News & Announcements

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CARES Act Dollars Expand Student Internet Access
09/14/2020
The City of Burien is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Comcast to connect up to 1,500 eligible Highline students in Burien with free internet for 12 months.
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King County Wastemobile Coming to Burien Fred Meyer
09/09/2020
King County Wastemobile will be at Burien Fred Meyer from September 18–20.
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Community Invited to Participate in Online Roundtable Discussion
09/08/2020
The Burien City Council is hosting a special council meeting on September 14, 2020 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on the topic of public safety. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Community members are invited to speak in small group roundtable discussions at the meeting.
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Annex Story Project.
Annex Story Project: The Magic That Happened Here
08/28/2020
The Highline Heritage Museum and City of Burien are launching a project to gather the history of the building known as Chelsea Park Elementary School/ Highline Community Center/ Burien Community Center/ and the Burien Annex.
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Public Safety, Climate Action Plan, Long-range Financial Forecast, Affordable Housing Funding
08/19/2020
Council approved an interlocal agreement to enhance Miller Creek, discussed a resolution to allocate funding for affordable housing, approved a contingency budget for the Burien Annex demolition project, discussed progress on climate action plan, and discussed process to engage the community in a conversation about public safety.
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City of Burien and Partners Canceling or Reimagining 2020 Community Events in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
08/13/2020
In compliance with the Washington State’s “Safe Start” plan, the following events are canceled or converted into virtual events through the rest of the year.
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Citizen of the Year, Annual Police Report, Community Safety, Census, Housing Action Plan
08/11/2020
Council selected the 2019 Citizen of the Year, discussed the 2020 Census, approved moving forward with the sale of a City-owned parking lot, extended the outdoor dining program, approved changes to Comprehensive Plan docketing procedure, and discussed police services and a community safety public engagement process.
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Burien Annex Demolition Project. Picture of Burien Annex buildings.
Aging Building will be Replaced with Open Grassy Lawn While Community is Invited to Discuss Future Use of Public Space
07/27/2020
The City of Burien will be demolishing the Burien Community Center Annex, located at 425 SW 144th Street between August and October. The City of Burien selected Construction Group International (CGI) LLC through a competitive bid process to implement the demolition of the buildings. The projected cost of the project is $345,400. Funds are being transferred from other park capital projects and the City’s capital reserve fund to pay for the project.
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Affordable Housing Forum
City of Burien Hosts Online Forum on Affordable Housing
07/27/2020
The City of Burien is hosting an Affordable Housing Forum as part of the development of a Housing Action Plan.
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Community Safety and Police Reform, COVID-19, Budget, Floodplain Code Amendments
07/23/2020
Council discussed community safety and police reform, why wearing a mask is important to fighting the pandemic, crime rates in Burien compared to other south King County cities, code amendments for buildings in floodplains, and adjustments to 2019-2020 budget.
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Burien Forward Together. Man and woman on couch wearing masks.
Free Masks for Burien Residents to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19
07/15/2020
The City of Burien is distributing 16,000 free cloth face coverings (masks) to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Burien.
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Burien Police, COVID-19, Budget, New Housing Downtown, Signal Box Art
07/09/2020
Council issued two proclamations and discussed policing in Burien, a new downtown housing development, and discussed work plans for the the parks, recreation and cultural services department and advisory boards.
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Spanish interpretation Now Available During Every Burien City Council Meeting
07/02/2020
As part of the City of Burien’s commitment to improving access to policymaking and government services to all Burien residents, the City of Burien is pleased to offer Spanish interpretation during every virtual City Council meeting.
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Join a Webinar on Trees, Municipal Code, and Forestry Programs
07/02/2020
The City of Burien is offering a free webinar on July 9, 2020 at noon on the topic of Burien’s tree code and urban forestry program.
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Woman at cash register. Burien Forward Together.
Burien Small Businesses Can Apply for up to $5,000 to Mitigate Impacts of COVID-19
06/29/2020
The City of Burien has made grant funding available to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants will be made in amounts up to $5,000 and will be awarded to qualifying businesses. Funding is limited and applications will close July 13, 2020.
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Stiffer Penalties Approved Last Year are Now in Effect
06/26/2020
New penalties are now in effect for the possession and discharge of illegal fireworks in Burien. A new “social host” ordinance is also now in effect, which places responsibility for the discharge fireworks on to the property owner where discharge of fireworks occurs.
