January 2019

Happy New Year!  Here are a few important items and discussions happening in Burlingame:

  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Friday, 1/11/19, 8:30 AM (*new location)
  • New California Drive roundabout instructional video 
  • SFO Airport Roundtable Ground Based Noise Subcommittee Meeting, 1/22/19, 10:30 AM
  • City Council Annual Goals Session, Saturday, 1/26/19, 9:00-12:00 noon
  • Wireless/cellular applications, solid waste rates (UPDATED INFO 1/22/19, see #5 below)
  • Upcoming hot topic: residential impact fees

1) Friday, 1/11/19, Coffee and Conversation with Emily, 8:30-9:30 AM, *NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: meet outside Royal Donut, 1165 Broadway, Burlingame

Please join me this Friday morning, 1/11 at 8:30 AM for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.   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 communicate with residents and hear what matters to you.  We'll meet at Royal Donut, 1165 Broadway.  Hope to see you there!

2) Watch our City's new instructional video to learn how to navigate the California Drive Roundabout. To read more about the project details, visit our webpage dedicated to this project.  Construction is expected to finish in February, weather permitting.  

3) Tuesday, 1/22/19, San Francisco Airport Community Roundtable's Ground-Based Noise Meeting, 10:30-12:00 PM, Millbrae Community Center, 623 Magnolia Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 

The Airport/Community Roundtable group includes representatives from the aviation industry, Federal Aviation Administration, SFO Management, and local elected officials.  This subcommittee meeting will focus on how airplane back-blast noise impacts residents who live near the airport.  Councilmember Ricardo Ortiz represents Burlingame on this subcommittee.  Join the conversation and learn more at http://sforoundtable.org/

4) Saturday, 1/26/19, City Council Annual Goals Session, 9:00 AM-12:00 noon, Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road

Join our City Council for a thoughtful discussion about what the City's top priorities should be in 2019.  Decisions made at this meeting will provide direction for the upcoming year.

5) **UPDATED: Tuesday, 1/22/19, City Council Meeting, 7 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

  • AT&T Wireless Applications: we'll revisit the two application appeals for the installation of small-cell wireless antennas and equipment on existing wooden utility poles, all within the context of new federal laws which severely limit our city’s ability to regulate this kind of wireless infrastructure. I encourage everyone to read a few pages of the meeting documents in advance of tonight's discussion to deepen your understanding of the issue.  Learn more under item 9a (page 3) on tonight's agenda here.  Key documents include two staff reports for the appeals (5 pages each), City Council meeting minutes from the first hearing in September 2018 (6 pages), the City's independent consultant's technical review of the applications (executive summary 2 pages, full doc 16 pages) and ATT&T's alternative site analysis.   

  • Solid waste & recycling rates 2019-2021: over the past six years, we've maintained stable rates for our residents’ garbage, recycling, and green waste while costs continue to increase.  City Council will consider an increase for Burlingame ratepayers in 2019, 2020, and 2021. For example, the proposed increase in 2019 for residents with a 20-gallon cart = $.77/month ($9.24 annually); 32-gallon carts = $1.43/month ($17.16 annually.)  You can find supporting documents under item 9b (page 4) of tonight's agenda here.

6) Upcoming City Council meeting agendas will confirm date/time when we’ll discuss residential impact fees during the month ahead:

  • Residential Impact Fees: our City Council will provide direction about residential impact fees charged to developers when new multi-family housing units are built. These fees will provide the City with financial resources to support below market rate housing for Burlingame's workforce and their families. 

Remember you can watch our City Council meetings live on television (Channel 26 for Wave customers, Channel 27 for Comcast customers) at 7 PM on the first and third Monday of each month, or view our meeting recordings here.  Thank you for your engagement and continued trust in me!  

Wishing you all the best in 2019, 

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