Join Burlingame's Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday 3/24/20

Dear Friends --

Please join Burlingame City leaders for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, 3/24/20 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. via telephone or video conference -- either works!  Click here for instructions to dial-in or download the free and easy "Zoom Meeting" software.  Councilmembers, City Manager Lisa Goldman, Police Chief Mike Matteucci, City Attorney Kathleen Kane, and a County Health Official (pending confirmation) will listen to your ideas, concerns, and answer questions.  I understand we are the first Peninsula City to attempt a Virtual Town Hall meeting like this, so thanks for your patience as we give it a whirl.  We're committed to finding creative ways to stay connected and provide you with accurate information.  

Although the County's Shelter in Place Order is inconvenient for all of us, it's essential to reduce the spread of this virus.  Please take the order (particularly Section 10) to heart.  Here are some other important primary sources of information for you:

Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County Health Officer's Statements that explain how serious this situation is;

San Mateo County's Website: your authoritative source for COVID-19 Health Information, Social Services, Shelter in Place FAQ, and other resources; 

SAMCEDA Website: support and assistance for businesses & workers impacted by COVID-19; 

City of Burlingame Website for COVID-19 impacts in Burlingame, plus links to other important resources.

Volunteer here with our County-wide COVID-19 effort

Have medical supplies to donate?  Email SMCMedDonations@smcgov.org 

Please respect these Senior/Vulnerable Population shopping hours here in Burlingame:

  • Lunardi's: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 AM
  • Mollie Stone's:  Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7-8 AM
  • Safeway: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 AM
  • Walgreens on Burlingame Avenue & Broadway: Tuesday 8-9 AM

Finally, please remember to thank heroes in your neighborhood who are on the front line of this health emergency: health care workers, grocery store workers, pharmacy workers, gas station attendants, and other essential service providers.  We salute and appreciate you.


Important Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, 3/24/20: Burlingame Virtual Town HallJoin the conversation or email questions in advance to publiccomment@burlingame.org.  Meeting will be recorded and posted online.   

• Wednesday, 3/25/20: Burlingame Emergency City Council Meeting. Join us via Zoom Meeting online or via phone to participate, or email your public comments to publiccomment@burlingame.org and staff will read them out loud.  

Agenda will be posted soon, topics include:
- COVID-19 update
- Governor's Executive Order on Evictions
- Reusable shopping bags

•  April 22-26: The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day takes place on 4/22/20!  Help us celebrate throughout the week -- learn more here.   

•  Saturday, 5/2/20, Joint Planning Commission and City Council Annual Meeting, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  Location TBD.  

•  Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A about topics on your mind)
   On hold until further notice due to COVID-19 safety.  

Coming this spring to City Council, dates TBA: Lyon Hoag final traffic study report, Minimum Wage Ordinance, Cellphone Emission Warning Ordinance, Short-Term Rentals, New Development Reach Codes.  

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

 

Take care, keep in touch, and stay healthy.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply.  These are very busy times indeed.

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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March 16, 2020

Dear Friends --

This afternoon, San Mateo County Health ordered everyone to "shelter at their place of residence" (stay home) except to provide or receive essential services, engage in certain essential activities, and work for essential businesses and governmental services. These measures have successfully proven to reduce the spread of the virus in other regions, so it's very important that we all respect this order.  

You will still be able to grocery shop, go to medical appointments, get gas, etc. -- however, only essential businesses will be open.  Some restaurants will be open for delivery or take-out only.  

This order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020.   Read the order here. If you have questions, please call San Mateo County Health at 211.

Remember to read official updates and get more information on the City of Burlingame's COVID-19 web page here

Take care of yourselves and one another.  We can do this!

In solidarity,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


P.S. You can read my past newsletters here. Keep in touch.  

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March 14, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dear Friends,

Please stay healthy, safe, and calm as together we manage the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Burlingame.  To help inform our community, we've recorded the following video messages, so please take a moment to view when you can:   

Mayor's message in English

Mayor and Councilmember Ortiz's message in Spanish

Visit the City's dedicated COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information about impacts and closures here in Burlingame, plus links to San Mateo County Health resources.  


Important Upcoming Dates:

• Burlingame City Council Meeting, Monday, 3/16/20.  Residents can read our agenda and watch our meeting online here at Burlingame.org or on television: Comcast Channel 27, Wave Channel 26, and AT&T Channel 99. We encourage participants to remain at home and email their comments either ahead of time or during the meeting to publiccomment@burlingame.org -- and our staff will read the comments out loud.  In the event members of the public want to attend in person, we have safety protocols planned to make sure everyone in attendance keeps a safe distance from one another.  