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City of Burien Inclusive and Welcoming City
06/24/2020
The City of Burien is an inclusive and welcoming city and we want to strongly declare that acts of hate or intimidation based on someone’s identity have no place in our community.
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Annexation, COVID-19, Juneteenth, Police Accountability
06/22/2020
Council issued two proclamations, heard an update on measures King County Sheriff’s Office is taking to improve accountability, discussed funding for organizations providing relief for families economically affected by COVID-19, and discussed annexation of White Center and Top Hat neighborhoods.
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Burien Planning Commission and houses.
Public Hearing on Flood Code Updates and Discussion of Housing Action Plan
06/22/2020
On June 24, the Burien Planning Commission will discuss flood code updates, housing needs assessment, and future housing action plan.
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Celebrate Juneteenth Freedom.
Ways to Observe Juneteenth Locally
06/18/2020
This Friday, June 19, 2020, communities across the country will commemorate end of African American slavery in the U.S. during Juneteenth celebrations and actions. The City of Burien encourages our community to observe Juneteenth locally.
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The Burien Pandemic Story Project. Mother and child.
Highline Heritage Museum and City of Burien Want to Hear your COVID-19 Stories
06/11/2020
The Highline Heritage Museum and City of Burien are teaming up to document the stories of our community’s experience during COVID-19. The “Burien Pandemic Story Project” aims to document the stories, photos, and other artifacts of community member’s experiences during the pandemic.
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Burien Developer's Forum.
Panel will Discuss Development Challenges and Opportunities in Burien
06/10/2020
On June 4, 2020, the City of Burien will host a panel discussion with local development professionals to discuss development issues in Burien. Panelists will discuss the general development climate and market in Burien, permitting and zoning issues, and how to increase affordability in new housing.
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Hard hat on safety barrier, construction site.
Restaurant Delivery Fees, COVID-19, Enhanced Services Facilities, Hazard Mitigation Plan
06/08/2020
Council discussed the federal funding for COVID-19 response, Transportation Improvement Program, Enhanced Services Facilities, third-party delivery fees, Burien’s hazard mitigation plan, and more.
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Outdoor dining tables.
Policy Changes Allow More Outdoor Dining and Waives Fees; B&O Tax Deferred
06/05/2020
The City of Burien is announcing several new policies designed to help our business community during these uncertain economic times including an outdoor dining program and B&O tax referral.
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Message from Police Chief Theodore A. Boe.
Burien Police Chief Theodore A. Boe Responds to Death of George Floyd
05/29/2020
Message from Burien Police Chief Theodore A. Boe on the death of George Floyd.
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City facilities and services closed may 22 and 25.
Services and Facilities Will Close for Four Days to Reduce 2020 Expenses
05/21/2020
The City of Burien will be closing all public facilities and services for four days in 2020.
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Burien Annex, Fireworks, Restaurant Delivery Fees, COVID-19
05/20/2020
Council voted to demolish the Burien Annex, discussed preparations for the Fourth of July holiday, discussed capping restaurant delivery fees charged by third-party platforms, and discussed local and federal funding to help the Burien community mitigate impacts from COVID-19.
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Captain Smithmeyer and Burien Police Department vehicle.
Troy Smithmeyer Selected to be Captain and Assistant Chief of the Burien Police Department
05/20/2020
Troy Smithmeyer has been selected as the Burien Police Department’s next captain.
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Events
City Offers Virtual Programs and Events to Keep Community Engaged and Entertained During COVID-19 Pandemic
05/18/2020
The Burien Community Center and Moshier Community Art Center are currently closed, but the City of Burien’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PaRCS) department continues to serve the community in a virtual format. Weekly virtual programs and virtual events are being added to the City of Burien website and Burien PaRCS Facebook page.
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City of Burien and Partners are Postponing or Canceling Certain Summer Events in Response to COVID-19
05/12/2020
In compliance with the Washington State’s “Safe Start” plan, City of Burien and partners are postponing or canceling certain summer events in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
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Colorful mural in Burien reading "We're All in This Together"
Business Licensing, COVID-19, Community Center Services
05/06/2020
Council discussed business license code update, public safety, economic impacts of COVID-19, details of the state’s Safe Start plan, the plan for re-opening City facilities to the public, and a process for asking the community about their recreation, cultural arts, and social services needs in Burien.
