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,




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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,




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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,




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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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August 2017

Happy summer!  This post includes information about: 

  • Tuesday, 8/8: Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit 
  • Wednesday, 8/23 at 6:00 p.m: Caltrain Electrification Outreach Meeting hosted by Caltrain staff
  • Thursday, 8/24 and Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Upcoming community discussions related to our General Plan Update and cannabis (marijuana) policy 

1)  Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit, Tuesday, 8/8, 9:00 a.m. at Microsoft, Mountain View, CA 

  • For active transportation enthusiasts like me, there is still time to register for tomorrow's Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit.  Along this same theme, I highly recommend listening to a free podcast I heard on NPR this summer recorded at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco called "Why Two Wheels are Better Than Four." This engaging panel discusses why getting out of a car and onto a bike is one of the best things we can do for the climate and our personal health. Enjoy and be inspired!


2)   Caltrain Electrification Community Outreach Meeting, Wednesday, 8/23, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Caltrain will host a community meeting in Burlingame to discuss upcoming construction activities related to the Caltrain Electrification Project. Upcoming work in our area includes utility relocation, signal and communication equipment, and the installation of foundations for the overhead contact system poles. Work is scheduled to begin within the next three months.  You can learn more about the project on the CalMod website, and find information specifically related to construction activity here

3)  New Dates! Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Thursday, 8/24, 8:30 a.m. and Saturday, 10/21 at 3:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

In an effort to accommodate different preferences for weekday vs. weekend gatherings, I'm hosting two upcoming constituent events - at no taxpayer expense.  Hope you can join me at one of my favorite local hang-outs, Il Piccolo Caffe: 

  • Thursday, 8/24 (*new date) from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Join me for conversation and Q&A about any topics on your mind, including the upcoming Burlingame 1/4 cent sales tax measure that will appear on November's ballot.  If successful, revenue generated will support local investment in essential city services, such as: repairing potholes and maintaining city streets and sidewalks, enhancing neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs, improving safe routes to school, and providing adequate, safe, park and recreation facilities.  

  • Saturday, 10/21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Here is another opportunity for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues and the upcoming local sales tax measure. 

4)  Important discussions coming soon: 

  • City Council will address municipal cannabis (marijuana) policy this fall, most likely in September.  You can confirm our upcoming agenda topics here.

  • Two meetings related to our City's General Plan Update listed below.  Learn more about this three-year community process on the Envision Burlingame website:

    • Monday, 8/14: The Planning Commission will discuss the scope of the environmental review being conducted for the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update. You can confirm meeting date and agenda details here.
    • Wednesday, 10/11: Community Meeting to unveil Envision Burlingame's Draft General Plan. The meeting will be scheduled for the early evening, with the opportunity to drop in for a preview in the late afternoon.

Remember you can view City Council's meeting agendas, supporting materials, and recordings on our City's website.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you at Burlingame on the Avenue Festival later this month! 

All the best,




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June 2017 Update

As promised, I'm confirming City Council will address the following important topics this coming Monday, June 19th starting at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall, 501 Primrose Road:

  • Consideration of placing a quarter cent local sales tax on the November 2017 ballot
  • Commercial linkage fees for new commercial developments
  • Eucalyptus tree evaluation and removals on Burlingame Avenue
  • Joint Use Agreement with Burlingame School District 

Click here to read our agenda and supporting documents for each of these discussions and more.  I hope you can join us.

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June 2017

Here are a few important community discussions that will take place in the month ahead:

  • Monday, 6/5 at Burlingame City Hall: future affordable senior/workforce housing and new parking garage on downtown parking lots F&N, plus a public hearing for a new commercial development fee
  • Monday, 6/5 at Redwood City's City Hall: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Community Meeting to discuss the U.S. Route 101 Managed Lane Project in San Mateo County to improve congestion on 101
  • Near future June/July discussions at Burlingame City Hall: possible local revenue measure, Burlingame Avenue Eucalyptus Tree update, Mills Canyon update
  • Friday, 8/25: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Cafe

1)  Burlingame City Council Meeting, Monday, 6/5, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • 5:30 p.m. Study Session in Conference Room A: City Council will meet with the developer to discuss our community's vision for below market rate senior/workforce housing and a new parking garage on downtown parking lots F&N.  The City set this project in motion in 2015.

  • 7:00 p.m. our regular meeting agenda includes a public hearing for a Commercial Linkage Fee Ordinance.  These fees are collected when the City issues building permits for commercial development projects.  Fees may be used to invest in, retain, or create affordable housing. 