Monday, 3/16/20 City Council agenda topics include:
- COVID-19 update
- Community benefit zoning for Burlingame's Bayfront

- HouseKeys, Inc: administrator of Burlingame's below-market rate housing stock
- City Council district elections in Burlingame
- Workplan for small-cell wireless infrastructure 

•  Thursday, 4/16/20: Caltrans' El Camino Real Roadway Renewal Project Scoping Meeting: tentative location and time scheduled for 6-8 p.m. @ Burlingame Recreation Center. 

•  April 22-26: The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day takes place on 4/22/20!  Help us celebrate throughout the week -- learn more here.   

•  Saturday, 5/2/20, Joint Planning Commission and City Council Annual Meeting, from 9 a.m.-12 noon @ Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library.  

•  Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A about topics on your mind)
   On hold until further notice due to COVID-19 safety.  

Coming this spring to City Council, dates TBA: Lyon Hoag final traffic study report, Minimum Wage Ordinance, Cellphone Emission Warning Ordinance, Short-Term Rentals, New Development Reach Codes.  

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

 

Take care, keep in touch, and stay healthy.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply.  These are very busy times indeed.

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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March 2020

Dear Friends,

Remember tomorrow (Tuesday, 3/3) is the California Primary Election Day -- don't forget to VOTE!   A number of important local items are on the March 3rd Presidential Primary ballot, including the State Senate race for our District 13.  State Senator Jerry Hill currently represents us in Sacramento, but will be termed out of office in November.  This primary election determines which two candidates will advance into November's general election, so make your voice heard.  Also on the ballot:

  • Measure O: Burlingame School District Bond Measure (Beach endorsed - YES)
  • Measure L: San Mateo Union High School District Bond Measure (Beach endorsed - YES)

Important Dates:

Election Day: California Primary, Tuesday, 3/3/20 -- don't forget to mail your ballot or deliver to your nearest voting center or ballot drop location by Tuesday, 3/3.

• Burlingame City Council Meeting Agenda Topics tonight, Monday, 3/2/20: 
 
- Accessory Dwelling Unit ("in-law" or "second units") Ordinance: new state laws require changes in local rules. 

- Post Office Development (220 Park Road) development application update: Council will provide guidance regarding project height, easements, parking, office space, and community engagement.  I also recommend watching our study session on 1/21/20 at 6 p.m. for additional backstory.  You can find the 1/21 meeting video link here.  

•  Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A about topics on your mind)
   Friday, March 6th @ 8:30 AM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway. All are welcome, no RSVP
   required.  Refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense.

•  City Council Budget Session
   Wednesday, March 11th @ 6:30 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road.

Coming soon, date TBA: Bayfront zoning and community benefits, telecommunications regulations, Lyon Hoag final traffic study report. 

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

 



I invite you to watch PenTV's video recording from Burlingame's Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon.  I was honored to deliver the annual "State of the City" address (my remarks begin at 10:30 and last 14 minutes) and present Burlingame artist Dale Perkins with a special award (starting 27:27.)  You also don't want to miss the keynote address from Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra, the all-electric bus company that is leading a national green revolution in mass transit.  We are very proud their Silicon Valley R&D facility is right here in Burlingame! Ryan's remarks begin at 44:00 minutes.    

Take care, keep in touch, and thanks again for your ongoing support. 

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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Important Meeting Reminders

January 28, 2020

Just a quick reminder to join us for tonight's El Camino Real Renewal Open House, and this coming Monday's Minimum Wage study session at 6 PM. We value your input and participation! 


Important Dates:

• Burlingame's El Camino Real Renewal Open House - TONIGHT
   Tuesday, January 28th, 6-8 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

     
This will be a worthwhile meeting -- thanks for making an extra effort to attend:

Caltrans, the City of Burlingame, and our citizen-driven Burlingame El Camino Real Task Force invite you to join us for an education night to learn more about opportunities for the long-term rehabilitation of our iconic roadway. 

The project area stretches three miles and encompasses some of the most challenging pavement, vegetation, sidewalk, utility, drainage, and safety issues. This stretch of El Camino Real is also lined with heritage tree rows that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Caltrans will share information about potential improvements to drainage, landscaping, sidewalk safety, ADA compliance, and rehabilitation of pavement. Learn more about the project by visiting www.elcaminorealproject.com. 