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New System Makes it Easier to Apply for and Renew Business Licenses
05/06/2020
A new business license system launches May 21, 2020. In order to have time to successfully launch the business licensing system, no new business licenses will be processed May 8–20.
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Burien Annex
Burien Annex, Paycheck Guarantee Act, Public Safety
04/28/2020
Council discussed the future of the Burien Community Center Annex.
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COVID-19 Response, Emergency Budget Reductions, New Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members
04/21/2020
Council heard an update on COVID-19 response, discussed emergency budget reductions, approved the Comprehensive Plan Docket, appointed new members to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and discussed business license code updates.
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Tips for Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day at Home
04/21/2020
April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. While we cannot gather for an Earth Day neighborhood cleanup or tree planning, there are still many things we can do at home to celebrate.
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Traffic signal box wrapped in art.
Call for Artists to Create Next Round of Signal Box Art in Burien
04/20/2020
The City of Burien is seeking artists to share their artwork with the community on signal boxes around Burien.
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Social distancing in Burien parks and trails.
Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order Still in Effect, Even on Nice Days
04/10/2020
Everyone, even people who are young and healthy, is urged to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you must go out, stay at least six feet apart from others. This includes in our parks and at the beach. Staying home and avoiding all non-essential contact with others is the best way to stay healthy and keep others healthy.
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COVID-19 and money.
COVID-19, Comprehensive Plan, New Commission and Committee Members, Federal and State Leaders Asked to Freeze Mortgage and Rent Payments
04/09/2020
Council discussed a number of issues related to COVID-19, including: issuing a proclamation denouncing stigma and bias related to the disease, financial impact to the City of Burien as well as Burien economy and residents, discussed the Comprehensive Plan Docket, and more.
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Viruses don't discriminate and neither should we.
Proclamation Denounces COVID-19-based Stigma and Bias against Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
04/06/2020
The Burien City Council issued a proclamation denouncing stigma and bias related to COVID-19. The proclamation calls out the discrimination Asian community members have faced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Boulevard Park and North Burien’s Annexation
04/01/2020
April 1, 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the annexation of North Burien and Boulevard Park (southern North Highline) neighborhoods to the city of Burien.
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Celebrate Arbor Day.
Arbor Day Celebrations Can Happen in Your Own Backyard
03/30/2020
With social distancing and stay home orders in effect, the City of Burien encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day right in your own back yard.
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COVID-19, Plastic Bag Ban Temporary Suspension, Sustainable Climate Action Plan, Arbor Day
03/30/2020
Council temporarily suspended the plastic bag ban, discussed emergency support for Burien community impacted by COVID-19, issued a proclamation honoring Arbor Day, and heard updates on the rental housing inspection program and sustainable climate action plan.
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Social distancing.
Burien City Manager and City Council Urge Community to Practice Social Distancing
03/24/2020
For our elders and other vulnerable community members, and for the health care workers and others on the front lines, please do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Suspension of Plastic Bag Ban Protects Grocery Worker Health During COVID-19 Outbreak
03/24/2020
In order to protect the health and safety of grocery and retail workers, the Burien City Council has temporarily suspended the plastic bag ban and paper bag fees.
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Sidewalk tables and sign "Yes you can. Coffee."
Supporting Burien Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis
03/24/2020
As the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington continues to evolve, the City of Burien recognizes the substantial impacts to our local business community.
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Burien Playgrounds, Sports Courts, and Park Restrooms Will be Temporarily Closed, Parks and Trails Users Directed to Follow Social Distancing Guidelines
03/23/2020
Burien playground equipment, park restrooms, and sports courts will be closed starting March 23, 2020 as part of the City of Burien’s continued response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Burien parks and trails will remain open, but community members are directed to follow social distancing guidelines.
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Burien COVID-19 Emergency Fund
COVID-19 Support Resources, Census, New City Attorney
03/17/2020
Council passed an emergency resolution on COVID-19, approved a moratorium on residential evictions, approved a $200,000 emergency fund, passed a resolution supporting a complete count for Census 2020, and more.
