January 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope 2021 is off to a good start for you and your loved ones. We're busy at City Hall, so I wanted to flag some important items: 

Upcoming Notable Dates:

• 2/1 @ 5:30 PM:  District Election Public Hearing. Agenda posted here.

• 2/1 @ 7 PM:  Regular City Council Meeting. Agenda posted here.

• 2/3 @ 6PM: Caltrain construction in Burlingame Meeting via Zoom or Phone 

• 2/17 @ 5PM: Virtual Q&A with Emily via Zoom or Phone 

• 2/17 @ 6PM: Burlingame Below Market Rate Housing informational webinar meeting with HouseKeys

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

1 & 2) This week's City Council Meeting:

On Monday, February 1st we have three particularly substantive items on our City Council agenda: 
  • 5:30 PM: As District_Elections.pngBurlingame transitions to district elections, your help is needed to ensure that your community is fairly represented. Join the City for its first virtual public hearing on the matter on Monday February 1st at 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the background and better understand why we are making this change, the process ahead of us, State legislation, and how you can get involved visit www.burlingame.org/districtelections which includes flyers and details in English, Spanish, and Chinese.  If you have questions please contact City Clerk Meaghan Hassel-Shearer at [email protected] or at (650) 558-7203. I also encourage you to read the Staff Report located under the Study Session (Page 1, Item a) on our meeting agenda here.  

  • 7:00 PM: During our regular meeting agenda we'll:
    • Item 9a: consider the adoption of a Development Agreement between the City and 220 Park Road (Historic Post Office) Project.  Read more in our agenda under 9a here.  

    • Item 9b: consider allowing Cannabis distribution and retail delivery in Burlingame (not retail storefronts.) Once again, I encourage you to read more about this in advance of the meeting in our staff report under item 9b here.   

3) Caltrain Electrification Meeting - Construction Activities in Burlingame, 2/3 @ 6PM:

Learn about upcoming construction, particularly as it relates to the new Burlingame Paralleling Station (which distributes power to the new electric trains)  located on the east side of the tracks near 1369 North Carolan Avenue.  This meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. Learn more information and find meeting details here.  

4) Join me for my
19th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 2/17 @ 5PM.  I strive to be accessible to you, even
during these challenging times.  Visit my events page for instructions about how to dial-in by phone or join via Zoom video conference.  Bring your questions or comments about any City matter on your mind -- or feel free to just listen in.  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

5) Register for Burlingame's Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Housing Program webinar with HouseKeys, Wed 2/17 @ 6PM

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - 
Click here to register
The first step to learn more about the City of Burlingame’s Below Market Rental Program is to attend an online HouseKeys BMR Rental Program Orientation. HouseKeys is the program administrator for the City of Burlingame’s Affordable Housing Program.  During these online orientations, the HouseKeys team will help you navigate the process, understand affordable housing basics, and identify rental opportunities that work for you and your family. All applicants, co-applicants, partners, and married and domestic partnerships are required to attend an orientation before participating in Burlingame's BMR Rental Program opportunity drawing.   If you're interested in affordable housing units in Burlingame, you may register at www.myhousekeys.com. More information is also available on the City's website at https://www.burlingame.org/departments/planning/housingresources.php.

6) Seeking Volunteer Commissioners: Traffic Safety and Parking Commission and Beautification Commission =

We have one upcoming vacancy on our Beautification Commission and another on our Traffic Safety & Parking Commission, and we hope you may consider applying.  Sign up for the City of Burlingame's weekly e-News for more information, or check back on our City's website here for more information or call 650-558-7200.  Positions will be posted later this week.  

7) Watch the meeting recording: US 101 Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project sponsored by the City of San Mateo 

The City of San Mateo proposes to build a southbound US 101 onramp at Peninsula Avenue, and close Poplar Avenue. In case you missed last week's Community Meeting, you can view the recording online.  I attended the two-hour webinar on 1/27, as did many Burlingame residents who made public comments.  You can learn more about the project, view their slides, watch the recording, sign up for future meeting notifications, and submit questions and comments via this portal at the City of San Mateo. They anticipate releasing the draft Environmental Document this spring, so when that happens, it's very important for members of the community to provide written comments.   

8) City of Burlingame Annual Goals Session, 1/23/21

We held our annual Goals Session Meeting last Saturday morning 1/23.  I recommend watching the recording on the City's You Tube Channel -- it should should be available within the next few days here.  Important topics included: 
  • Burlingame's five infrastructure priorities (sea level rise, the Rollins Road Specific Plan, undergrounding power lines on El Camino Real, and the Broadway grade separation project, city hall modernization and safety updates)
  • financial and operational impacts of COVID-19
  • discussion of the City's post COVID-19 economic recovery and response
9) My Op-Ed: Celebrating Local Innovation and Resilience 

I wrote an Op-Ed in the San Mateo Daily Journal on 12/21 celebrating local innovation during 2020.  In case you missed here, here is a link.  I'm very proud of our City.  Enjoy. 


10) Life's Great Question Interview:
I am honored to serve on the Founding Board of Directors for a wonderful organization called Leadership Council San Mateo County.  Join us for a conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath to talk about his new book Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World.  Rath will be interviewed by Raj Mathai, Bay Area NBC Nightly News Anchor. Registration is FREE, and all donations and sponsorships will support the San Mateo County Strong COVID relief fund supporting individuals/families, nonprofits and small businesses in San Mateo County. Follow this link to register:

11) As a reminder, here are some trusted primary sources of COVID-19 Information:

May 2021 be a better year for all of us! Stay healthy and safe -- and let's all keep wearing face those coverings.  

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Councilmember, City of Burlingame 

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