June 2018

Happy summer!  Here is a preview of upcoming topics and events: 

  • Monday, 6/18/18: New Community Center Final Conceptual Plan presentations 
  • Click here to take the City's quick online survey to choose your preferred design: Mission or Pavilions 
  • Monday, 7/2/18: Peninsula Health Care District presentation & update 
  • Monday, 7/2/18: Housing Impact Fees 
  • Wednesday, 7/11/18: Planning Commission's General Plan Update & Draft Environmental Impact Report 
  • Sunday, 8/26/18: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Check out our City's recycling & composting FAQ here

1) Monday, 6/18/18, City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7PM (review agenda here)

  • Community Center Conceptual Design: please join our City Council for an update and discussion about the two final design concepts for our new community center: Mission vs. Pavilions.  See photographs and review supporting agenda documents under item 10e.  City Council will consider community input and provide direction on the final design during our July 2, 2018 meeting.  If you can't attend our meetings in person, please take the online community survey or email us with your thoughts at council@burlingame.org

  • Click here to take the City's quick online survey to choose your preferred conceptual design: Mission or Pavilions 

2) Monday, 7/2/18, City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7PM (confirm agenda items by Thursday, 6/28 here)

  • Housing Impact Fee discussion: City Council will learn more from our expert consultant about implementing housing impact fees charged to new housing developments. These fees would provide the City with financial resources to support below market rate housing for Burlingame's workforce and families.    
  • Peninsula Health Care District plans to provide an update about the future Peninsula Wellness Community near Mills Hospital.  Learn more about their long-range vision here.
  • Community Center Conceptual Design: City Council will decide the final design at this meeting.

3) Wednesday, 7/11/18, Planning Commission Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7PM (review agenda here)

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The first public hearing and discussion to review
the General Plan's DRAFT Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will take place by the Burlingame Planning Commission on Wednesday, 7/11.  The General Plan serves as the roadmap for how Burlingame will grow over the next 25 years.  During this meeting, our Planning Commission will discuss the environmental impact of allowing additional housing growth primarily in the northern part of our City near Millbrae BART/Caltrain station, and additional commercial growth primarily on our Bayfront. Staff will summarize input from the public and Planning Commission for City Council to consider before adopting the final General Plan later this fall.  Learn more about the three-year process to update our City's General Plan at www.envisionburlingame.org

 

4) Sunday, 8/26/18, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 3:30-4:30PM

Please save the date to join me at Il Piccolo Caffe on Sunday, 8/26 from 3:30-4:30 PM 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. 

Take care and have a safe and wonderful summer.  I plan to send my next newsletter towards the middle of August. 

Warm regards,




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Primary Election June 2018

Don't forget to exercise your right to VOTE in the statewide June 5th primary election.  All elections are important! You can learn more about your voting options (mail or in-person) here on the County's web page or call 650-312-5222.

In summary, there are three ways to vote in the June 2018 primary:

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May 2018

Here are some noteworthy discussions during the busy month of May!

  • Monday, 5/7: City Council will consider extending our bike-share pilot program and receive a Post Office project update
  • Wednesday, 5/10: Annual Budget meeting 
  • Thursday, 5/10: Bay Area Bike to Work Day
  • Thursday, 5/10: Traffic, Safety, & Parking Commission discussion (continued) about a potential east/west Burlingame shuttle 
  • Thursday, 5/17: SamTrans Get Us Moving San Mateo County Town Hall in Burlingame
  • Wednesday, 5/23: Lyon Hoag Neighborhood Meeting
  • Friday, 6/1: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Please participate in Burlingame's Parks Master Plan online survey 
  • Coming soon: TopGolf update; date and time TBA 
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April 2018

Happy Spring!  Here are some City highlights in the weeks ahead: 

  • Wednesday, 4/11: Senior Listening Session with Councilmembers Emily Beach & Ricardo Ortiz
  • Thursday, 4/12: Traffic, Safety, & Parking Commission: gauging community interest for an east/west Burlingame shuttle 
  • Saturday, 4/28: Burlingame Community Discussion about Housing, Part Two
  • Wednesday, 5/2: Annual Joint Meeting with City Council & Planning Commission 
  • Friday, 6/1 Save the Date: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Read my recent Daily Journal Op-Ed entitled "Sustainable Transportation Solutions"
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March 2018

Note three important events happening next week!