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Garmon Newsom II Selected as Burien’s New City Attorney
03/17/2020
NEWS RELEASE: Garmon Newsom II has been selected as the new city attorney for the City of Burien.
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Statement from Burien City Council on Importance of Working Together to Make It through COVID-19 Crisis
03/17/2020
We are faced with an unprecedented crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to harm our community unless we all work together to stop the spread. As your elected leaders, we are acting swiftly to provide a safe and healthy environment for our residents, and staff are working long hours to coordinate and advocate for the right resources for Burien.
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PaRCS Buildings Close and Programs Canceled through May 1, 2020
PaRCS Buildings Close and Programs Canceled through May 1, 2020
03/13/2020
In support of State and County directives and our community’s public health, the City of Burien is closing recreation programs and the Burien Community Center and Moshier Art Center.
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City Adopts New Emergency Procedures to Protect Public Health for Upcoming Public Meetings
03/10/2020
The City of Burien is adopting emergency procedures for upcoming Council meetings and advisory board meetings following Public Health - Seattle & King County's recommendations to promote and practice “social distancing,” increasing the physical distance between people to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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COVID-19 virus.
Burien Declares State of Emergency for COVID-19
03/09/2020
NEWS RELEASE: City Manager Brian J. Wilson has declared a proclamation of emergency for Burien, Washington, due to public health impacts of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The proclamation supports measures to be taken to protect public health, safety and welfare within the city.
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Urban Center Plan, Eagle Landing Park Storm Drainage, COVID-19, Census
03/05/2020
Council heard briefings on COVID-19, Census 2020, and redevelopment opportunities in downtown Burien. They also voted to increase the city manager’s compensation, approved the Burien Urban Center Plan, discussed the Eagle Landing Park Storm Drainage Project, and more.
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City of Burien Partners with SBDC and StartZone to Offer Workshop for Burien Businesses Owners
02/27/2020
The City of Burien is offering, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and StartZone, a workshop dedicated to addressing important topics a small business owner should be aware of as they enter or renew a commercial lease. Rich Shockley of the SBDC at Highline College will guide you through understanding the basics of commercial leasing.
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Enhanced Services Facilities, BEDP, Human Services, Fee Study, Minimum Wage
02/27/2020
Council extended a moratorium on enhanced services facilities, approved the Business and Economic Development Partnership work plan, approved funding priorities for the Human Services Fund, discussed a fee study, and directed research be done into a minimum wage in Burien.
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Two Events Raise Awareness About Native Plants and Invasive Species
02/21/2020
In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the City of Burien hosting is two events to raise awareness about the importance of native plants and invasive plant removal.
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Judge Does Not Rule on Burien's Claim that Measure Illegally Impairs Burien’s Bond Contracts
02/13/2020
On November 14, 2019, a group of Washington counties and cities, including the City of Burien and joined by several transit and environmental groups, filed a lawsuit calling for I-976 to be halted from going into effect. On November 27, 2019, the King County Superior Court barred I-976 from going into effect while the lawsuit is pending. On February 12, 2020, the court rejected most of the arguments Seattle, King County, and others made that I-976 was unconstitutional, however it did not rule on the City of Burien’s claim that the measure illegally impaired Burien’s bond contracts.
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Compostable takeout container.
New Law Requiring Compostable Food Serviceware Products Reduces Waste and Protects the Environment
02/05/2020
NEWS RELEASE: Starting January 1, 2021, a new law goes into effect restricting the use of single-use plastic food serviceware in Burien.
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Infographic continuum of care provided by ESFs.
Enhanced Services Facilities, New Law on Compostable Food Serviceware Products, City Employee Updates
02/05/2020
Council discussed zoning regulations for enhanced services facilities, passed a new law requiring food serviceware products be compostable, welcomed new City of Burien employees, and more.
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Man Sentenced for Assault in the Fourth Degree on Burien Mayor
01/29/2020
NEWS RELEASE: On January 28, 2020, Craig Pierce Tweney was convicted of assault in the fourth degree for his attack on Mayor Jimmy Matta in 2018.
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Airport Committee, Planning Grant for Community Center, Council Meeting Guidelines, BEDP
01/29/2020
Council held a study session to discuss the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) annual report and work plan, recommendations from the Burien Airport Committee, a State of Washington planning grant to fund community engagement for a new community center, new appointments to local government organizations, and council meeting guidelines. Study sessions allow for a more in-depth exploration of topics.
