November 2018

November Newsletter Highlights:

  • Residential Impact Fees Special Study Session, 11/14 @ 6:30 PM
  • General Plan Public Hearing, 11/19 @ 7 PM 
  • Peninsula Health Care District Wellness Community Development Town Hall, 11/26 @ 7 PM 
  • Engage with Caltrain: Business Plan (Vision 2040) Community Meetings and online Caltrain Bike Survey  
  • Commute.org & SamTrans shuttle driver shortage & local impact 
  • Hot topics coming soon: Solid Waste Rates and AT&T Wireless Facility Applications 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Friday, 1/11/19 @ 8:00 AM 

Please join us for these important community conversations during the month ahead: 

1) Wednesday, 11/14/18, Residential Impact Fee Study Session, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 6:30 PM: 
City Council will provide direction about whether or not to charge residential impact fees to developers on new housing units. These fees would provide the City with financial resources to support below market rate housing for Burlingame's workforce and their families. I encourage you to learn more about our thoughtful decision making process over the past 18 months by reading the supporting documents here.  

2) Monday, 11/19/18, General Plan Public Hearing, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7 PM:  “Envision Burlingame” has been a multi-year community-led effort to develop a road-map for Burlingame's population and job growth during the next 25 years.  The plan is now ready for City Council decision. For more information on Envision Burlingame and the planning process, please visit www.envisionburlingame.org, or to read the Draft General Plan, click here. Be sure to check our final Council agenda to confirm the meeting date and time.  

3) Monday, 11/26/18, Peninsula Health Care District Town Hall, Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, 7 PM
Peninsula Health Care District staff and elected leaders will host a community Town Hall regarding the future Peninsula Wellness Community near Mills Hospital.  The proposed 8.3 acre development envisions 300-400 housing units, health support services, and office space.  Topics will include land assembly, CEQA, public benefits, partners update, and 12-month look ahead.  Learn more about their vision here

4) Engage with Caltrain: here are a few important ways to voice your opinion about Caltrain and its future rail service: 
  • Community meetings about Caltrain's new 2040 Business Plan: visit www.caltrain2040.org to learn more and take a survey. Meetings will take place in all three counties -- Tuesday, 11/13 in San Carlos; Wednesday, 11/14, in San Francisco; and Monday, 11/26, in San Jose. Find additional details in the following press release
     
  • There is still time to participate in Caltrain's bike access survey -- the deadline has been extended.  Learn more about the survey on Caltrain's website

5) Commute.org and SamTrans commuter shuttles are experiencing a severe driver/workforce shortage throughout the County.  If you or your colleagues depend on this free shuttle service here in Burlingame, I encourage you to sign up for text alerts so you can anticipate changes and make alternative commute plans as needed:

  • Subscribe to Millbrae / Broadway Caltrain Station shuttle text alerts by texting MBAlerts to 555888.  Click here for more information.

  • Subscribe to text alerts for North Burlingame or Bayside shuttle routes by Commute.org here.

6) Topics of interest at upcoming City Council Meetings: please check our final agendas to confirm dates, times, and meeting content during the next few weeks: 

  • Solid Waste (garbage, recycling, and green waste) Rates: over the past six years, we've maintained stable rates for our residents while costs continue to increase.  City Council will consider an increase for Burlingame ratepayers over the next three years.

  • AT&T Wireless Applications: we'll revisit the discussion about two application appeals for small-cell wireless facilities (antenna and equipment) on existing wooden poles.  

7) Friday, 1/11/19, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 8:30-9:30 AM

Save the date on Friday, 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. 

Take care, happy holidays, and I hope to see you at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, December 7th!  