  • Monday, March 19th, New Community Center Conceptual Plan & proposed park on the Bayfront discussion, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road  
  • Thursday, March 22nd, State Lands Commission Community Meeting about the future use of vacant State Lands property on the Bayfront next to Kincaid’s Restaurant, 6:30 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue
  • Saturday, March 24th, 101st Airborne Anniversary Division Homecoming Parade and Celebration, 11:00 AM, B Street @ 7th Avenue, San Mateo
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The Daily Journal Guest Perspective

Sustainable transportation solutions
By Emily Beach

Feb 27, 2018

Gridlock on Highway 101 and our local streets reminds us how transportation investments have not kept pace with growth in our region. To maintain our quality of life, we need safe and convenient transportation that doesn’t increase traffic and cause irreparable harm to our environment.  59515f6fcf238.image.jpg

Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure provides cost-effective solutions to help reduce congestion in ways that benefit everyone — including highway commuters. These improvements, however, require funding, community support, and the political will to enact them.  

When more people leave their cars behind, roads become less congested, parking becomes more plentiful, travel times more predictable and fewer tax dollars are required to maintain public roads. Moreover, people who walk and ride bicycles gain additional benefits to their physical and mental well-being. Why then do relatively few people do so? Safety and convenience are big challenges. Many people fear riding a bike or walking on roads near speeding drivers without robust bicycle and pedestrian spaces.

But if we build it, they will come.

Research shows that people of all ages and abilities will choose walking and cycling for short trips when it is safe and convenient. Low-stress bike routes through neighborhoods, dedicated paths protected from cars, designated lanes which separate bikes from motorized vehicles, well-maintained sidewalks and visible crosswalks are proven methods to encourage people to walk or ride to nearby destinations. When these facilities connect with commuter rail and other public transportation, all travelers benefit exponentially. Given our mild weather, population density and more frequent electrified Caltrain service coming soon, our county is well suited to embrace cycling and walking in our daily commutes. Now even electric-assist bicycles in local bike-share fleets provide us access to the hills without breaking a sweat. Better infrastructure will make these choices easier.

Despite the known benefits, communities often struggle to secure active transportation dollars. For example, 44 San Mateo County bicycle/pedestrian projects recently requested a combined $16 million from our countywide sales tax Measure A funds ($5 million available) and a state grant program for local projects ($2.26 million available). In other words, the requests outpaced the available dollars by $9 million — which meant funding fewer than half the projects. Compare $9 million of high- impact bicycle and pedestrian network improvements to the price tag of a new highway interchange ($90 million-$160 million), the proposed Highway 101 Managed Lane Project ($500 million), or even a local parking garage ($10 million-20 million). For a fraction of those costs, active transportation investments help address the root cause of our traffic and parking problems.

For the Peninsula to thrive, greater investment in sustainable transportation options must be a priority. Congestion management is a complex issue. Robust public transit, intelligent land use decisions and thoughtful highway improvements are important parts of the puzzle. Thankfully, alternative fuel vehicles pollute less, but they don’t reduce gridlock or road maintenance costs. Cycling and pedestrian improvements will not solve all traffic problems, but they are a cost-effective and healthy way to connect transportation hubs and local destinations. Because these investments reduce congestion, every commuter benefits.

Active transportation has additional perks: it’s good for the body, spirit and pocketbook. I haven’t always been an advocate, but about five years ago my husband (who is an avid bike commuter) installed a bag on my old mountain bike. Quite unexpectedly, that tiny retrofit transformed my bicycle into a practical transportation solution. With the ability to conveniently carry a heavy briefcase or a bag of groceries, cycling liberated me from our car. I was hooked. I felt happier and was amazed how much faster I arrived at nearby destinations — mostly because I didn’t need to search for parking. Bicycles help our busy family get where we need to go with only one car, which may even save us about $10,000 annually in per-vehicle ownership costs.

