $25 if they correctly identify a tree in their neighborhood and let us know!
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Urban Center Plan, Housing Policy, Community Center
04/25/2019
Council discussed during a study session the results of the urban center planning workshop and survey, gave direction on options for future housing policy discussions, and continued a discussion on a new community center.
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Deputy Mayor Austin Bell proclaiming May 13 -17 as Affordable Housing Week
Advisory Board Appointments, Affordable Housing Week, LEAD, Comprehensive Plan, StART
04/17/2019
Council made advisory board appointments, issues a proclamation in support of Affordable Housing Week, heard a presentation about the Burien Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, and more.
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Volunteer for Community Event to Celebrate Earth Day
04/15/2019
With Earth Day just around the corner, there are many opportunities to help protect Burien’s environment.
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Burien Community Development Director Charles “Chip” Davis Retires
04/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Charles “Chip” Davis, Burien Community Development Director, has announced his retirement after 40+ years of public service. His last day will be May 31, 2019.
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Cynthia Upthegrove and Mayor Jimmy Matta.
Police Services Annual Report, General Fund Forecasts, Proclamations, and Comprehensive Plan
04/03/2019
Council approved updates to the Shoreline Master Program, discussed forecasts for the General Fund, heard presentation on the 2018 Police Services Annual Report, and discussed proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.
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Budget Forecasts, Website Improvements, and Single-Use Plastics
03/28/2019
Council heard presentations and discussed budget forecasts, website improvements, and possible restrictions on single-use plastics.
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Apply to be on the Burien Planning Commission
03/25/2019
The City of Burien is accepting applications for three open positions on the Planning Commission.
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Seahurst Shoreline
Support for State Housing and Essential Needs Funding, Construction Codes for Alleys, Shoreline Master Program, and Noise Ordinance
03/21/2019
Support for State Housing and Essential Needs Funding, Construction Codes for Alleys, Shoreline Master Program, and Noise Ordinance
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Apply for Position on Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table
03/21/2019
Apply for Position on Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table
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Share Your Vision of Burien’s Urban Center
03/19/2019
What will Burien's downtown and urban center be like 5, 10, or 20 years from now? Tell us what you think by taking a survey.
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Mayor proclamation
Citizen of the Year, Community Court, Human Services Commission Report, Enhanced Services Facilities
03/08/2019
Council received updates on Community Court, the City’s human services program, and animal control services. The Council also presented two proclamations, selected the 2018 Burien Citizen of the Year, and issued a short-term moratorium on permitting of Enhanced Services Facilities in Burien.
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Economic Development, Burien Airport Committee, Emergency Services Update
03/01/2019
Council appointed four people to the Burien Airport Committee, signed letters of support for state legislative bills calling for the siting of a second commercial aviation facility in western Washington, and discussed economic development on SW 153rd St.
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Sign Code Update Open House.
Learn about Updates to City Sign Code at Open Houses
02/20/2019
Come to an open house to learn about updates to the City’s code for temporary signs such as A-boards, banners, campaign signs, etc.
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Community Invited to Share Vision for Burien’s Urban Center
02/20/2019
Come to a workshop to help establish a vision for Burien’s mixed use, regional urban center with housing, employment, transportation options, and services.
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Community Invited to Participate in Conversation about Rental Housing Policies
02/15/2019
The community is invited to share their vision of how safe, quality, habitable, and affordable housing looks like in Burien, and how potential tenant protections could affect both renters and landlords in Burien.
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Proclamation
Sea-Tac Airport, Tenant Protections, Human Trafficking
02/01/2019
Council discussed several resolutions regarding impacts of Burien’s proximity to Sea-Tac Airport, issued a proclamation against human trafficking, and received an update on an upcoming discussion of tenant protection policies.
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King County District Court and City of Burien Partner to Bring Innovative, Problem-solving Court to South King County
01/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: King County District Court and the City of Burien are collaborating to implement a “community court” in Burien. Scheduled to launch February 25, 2019, the alternative, problem-solving court will differ from traditional courts by seeking to identify and address the underlying challenges of court participants that may contribute to further criminal activity.
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Plastic Bag Ban, Sea-Tac Airport, Deputy Mayor Election
01/08/2019
Council debated the election of a new deputy mayor and discussed issues related to Sea-Tac International Airport. Council also adopted an ordinance to restrict the use and sale of single-use plastic bags.
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DNR staff examine logs on beach. DNR staff examine logs on beach. Photo credit: Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Department of Natural Resources to Remove Creosote-Treated Logs from Seahurst Park
01/03/2019
Starting this January, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be removing creosote-treated logs that have washed up on the beach at Seahurst Park.
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Seeking Applicants for 20 Open Citizen Advisory Board Positions
01/03/2019
Apply for one of the 20 open citizen advisory board positions.
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Take a Short Survey about the City Website
12/21/2018
The City of Burien is evaluating the City website and we want to hear from you!
