March 2019


It's a busy spring ahead in Burlingame!  Here are a few highlights: 

  • Coffee & Conversation with Emily @ Copenhagen, Wednesday, 3/27
  • Peninsula Health Care District's Wellness Community Town Hall, Monday, 3/25
  • City Council Study Session about proposed housing legislation in Sacramento, Monday, 4/1
  • Conversation with Council for Teens, Tuesday, 4/9 and Wednesday, 4/24
  • "Burlingame Talks Shop" Community Forum, Wednesday, 4/17
  • Conversation with Council for Seniors (Senior Listening Session), Thursday, 5/2
  • City Council Annual Budget Session, Wednesday, 5/8
  • Burlingame Aquatic Center Pool update 

1) Wednesday, 3/27/19, Coffee and Conversation with Emily, 8:30-9:30 AM, Copenhagen Bakery, 1216 Burlingame Avenue

Coffee.jpgPlease join me this coming Wednesday morning, 3/27 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. If you have a moment, please RSVP here so I can plan accordingly.  Hope to see you there!

2) Monday, 3/25/19 Peninsula Health Care District Wellness Community Town Hall, 7:00 PM, Burlingame Public Library, Lane Room (downstairs), 480 Primrose Road

Peninsula Health Care District staff and elected leaders will host a community Town Hall about the future Peninsula Wellness Community surrounding Mills Hospital.  The proposed 8.3 acre development envisions 300-400 senior housing units, health support services, and office space.  Topics from past PHCD Town Hall events included developer updates, land assembly, public benefits, and next steps.  Learn more about their Wellness Community vision here

3) Monday, 4/1 City Council Study Session to discuss current housing legislation under consideration in Sacramento, Time TBA, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

Housing creation is Governor Newsom's top legislative priority.  Our state legislature is currently debating proposed laws that require increased housing density in all California neighborhoods, reduced parking requirements, CEQA reform, renter protections, limits on fees that cities impose on developers, and financial incentives to create both affordable and market-rate housing. Learn more about this legislation, what actions our City Council has taken to address the housing crisis, and potential responses to limits on our local authority.  Click here to confirm the meeting agenda, verify the start time, or stream the meeting from home.  

4) Tuesday, 4/9/19 & Wednesday, 4/24/19 Conversation with Council for Teens, 6:00 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave
Teens in the community are invited to join our "Conversations with Council" event. This is an exciting expansion of our successful Senior Listening Session model.  Vice Mayor Emily Beach and Councilmember Ann Keighran look forward to addressing questions from teens in Burlingame 4/9. Mayor Donna Colson and Councilmember Ricardo Ortiz will participate in our second event on 4/24. Click here to sign up. For more information, contact Nicole Rath at [email protected] 

5) Wednesday, 4/17/19 "Burlingame Talks Shop" Forum, 6:00-8:30 PM, Burlingame Masonic Lodge, 145 Park Road  
In the wake of losing a number of our community's favorite stores, our City Council recognizes the need to address the changing nature of retail.  Please join City Council, a panel of industry experts, and neighbors like you for a candid discussion about how we can maintain a vibrant retail sector in Burlingame's downtown shopping districts.  Visit this Eventbrite page to learn more and register.

Also, in anticipation of this forum, the City will  post a “minute survey” each week leading up to the event. The questions will provide a glimpse into the types of things the City is thinking about to keep our shopping districts vibrant and relevant.  Click here to take this week's survey about shopping on-line vs. in-store. 

6) Conversation with Council for Seniors (formerly called Senior Listening Sessions) Thursday, 5/2/19, 10:00 AM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave
Would you like to learn more about your local government? Are there concerns facing the community you would like to share with a City Councilmember? Do you have questions about projects going on around town? Seniors in the community are invited to a Conversation with Council (formerly called Senior Listening Session). Councilmember Ricardo Ortiz and I look forward
to listening to your ideas and addressing your questions. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling 650-558-7300

7) Wednesday, 5/8/19 City Council Annual Budget Session, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Road
Join us for our annual Budget Session as we evaluate expenditures from fiscal year 2018-19 and plan ahead for 2019-2020.

8) Burlingame Aquatic Center pool construction update: for a complete understanding about the history of this project and our partnership with San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD), watch the 45-minute study session here from our City Council meeting this past Monday, 3/18/19 (substance begins at 2:00 minute mark) and read the staff report here. SMUHSD Board will consider the City's joint funding proposal this Thursday, 3/28 at their next regular board meeting.  

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!  

Hope to see you for coffee & conversation this Wednesday morning, 8:30 AM at Copenhagen.  

Warm regards,

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