Please join me in supporting sustainable solutions to our traffic congestion. This week, if you are able, try walking or biking on a short trip. See how you feel and think about what improvements would make you safer. Also, participate in the survey sponsored by the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) to gather public input about possible future transit investments at GetUsMovingSMC.com before Feb. 28. This is a unique opportunity to advocate for active transportation in our communities. Your voice makes a difference.

Emily Beach is a member of the Burlingame City Council and serves on the San Mateo County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

https://www.smdailyjournal.com/opinion/guest_perspectives/sustainable-transportation-solutions/article_1c59ad6a-1b63-11e8-8d3d-87b9b44e2459.html

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February 2018

Here are some noteworthy items in February:

  • Wednesday, 2/14: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Tuesday, 2/20: City Council Study Session on housing impact fees (tentative) 
  • Monday, 2/26: El Camino Real Improvement Proposal 
  • Wednesday, 2/28Get Us Moving San Mateo County transportation priority survey closes; Town Halls on 2/15 and 2/22
  • Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Opt-up to ECO 100 clean energy 

1)  Wednesday, 2/14Coffee and Conversation with Emily, 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 the City.  Bring your questions and concerns -- and bring a friend!  Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense. 

2) Tuesday, 2/20: City Council Study Session about Housing Impact Feesand related housing policy matters, 5:30 PM at City Hall, 501 Primrose Road.  Check our upcoming agenda here to confirm meeting time and content.

3) Monday, 2/26: El Camino Real Task Force (California State Highway 82) Recommendations to City Council, 6:30 PM, Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library

  • If you are concerned about the safety and character of El Camino Real in Burlingame, please join us for one of the most important conversations of the year.  Our citizen-driven El Camino Real Task Force carefully studied a pilot section of the highway during the past 14 months.  The group will present its recommendations to City Council for improving roadway and sidewalk safety while retaining the character and health of the trees. Our Task Force includes community members representing diverse perspectives, technical staff from Caltrans (California Department of Transportation), City staff, Mayor Michael Brownrigg, and me.  Extra special thanks to the following community members for their thoughtful and tireless dedication:  Bobbi Benson, Richard Kirchner, Jeff Londer, Jennifer Pfaff, Gaird Schlesinger, and Michael Wiebracht. 

4) "Get Us Moving" San Mateo County

  • Take the survey before 2/28 to share your priorities for future county-wide transportation investment
  • Learn more at upcoming "Get us Moving" Town Hall meetings: 

Best of Burlingame Spotlight

ECO100_logo-button.pngMembers of Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame are working hard to promote clean energy in Burlingame and inspire YOU to "opt up" to ECO 100!  Join me (and many others) by choosing 100% carbon free energy for your Burlingame residence or business.  It's fast, easy, and inexpensive.  Learn more now at www.optupburlingame.org

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


Warm regards,




P.S. You can read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list here to stay informed. 

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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,




P.S. You can read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list here to stay informed. 

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October 2017

October highlights here -- scroll down to read more:

  • Monday, 10/16*: City Council discussion about use of future affordable housing funds & short term rentals (*new date!) 
  • Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Tuesday, 10/24: Public Art Community Workshop (Part II) 
  • Wednesday, 10/25: Candidate Forum for three seats on Burlingame School District Board of Trustees
  • Please remember to VOTE & Emily's endorsements
1) City Council discussion about the use of future affordable housing funds & short term rentals, Monday, 10/16, 6:00 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road
  • 6:00 PM: The meeting will begin with a Study Session about short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) here in Burlingame. This is the first step in evaluating future policy options to address the impact of short-term rentals on our city.
  • 7:00 PM: During our regular meeting, we will discuss possible uses for new fees collected from developers to help address housing affordability for Burlingame workforce and residents. Please note, this discussion was originally scheduled for a separate meeting on Wednesday, 10/18 but has now been combined with our regular meeting this Monday evening instead.  I encourage you to read the staff report in preparation for our discussion -- you can find it under item 10.a. on our agenda here.  