Warm regards,




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October 2018

October Newsletter highlights:

  • Proposal to increase Broadway's parking meter time limits and pricing
  • Burlingame Aquatic Center pool renovation update
  • City pension liabilities: update and strategies
  • November ballot transportation measures, Emily's recommendations: NO on Proposition 6; YES on Measure W
  • Senior Listening Session, 10/16
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Airport Noise Town Hall, 10/23 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Wednesday 10/24 @ 8:00 a.m. 
  • General Plan Public Meetings: 10/22, 11/5, & 11/19 
  • Parks Master Plan Public Meeting, 11/7
  • Best of Burlingame: Thank you Burlingame Neighborhood Network for leading the 2018 City Wide Drill 

Greetings friends --

Our community has important upcoming policy discussions and decisions this fall:

1) Monday, 10/15/18, City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7 PM: I encourage you to read our meeting agenda and associated staff reports for background information on the following topics here:

  • Proposal to increase Broadway's parking meter time limits and pricing (item 10b.) City Council will consider diverse input from Broadway businesses, residents, and City staff.  

  • Burlingame Aquatic Center Pool Renovation update (item 10a.) Construction continues, learn more on Monday night.  

  • Update on long-term unfunded pension liabilities and options for pre-funding obligations (item 10c.)  For community members interested in public finance, this is important stuff.  Policy changes made by CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) increased the amount participating Cities like Burlingame must pay into the system.  We've already taken intelligent steps to actively manage this challenge, and will consider additional strategies to ensure our long-term fiscal health.  

2) November Ballot: here's how I'm voting on two important transportation measures:  

  • NO on Proposition 6: Burlingame City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Proposition 6. I believe this is a dangerous state-wide ballot measure.  If passed, Proposition 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation, and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. Roughly half of the revenues at stake improve our state highways, while the other half improves local roads, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle safety. Here in Burlingame, Proposition 6 would eliminate approximately $500,000 in annual state funds and halt many of our street resurfacing projects. 

  • YES on W: Burlingame City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting San Mateo County's Measure W (one half-cent sales tax) that will provide $2.4 billion in County-wide funding to help relieve traffic congestion, fix local roads and potholes, improve public transportation, and bicycle/pedestrian connections.  No ballot measure is perfect, but I assure you that Measure W was thoughtfully crafted with diverse community support and has strict accountability and citizens’ oversight. It addresses our county's aging transit systems and roads, helps disadvantaged communities, and will provide over $10 million directly to Burlingame for locally-controlled transportation improvements over the next 30 years.  Burlingame could use these dollars for roadway improvements and to help fund our costly Broadway Grade Separation project, which will improve safety and circulation by separating cars from the train tracks.  

3) Tuesday, 10/16/18, Our City's 4th Senior Listening Session will take place at the Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m.  Two of my Council colleagues will attend this one, since I had the opportunity to participate back in April.  

4) Tuesday, 10/23, Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Airport Noise Town Hall, Skyline College, 7:00-8:30 PM
Join Congresswoman Speier for a conversation about the impact of flights on your life and health. She has been working with her congressional colleagues, the FAA, SFO, the airlines, SFO Roundtable and residents for over a year in response to the continued unabated increase in flight operations. Free event, advance registration required here.  Hope to see you there.  

5) Wednesday, 10/24/18, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 8:00-9:00 AM

Please join me at Il Piccolo Caffe on Wednesday, 10/24 at 8:00 AM for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.  I'm hoping this early time-slot may accommodate residents with different work/family schedules.  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. 

6) Upcoming General Plan Public Meetings:  “Envision Burlingame” has been a multi-year community-led effort to develop a road-map for Burlingame's population and job growth during the next 25 years.  Because the environmental review of the draft General Plan is finally complete, the plan is ready for Planning Commission review and City Council decision. The City intends to hold public hearings on the following dates at City Hall Council Chambers:

  • Planning Commission Public Hearing - Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.*
  • City Council Informational Item - Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.*
  • City Council Public Hearing - Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.*
*Be sure to check the final agendas to confirm meeting dates and times.  For more information on Envision Burlingame and the planning process, please visit www.envisionburlingame.org, or to read the Draft General Plan, click here

7) Wednesday, 11/7/18, Parks Master Plan Public Meeting, Burlingame Recreation Center, 6:30-8:30 PM 

Join our Parks and Recreation Department for an interactive workshop to voice your needs, priorities, and vision for the future of Burlingame's parks and recreation system.  
Please RSVP here and share your opinions. 

