The Greening of Burien . Burien is a city of some 50,000 people located immediately to the South of Seattle. Darla Green spoke with Safe Seattle about her candidacy in the upcoming Burien City Council election. [Written interview.] . Safe Seattle: Darla, why are you running for Burien City Council? What makes you different from your opponent? . Darla Green: I am running for Burien City Council because it's the right thing to do. I do not consider myself a "politician" - I am a long-time resident, homeowner, and Burien-based business owner. We need our elected City Council Members to have Burien as a priority. They need to be focused on things such as fighting crime, increasing safety and inviting solid businesses to our community. My opponent is a true politician - taking money from unions and advocating for irresponsible entitlement programs that Burien has no business even considering, such as an "Urban Green House" and low-barrier shelters. That's not to mention the utter *lack* of cooperation she exhibits at every City Council meeting; she essentially filibusters every meeting to get her way. In my opinion, Burien is her steeping stone to shove Seattle's failed policies down our throats. . SS: What are some of the policy changes you’ll make at City Hall? Do you expect any opposition to those? If so, how will you navigate that? . DG: My platform is one of crime reduction and better business policy. I do expect opposition from the Socialists. For example, I intend on working on an anti-panhandling resolution. Panhandling in Burien is out of control. It creates unsafe sidewalks and arterial corners and is *not* business friendly. No taxpaying, job-producing business owner should have to fight their way to their place of business. And neither should their customers/clients/vendors. . SS: What personal skills, knowledge, and experience will you bring to the job? Please be specific. . DG: I have been in executive management and high BTB sales for most of my career. I also am a successful long-time Burien business owner. While I did attend college, my experience comes from living and working with an amazing and diverse population, all while meeting fiscal goals, tackling challenges head on, correcting errors and moving forward. This is exactly what Burien needs. Burien needs councilmembers that will work together, for Burien, not for political gain and personal agendas. . SS: Do you believe that Burien is helped or hindered by its proximity to Seattle? How does Seattle figure into your campaign. . DG: I believe Burien is both helped AND hindered by our proximity to Seattle. Burien is helped by providing housing that is convenient and affordable to Seattle (and surrounding) - at the same time, with the great influx, we are seeing our housing costs rise displacing our older (sometimes lifetime) Burien homeowners due to the exhausting continuation of tax increases. This is also in part due to the Sound Transit 3 program, which is centered around Seattle. With the addition of a large transit center, we have seen an explosion of vagrants, petty crime, and public nuisance. While ST3 provides a valuable service, we must place public safety as a priority. Burien is primed to be a business destination location due to people being out-priced in Seattle. Burien can and should (and will, if I'm elected!) become a business-friendly city. . Seattle figures into my campaign by the sheer amount of money that is being thrown at this election. We have had candidates pop up out of NOWHERE, fully funded by big money and outside interests. This is a HUGE red flag. . SS: Where would you like to see Burien at the end of your term? What role do you see for yourself in making that happen? . DG: At the end of my four-year term, I would consider it a success if we are able to: reduce our crime (proven by statistics), have a solid anti-panhandling ordinance in place and enforced, have a city in which families are once again enjoying our parks and library (as the norm), and provide resources to our most vulnerable population without increasing the tax burden on Burien residents and businesses. Another thing would be bringing in a hotel (or at least have a contract in place). These are just a few of the things that I would deem a successful term. The role I see for myself in making this happen is to continue to fight for Burien's best interests, without thought of personal gain or political agendas. It is time for Burien to elect local, real leadership that only has one priority: Burien.
Than you to those who tuned in to KVI AM570 Talk Radio Tuesday 8:35AM.Darla Green joined hosts Kirby Wilbur & John Carlson for a discussionon Illegal Alien assaultsin Burien after a 19 yo woman was beaten and sexually assaulted in her apartment complex gym by an illegal alienlast month.
Thank you to those who tuned in to Eyes on Washington'AM 1590 The Answer' Friday afternoon at 5:00PM. Darla Green joined hosts Doug Basler and Marty McClendon for a discussionon the issues facing Burien and Washington State.
SkinPerfect Owner Darla Green announces she’ll run for City Council.
Darla Green, Owner of SkinPerfect Aesthetics in Olde Burien, announced Wednesday night (April 29) that she will challenge Gerald Robison for Burien City Council Position #6.
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