2)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 10/21 from 3:30-4:30 PM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Please join me at one of my favorite local hang-outs, Il Piccolo Caffe for conversation and Q&A about any city topics on your mind. Among the items we'll cover, I'll answer your questions about Measure I -- a local Burlingame 1/4 cent sales tax measure our City Council unanimously placed on November's ballot.  If successful, revenue generated will support local investment in essential city services and our quality of life, like road repair, sidewalk repair, crime prevention, and upgrades to our park and recreation facilities and programs. I invite you to read impartial information about Measure I on the City's website here, and I hope you will consider voting Yes on Measure I.  

3) Public Art Community Meeting Part II, Tuesday, 10/24, 6:30-8:00 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Our second free public art workshop will educate community members about Anson Burlingame, our city's namesake, who we intend to commemorate with our first public art endeavor.  The workshop will also gather input from community members about their vision for public art in Burlingame.  

    Background: Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg and I represent the City Council on a citizens' committee tasked to explore public art in Burlingame. You can learn more about this effort on the City's website.  I encourage you to watch our recording of last month's presentation by Lance Fung, curator of Fung Collaboratives to learn about public art and how it can enrich our community. Lance shared his experience discovering and commissioning artists to realize art in the public realm through images from some of the most successful projects around the world. 

4)   League of Women Voters' Burlingame School District Candidate Forum, Wednesday, 10/25, 7:00 PM at Burlingame Intermediate School Auditorium, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame 

  • The Burlingame PTA Council is co-sponsoring a public forum for all Burlingame School Board candidates. A moderator from the League of Women Voters will time prepared speeches and facilitate a Q&A.  There are three seats open and four candidates. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and cast an informed vote on November 7.

  • Burlingame School Board Candidate Forum
    Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
    Burlingame Intermediate School Auditorium, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame

5)  Remember to Vote & Emily's Endorsements: Ballots have been delivered via mail, so don't forget to exercise your right to vote!   You can still register to vote until Monday, 10/23.  Local elections really matter.  Many constituents have asked me to share my opinions about our 2017 ballot.  Let me first say that I admire and respect anyone who puts themselves forward to participate on the front line of democracy as a candidate or an advocate.  After much thoughtful consideration, here are my endorsements in alphabetical order:

  • Burlingame City Council: Michael Brownrigg, Ann Keighran, Ricardo Ortiz
  • Burlingame School District: Kay Coskey, Davina Drabkin, and Elizabeth Kendall 
  • Yes on Measure I 

6) Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Thank you to our incredible first responders from Burlingame's fire and police departments who are serving in the Napa region to support emergency operations during this devastating fire.  We're proud of you and appreciate all you do. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering.  Additional thanks to Burlingame Neighborhood Network and CERT volunteers who are organizing today's City Wide Drill to help neighbors prepare for future emergencies like earthquakes, floods, and fires in our city.  Hope to see you out there this morning. 

Remember you can view City Council's upcoming meeting agendas, supporting materials, and past recordings here on our City's website.  


Warm regards,




P.S. You can read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list here to stay informed. 

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September 2017

It's a busy fall!  Here are some highlights in the month ahead -- scroll down to read more:

  • Tuesday, 9/26: Public Art Community Workshop (Part I)
  • Wednesday, 10/4: League of Women Voters' City Council Candidate Forum
  • Wednesday, 10/11: Draft General Plan (road map for Burlingame's future growth) Workshop & Open House  
  • Saturday, 10/14: Neighborhood Emergency Drill 
  • Monday, 10/16: City Council Study discussion about use of future affordable housing funds (new date & time!)
  • Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Tuesday, 10/24: Public Art Community Workshop (Part II) 
  • Study Session on Short Term Rentals / Airbnb (date TBA) 
  • Thank you Bayfront Clean-Up Volunteers!

1)  Public Art Workshop, Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30-8:30 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg and I represent City Council on a citizens' committee tasked to explore public art in Burlingame. Join us for the first of a two-part presentation to learn about public art and how it can enrich our community. Lance Fung, curator of Fung Collaboratives, will share his experience discovering and commissioning artists to realize art in the public realm through images from some of the most successful and unsuccessful projects around the world. The workshop will be funny, lively, and appropriate for anyone from the novice to the art historian. The presentation will last approximately an hour with an informal reception following. Part 2 will take place on October 24.