• Burlingame Minimum Wage Study Session 
   Monday, February 3rd, 6 PM, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

The City Council will hold a study session on Monday, February 3rd to receive information about local minimum wage ordinances in San Mateo County and discuss whether it wishes to develop such an ordinance for Burlingame.  Here is a link to our staff report (meeting prep document) and I encourage you to read it in advance.  We welcome all stakeholders to participate in this important conversation.

• "Reach Code" Study Session for Building Sustainable Developments
  Tuesday, February 18th, 6 p.m. Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

• Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A about topics on your mind)
   Friday, March 6th @ 8:30 AM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway. All are welcome, no RSVP required. 
   Refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense.  

Upcoming hot topics: Accessory Dwelling Unit ("in-law" or "second units") Ordinance, 1095 Rollins Road, Historic Preservation Ordinance, and more.   

View our City Council Agendas here to confirm the date, time, and detailed meeting content. 

 

Saturday, 1/25/20 City Council Goals Session Recording

In case you missed our City Council's Annual Goals Session this past Saturday morning 1/25, you can watch the recording here.  We discussed which sustainable initiatives to prioritize from our newly adopted Climate Action Plan, and future transportation infrastructure needs here in Burlingame.  Great conversation!  Thanks to many community members for joining us.

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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January 2020

Happy New Year!  Please note these important policy discussions happening during the next few weeks. Join us whenever possible -- our City Council values your input and participation. 


Important Dates:

• Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A about topics on your mind)
   Saturday, January 11th @ 8:30 AM, Copenhagen Bakery, 1216 Burlingame Avenue. All are welcome, no
   RSVP required. 

• City Council Annual Goals Session 
   Saturday, January 25th, time TBA (typically 9 AM -12 PM) Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library 

• Burlingame's El Camino Real Renewal Open House
   Tuesday, January 28th, 6-8 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

Caltrans, the City of Burlingame, and our citizen-driven Burlingame El Camino Real Task Force invite you to join us for an education night to learn more about opportunities for the long-term rehabilitation of our iconic roadway.  This will be a worthwhile meeting -- thanks for making an extra effort to attend.

• Burlingame Minimum Wage Study Session 
   Monday, February 3rd, 6 PM, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

Join us for a discussion about local minimum wage in Burlingame and other cities throughout our region. We welcome all stakeholders to participate in this information-gathering study session.  

• "Reach Code" Study Session for Sustainable Developments
  Tuesday, February 18th, 6 p.m. Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Road

Always a good idea to double-check our City Council meeting time, location, and agenda content here.

Don't Forget to Pick Your Favorite Bike Route

Visit WalkBikeBurlingame.com and use the interactive map to “Like” or “Dislike” bike route recommendations and make comments on the proposed bicycle and pedestrian network. The website will remain open for a few more weeks and close for public comments on February 20, 2020. Your input will be used for the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – the blueprint for where the City should construct future bike routes. Help the City improve cycling and pedestrian access in Burlingame by visiting WalkBikeBurlingame.com.

Wishing you and your family all the best in 2020!  Away we go... 

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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November 2019

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  Notable Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/18/19: City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, agenda here 
        - Consideration of interim Just Cause Eviction p
rotections to tenants between 
          10/8/19 and 12/31/19 before the new state law AB 1482
takes effect
        - Veterans Day Recognition 
        - Adoption of ordinance banning sale of flavored tobacco products and vaping
          liquids (consent calendar) 
        - Approval of pre-qualified bidders list for Community         
          Center 
Construction (consent calendar)  

   • 11/18/19: Peninsula Wellness Community Update at Peninsula Health
     Care District's Special Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center

  • 11/19/19: Broadway Grade Separation Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

  • 11/20/19: Burlingame Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

  • 11/21/19Burlingame United Against Hate Community Potluck & Candlelight 
     Vigil, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

  • 12/6/19: Burlingame Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade, 5 p.m. 

  • 12/16/19: Burlingame City Council Swearing-In & Rotation Ceremony, 7 p.m.  

  • 1/11/20: Coffee and Conversation with Emily on Saturday, 1/11 @ 8:30 AM at
     Copenhagen Bakery 

 

Greetings, Friends:

It’s (nearly) official! Thanks to all my supporters and volunteers, I've been decisively re-elected to Burlingame City Council and look forward to becoming your Mayor on December 16th. Please join us at City Hall on Monday, 12/16 at 7 p.m. for our swearing-in ceremony and post-meeting celebration. It is my true privilege to serve Burlingame for another five years and continue the important work we’ve begun together. 

