For almost two years, we have had to keep our distance to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a deadly virus. Now that we’ve cautiously begun to emerge from the lonely isolation imposed by the pandemic, finding welcoming spaces to gather with community has never felt more urgent or necessary.
I want to thank the City Council and the community for giving me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Burien over the last four and a half years. It has been an honor and a privilege to return to my hometown, lead an outstanding staff, and implement policy on behalf of the City Council.
April 19, 2022
Burien faces the same challenges and opportunities that all Puget Sound communities face. Our policymaking reflects the need to ensure public safety, increase Burien’s supply of affordable housing, provide an environment that allows economic development to flourish, and building a community that is resilient to climate change.
April 19, 2022
Storefront resource centers are based on a community policing model which, in communities where they have been built, has resulted in both real and perceived increases in community safety.
The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program provides community-based care for people who commit law violations related to behavioral health issues or extreme poverty, serving as an alternative to punitive enforcement-based responses.
For the past two years, the City of Burien has leveraged federal stimulus funding through the CARES Act and partnered with local nonprofits, community leaders, and government agencies to deliver direct relief to our community, helping Burien move forward together through the COVID-19 pandemic.
After two years of isolation imposed by the pandemic, we are feeling hopeful as our community is building new welcoming spaces for people to gather. In this issue we highlight several new community centers that have either opened in the past year or will be opening very soon.
It’s been a challenging two years. Public health guidelines intended to keep people safe from a deadly disease meant community centers, like the Burien Community Center, had to close their doors to the public.