April 2021

Dear Friends,

Given how much I love infrastructure... this is an exciting moment in history for transportation investments! Despite significant pressure that COVID-19 has put on Burlingame's budget, I'm proud that our city continues to prioritize safety and mobility improvements on our streets and sidewalks. Thanks for your patience with all the construction underway.

In my regional work as Chairperson of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) we're funding high-impact infrastructure projects like Caltrain's transition from diesel to electric trains, the US 101 Express Lanes Project, railway/roadway grade separations, ferry service, highway overpasses, and record-breaking numbers of bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Happy to report that Burlingame recently received a $1.4 million grant from SMCTA to build new bicycle lanes on California Drive between Broadway and Oak Grove, plus pedestrian safety improvements adjacent to Burlingame's Caltrain station ̶  and we can't wait to build them! In the months ahead, we look forward to hearing your input on those final designs. 

Behind the scenes, I've been working tirelessly to best position Burlingame's Broadway Grade Separation project for federal grant dollars so we can finally fix that insane and terribly dangerous intersection. We're lucky to have project champions in Washington D.C. like Congresswoman Speier, Congresswoman Eshoo, and Senator Feinstein. In other related news, I was thrilled to receive an appointment last month to a Federal Transportation and Infrastructure Services Advocacy Committee with the National League of Cities. It's super exciting to have front-row access to advocate for Federal dollars on behalf of our region with members of Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation, particularly as investment in our country's infrastructure takes center stage.  I want you to know that I'm working hard to represent your interests, and I take this responsibility very seriously.  You can count on me to do everything I can to ensure federal infrastructure investments will have the greatest possible impact in our local communities.  

U.S. Highway 101 / Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project Meetings 


Please note the following two important meetings about the U.S. Highway 101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project:

  • Monday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom: The City of San Mateo will provide a project update to Burlingame City Council. You can find the study session materials and Zoom meeting information here.

  • Wednesday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom: Caltrans and The City of San Mateo will host a virtual environmental scoping meeting. Even if you've participated in prior meetings, it's important that you submit written comments and questions about the project into the public record for consideration during the 30-day public comment period between 4/28/21 until 5PM on 5/24/21 when Caltrans' public comment period closes. All comments are welcome.  For additional information regarding the scoping meeting, how to submit your written comments, and project details, please visit the City of San Mateo’s website.  
The proposed U.S. Highway 101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project would relocate the existing southbound on-and off-ramps from East Poplar Avenue to Peninsula Avenue in order to create a single, full-access interchange at Peninsula Avenue and Airport Boulevard. The proposed project also includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Peninsula Avenue from just west of North Humboldt Street to North Bayshore Boulevard.


Virtual Q&A With Emily, Wednesday 4/28 @ 5PM via Zoom or Telephone 

Join me for my 21st virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 4/28 @ 5PM.  This is an important way for me to keep in touch with you, share trusted information, and hear what's on your mind.  Visit my events page for instructions about how to dial-in by phone or join via Zoom video conference.  Bring your questions or comments -- or feel free to just listen in and learn about what's happening in the City.  Thanks for spreading the word by sharing this invitation to others who may not receive my newsletter. You can forward this email, or share the following URL link: https://www.beachforburlingame.com/newsletter


Future Burlingame Town Square:

Annual Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
Saturday 4/24 @ 9AM via Zoom 

Pictured above: site of Burlingame's future Town Square and an artist's rendition of how it might look.

Annual Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Zoom webinar: Meeting ID 993 5796 5341, Passcode 635155

The first item on the annual Joint City Council/Planning Commission meeting agenda will be a presentation of design concepts for Burlingame’s future Town Square (located next to the old Post Office on Park Road).

The team has developed two design alternatives based on previous input from the community, and these alternatives will be shared for the first time at this meeting! We encourage you to take a moment out of your Saturday morning to see the possibilities for this very special addition to Burlingame. For more information on the Town Square project, click here.

COVID-19 News as of 4/15/21

1) Effective 4/15/21, vaccinations are open to all Californians ages 16 and older! Learn more here. 

2) Also, rules about social gatherings have significantly loosened up. You can read detailed guidance about all kinds of "gatherings" from the California Department of Public Health.  

3) It's hard to keep up with all the COVID-19 related news lately.  Here are some highlights: 
  • As vaccine eligibility expanded to residents ages 16 and older on April 15, vaccine supply remains severely constrained. Check with your primary care provider and/or pharmacies for appointments. Like many of you, I'm still waiting for mine!  But we're getting closer every day.  

  • There are now 33 pharmacy locations offering free vaccines in San Mateo County, including Rite Aid, Safeway/Albertsons, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. New sites are added every few days.  Keep checking with your local pharmacy.  

  • With supplies limited, the County Health Department continues to focus on community clinics and eligible local residents in lower-income neighborhoods. Given these communities have experienced the worst of COVID, this is the right thing to do.

  • On April 6, 2021, Gov. Newsom announced that California will fully open its economy on June 15 and end the Blueprint for a Safer Economy if two criteria are met:
    • Vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated
    • Hospitalization rates are stable and low


Financial Assistance for Renters and Small Landlords 

Unprecedented financial relief is available now for renters and landlords struggling due to COVID-19. Visit HousingIsKey.com and/or contact Samaritan House here in San Mateo County for assistance. Please spread the word!


Celebrate Earth Day in Burlingame!


Help our Burlingame community celebrate Earth Day! When each of us makes a decision to modify our behavior in ways that protect our environment, we really move the needle. During COVID, for example, I've started bringing a "grabber tool" (compliments of my fellow trash picker-friend Fred) to collect garbage during my early morning walks. This small individual action beautifies our neighborhoods, protects the Bay's wildlife, and our City's storm drains.  Please take a photo of yourself doing one (or all five!) of the actions below and earn an Earth Day goody bag:
1. Use a bicycle to get around in your neighborhood.
2. Fill your reusable bottle at a hydration station at a public park.
3. Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
4. Show how you say no to disposable cutlery.
5. Take a picture in front of our pop-up display on Burlingame Avenue or Broadway.
Email your picture to [email protected], or tag @burlingame_sustainability on Instagram. This giveaway ends on April 30, 2021, and winners will be selected in early May. There is a limit of one winner per household in Burlingame. Goody bag contents may include a reusable bag, a low flow showerhead, a dog waste dispenser, and a reusable metal straw. A limited number of grand prize jigsaw puzzles will be awarded to residents who submit photos of all five actions mentioned above.



Thanks for your continued trust in me.  Take care, get your vaccine ASAP, and keep in touch!

Warm regards,