2)   League of Women Voters' City Council Candidate Forum, Wednesday, 10/4, 7:00 PM at City Hall 

  • Learn more about the four candidates running for three seats on Burlingame City Council this November: incumbents Michael Brownrigg, Ann Keighran, Ricardo Ortiz, and challenger Steve Duncan.  I have endorsed my colleagues Michael, Ann, and Ricardo. 


3)  Draft General Plan Community Workshop and Open House, Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9:00 PM, Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • If you want to learn more about how Burlingame will manage its growth over the next 25 years, our General Plan update is a really big deal! After more than two years of community input and public process, the draft document is ready for review. Join your neighbors and share your thoughts as consultants lead discussions about land use, mobility, economic development, community health, and more. The meeting will be an open house format from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Burlingame Recreation Center. Short presentations about the draft General Plan will be made at 7:15 PM, 7:45 PM, and 8:15 PM.

  • The backstory: in 2015 the City of Burlingame commenced a three-year endeavor that updates our community’s vision for the future. The new General Plan will serve as a road-map for policy and land use for the next 25 years.  The current draft is the result of extensive community input, including the work of a 30-member Community Advisory Committee which met 18 times. Our city staff invites you to read the draft General Plan here and affirm that it reflects the community aspirations shared during the past two years of community outreach, and let us know if anything is missing.  You can email your feedback directly to the Envision Burlingame team via this form.


4)  Burlingame's fifth annual Citywide/Neighborhood Emergency Drill on Saturday, October 14, from 9-10:30 AM

  • I hope all Burlingame neighborhoods will participate in Burlingame's fifth annual Emergency Drill on Saturday, October 14th, from 9-10:30 AM. We'll practice working together with neighbors to support one another following a disaster and how to communicate with city officials when professional help may not be available for 72 hours or more.  Thank you to the volunteer Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) who organizes this annual event with help from our fire department, police, and emergency volunteers. Let's harness the energy of our neighborhood block parties and take this important step towards building community resilience.  Learn more about how to participate on the BNN website.

5) City Council Study Discussion about the use of future affordable housing funds, Monday, 10/16, 7:00 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road
  • NOTE THE NEW DATE AND TIME: Join us for a discussion about what the City should do with new fees collected from developers to help address housing affordability for our Burlingame workforce and residents.  

6)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 10/21 from 3:30-4:30 PM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Hope you can join me at one of my favorite local hang-outs, Il Piccolo Caffe for conversation and Q&A about any city topics on your mind. I'll be sure to include a discussion about Measure I, a local Burlingame 1/4 cent sales tax measure on this November's ballot.  If successful, revenue generated will support local investment in essential city services, like repairing potholes and maintaining city streets and sidewalks, enhancing neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs, improving safe routes to school, and providing adequate and safe park and recreation facilities. I invite you to read impartial information about Measure I on the City's website here.  Since I hosted my previous two constituent coffees on a Thursday and Friday, it's time for a weekend meeting. 

7) Public Art Community Meeting Part II, Tuesday, 10/24, 6:30-8:30 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Our second free public art workshop will educate community members about Anson Burlingame, our city's namesake, who we intend to commemorate with our first public art endeavor.  The workshop will also gather input from community members about their vision for public art in Burlingame.

8)  Important discussions coming soon: 

  • City Council will also address a short-term rental (Airbnb) policy this fall, most likely in October.   
  • Remember you can view City Council's upcoming meeting agendas, supporting materials, and past recordings here on our City's website.  

9) Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Thank you to 170 Bayfront Clean-Up volunteers who improved two miles of Burlingame's bayfront along the SF Bay Trail. An estimated 970 gallons of trash and 200 gallons of recyclables were collected in just three hours.  It was inspiring to work side-by-side with residents of all ages to help make a big impact that day.  Thank you, Burlingame!


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P.S. You can read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list here to stay informed. 

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