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Budget, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Contracts and Revenues, Plastic Bag Ban
12/20/2018
Council approved the 2019–2020 budget, approved the 2018 Comprehensive Plan amendments, discussed contracts and revenue, and discussed a potential ban on plastic bags.
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Hotel Developer Selected for Downtown Burien
12/20/2018
NEWS RELEASE: On December 3, 2018 the Burien City Council selected Hotel Concepts as the buyer and developer of a City-owned parcel. The winning proposal includes a 140-guest room hotel and approximately 100 units of multifamily development.
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BCC Closure
Burien Community Center Closure and Holiday Hours
12/17/2018
Due to scheduled facility maintenance and the holidays, the Burien Community Center will be closed December 17–21.
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Hotel, Poet-in-Residence, Budget, Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan Amendments
12/06/2018
Council discussed hotel developer, business licensing and B&O tax code updates, budget, zoning code amendments, and Comprehensive Plan amendments.
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Joint Human Services and Planning Commissions Study Session on Spectrum of Housing Policies
11/29/2018
Learn more about housing policies that support Burien as a safe, healthy, and affordable community of opportunity for people of all income levels.
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Council presentation.
Hotel, Financial Forecast, Gun Safety, and Economic Development
11/29/2018
Council heard presentations from potential hotel developers and interviewed the developer teams. They also heard presentations on long-term financial forecasts, regional gun safety initiatives and measures, and local economic development efforts.
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People planting a tree.
Accepting Nominations for Citizen of the Year!
11/29/2018
Do you know someone who has improved the quality of life in Burien? Do you know of a program or organization that has helped others in the community? Nominate them for the Burien City Council’s Citizen of the Year!
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Statement from the City Manager Regarding Fox Cove Apartments
11/20/2018
Statement from City Manager Brian J. Wilson regarding Fox Cove Apartments.
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Budget, Wireless Services Zoning Code Amendment, and South King Housing and Homelessness Partners Consortium
11/20/2018
Council discussed their budget priorities and the merits of an interlocal agreement with the South King Housing & Homeless Partners (SKHHP) Consortium to address housing and homelessness.
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Hotel, Tenant Protections, Budget, Public Safety
11/07/2018
Council received an update on the hotel development opportunity, a new tenant protections initiative, and options for enhancing public safety. Council also discussed the proposed 2019–2020 budget.
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Burien Businesses Invited to Take Survey
10/29/2018
The City of Burien is conducting a comprehensive business survey to better serve our businesses and ensure their success.
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Study session.
Recology, 2019–20 Budget, LEAD and Community Court, Legislative Agendas
10/24/2018
Council discussed amendments to the Recology CleanScapes contract, state and federal legislative priorities, LEAD and Community Court programs, 2019–2020 Preliminary Budget, and appointments to the National League of Cities and Sound Cities Association. The discussion of options to enhance public safety was postponed.
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Program Supports Healthy Urban Forests
10/24/2018
Community invited to open house to learn more about the Green Cities Partnership Program, a collaboration between Forterra, city governments, community organizations, and city residents to support care for trees in forested parks, natural areas, neighborhoods, and other spaces throughout the region.
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Burien City Council.
Tenant Protections, Budget, LEAD and Community Court
10/19/2018
Welcome to the first Council Roundup. The purpose of this new communication is to provide a timely summary of Council meetings and include links to additional supporting information about Council decisions.
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Periodic Review of Shoreline Master Program
10/01/2018
The City of Burien is conducting a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program as required every eight years by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act.
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Statement from Burien City Manager Brian J. Wilson
09/27/2018
Despite trends that show crime is going down, recent events have shown that City, County, and regional leaders need to come together to address the unacceptable violence that is harming our community. The City of Burien is taking immediate steps to protect our community while at the same time investing in long-term solutions.
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City of Burien Seeks Proposals from Hotel Developers
09/19/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is seeking proposals from hotel developers for the construction of a hotel on City-owned land in downtown Burien.
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Burien Businesses Invited to Weigh in on Potential Ban of Single Use Plastic Bags
09/18/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) is hosting a business roundtable to get feedback from Burien businesses about a potential ban on single use plastic bags in favor of paper bags or reusable bags.
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Verizon Withdraws Small Cell Permit Application in Lake Burien Area
09/14/2018
The City of Burien received notice from Verizon Wireless that they are withdrawing their application for installation of a small cellular network in the area of Lake Burien
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New Wayfinding Signs Point Visitors to Downtown Burien Shopping and Amenities
09/07/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is installing a new wayfinding system that directs both residents and visitors to downtown shopping, services, and amenities.
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Community Invited to Weigh in on 2019-2020 Proposed City Budget
09/05/2018
The community is invited to learn about the budget and tell us what programs and services matter most to you. Attend a community meeting where you can get a quick course in how a city budget is prepared and then provide your feedback on what matters most to you.
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Cathy Schrock New Administrative Services Director
09/04/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien has hired Cathy Schrock to serve as the City’s Administrative Services Director. Her first day was August 20, 2018.
