June 2019


  Notable Upcoming Dates:

  • 6/3/19: City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, agenda link here 
        - Broadway Grade Separation project update (dividing railway from roadway)
        - Caltrain's 2040 Business Plan vision 
        - Historical Resource Evaluations (how City policy impacts private property)
        - Commercial Recreation on Burlingame Avenue

  • 6/8/19Coffee and Conversation with Emily this Saturday @ 8:45 a.m.
     Il Piccolo Caffe, 1216 Broadway. All are welcome! 
RSVP here and bring a friend.  

  • 6/10/19Lyon Hoag Neighborhood Traffic Calming Meeting, Recreation
     Center, 6:30 p.m. 850 Burlingame Avenue 

  • 6/24/19: Peninsula Health Care District Town Hall, Lane Room (downstairs)
     Burlingame Public Library, 7 p.m., 480 Primrose Road.
         - Discussion about
their 8+ acre Senior Wellness Community and housing
           proposal surrounding Mills Hospital  

  • Future June/July City Council Agendas: 2030 Climate Action Plan, Affordable
     Housing Fund Programs, Gun Lock policy discussion 

I’m kicking off this summer newsletter with one of my favorite policy topics: transportation. When we reduce our dependence on automobiles, I believe our collective quality of life improves: less traffic, more parking, cleaner air, healthier lives. Convenient and affordable public transportation, plus safe walking and cycling routes are important parts of the solution.

Burlingame’s 2030 Climate Action Plan provides the roadmap for reducing greenhouse gasses to meet our City’s 10-year climate goals. During our first public hearing in April, we learned that the transportation sector remains our City’s #1 contributor to greenhouse gasses.

While our City has recently made some meaningful safety improvements, we still have important work to do. I am excited that we just began Burlingame’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan to improve our network of safe sidewalks and cycling routes. We’ve received 365 comments from our community and want to hear from YOU about how to make walking and cycling safer in Burlingame here.

Our City is committed to building more infrastructure to support electric vehicles that reduce our carbon footprint.  This month, we welcomed a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the City Hall parking lot at 501 Primrose Road. This Level 2 charging station is available to the public 24/7 and is capable of charging two EVs simultaneously, with each port supplying up to 7.2kW. The cost is approximately 30 cents per kilowatt‐hour.  In addition, a bunch of EVGo super-charging stations are coming soon to Broadway on Parking Lot Y @ Chula Vista -- construction underway now!  

On the regional level, Caltrain will transition from diesel engines to an all-electric fleet by 2022.  Electric trains will improve our air quality and provide improved service -- including the return of Broadway weekday service, and more frequent service at Burlingame Station. Each month I advocate for our City as Burlingame’s representative on Caltrain’s Local Policy Maker’s Group, which includes elected officials from San Francisco to San Jose. Learn more about Caltrain’s 2040 Business Plan vision and what it means for Burlingame by either attending (or watching from home) this Monday’s City Council meeting.  We’ll also receive an update about our Broadway Grade Separation project, which is a critical safety improvement to separate the railroad tracks from the roadway.

In other traffic safety news, our third Lyon Hoag & Adjacent Neighborhood (Greater Washington Park area) Traffic Calming Improvement Meeting will take place on June 10th, 6:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue.  Our traffic consulting team will propose solutions after processing feedback from the past two community meetings and traffic studies.

Finally, here is some food for thought for my fellow parents of teens: empower your kids to be more independent and make green transportation choices this summer by encouraging them to walk, bike, and ride SamTrans buses!  SamTrans is safe, clean, and convenient. I just purchased
SamTrans bus Summer Youth Pass (SYP) for my kids -- available for ages 18 and younger.  It’s on sale now for $40 and provides unlimited rides on any SamTrans route from June 1 through August 31, 2019. This is a huge cost savings compared to regular monthly youth passes or paying by each ride ($1.10 per youth/senior, $2.25 per adult.)  Learn more here.

In case you are unfamiliar with riding buses in San Mateo County, here are some helpful YouTube videos:

How to ride SamTrans

How to use SamTrans bike racks

How to pay for your ride on board (cash, summer youth pass, change, tokens)

Remember, five FREE shuttles help us move around Burlingame -- from Broadway to Burlingame Avenue, trains stations, and our Bayfront.  Click here to learn more about our free shuttles. 

Each one of us impacts our environment with transportation choices we make.  Even small, incremental changes help improve traffic, parking, and emissions for everyone. So if you are able, the next time you have a short trip in town, try walking or biking instead of driving.  See how you feel and give us feedback on improvements that would make you feel safer. On a longer trip to San Francisco or down the Peninsula, try Caltrain or SamTrans.  I’ve discovered it’s a liberating alternative from gridlock on Highway 101!

