LETTER: Burien lacks fairness

Seen those sandwich boards all up and down 152nd Street? Aren’t those supposed to be against Burien city law?

Almost broke my neck on the one on 152nd by Ambaum that advertises lottery tickets. But then there are ones advertising booze and real estate, too. So, what is going on?

Just last year, Scott Greenberg and Jim Bibby, both Burien city staff, came after businesses that had these signs out. By their standards, you were the devil’s spawn if your business had one.

The merchants on 153rd Street and Ambaum were told in no uncertain terms that they were not allowed to have them. Some merchants had their signs taken away by city staff.

If Burien wonders why business does not come to town, stay in town or leaves town, it is because it is next to impossible to figure out how the staff are going to deal with you.

You never seem to get the same story twice from staff members. Staff enforces ordinances with a vengeance for some citizens and overlooks the rules for other citizens/businesses.

A perfect example is the doggie day care next to CARES that gets to board dogs in a business district while no other doggie day care gets that privilege. Guess it pays to be friends with the city manager or the compliance officer.

Burien needs to be fair with how it deals with all of the business owners/citizens. Wake up, City Council members. Look at what is happening.

Oh, North Highline businesses, check on how you will be treated before you vote in this election—surprise, surprise.

R. Lee

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