2)   U.S. 101 Managed Lane Project hosted by Caltrans, Monday, 6/5, 6:30 p.m., Redwood City’s City Hall, 1071 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA

  • The US 101 Managed Lane Project aims to reduce congestion along the heavily-traveled 101 corridor between Interstate 380 and Santa Clara County by encouraging carpooling and transit use, and making use of the latest in traffic management technology. Some of the measures under consideration include converting existing HOV lanes to express lanes, adding new HOV or express lanes between Whipple Road and Interstate 380, and removing and replacing existing auxiliary lanes between interchanges. This is an important opportunity to hear feedback from the community about alternatives under consideration.  Learn more about the project on the Caltrans website.

3)   I invite you to monitor our regular meeting agendas for 6/19 and 7/3 to confirm the date, time, and location for these upcoming discussions.  In an effort not to overwhelm your email inbox, I will publish confirmed dates on my website's "news" page and Facebook page rather than send an additional newsletter this month. Coming soon to City Hall:

  • Discussion about a possible local revenue measure
  • Burlingame Avenue Eucalyptus Tree update following 2017 winter storms
  • Mills Canyon update

4)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Friday, 8/25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Il Piccolo Cafe, 1219 Broadway 

  • My next constituent coffee will take place on Friday morning, 8/25 to accommodate different preferences for weekday vs. weekend gatherings.  Join me for conversation and Q&A about city topics on your mind.  

Remember you can view City Council's meeting agendas, supporting materials, and recordings on the City's website.  Wishing a happy and safe summer to all!




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May 2017

Greetings Friends,

I hope to see you tomorrow afternoon for coffee and conversation!  Also, here are a few noteworthy upcoming events: 

  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Cafe
  • City of Burlingame Annual Budget Study Session, Wednesday, 5/10, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
  • Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 11th
  • U.S. 101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project Community Meeting hosted by the City of San Mateo, Tuesday, 5/16, 6:30 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center
  • NEW LOCATION & MEETING UPDATE: City Council Special Meeting regarding the Burlingame School District's request to financially contribute to re-turfing Franklin and Osberg Fields, Wednesday, 5/24, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Conference Room A

1)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 5/6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Cafe, 1219 Broadway 

  • Join me tomorrow afternoon for coffee at one of my favorite local hangouts, Il Piccolo on Broadway.  I’ll provide a brief update on recent and upcoming city issues, and answer questions about topics on your mind.  Feel free to drop by at the last minute if your schedule allows – however, I always appreciate RSVP's so I can plan the right amount of refreshments (at no taxpayer expense).

2)  City of Burlingame Annual Budget Study Session, Wednesday, 5/10, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • Learn about our City's annual budgeting process and financial priorities for fiscal year 2017-18 this Wednesday evening. 

3)   U.S. 101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project Community Meeting hosted by the City of San Mateo, Tuesday, 5/16, 6:30 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue 

  • This infrastructure project proposes to relocate the existing US 101 southbound on and off-ramps from East Poplar Avenue to Peninsula Avenue to eliminate the partial interchange condition and create a single, full access interchange at Peninsula Avenue and Airport Boulevard. The City of San Mateo will host an interactive Burlingame Community Workshop Meeting to gather input on concepts for design, traffic study intersections, complete street elements, parking, bicycling, and pedestrian issues. A presentation will be followed by table break-out sessions where attendees will work in groups to discuss project elements. If you miss this event, San Mateo will host a presentation followed by an open house on Wednesday, May 17th at San Mateo City Hall, 330 West 20th Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Visit San Mateo's project webpage here for more information.  

4)   UPDATE: City Council Special Meeting, Wednesday, 5/24, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, Conference Room A

  • Join the conversation about the City's partnership with Burlingame School District.  Our City Council will discuss and provide direction regarding the Burlingame School District's request to financially contribute to re-turfing Franklin and Osberg Fields and the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the District.  Meeting agenda posted here

Many thanks for your engagement.  Enjoy the weekend!




