January 2019

Happy New Year!  Here are a few important items and discussions happening in Burlingame:

  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, this Friday, 1/11/19, 8:30 AM (*new location)
  • New California Drive roundabout instructional video 
  • SFO Airport Roundtable Ground Based Noise Subcommittee Meeting, 1/22/19, 10:30 AM
  • City Council Annual Goals Session, Saturday, 1/26/19, 9:00-12:00 noon
  • Upcoming hot topics: solid waste rates, residential impact fees, wireless/cellular applications

1) Friday, 1/11/19, Coffee and Conversation with Emily, 8:30-9:30 AM, *NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: meet outside Royal Donut, 1165 Broadway, Burlingame

Please join me this Friday morning, 1/11 at 8:30 AM 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. This is one of my favorite ways to communicate with residents and hear what matters to you.  Since Il Piccolo hasn't re-opened yet, we'll meet outside Royal Donut, 1165 Broadway, and find a suitable space on Broadway based on the size of our group.  Hope to see you there.

2) Watch our City's new instructional video to learn how to navigate the California Drive Roundabout. To read more about the project details, visit our webpage dedicated to this project.  Construction is expected to finish in February, weather permitting.  

3) Tuesday, 1/22/19, San Francisco Airport Community Roundtable's Ground-Based Noise Meeting, 10:30-12:00 PM, Millbrae Community Center, 623 Magnolia Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 

The Airport/Community Roundtable group includes representatives from the aviation industry, Federal Aviation Administration, SFO Management, and local elected officials.  This subcommittee meeting will focus on how airplane back-blast noise impacts residents who live near the airport.  Councilmember Ricardo Ortiz represents Burlingame on this subcommittee.  Join the conversation and learn more at http://sforoundtable.org/

4) Saturday, 1/26/19, 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 about what the City's top priorities should be in 2019.  Decisions made at this meeting will provide direction for the upcoming year.

5) Upcoming City Council meeting agendas will confirm dates/times when we’ll discuss the following issues during the month ahead:

  • Solid waste & recycling rates 2019-2021: over the past six years, we've maintained stable rates for our residents’ garbage, recycling, and green waste while costs continue to increase.  City Council will consider an increase for Burlingame ratepayers in 2019, 2020, and 2021. For example, the proposed increase in 2019 for residents with a 20-gallon cart = $.77/month ($9.24 annually); 32-gallon carts = $1.43/month ($17.16 annually.)  

  • Residential Impact Fees: our City Council will provide direction about residential impact fees charged to developers when new multi-family housing units are built. These fees will provide the City with financial resources to support below market rate housing for Burlingame's workforce and their families. 

  • AT&T Wireless Applications: we'll revisit the discussion about two application appeals for small-cell wireless antennas and equipment on existing wooden utility poles, all within the context of new federal laws which severely limit our city’s ability to regulate this kind of wireless infrastructure.  

Remember you can watch our City Council meetings live on television (Channel 26 for Wave customers, Channel 27 for Comcast customers) at 7 PM on the first and third Monday of each month, or view our meeting recordings here.  Thank you for your engagement and continued trust in me!  

Wishing you all the best in 2019, 

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