This morning we met with Burien Police at the Starbucks at Ambaum & 148th, which hosted Coffee with a Cop Day. From 8-10:30 anyone could come in and enjoy a free cup of coffee and ask local police about their work in the community. We went, and were surprised at the large turnout. Furniture had been moved to create two long tables, where big groups avidly discussed crime and other issues facing Burien. I went with three questions, prepared to get answers and head home to my family. However, the discussion was so important and engaging, we ended up staying for nearly 3 hours (and three cups of coffee). Continue reading
This meeting started off exceptionally quietly, with only around ten community members in attendance, but the seats gradually filled in as the night progressed- and tensions rose. Continue reading
This was the fifth, and potentially final, meeting to discuss the Burien’s “Sanctuary City” ordinance. They were prepared for the huge attendance with a television stationed in the hall outside, broadcasting the meeting for the standing-room crowd.
For this meeting, Debi Wagner joined the council by phone.
Senator King Lysen was honored for his work as State Senator. He was a longtime Burien resident and teacher, who worked with and supported many local unions, as well as protecting local parks and wildlife. Continue reading
National Night Out is a neighborhood celebration promoting crime prevention, safety, and community-building, which has been going on each year since 1984. It is held on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out parties are organized through community Block Watch groups. Any community that has a Block Watch can choose to host a Night Out for their group, with educational materials and banners provided for free through the Block Watch program. Continue reading
Last night we had a packed house at Burien City Hall. By far, the majority of the crowd, nearly 50 of whom spoke publicly during the meeting, were in favor of Burien remaining a sanctuary city. The special meeting was required because the organization “Respect Washington” (led by Craig Keller, a Seattle resident) filed an initiative with just enough signatures by July 21st, to force the Council to either rescind the sanctuary ordinance or put it to a vote by the people. Continue reading
BurienCity emailed these questions to each of the 17 candidates for Burien City Council seats. Jimmy Matta, who is running for Position 3, recently got back to us. We will post answers from each candidate as they respond. Continue reading