August 2019


  Notable Upcoming Dates:

  • 8/19/19: City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, agenda link here 
        - Parking management plan during construction of new downtown
 garage and affordable housing 
        - Safe storage of firearms
        - Burlingame/Hillsborough Emergency Operations Plan 

  • 8/23/19Coffee and Conversation with Emily this Friday, 8/23 @ 8:30-9:30AM,
     Copenhagen Bakery Cafe, 1216 Burlingame Avenue. All are welcome! 
RSVP here 
     and bring a friend.

  • 9/14/19: Coffee and Conversation with Emily on Saturday, 9/14 @ 8:30 AM, 
     Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway. 

  • 9/23/19: Peninsula Health Care District Town Hall, Lane Room (downstairs)
     Burlingame Public Library, 7:00 PM, 480 Primrose Road.
         - Discussion about
their 8+ acre Senior Wellness Community and housing
           proposal surrounding Mills Hospital  

  • 9/28/19Broadway Pet Parade, 10:00 AM

  • 10/2/19Lyon Hoag Neighborhood Traffic Calming Meeting, Recreation
     Center, 6:30 PM, 850 Burlingame Avenue 

  • 10/12/19: Burlingame Citywide Emergency Neighborhood Drill, 9-10:30 AM 

  • 10/15/19: Coffee and Conversation with Emily on Tuesday, 10/15 @ 8:30 AM, 
     Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway. 

  • 11/5/19: Election Day for Burlingame City Council 

  • Upcoming City Council agenda items: 2030 Climate Action Plan, Affordable
     Housing Fund Programs, Street Sweeping Policies 


Greetings, Friends:

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Burlingame outdoors this summer at one of our City’s concerts and movies in the park – or maybe plan to join the Family Campout in Washington Park next weekend.  Community gatherings like these are part of what make Burlingame a fantastic and fun place to live, work, and play.

Our City Council is back in the saddle this Monday evening, August 19th to tackle issues that impact our quality of life in different ways.  Read additional background on these agenda items here: 

  • Discussion of a parking plan when downtown parking lots F & N close for construction of a new public parking garage and affordable housing units starting this fall.  The City is developing a thoughtful strategy to manage parking demand and create incentives to reduce driving downtown.  Construction will begin this October/November.  Estimated completion for parking garage is 2021; affordable housing in 2022 due to its more complex construction.  Learn more on the City's website here

    Meanwhile, you can help reduce parking demand with choices YOU make.  Try walking, biking, or taking our free shuttle downtown. SamTrans bus service is another excellent option and offers discounted youth passes.  It feels good to help reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and your parking budget! 

  • Discussion of Burlingame-Hillsborough Emergency Operations Plan to help our community mobilize resources and respond effectively to emergencies. 

  • Discussion of an ordinance requiring safe storage of firearms.  You can read more background in the staff report here.

Join us in person starting at 7 PM at City Hall or stream/watch the meeting here or live on television (Channel 26 for Wave customers, Channel 27 for Comcast customers.)  Future agenda items later this fall include use of our affordable housing fees, street sweeping policies, and our 2030 Climate Action Plan, which sets important policy framework for reducing greenhouse gases.  Check our City’s website for more information and confirmed dates for those public meetings. 

Traffic safety
Improving the safety of our roads and sidewalks makes our neighborhoods more livable.  Don't miss the next Lyon Hoag (Greater Washington Park area) Traffic Calming Improvement Meeting on Wednesday, 10/2 @ 6:30 PM at our Recreation Center to provide your feedback on the traffic engineering proposals to improve neighborhood safety between Oak Grove and Peninsula Avenue. Also, our Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is well underway, and will prioritize improvements to make Burlingame more walkable and bikeable for all ages and abilities. Stay tuned for community outreach meetings later this fall.  

Open Space Opportunity
Check out my recent Op-Ed in the San Mateo Daily Journal about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a regional shoreline park on Burlingame's Bayfront on land owned by the State of California.  If you are inspired, please consider signing the petition sponsored by the Committee for Green Foothills.  

Keep in touch
Please join me for coffee and conversation about local policy issues in the weeks ahead on 8/23 (Copenhagen), 9/14 (Il Piccolo), and 10/15 (Il Piccolo) from 8:30-9:30 AM.  Bring your questions and concerns about our City -- and bring a friend! Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense. This is one of my favorite ways to hear what matters to you. I do my best to offer weekday and weekend events to accommodate different schedules.  No RSVP required, but is always appreciated so I can plan accordingly.  You can RSVP here for this Friday's event at Copenhagen -- I hope to see you there.

Burlingame City Council Election this November 2019
Time flies! After four productive years on Burlingame City Council, I am delighted to be running for reelection this November.  If reelected, I will serve as your next Mayor.

I hope you’ve found my newsletters informative, my coffees accessible, and my public service on your behalf productive, effective, and reflective of your needs.  I would be honored to earn your support and vote this November. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and help Team Beach in big and small ways, like displaying a lawn sign, joining my list of endorsers, donating to help me fund voter communication, or hosting a casual meet-and-greet event with neighbors. Every effort makes a difference!  Sign up to help on my website. 

I hope to see you this Friday morning at Copenhagen Bakery, or at Burlingame on the Avenue this Saturday & Sunday from 10-6 PM.  Come support our downtown businesses, talented artisans, and amazing community! 

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