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Family Fun Run Canceled
08/21/2018
The Family Fun Run has been canceled.
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Road Work Begins in Seahurst and Chelsea Park Neighborhoods, Tuesday, August 21 at 7 a.m.
08/20/2018
Slurry seal work is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, August 21, with road closures beginning at 7 a.m. Actual work begins at 8 a.m.
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Mayor Jimmy Matta Comments on the Physical and Verbal Assault Against Him on July 21, 2018
07/23/2018
At 2 p.m. on July 23, City of Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta will hold a press conference regarding the verbal and physical assault that occurred against him this weekend.
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Request for Proposals for Urban Center Plan
07/23/2018
The City of Burien is requesting proposals from qualified professional consulting firms who can assist the City in drafting a subarea plan for the Burien Regional Growth Center.
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Major road work begins on July 18 on Des Moines Memorial Drive
07/19/2018
Major road work begins on Des Moines Memorial Drive on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 a.m. There will be lane restrictions and short duration road closures at various times of the day.
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Eric Christensen to be New Finance Director
07/10/2018
City Manager Brian J. Wilson selected Eric Christensen to be Burien’s next Finance Director. His first day was June 25.
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Eagle Landing Stairs
Community Meeting About Eagle Landing Park Stairway
07/03/2018
The community is invited to a public meeting to discuss the City of Burien’s recommendations for the future of the Eagle Landing Park Stairway.
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Pavement Management Program Improves City Streets
06/29/2018
The City of Burien will be out this summer applying slurry seal and asphalt overlay in three areas of Burien: Chelsea Park area, north Seahurst area, and a small section of Des Moines Memorial Drive S.
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City of Burien Reminds Residents That Fireworks Are Not Legal in City Limits
06/25/2018
NEWS RELEASE: As the July 4th holiday rapidly approaches, the City of Burien urges residents to comply with Burien’s ban on fireworks within city limits. The Burien Police Department has scheduled extra officers who will specifically be assigned to enforce violations of the fireworks ordinance.
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Take the Community Survey
City of Burien Survey to Gather Feedback from Residents and Businesses
06/04/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is conducting a survey to find out what residents think about our city and city services. The City of Burien does this survey every other year in order to help make decisions on issues that are important to the community.
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Jessica Sullivan Selected to be Captain of the Burien Police Department
05/23/2018
NEWS RELEASE: Captain Jessica Sullivan has been selected to be the Burien Police Department’s next Captain. Her first day will be June 16, 2018.
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Welcome to the New Website!
New Website Offers New Tools for Accessing City Services
05/15/2018
Welcome to the new City of Burien website! We are pleased to offer a new and improved online experience for residents, businesses, and visitors to our community. We will be continuing to enhance, add on, and roll out new features over the next year.
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Transportation Improvement Plan Public Hearing
05/14/2018
A public hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 21, 2018 regarding the proposed 2019–2024 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
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Captain Theodore Boe Selected to be Burien’s Next Police Chief
04/17/2018
NEWS RELEASE: Captain Theodore Boe Selected to be Burien’s Next Police Chief City Manager Brian Wilson Selects Theodore Boe to be Burien’s Next Police Chief after Robust Community Engagement Process
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City of Burien Hosts New Art Exhibits in Downtown Burien
04/10/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien, in partnership with The Maverick Apartments and Merrill Gardens Senior Living at Burien, are currently presenting the works of Kathleen Skeels and Roxanne G. Fawcett until the end of June 2018.
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Town Hall Meeting
City of Burien Hosts Town Hall for Youth Engagement and Community Safety
04/04/2018
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is inviting the community to a town hall discussion on how to engage youth and enhance community safety.
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Meet the Candidates for Burien Police Chief
04/03/2018
Community invited to meet, ask questions, and provide comments about Burien Police Chief candidates
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City of Burien Responds to Death of Teens Killed in Burien Last Night
03/29/2018
NEWS RELEASE: On March 28, 2018, two young women lost their lives in a shooting at the 13700 block of Ambaum Blvd SW. The King County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release earlier today detailing the status of the investigation.
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City Manager Seeks Community Feedback about Police Services and Leadership
03/14/2018
NEWS RELEASE: Public meetings and an online survey provide opportunities for public engagement.
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Para los Niños named Burien’s 2018 Citizen of the Year
03/14/2018
NEWS RELEASE: On March 5, 2018, the Burien City Council selected the nonprofit organization Para los Niños as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. The Council received 14 submissions, the most nominations the City has ever received for the award.
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Happy Birthday, Burien!
02/28/2018
Burien’s having a birthday! Join us in celebrating Burien’s 25th anniversary of incorporation.
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Information on 2018 property taxes
02/13/2018
The King County Assessor's Office announced the new property tax rates for King County. What does this mean for Burien?
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City of Burien Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Incorporation
01/23/2018
City partnerships with community organizations part of a year-long celebration
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