Burien City Council dumps any possible North Highline annexation
by Jack Mayne Probably the last possible avenue to any thought of Burien annexing White Center and North Boulevard Park was shut down by a one-vote margin at the Burien City Council meeting Monday night. The Council voted 4 – 3 Monday (Dec. 15) to remove from Burien’s Comprehensive Plan the Potential Annex Area (PAA) that would have permitted the city under state law to pursue the annexation despite residents of the North Highline Unincorporated Area soundly rejecting the proposed 2012 annexing to Burien. No Council member suggested any desire to annex the area, even those wanting to keep the designation. Earlier last Monday, the Seattle ...
Revised Highline School District Bond measure will be on Feb. 10 ballot
A revised school construction bond – valued about $9 million less than the one proposed in November – to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on the Feb. 10, 2015 ballot. After seeking community input following the November election, the school board voted Wednesday night (Dec. 17) to place the new bond measure on the February ballot. The November bond measure fell just short of the 60 percent approval required for passage. The February bond retains the major projects in the November measure, with modifications based on community input. “The need to replace aging buildings and to ...
Seattle Council OKs resolution on possible North Highline annexation
by Jack Mayne The Seattle City Council quickly and unanimously approved on Monday (Dec. 15) a so-called “placeholder” resolution that could result in a vote by residents of the North Highline Unincorporated Area as to whether or not to be annexed to Seattle. Council President Tim Burgess said it was a placeholder resolution because action was needed before the end of 2014 to safeguard the city’s access to a potential $5 million per year sales tax credit. That credit will expire on Dec. 31. The Seattle action means the city will retain access for the credit since it took action prior to ...
Proposed 6th grade move to middle school delayed by Highline School District
The Highline School District on Friday announced that the transition of 6th grade to middle school will be delayed at least one year. "Originally slated for fall 2015, the 6th grade move will occur no earlier than September 2016," the district said in a release. The district says that the change was made "in part as a response to parent concerns about sixth graders having to make two moves during middle school -- once to an interim site, and again to a new school facility. "The district plans to build two new middle schools to accommodate growing enrollment. The capital bond on last November's ballot ...
Six massage parlors in south end busted as fronts for prostitution
On Thursday (Dec. 4), detectives from numerous federal and local agencies served simultaneous search warrants at six businesses and four residences in Burien, unincorporated King County, Seattle, Kent and Snohomish County. This investigation started three months ago after complaints from citizens in the Burien area over activity at massage parlors in the city. Detectives were able to determine employees in these businesses were engaging acts of prostitution. Many of the workers at these businesses are exploited by the owners via excessive fees levied against them for rent and other charges. This results in the employees never being able to get out of ...
‘Barber Mike’ a cut above for volunteer work for local Boys & Girls Clubs
by Carrie Baggaley Rasmussen It's 9:30 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving when I walk into Prolific Hair Design in Des Moines. The TV is on college basketball – North Carolina vs. Butler – and the guys in the shop are already deep in conversation talking about growing up and where they are spending Thanksgiving. Barber Mike Marcotte is already halfway through his first cut of the day and one thing is evident – if you are not a Seahawks fan, you may end up one by the time you leave. From pictures on the walls and full length mirror to the hand ...
Help former White Center Blog Writer Sarah Fox launch her ‘Downwind’ book
Local Historian and former White Center Blog Writer (now Author) Sarah Fox is asking for the public's help for her recently published book "Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West." This book is the culmination of a 10-year research project, yet some of the most important work spreading the word about the book still remains. As a firsttime Author published through a university press, she received no advance and no institutional support for a book tour. Royalties are 1% (15% for ebooks), paid out once a year. All book events and travel expenses come out of Sarah’s personal funds, and ...
Police seeking help finding Burglar who hit same White Center business twice
The King County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying/finding this burglar, suspected of hitting the same White Center business twice in the last couple of weeks: Police say that he's taken cash, beer and cigarettes, and uses a rock to break the window. It's unknown if he's linked to other recent area burglaries. If you recognize this suspect, please call (206) 296-3311. Here are Tweets KCSO sent out: Do you recognize this burglar? He's hit the same #whitecenter business 2X in the past couple weeks. Call 206 296.3311 pic.twitter.com/iIKj7FYB4W — KingcosoPIO (@kingcosoPIO) November 24, 2014 He's taken cash, beer and cigarettes and uses a ...
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post includes both an ‘Op-Ed,’ submitted by the Highline School Board, and an ‘Open Letter to the Community’ submitted by Highline School District Superintendent... [Read more]
by Jack Mayne Probably the last possible avenue to any thought of Burien annexing White Center and North Boulevard Park was shut down by a one-vote margin at the Burien City Council meeting Monday night. The... [Read more]
A revised school construction bond – valued about $9 million less than the one proposed in November – to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on the Feb.... [Read more]
by Jack Mayne The Seattle City Council quickly and unanimously approved on Monday (Dec. 15) a so-called “placeholder” resolution that could result in a vote by residents of the North Highline Unincorporated... [Read more]
A Burien Police officer was involved in a 2-car accident at the intersection of 106th SW and SW 22nd in White Center Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14. Police say that the Deputy was driving with lights and sirens... [Read more]
The Highline School District on Friday announced that the transition of 6th grade to middle school will be delayed at least one year. “Originally slated for fall 2015, the 6th grade move will occur... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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by Jack Mayne The Seattle City Council wants to ask the people of White Center and north Boulevard Park to vote on whether they want to be a part of Seattle. Annexation of the North Highline Unincorporated... [Read more]
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