Fundraising efforts begin for tree preservation at Ambaum substation

Community activists take tree saving campaign to social media

By Tim Clifford

Despite the good news that recently came down from the Burien City Council regarding the preservation of trees at the former Ambuam substation there is still much work to do. For community activists Karen McMichael, Jane Martin, and Alice Goodman that work kicked off this week on social media.

A Facebook page, GoFundMe page, and an online petition have all gone live as of Mar. 18. The group is seeking to raise $9,000 dollars along with as many signatures as possible by April 1, just in time to present to the Burien City Council at its April 6 meeting.

The pages can be found at these links: and .
“Some things in life are worth saving. The cherry tree and surrounding conifers at the corner of 144th and Ambaum in Burien fit this category... sadly they might be cut down, diminishing what is now a leafy green corner,” wrote the group in a public flier that is soon to be distributed.

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Protesters takeover Burien City Council meeting

Nearly a hundred protesters marched from the Burien transit center to the Burien City Hall and Library at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 to speak out against city ordinance 606. Homeless citizens marched with members from S.A.F.E., the A.C.L.U., and numerous other organizations to speak at the study session for the Burien City Council.
“Burien City Council you can’t hide, we can see your greed inside,” shouted S.A.F.E.’s Josh Farris from a bullhorn as the line of protesters wound their way into city hall.
Filling the council chambers to capacity the activists chanted as they waited and sounded off in an attempt to get the attention of the council members.
The councilmembers heard comments and presentations from protesters, homeless citizens, and supporters of the ordinance. Each speaker was given one minute of speaking time.
More details to come.

What is Ordinance 606?

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Stunning jewelry welcome addition to Burien Arts Gallery

The Burien Arts Gallery is now also offering stunning jewelry from five talented artists.

The affordable wearable art, created by Checha, Bob Hoffmeyer, Amy Reeves Silvana Segulja and Victoria Leep, is on display at the Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien.

Checha grew up in Yugoslavia and moved to Seattle to pursue an architecture and interior design career. After years of collecting fine jewelry, she began making her own, exploring architectural forms and materials in unexpected scale.
“My jewelry is intended for those who are not afraid to make a statement and draw attention,” Checha declares.

After a long business career and many years of purchasing glass art, West Seattle artist Bob Hoffmeyer started creating lamp work and fused glass pendants, beads and jewelry.

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