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Accepting Nominations for Citizen of the Year!
01/23/2020
Nominate a person or organization for 2020 Citizen of the Year!
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Annex buildings.
Repairs Will Address Immediate Health and Safety Issues
01/17/2020
Burien City Council directed the City Manager to extend the leases for tenants of the Burien Annex Building until the end of July 2020. The City will conduct repairs to address immediate health and safety issues.
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Public works crew in front of snow plows.
City of Burien Prepares for Precipitation and Below Freezing Temperatures for Several Days
01/09/2020
The City of Burien is preparing for extreme cold and wet weather.
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Audience in council chambers.
New Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Burien Annex, and Compostable Food Service Products
01/08/2020
New councilmembers were sworn in, Jimmy Matta was elected as mayor and Krystal Marx was elected as deputy mayor, and Council discussed the Burien Annex and compostable food service products.
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Jimmy Matta and Krystal Marx.
Jimmy Matta Elected Mayor for Second Term and Krystal Marx Elected Deputy Mayor
01/07/2020
NEWS RELEASE: Burien City Council voted to elect Jimmy Matta to serve a second, two-year term as mayor and Krystal Marx for a one-year term as deputy mayor.
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Annex
Testing Results Will Determine Next Steps for Burien Annex
01/07/2020
City Council directed the City Manager to authorize testing for pollutants in the Annex immediately at January 6, 2020 meeting.
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New Year, Fresh Start.
Free Business Basics Classes for Aspiring or Existing Burien Businesses
01/03/2020
The City of Burien is partnering with Ventures to provide a series of FREE Business Basics classes for aspiring and existing Burien businesses.
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Carolyn Hope.
New PaRCS Director Starts February 3, 2020
01/02/2020
Carolyn Hope has been hired as the City of Burien’s new Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director, effective Feb. 3, 2020.
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New Councilmembers Sofia Aragon, Cydney Moore, and Kevin Schilling to Be Honored
12/30/2019
On January 6, 2020, the community is invited to a reception and swearing-in ceremony for newly elected council members Sofia Aragon, Cydney Moore, and Kevin Schilling. The reception will be followed by the selection of mayor and deputy mayor.
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Burien Annex, New Animal Cruelty Law, Arts and Culture Grant
12/17/2019
Council discussed the Burien Annex, arts and culture grants, animal control code, and more.
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Burien Community Center Annex.
City Announces Update on Exploration of Lease Extension Options
12/13/2019
The City has explored an option to extend the time period for tenants to operate out of the Annex building past the January 31, 2020 deadline. After a consultation regarding the insurance and liability issues surrounding the significant safety risks that are present, enabling tenants to stay in the building past January 31, 2020 is not an option the City can entertain.
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Burien Discusses New Environmental Standards
2020 Budget, Affordable Housing Investment, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Climate Change, Stream Restoration, Severe Weather Shelter
12/12/2019
Council adopted the 2020 budget, passed legislation to encourage investments in affordable housing, passed ADU ordinance, amended animal cruelty code, discussed climate change, and discussed Comprehensive Plan amendments. Council also discussed funding for stream restoration and fish passage project, funding for a severe weather shelter, and councilmember salary changes.
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Burien Community Center Annex.
Burien Annex Closes and City of Burien Will Assist Nonprofit Tenants with Relocation
12/09/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is closing the Burien Community Center Annex because initial inspections have found significant concerns with the structural integrity of the building.
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Councilmembers photos and thank you.
Outgoing Councilmembers Austin Bell, Bob Edgar, and Lucy Krakowiak to Be Honored
12/09/2019
On December 16, 2019, the community is invited to a reception honoring the service and dedication of Burien Deputy Mayor Austin Bell and Councilmembers Bob Edgar and Lucy Krakowiak.
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Plane and clouds.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Sides with City of Burien on Challenge to Flight Path Changes
12/05/2019
On November 27, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of the City of Burien in Burien’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arising from the FAA’s change of a flight path over Burien without environmental review.
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Closing at 4:30 P.M. Gives Burien Permit Staff More Time to Complete Paperwork
12/05/2019
The City of Burien is changing the permit center hours to 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. starting January 2, 2020.
