January 2018

Happy New Year! Please engage locally in the weeks ahead:

  • Saturday, 1/27: City Council Annual Goals Session
  • Monday, 2/5 (tentative): Study Session about the Affordable Housing Development and Parking Garage on Lots F&N
  • Monday, 2/5: “Get Us Moving” Traffic and Transportation Presentation
  • Saturday, 2/10: Burlingame Community Discussion about Housing: What does the future of housing look like in Burlingame?  What mix of housing options and programs will help our community thrive?
  • Wednesday, 2/14: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Best of Burlingame: Welcome Limebike & Carolan safety improvements

1)  Saturday, 1/27: City Council Annual Goals Session, 9:00 AM-12:00 noon, Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road:

  • Join our City Council for a thoughtful discussion led by City Manager Lisa Goldman about what the City's top priorities should be in 2018.  Decisions made at this meeting will provide direction for the upcoming year.  The agenda includes a detailed discussion about the Measure I (voter-approved 1/4 cent sales tax) expenditure plan and our City's housing goals.  View the agenda and supporting documents on our new-and-improved City of Burlingame website

2)  Monday, 2/5/18: City Council Meeting highlights, 501 Primrose Road (confirm final agenda here prior to meeting)

  • 5:30-7:00 PM: Study Session about the Affordable Housing Development and Parking Garage on City Lots F&N: City Council and the developer will discuss the proposed 132 units of below market rate housing for workforce and seniors (Lot F), plus the new parking garage (Lot N.)  We’ll confirm the vision for the project before it enters the public planning process.

  • 7:00 PM “Get Us Moving” presentation: San Mateo County is leading an initiative that will create local solutions to improve traffic and transportation.  San Mateo County’s economy is booming and our transit systems and infrastructure need to keep pace so we can reduce traffic congestion and thrive as a region.  Learn more from this presentation and make your voice heard by participating in their transportation survey here

3)  Community Discussion about Housing: Saturday, 2/10 @ 9:00-11:00 AM, Burlingame Lions Club Hall, 990 Burlingame Avenue

  • What does the future of housing look like in Burlingame?  What mix of housing options and programs will help our community thrive? Join this community conversation to learn more about the current supply of housing in Burlingame and possibilities on the horizon. This is the first of two Burlingame community meetings made possible by a grant from the county.

  • The goal is to gather a broad cross section of people who live and work in Burlingame to talk about current challenges related to housing, share ideas, and explore opportunities. People who are newer to the issue of housing are particularly welcome. A mix of short presentations and small group discussions will encourage people of all backgrounds to contribute their thoughts and perspectives. Please RSVP here.

  • Follow Housing and Our Community on Facebook to keep updated about the event and upcoming community pop-ups.

4)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Wednesday, 2/14 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Please join me at one of my favorite hang-outs, Il Piccolo Caffe, for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.  Bring your questions and concerns about our City -- and bring a friend!  Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense. 

5) Best of Burlingame: Welcome LimeBike & Carolan improvements

Wondering about the green bikes springing up around town? Limebike launched a six-month pilot bikeshare program here in Burlingame this month.  Limebike is an app-based bikeshare network that operates without traditional docking stations. For more information about this innovative company headquartered in San Mateo visit http://www.limebike.com/

Lime_Bike_1.jpgRides cost $1 every 30 minutes. Riders need to download the app onto their smartphone, scan the bike number, strap on a helmet, enjoy, and ride responsibly.

Since this is a dockless bikeshare program, it's OK for bikes to park in unconventional places. However, it's not OK for bikes to block driveways, pedestrian paths, bus stops, traffic, private property, wheelchair access, etc. You can familiarize yourself with their bike parking protocol here: http://www.limebike.com/how-to-lime.

If bikes are parked inappropriately, contact LimeBike customer support and they will resolve the issue within 2 hours. Reach customer service at 1-888-LIME-345 or email support@limebike.com.

During this pilot program I'm sure we'll have some growing pains in Burlingame, but I'm excited to give LimeBike a chance and hear feedback from our community.  More bikes = less auto traffic, more parking spaces, improved air quality, convenience, better health, and FUN. A limited supply of free LimeBike helmets are available at the library. Download the Limebike app and use the promo code "CityofTrees" for five free rides.

And be sure and take a spin down Carolan Avenue to explore our City’s new bicycle, pedestrian, and auto safety improvements.  Enjoy and ride responsibly!

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View City Council's upcoming meeting agendas, supporting materials, and past recordings here on our City's new and improved website.  


Warm regards,




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