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.
March 29, 2016
I invite you to an important community meeting this week and my upcoming coffee at Il Piccolo:
1) Broadway Grade Separation (how the train meets traffic) Community Meeting #3: this Thursday, 3/31/16 at 6:30 p.m., Burlingame Public Library, Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Road
Note, this meeting is about the railroad crossing at Broadway, not the overpass currently under construction. Learn about the Broadway grade separation study intended to improve the safety and congestion at this intersection. Staff will answer questions and present 3D animations for the two remaining (of six) alternatives studied. Provide your feedback and help determine if there is a community preference for one of the designs.
Greetings Frirends --
Just a quick note to update you on a few City Hall topics:
1) I invite you to attend the Joint Meeting with our City Council and Planning Commission, Saturday 3/19/16 @ Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library, 9:00-12:00 noon.
- We'll hear an update on Burlingame's General Plan and the important work being done by our Community Advisory Committee. We'll discuss their progress and the long-term vision for how Burlingame should grow and change over the next 25 years. Our general plan will have a powerful long-term impact on our city, so please join the dialogue. Mark your calendar for a community-wide workshop on 5/21.
- Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) will also present an update on its master plan, which includes a vision for a future wellness community on PHCD property near Mills-Peninsula hospital.
2) Recent developments:
- Burlingame (along with every other city in San Mateo County) voted to join Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice energy program that pools our collective demand to purchase greener energy. I encourage you to learn more about it at peninsulacleanenergy.com. Initial customer enrollment is scheduled to begin in October 2016.
FEMA flood zone maps: the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new proposed flood insurance rate map will affect additional residents and businesses in 2017. If you receive a written notification about your residential or business property, please explore discounted insurance plans referenced in the letter that will be available for a limited time only.
- The City will begin polling this spring to understand our community's receptivity to a possible future tax measure to help fund capital improvements.
Greetings Friends --
Happy New Year! I'm writing my first update as your Councilmember to let you know about a few topics of interest coming soon to City Hall. I invite you to join my email list so I can keep you informed with messages like this from time to time. Remember you can view City Council agendas, stream meetings live, or view the recordings at your convenience on the City of Burlingame's website.
1) City Council Meeting, Tuesday, 1/19, 7:00 p.m. @ City Hall, topics will include:
Broadway grade separation update: staff will report on engineering plans to improve the train/traffic crossing at Broadway. Note, this is a different project than the Broadway/101 interchange reconstruction project currently underway.
FEMA flood zone maps: we'll hear a staff report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's proposed flood insurance rate map, likely to affect additional residents and businesses in 2017.
2) Annual Goals Session Meeting, Saturday, 1/30, 9-12:00 noon, @ Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library
3) In February, City Council will consider whether or not Burlingame will join Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice energy program spearheaded by San Mateo County. I encourage you to learn more about it on their website peninsulacleanenergy.com and join the discussion next month.
I'm learning so much and really enjoying the challenge of my new role. Many thanks again for your support in November's election.