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Census 2020
2020 Census and Urban Center Plan
11/26/2019
Council discussed the 2020 Census and the Burien Urban Center Plan.
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Revisions to Burien Zoning Code to Accommodate Accessory Dwelling Units
New Tax Rates, Impact of I-976, Accessory Dwelling Units, Climate Action, Animal Code
11/20/2019
Council approved minor increases to commercial parking tax, surface water management fees, and property tax. Council also discussed climate change, impact of I-976, accessory dwelling units, and updates to the animal code.
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Rendering of hotel project.
Rising Construction Costs, Decreasing Hotel Sector Revenue Halts Burien Hotel Project
11/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Based on rising construction costs and decreasing revenues in the hotel sector, Hotel Concepts has decided not to move forward with developing a hotel in Burien at this time.
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Veterans Day Proclamation
Veterans Day, Shelter, Noise Ordinance, Budget, Affordable Housing
11/13/2019
Council honored veterans with a proclamation, discussed homeless sheltering models, continued to discuss the 2020 budget, approved a new affordable housing program, and approved a new noise ordinance for downtown Burien.
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It's a Wonderful Burien.
Celebrate the Season with Family-Friendly Programs in Burien
11/06/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is proud to announce a new series of events titled “It’s a Wonderful Burien.” Winter lights will illuminate Burien’s Town Square Park every night in December, inspiring people to come to downtown Burien for unique dining, shopping, and seasonal experiences hosted by the City of Burien and community partners.
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Storm Drainage Master Plan
Storm Drainage Master Plan, Parking on 152nd St, Regional Homeless Authority
11/04/2019
Council discussed the storm drainage master plan, parking on 152nd St in downtown Burien, and provided comments on a proposed regional homeless authority.
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Public Invited to Learn about Study of Impacts of SeaTac Airport
10/31/2019
The Department of Commerce will be hosting a public meeting to provide a preliminary report on study of impacts of SeaTac Airport.
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Affordable Housing, Highline Medical Center, Burien Annex Community Center, Budget
10/23/2019
Council pledged support for Highline Medical Center, heard an update on the Westmark Emerald Pointe property, appointed a new BEDP member, and discussed affordable housing and the 2020 budget.
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Photo of Westmark Emerald Pointe property on October 14 2019.
City Monitors Work on Westmark Emerald Pointe Property
10/15/2019
City staff are monitoring work being done at property located on 1300 SW 136th St., owned by Westmark Emerald Pointe LLC.
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Ordinance 716 establishes renter housing policies designed to protect renters and improve renter-landlord relationships.
Property Tax, 2020 Budget, Rental Housing Policies, SCORE Jail
10/10/2019
Council met new employees, discussed property tax, 2020 budget, state and federal legislative agenda, rental housing policies, SCORE jail, and more.
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Burien Becomes Second City in Washington State to Pass Just Cause Eviction Policy
10/08/2019
NEWS RELEASE: On October 7, 2019, the Burien City Council passed policies designed to protect renters and improve renter-landlord relationships. Ordinance 716 goes into effect October 15, 2019.
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Town Square Fountain Closed September 30 and October 1
09/30/2019
The Town Square Fountain will be closed for maintenance September 30 and October 1.
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Burien Urban Forest
Staff Salary Study, Urban Forest Stewardship Plan, Affordable Housing Demonstration Projects
09/24/2019
Council discussed City staff salaries and benefits, an urban forest stewardship plan designed to protect Burien’s tree canopy, and affordable housing demonstration program.
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Burien micro--enterprise
Rental Housing Inspection Program, Gangs, Micro-businesses, Affordable Housing Funds, Navigation Team
09/18/2019
Council approved a rental housing inspection program, declared October 2019 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, discussed gang activity in Burien, approved funds for human services and community center projects, discussed ways to support micro-businesses in Burien, and directed staff to continue Navigation Team’s efforts to connect people living outside to services.
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Apartment and magnifying glass.
Burien City Council Approves Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance and Funding for a Rental Housing Inspection Program Coordinator
09/18/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The Burien City Council approved on Burien’s first rental housing inspection program. The Council also approved the hiring of a rental housing inspection coordinator, who will manage the program and work with residents who need assistance with rental housing issues.
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Sidewalk sign.
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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People hold up map with dots at urban center design workshop.
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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Aerial view of Seahurst Park.
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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