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April 2017

Just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of a few noteworthy upcoming meetings:

  • California High Speed Rail Authority Community Open House in San Mateo, Thursday, 4/13
  • Burlingame City Council and Planning Commission Annual Joint Meeting, Saturday, 4/15
  • Discussion about senior/workforce housing on downtown Parking Lots F&N, and Burlingame School District's funding request to help re-turf district fields, Monday, 4/17
  • Senior Listening Session with Councilmembers Beach and Colson, Tuesday, 4/25 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6 at Il Piccolo

1)  California High Speed Rail Authority Community Open House in San Mateo, Thursday, 4/13 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 South El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Mateo, CA 94402

  • Learn more about the proposed San Francisco to San Jose project section, ask questions, and provide input regarding the impact on our community.  Read more about this meeting on their event flyer and visit the CAHSR website.  Drop in anytime between 5-8:00 p.m, however a presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. 

2)  Burlingame City Council and Planning Commission Annual Joint Meeting, Saturday, 4/15, 9:00 a.m., Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library

  • Our City Council and Planning Commission will meet to discuss housing linkage/impact fees, which are fees collected at the time the City issues building permits for residential and commercial projects, and ways the fees could be used to invest in retaining or creating affordable housing. Additionally, we'll receive a progress report from the consultant preparing the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update, and discuss traditional versus contemporary/modern housing in our community.

3)   City Council Study Session and Regular Meeting, Monday, 4/17 at City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • Study Session at 5:30 p.m. (time tentative, check final agenda here.) We will receive a status report about future senior/workforce housing and new parking garage on downtown parking lots F&N.  City Council set this project in motion during the spring of 2015.  
  • Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m: Among other issues, City Council will discuss and consider Burlingame School District's request to help fund re-turfing of Franklin and Osberg Fields.  


4)   Senior Listening Session with Councilmembers Beach and Colson, Tuesday, 4/25, 10:30 a.m., Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue, RSVP's to our Recreation Department appreciated, please call 650-558-7300 

  • I was delighted to work with our Parks and Recreation staff to make this important event series happen.  We invite seniors in our community to bring your questions, share concerns, and learn more about our local government.  Two Councilmembers at a time will rotate through future meetings.

5)   Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 5/6 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Cafe, 1219 Broadway

  • Save the date on your busy calendar!  Hope you can join me to discuss city issues and questions on your mind.    

Many thanks for your engagement,




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March 2017

  • City Council Mid-Year Budget Session, Wednesday 3/15
  • The future of city land at Burlingame Golf Center, Tuesday, 3/21
  • Sea Level Rise presentation hosted by Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, Wednesday 3/22 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6 at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Green Business Award winners 

Hello, Friends -- I hope you find the following reminders helpful:

1)   City Council Mid-Year Budget Review, Wednesday, 3/15 @ 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • City Council will review and discuss staff's mid-year financial summary and budget amendments for 2016-17, plus proposed General Fund Capital Improvement Projects for 2017-18.  You can find our agenda and links to the meeting documents here.

2)  City Council Study Session: Burlingame Golf Center Land, Tuesday, 3/21 @ 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • As a follow-up to our lively community discussion on 1/17, City Council will hear updated proposals and discuss the future use of municipal land at 250 Anza Boulevard, currently operated by Burlingame Golf Center.  Murray Field will remain. Although one of the three applicants (Mid Peninsula Ice Rink Foundation) withdrew its proposal, we still have a very important decision to make about the most appropriate use of city-owned land. Please stay engaged with this discussion. 

3)   Burlingame Citizens Environmental Council presents: How Will Sea Level Rise Impact You? Wednesday, 3/22 @ 7:00 p.m., Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

  • Hilary Papendick from San Mateo County's Office of Sustainability and Gary White of the San Mateo Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby will explain what sea level rise means for Burlingame and the Bay Area, what regional agencies and governments are doing to prepare, and how you can make a difference. For more information, visit www.cecburlingame.org 

4)   Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 5/6 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Save the date on your busy calendar!  Hope you can join me to discuss city issues and questions on your mind.    

Best of Burlingame Spotlight: congratulations to the following two winners of Burlingame's Green Business Award: 

Que SeRaw SeRaw is a vegan take-out eatery off Broadway whose mission is to provide delicious food that has a low environmental impact. They compost all food scraps, exclusively use recyclable or compostable packaging, and enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy ECO100 to receive 100% renewable energy.
 
Putnam Automotive worked with San Mateo County Energy Watch to upgrade the outdoor lighting to LED lights in all their facilities. They received $47,000 in rebates and are saving 30% in their monthly electricity bills. Putnam also recycles close to 95% of their waste and is exploring using tablets in their service shops to eliminate paper use.

Many thanks for your engagement,




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