8) Best of Burlingame: Congratulations and THANKS to Burlingame Neighborhood Network for coordinating our most successful IMG_3229.JPGCity-wide neighborhood drill to date!  According to NBC Bay Area News yesterday, our community doubled the number of participating neighborhoods this year.  Many blocks like mine participated for the first time and appreciated visits and Q&A with officers from Burlingame's Police and Fire Departments.  Neighbors practiced how to help one another during an earthquake or other natural disasters, and how to communicate with emergency services without telephones and electricity.  I'm grateful we have so many engaged residents working to build our community's resilience!

 

Take care of yourselves and I hope to see you around town soon.

Warm regards,




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September 2018

Happy Labor Day weekend!  

  • Tuesday, 9/4/18: we're considering a number of hot topics at this week's Council meeting -- summary below
  • Wednesday, 10/24/18: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe 
  • Caltrain Paralleling Station update in Burlingame Gate 
  • Later this fall: Community Center Design, Parks Master Plan, General Plan Review

1) Tuesday, 9/4/18, City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, Study Session begins 6:15 PM, Regular Meeting 7PM: I encourage you to read the agenda and associated staff reports for additional information here.

  • 6:15 PM Study Session, Conference Room A: Public Art Project to honor Anson Burlingame 
    • City Council and members of the public will provide feedback to the Anson Burlingame Subcommittee and the artist regarding draft conceptual design options.
    • This project is intended to create a timeless piece of art in the public realm that commemorates the values and spirit of Anson Burlingame, our City's namesake. 

  • 7:00 PM Regular Meeting in Council Chambers will include consideration of:
    • Two application appeals for small-cell wireless facilities (antenna and equipment) on existing wooden poles (item 9a)
    • Additional Marijuana regulations (item 9c)
    • Proposed amendments to Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations ("in-law" or "secondary" units) in accordance with recent State law changes (item 9d)
    • Proposed modifications to Burlingame Village, the future below market rate housing development on City Lot F (item 10a)

2) Wednesday, 10/24/18, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 8:00-9:00 AM

Please save the date to join me at Il Piccolo Caffe on Wednesday, 10/24 at 8:00 AM for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.  I'm hoping this time-slot may accommodate residents with different work/family schedules.  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. 

3) Thanks to Burlingame residents, staff members, Caltrain, and Council colleagues for helping resolve the Caltrain Paralleling station issue last month.  Caltrain will construct the new facility on the east side of the tracks using a portion of City-owned property, rather than on the west side adjacent to residential homes in Burlingame Gate.  I felt incredibly proud of the way our residents respectfully and collaboratively participated in the public process.  Your voice mattered, thank you!

4) I will keep you posted about upcoming meetings this fall related to our new Community Center design, Parks Master Plan, and the City's General Plan, which will provide the road-map for how Burlingame will grow during the next 25 years.  Thanks for your continued engagement on these important local issues.  

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and I hope to see you around town soon. 

Warm regards,




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August 2018

Everyone is invited to join me for Coffee & Conversation with Emily, this Sunday, 8/26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Il Piccolo Caffé, 1219 Broadway. Bring your questions and concerns about our City -- and bring a friend! This is one of my favorite ways to communicate with residents and hear what matters to you. We'll have Q&A, plus I'll provide an overview about upcoming issues City Council will address this fall.  Group discussion begins at 3:00 and ends promptly at 4:00 p.m. when Il Piccolo closes, but I will arrive early if you'd like to catch me individually. 

Please feel free to drop by last minute, however, your RSVP is appreciated.  Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense.

Save the date for my next coffee and conversation event at Il Piccolo on Wednesday, 10/24 at 8:00 a.m. in case weekday mornings work better for you.  

Thanks for your continued engagement and trust in me.  Hope you had a great summer!



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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 3:00-4:00 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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