Take care and safe travels this summer.  Hope to see you at Il Piccolo this coming Saturday morning June 8th @ 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation so I can answer your questions about what’s going on in the City, and hear about what matters most to you.


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


Election 2019 Kickoff!


Time certainly does fly!  After four productive years on Burlingame City Council, I am delighted to be running for re-election this November to continue to push for thoughtful progress via common sense governing.  I want Burlingame to be a place where people love to live, work, and play; a place where people feel known, heard, and belong. A place where we know our neighbors and appreciate our diversity.

To that end, I am an independent, trusted voice on City Council and have made it my priority to be accessible to you.  I want to know what is important to you and I recognize that the little things matter.

With your support, we can make Burlingame
the gold standard for livability on the Peninsula!

This will be a competitive race and I welcome the upcoming debate of ideas, and the opportunity to engage with voters about big issues that impact our community.  I would be so grateful if you would consider helping me in the following ways:

  • Go to my Facebook Page and "like" it.
  • Follow me on Twitter @EmilyBeach650

  • Join my email list 

  • Forward this to a friend.  If you, like me, believe in local government that must be thoughtful, sensible, and accessible, please encourage your friends to support me.

I can't thank each of you enough for your past, present, and future support!  I look forward to connecting with you throughout the campaign to discuss complex challenges like affordability and safety, as well as day-to-day experiences in our downtowns and dog parks.  

We are certainly on the right track and still have so much more to accomplish.  Keep in touch!

With gratitude,

email: emily@beachforburlingame.com
web: www.beachforburlingame.com

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


Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Kickoff

Help our City leaders understand what pedestrian and bike improvements would make you feel safer -- and more likely to leave your car behind! Our first Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Community Workshop happens Wednesday, 4/24, 6:30 p.m. @ Burlingame's Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue. Learn more and provide your input online about walking and biking in Burlingame here.  




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 nrath@burlingame.org 

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,

P.S. Read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list to stay informed. 


March 4, 2019 Update

Housing is on our meeting agenda tonight, 7 p.m. at City Hall.  Council will consider adopting Residential Impact fees paid by developers to help create more affordable housing here in Burlingame.  We'll also receive our Annual Progress Report on our Housing Element.  You can review supporting materials here.  

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 stream/view our meeting recordings here



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, 

P.S. Read my current and past newsletters at beachforburlingame.com. Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join my mailing list to stay informed. 


November 2018

November Newsletter Highlights:

  • Residential Impact Fees Special Study Session, 11/14 @ 6:30 PM
  • General Plan Public Hearing, 11/19 @ 7 PM 
  • Peninsula Health Care District Wellness Community Development Town Hall, 11/26 @ 7 PM 
  • Engage with Caltrain: Business Plan (Vision 2040) Community Meetings and online Caltrain Bike Survey  
  • Commute.org & SamTrans shuttle driver shortage & local impact 
  • Hot topics coming soon: Solid Waste Rates and AT&T Wireless Facility Applications 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Friday, 1/11/19 @ 8:00 AM 




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October 2018

October Newsletter highlights:

  • Proposal to increase Broadway's parking meter time limits and pricing
  • Burlingame Aquatic Center pool renovation update
  • City pension liabilities: update and strategies
  • November ballot transportation measures, Emily's recommendations: NO on Proposition 6; YES on Measure W
  • Senior Listening Session, 10/16
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Airport Noise Town Hall, 10/23 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Wednesday 10/24 @ 8:00 a.m. 
  • General Plan Public Meetings: 10/22, 11/5, & 11/19 
  • Parks Master Plan Public Meeting, 11/7
  • Best of Burlingame: Thank you Burlingame Neighborhood Network for leading the 2018 City Wide Drill 


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September 2018

Happy Labor Day weekend!  

  • Tuesday, 9/4/18: we're considering a number of hot topics at this week's Council meeting -- summary below
  • Wednesday, 10/24/18: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe 
  • Caltrain Paralleling Station update in Burlingame Gate 
  • Later this fall: Community Center Design, Parks Master Plan, General Plan Review
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August 2018

Everyone is invited to join me for Coffee & Conversation with Emily, this Sunday, 8/26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Il Piccolo Caffé, 1219 Broadway. Bring your questions and concerns about our City -- and bring a friend! This is one of my favorite ways to communicate with residents and hear what matters to you. We'll have Q&A, plus I'll provide an overview about upcoming issues City Council will address this fall.  Group discussion begins at 3:00 and ends promptly at 4:00 p.m. when Il Piccolo closes, but I will arrive early if you'd like to catch me individually. 

Please feel free to drop by last minute, however, your RSVP is appreciated.  Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense.

Save the date for my next coffee and conversation event at Il Piccolo on Wednesday, 10/24 at 8:00 a.m. in case weekday mornings work better for you.  

Thanks for your continued engagement and trust in me.  Hope you had a great summer!