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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January 2017

  • What do YOU think is the best use of municipal land at Burlingame Golf Center?
  • Home for All presentation from San Mateo County 
  • Councilmember terms: complying with SB 415 
  • California Drive Complete Streets Project (bike, pedestrian, and auto) Community Workshop #2, Tuesday, 1/24 
  • City Council Goals Session, Saturday, 1/28 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 2/11 at Il Piccolo Caffe

Greetings, Friends --

We have a full agenda this Tuesday evening, 1/17 at City Hall -- here are some highlights:  

1)   City Council Meeting, Tuesday 1/17 @ 7:00 p.m., City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • City Council will discuss three proposals about future use of municipal land at 250 Anza Boulevard, currently operated by Burlingame Golf Center.  Murray Field will remain. The following organizations submitted proposals: US Badminton Center, Mid Peninsula Ice Rink Foundation, and Topgolf. I encourage you to read the supporting meeting documents (found on page 4 under item 10a on our agenda here) and join the discussion Tuesday night.  I've also created an unofficial online survey to help me better understand our community's response to the three proposals.  Please take a moment to answer eight short survey questions here -- I value your feedback!

  • San Mateo County will present a summary of their Home for All initiative to address the region's housing crisis.  The County's 2016 Jobs-Housing Gap Task Force created a toolkit for governments, employers, and residents to contribute to housing solutions and develop action plans.  

  • We'll also decide how to implement a new state law, SB 415, which requires our City Council elections to change from odd to even years.

2) California Complete Streets Project Community Workshop #2, Tuesday, 1/24 6-8 p.m., Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

  • Our Public Works department will hear input from the community about proposed changes to California Drive between Murchison and south of Broadway. The project aims to improve the bicycle, pedestrian, and auto experience along this 1.4 mile corridor. Come learn more and voice your opinion about this important project!

3)  City Council Annual Goals Session, Saturday, 1/28 @ 9:00 a.m., Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road

  • Join our City Council for a thoughtful discussion led by City Manager Lisa Goldman about what our city's top priorities should be in 2017.  Decisions made at this meeting will provide direction for the upcoming year.  

4)   Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 2/11 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Please join me for coffee next month at one of my favorite local hangouts, Il Piccolo Caffe.  I’ll provide a brief update on recent and upcoming city issues, and answer questions about topics on your mind.  Mark your calendar and 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.)

5)   Coming soon:

Standby for discussions at City Hall about our City’s tree ordinance (likely in early February), development impact fees, and public art. Remember you can view our meeting agendas, supporting materials, and recordings on the City's website.

Many thanks for your engagement,




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December 2016

  • Peninsula Avenue interchange 101 on/off ramp presentation 
  • General Plan population and job growth discussion 
  • Items coming to City Council in early 2017
  • Honoring our City's veterans

Holiday Greetings, Friends --

Just wanted to inform you about some important discussions happening soon at City Hall:

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August 2016

August 13, 2016 

  • City Council Water and Sewer Rates Study Session, Monday, 8/15 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Former Main Post Office Developer’s Open House, Wednesday, 8/24, drop in between 5-7:00 p.m.
  • General Plan Study Session with City Council, Wednesday, 9/7 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Coffee & Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 10/8 at Il Piccolo Caffe @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Broadway’s Nuts for Candy Named “Small Business of the Year” by California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

I hope you are enjoying a restful summer.  I also hope you will engage in some important community discussions during the upcoming weeks.

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April 2016

Please join me this Friday morning for coffee and conversation at Il Piccolo.  Also, a few other noteworthy updates: 

1) Coffee and Conversation with Emily this Friday:
  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30 a.m. @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway Avenue: I've reserved the back section of Il Piccolo Caffe for this gathering. Please join me for a brief update on city issues, but mostly for Q&A about topics on your mind. Bring a friend, and I look forward to seeing you there!

2) Upcoming meetings:

  • City Council Study Session regarding Parking Lot E, Monday, May 2nd, 5:30 p.m. @ City Hall, Council Chambers: Join the discussion about possible development in Parking Lot E, adjacent to the former post office between Park and Lorton.  This meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, but please check the city's website to confirm the agenda here.  
  • Envision Burlingame General Plan Community Workshop #2, Saturday, May 21st, 10am-1pm at the Burlingame Recreation Center. Voice your opinion about different land use alternatives for each neighborhood in Burlingame. This is an interactive, drop-in, family-friendly event.

3) Useful info:

  • Broadway Grade Separation Study (how the train meets traffic) FAQ and presentation.  If you missed the third community meeting on 3/31, you can still learn about the city's long-term plan to improve safety and congestion at this intersection.  Read the FAQ, provide feedback, and watch 3D animations for the two remaining (of six) design alternatives here on the city's project page.

4) Best of Burlingame Spotlight:

  • Special thanks to Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) for helping our city place third in a state-wide competition where residents tracked and reduced their carbon footprint, and earned prize money for sustainability projects in Burlingame.  Jeff Londer, Mike McCord, and Steve Cady of the CEC accepted Burlingame's "Cool California City" award last week in Sacramento at the Green California Summit. Congratulations! 

Please email me your ideas to improve this newsletter -- it's a work in progress!  Also, keep in touch with me about your areas of passion -- whether related to transportation, housing, development, business, seniors, parks, infrastructure, trees, etc. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you on Friday morning. 

Cheers,

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