Open Space Update
This is my first opportunity to share some great news with you:  Burlingame Shoreline Park proposal for nine acres of public land on our Bayfront advanced!  On 10/24/19, our California State Lands Commission unanimously awarded SPHERE Institute a lease for this project so that final planning and design may begin. This nature-based park and sea level rise demonstration site will be a terrific addition to our Bayfront and provide much-needed open space in an increasingly dense region.  Over the next three years, the project partners will develop final plans and acquire approvals from various agencies, including our City. There will also be meaningful opportunities for our community to provide input on the park's final design, so stay tuned for future opportunities to make your voice heard. 

Upcoming community meetings and events highlights: 

Monday, 11/18/19, City Council Meeting - consideration of an interim suspension of "No-Cause" evictions 
Burlingame City Hall, 7 p.m.

Like many of our neighboring cities have done, our City Council will consider an urgency ordinance providing interim Just Cause Eviction Protections to tenants in light of the new State Law AB 1482.  This past Tuesday, 11/12/19 we held a one-hour emergency study session on this issue. I recommend watching the meeting video on our City’s website. You can also read this week's staff report on our agenda (item 9a) and communicate your opinion on public record to our City Council by emailing council@burlingame.org.  Even better, please consider attending Monday night’s meeting at 7 p.m.

Also on Monday night, Mayor Colson will present certificates of appreciation to a number of Burlingame veterans in honor of their selfless service and Veterans Day.

Peninsula Wellness Community Update (8.32 acres adjacent to Mills Hospital) 
Monday, 11/18/19, Peninsula Health Care District Special Board Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

The Health Care District's developer team will present the revised Peninsula Wellness Community Development plan for Board approval, which will launch the next phase of community outreach and planning meetings. Although this meeting partially overlaps with our City Council meeting, the developer presentation will be recorded and made available on the District’s website at peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org 

Broadway Grade Separation Open House
Tuesday, 11/19/19
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library

Come learn about this major transportation infrastructure project that will separate the roadway from the railroad tracks at Broadway and create a new Broadway train station. The purpose of this project is to improve safety, traffic flow, and reduce horn noise. The open house will include a brief presentation with an update on the project, and the new train station’s proposed layout.  For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit www.caltrain.com/BBGS. For questions, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287, or email BBGS@Caltrain.com. 

Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Meeting
Wednesday, 11/20/19
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

Please attend this Community Workshop in the Burlingame Recreation Center located at 850 Burlingame Ave this Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. At the workshop, Burlingame residents will receive an update on the planning process and provide input on a preliminary set of draft proposals made by staff and our consulting team that will make biking and walking in Burlingame safer and more accessible to all ages and abilities.  Visit Burlingame's Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan website to learn more.    

Burlingame Stands United Against Hate: Community Potluck and Candlelight Vigil 
Thursday, 11/21/19
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Burlingame Public Library

Bring a dish to share, break bread with your neighbors, followed by a candlelight vigil and remarks. Come together to learn about the beliefs and faith traditions of others through exploration and dialogue, in a setting of mutual respect. RSVP’s appreciated here but not necessary.  Visit the EventBrite page to RSVP and learn more.    

Burlingame City Council Rotation Ceremony 
Monday, 12/16/19
Burlingame City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Colson will highlight accomplishments in 2019, then pass the gavel to me.  I look forward to saying a few words in her honor, followed by a preview of our work in the year ahead. After the ceremony, we’ll enjoy cake and raise a glass to our City in the foyer of City Hall. 

Coffee and Conversation with Emily 
Saturday, 1/11/20
8:30-9:30 a.m. 
Copenhagen Bakery
1216 Burlingame Ave

Please join me for coffee and conversation at Copenhagen Bakery!  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.  I hope to see you there.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!  I also hope to see you at our City's annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, 12/6.  Parking will be more limited than usual, so please consider walking, biking (with lights!) SamTrans bus, Burlingame's free Trolley, or your favorite ride-share service to enjoy a pedestrian-only evening on Burlingame Avenue as our community fills with holiday spirit. 

Many thanks again for your continued trust in me. la Wellness Community Update (8.32 acres adjacent to Mills Hospital) 

Cheers,



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

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August 2019

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  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
          parking
 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! 

Please sign up to receive newsletters like this about once every 4-6 weeks to keep informed.  Keep in touch.

Cheers,



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

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June 2019

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  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.

Cheers,



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Election 2019 Kickoff!

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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:

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  • 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


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