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 


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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. 


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Community Meeting and Coffee with Emily

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. 

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March 2016

March 2016

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  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.  
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January 2016

January 2016

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 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.