We’ve just confirmed with Kenny Pittman, a senior adviser to Mayor Mike McGinn, that the mayor is proposing to have White Center vote this November on whether to be annexed to Seattle – that’s the entire area between the current city limits, and what will be the northernmost city limits of Burien when the voter-approved North Highline South annexation takes effect later this year. Pittman first disclosed the plan in a letter to Burien’s mayor Joan McGilton, West Seattle Rep. Eileen Cody and Rep. Ross Hunter (see the letter here), responding to their request for clarification of the mayor’s intent regarding White Center annexation; we updated the annexation issue just last week, when Councilmember Jean Godden discussed it during a brown-bag lunch at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce offices (here’s our report on partner site White Center Now).
Pittman told WSB by phone that City Council approval will be required to get this before voters in November, and the process of working toward that will begin next Monday, when he briefs the council on the plan. We have requests for comment in to both Seattle Council president Richard Conlin, Burien City Manager Mike Martin and the White Center Community Development Association.
ADDED 3:28 PM: Speaking for Council President Conlin, Rob Gala says, “(He) is ready to put this before the council – we’ll start talking about it right away. He’s been an advocate of annexation for a while, and we’re ready to put it before the people for a vote.”
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