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City Council members will see all the proposals Aug. 19 from search firms bidding to find Burien’s next city manager.

The lawmakers will also hear staff recommendations on who they should pick.

Mike Martin left the city manager position at the end of July to become Lynden’s city administrator. Lynden is a small town located near Bellingham. City Attorney Craig Knutson is filling in as interim city manager.

Even if current council members hire an executive search firm, it will be up to the new council that will be sworn in in January to select the new city manager.

Councilmember Rose Clark, who has helped select two city managers, said it might be in the spring, four or five months after the search firm is picked, before a new manager is hired.

Another veteran council member, Jack Block Jr., noted it took over a year before Martin was selected. Block said there is no rush because Knutson is a capable interim manager.

Councilmember Joan McGilton said current lawmakers “have a wealth of experience on who would be appropriate for Burien.” She added new council members wouldn’t have that knowledge.


By Eric Mathison, Highline Times editor

Editor's Note: This article was original published in Ballard News-Tribune's sister newspaper, The Highline Times. For the past year and a half, Jerry Gay has taken front page photos for the BNT, capturing the image of many of our community members. At the end of July, Jerry left the BNT and is now pursuing the next stage in his life. We included some of his more memorable Ballard photos in a slideshow; you can view them either by clicking the main photo above or the thumbnails below.

Former Highline Times freelance photographer Jerry Gay is forever linked with Burien by one photographic image snapped 39 years ago.

It’s a photo of four exhausted volunteer firefighters resting after battling an early morning blaze at Burien’s Three Tree Point.

It won Gay the Pulitzer Prize for news photography in 1975.

He’s told the story a million times.

Slideshow: A lifetime of photography with a pitstop in Ballard, Jerry Gay leaves Ballard News-Tribune
Photo credit: 
Photo by Jerry Gay

Ex-Ballard News-Tribune photographer Jerry Gay became famous when he took a picture of these volunteer firefighters who had just finished battling a fire in Burien. The photo, "Lull in the Battle," won him the Pulitzer Prize.

Park to be closed until May

The largest shoreline restoration project in the Puget Sound area will begin next month at Burien’s Seahurst Park.

“This is the most important thing that has happened in my 12 years on the council,” Burien City Councilmember Joan McGilton declared at the Aug. 5 council meeting. “This has national significance.”

Seahurst Park will close in late September and when it reopens in May, the north seawall will be gone and the adjacent beach restored to natural conditions.

A narrower pathway will still extend along the north beach to the science center and marine technical laboratory.

The north beach will begin to look like the park’s restored south end. The seawall was built in 1972.

Parks development and operations manager Steve Roemer told lawmakers the beach will become more friendly for marine habitat while the park’s recreational features for residents will be preserved.

“We are trying to get our shoreline back,” Roemer explained.


There could be at least three new Burien City Council members in January if Aug. 6 primary election results are a good indication.

In results as of Wednesday evening, Aug. 7, challenger Lauren Berkowitz was garnering a majority of the votes against Councilmember Jack Block Jr. and Kip Walton.

Former Burien mayor Joan McGilton was in a dead-heat with council critic Debi Wagner for McGilton’s council seat.

In the race for Mayor Brian Bennett’s council seat, newcomer Steve Armstrong had a healthy lead over planning commissioner Joey Martinez and Chuck Rangel. Rangel has also been very critical of the council majority. Bennett did not seek re-election.

In SeaTac, councilmember Rick Forschler had a small lead over challenger Kathryn Campbell. The third candidate, Othman Heibe was eliminated from the general election race.
Appointed councilmember Jeremy Nutting had a substantial lead over law-and-order candidate James Payne in Des Moines.

The top two vote getters in each race will continue on to the Nov. 5 general election.
For Block’s Burien council seat, Berkowitz received 51 percent, 2,541 votes; Block 42 percent, 2,101 votes; and Walton, 6 percent, 285 votes.


For three months beginning in October, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting “Hope in Hard Times,” a major traveling exhibit about the Great Depression era in Washington State. Originally developed by the Washington State History Museum, the traveling exhibit is made possible with the support of Humanities Washington.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, historical society curator Nancy Salguero McKay is developing several additional displays that focus on local Depression-era stories from around the Highline area.

Particularly, she would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of the Monticello chicken farm in the McMicken Heights area.

She also is interested in gathering 1930s-era artifacts and photos of the Highline area and its residents, and hearing about any special activities or stories from people who lived through those times in Highline.

Contact her at nancysalgueromckay@live.com or call Highline Historical Society director Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354 if you have something you might like to share or loan for the exhibit.


By Tim Takechi

Along the idyllic beaches of Spain, where fantasy and reality are often indistinguishable, a long-needed reunion between a father and daughter from two different worlds opens deep wounds and unearths unspoken feelings.

“Beauty of the Father,” the newest joint production by Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre is a fervently written character-driven drama by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz (who also penned “Anna in the Tropics,” a production LTP and BLT produced last year).

The story centers around a young American student named Marina (Emily Feliciano) who visits Spain to be reunited with her estranged father, Emiliano (Fernando Luna, who delivers a touching performance), a painter who is an “artist” in every sense of the word.

As if Marina and Emiliano’s relationship were not thorny enough, Marina falls in love with Karim (Matt Aguayo), a young Moroccan man who lives with Emiliano and also shares a complicated relationship with him. Rounding out this family is Paquita (Heather Ward), a woman who is Emiliano’s companion but not necessarily his lover.


This is election season in Burien, neighboring cities and King County. The candidates are hard at work notifying all of us of the upcoming election and why we need to elect them to office. We see their colorful signs along every street, seemingly, wherever they or their helpers can pound a stake in the ground.

As you would expect, the City has chosen to control all of this exuberance by declaring what is and is not acceptable.
According to the Burien Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 19.30, these signs may be placed on “private property” or public “right-of-way”, subject to a few exceptions. You had better get the Owners permission before adding signs to Private property. The signs are also prohibited from utility poles, lampposts, traffic signals or signs, and public property other than public right-of-way. Like any other sign in the city, they must not obstruct the traveling public or create unsafe conditions.

Considering the time and expense the candidates have put forth installing their signs, I'm sure they would like to be informed of any that have been improperly placed, so they can take corrective action.


Press release:

Adventurous Volunteers Needed
We are hoping for even more volunteers than last year – even people who can only survey every now and then. Please share this email with anyone you know who might want to volunteer.

Be part of Miller/Walker Creek Stewardship
How many adult salmon return to Miller and Walker Creeks in Burien, Normandy Park, and SeaTac each year? This program is teaching us that the numbers can vary a lot! We also investigate how many of these fish are stricken by pre-spawn mortality each year, and thus how many are surviving long enough to lay the eggs of the next generation.


Press release:

This Sunday, Aug. 4 combine a leisurely urban walk, good company, and a lot of Public Art!

The City of Burien is launching its new Public Art Walking Tour
by partnering with a WABI Walk-n-Talk… Wear your walking shoes!

From 2-4 p.m. Start at 2 p.m. at the Burien Community Center Annex Skate Park, corner of 4th SW and 146th SW.

Included will be:
• A tour map
• Special presentation by local artist Phillip Levine!
• Tea tasting and snacks at Phoenix Tea

For more information:

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