April 9, 2020: Virtual Weekly Coffee & Conversations, COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe.  This newsletter contains important information about: 

  • WEEKLY Virtual Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A) via Zoom or telephone starting this Tuesday, 4/14 @ 5 PM 

  • Trusted primary resources for COVID-19 information

  • Census 2020 is here! 

  • Burlingame Neighborhood Network Assistance  

  • SMC Strong Fund 
  • Business resources, plus Burlingame small business assistance

  • Shelter in place reminders and #BurlingameTogether Campaign 

Important Upcoming Dates:

• Tuesday, 4/14/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Monday, 4/20: Burlingame City Council Meeting. Join us via Zoom Meeting online or via phone to participate, or email your public comments to [email protected] and staff will read them out loud.  Agenda will be posted here.

• Tuesday, 4/21/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Tuesday, 4/28/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Saturday, 5/2/20, Joint Planning Commission and City Council Annual Meeting, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  Zoom meeting info will be published here.  

Coming this spring to City Council, dates TBA: Local Burlingame business COVID-19 relief, Lyon Hoag final traffic study report, Minimum Wage Ordinance, Cellphone Emission Warning Ordinance, Short-Term Rentals, New Development Reach Codes.  

View our City Council meeting video recordings and review our agendas here to confirm the location, date, time, and detailed meeting content. 

1) VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or phone, weekly on Tuesdays @ 5 PM: 

Please join me for the first of my WEEKLY virtual "Coffee & Conversation with Emily" events starting Tuesday, 4/14/20 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. via telephone or video conference -- whichever you prefer. I want to be as accessible as possible to you throughout the County's Shelter-In-Place order. Each week you can visit my website's events page for instructions about how to dial-in by phone or join via Zoom video conference.  Bring your own cup or glass, plus your questions or comments about any City matter on your mind -- or feel free to just listen in.  You are also welcome to email me your questions or comments in advance and I will address them.  Please help me get the word out by sharing this invitation to others who may not receive my newsletter.  

I will also keep you posted about future City-sponsored Town Hall events that include our City Manager, key staff, and other Councilmembers here as well.    

2) Trusted Primary Sources of COVID-19 Information 

3) Census 2020 is here!

Stand up and be counted, especially now! Remember, every ten years census information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly -- including emergency relief funds during COVID-19.

It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.  No matter who you are or where you come from, EVERYONE COUNTS.  It's easy, safe, and confidential -- learn more how you can participate in the census via mail, phone, or online at the County's Census Website.  

4) Burlingame Neighborhood Network Assistance

Thank you, Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) for teaching our community about disaster preparedness and how to support one another during emergencies like COVID-19!  We've certainly seen the results of our community-building effort in action during the past few weeks.

BNN encourages neighbors to reach out to one another via email, phone, or flyers on doorsteps to see if anyone living nearby needs help. BNN leaders suggest asking neighbors:
(1) if they would appreciate a regular check-in call;  
(2) if they need help with ordering food or supplies. Help can be provided safely without physical contact by following County Health Order guidelines.

If you need help please email BNN at [email protected], or you can call and leave a message at 650-558-7204 (City Manager's Office) and we will relay your contact info to BNN.  Learn more or volunteer to help at BurlingameNetwork.org.

5) San Mateo County Strong (SMC Strong) Fund:
In partnership with San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the San Mateo County Strong Fund was established to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County's most vulnerable residents, small businesses, and non-profits. Please consider joining me by personally donating to this effort.
6) Business Resources, plus local Burlingame small business assistance on its way

If you are a Burlingame Business owner, your one-stop-shop for support, assistance, and navigating COVID-19 benefit programs is SAMCEDA.  

Additionally, our City's COVID-19 economic response effort continued on Monday night when our City Council discussed a local support package for Burlingame small businesses.  You can review the written report and 7-page proposal in more detail here and watch the meeting video (the conversation begins 1:12:00, one hour and twelve minutes into the meeting.)  Highlights under consideration include a grant program targeting small local businesses, offering a gift card program to vulnerable residents for shopping in Burlingame, covering merchant fees to business improvement districts, and temporarily waiving downtown parking fees. We'll likely take official action on the final proposal at our 4/20/20 Council meeting. You can also read the San Mateo Daily Journal's article here.  

7) Shelter in place reminders and #BurlingameTogether Campaign

In my message to our Burlingame community last week via the City's e-News, I thanked everyone for their patience during this challenging time -- and most importantly, for adhering to the County's Shelter-in-Place Order. While disruptive, inconvenient, and a hardship for so many, together we're flattening the curve, saving lives, and conserving precious hospital resources.  The measures are working and we must not get complacent, even when we are feeling stir-crazy at Day #24!  Unfortunately, our police department is still receiving reports about groups of teens and friends (not within the same family) hanging out at parks together.  Parents, please make sure your kids are following the rules and staying home, so we protect the our community's health and use public safety resources efficiently.  You may continue to enjoy our City's parks with members of your immediate family, but not for group gatherings.  We are all in this together and appreciate your cooperation!  

Our tight-knit neighborhoods are a defining characteristic of Burlingame. One silver lining under COVID-19 is that we're looking out for one another more than ever before, and we're reminded how interconnected we are. I'm inspired by neighborhood grocery runs, meal chains, teddy bears in windows, inspirational words, and candles illuminating our evening porches. In that spirit, our Library Team developed the #BurlingameTogether campaign as a way to celebrate uplifting acts of kindness, and positive ways Burlingame is coping with this challenge. Please email your stories, photos, or videos to [email protected], and we'll share them on our social media platforms to inspire us all.

Please also remember to thank heroes in your neighborhood who are on the front line of this health emergency: health care workers, grocery store workers, pharmacy workers, gas station attendants, postal and delivery carriers, restaurant workers, and other essential service providers.  We salute and appreciate you.

I know there is an abundance of communication as everyone tries to stay connected, which can sometimes feel overwhelming.  I will make an effort to limit my email communications as not to flood your inboxes, so I hope you'll stick with me during COVID-19.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times.  

Stay healthy and please stay home whenever possible. Let’s continue to be kind, express gratitude, look after our vulnerable neighbors, exercise, and practice self-care. This will be a marathon, not a sprint — and I know we will emerge from COVID-19 as an even stronger community. We are all in this #BurlingameTogether!

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 

P.S. You can read my past newsletters and learn about upcoming events at beachforburlingame.com