October 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Dear Friends,

Important Upcoming Dates:

• Monday, 10/5/20 @ 7PM:  City Council Meeting.  Highlight includes a discussion about whether to allow Cannabis distribution businesses (not retail) in Burlingame. Agenda posted here.

Wednesday, 10/14/20 Virtual Q&A with Mayor Beach via Zoom or Phone, 5-6 PM: 

• Coming this fall to City Council: Short-Term Rentals, and Wireless Policy

• Tuesday, 11/3/20:  Election Day 2020!

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

It's time to vote!  Ballots began to arrive in our mailboxes yesterday.  In this newsletter, I've included helpful resources about ways to vote, understanding the 12 State-wide Ballot Propositions, plus my local candidate endorsements.  No excuses -- every registered voter can participate by putting their ballot in a secure drop box, US mail box, or by voting in person.  More information below.

1) Secure ways to vote: 

Sign up for ivoted.pngBallot Tracking. This Secretary of State program will alert you when your ballot is mailed to you, received by the Elections Office, and when it was counted.

  • Drop your completed ballot in one of the three 24/7 secure outdoor ballot drop boxes in Burlingame:
  1. Burlingame City Hall: 501 Primrose Road
  2. Burlingame Parks and Recreation Portable: 1010 Burlingame Avenue
  3. Burlingame School District Office: 1825 Trousdale Drive
  • Or, submit your completed ballot via US Mail (postage already paid) as soon as possible.
      
  • Want to vote in person? In person voting will begins October 5 at the following three locations on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
  1. Redwood City Assessor County Clerk-Recorder: 555 County Center, Redwood City
  2. San Mateo County Elections Office: 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
  3. South San Francisco Main Library: 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco
*Starting on October 31, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 415 El Camino Real in Burlingame will be open for in-person voting, along with 40+ additional Voting Centers throughout the County. You may vote at any of the Voting Centers. Click here for a full list of the Voting Centers and additional instructions about voting in person.

If you have any questions about voting reach out to City Clerk Meaghan Hassel-Shearer at mhasselshearer@burlingame.org, or at 650-558-7203.

2) Emily's Local Ballot Endorsements:
  • US Representative, 14th District: Jackie Speier
  • State Senator, 13th District: Josh Becker
  • Member of the Assembly, 22nd District: Kevin Mullin
  • San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee: Rod Hsiao
  • San Mateo County Community College Trustee: Maurice Goodman
  • San Mateo Union High School District Trustee (everyone may vote for 2 candidates) 
    Ligia Andrade Zuñiga & Greg Land
  • Measure RR to save Caltrain: YES

3) State-wide Ballot Propositions:

I always recommend the CalMatters Non-Partisan Election Guide to California's Ballot Propositions to help better understand what's at stake and who is behind the initiatives. The guide contains digestible summaries of supporting and opposing viewpoints, plus 1-minute videos describing each Proposition. Visit https://calmatters.org/election-2020-guide/

Who is CalMatters?

CalMatters is a non-profit, non-partisan newsroom committed to explaining California policy and politics.  Excellent resource for everyone. 


4) Join me for my
15th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 10/14 @ 5PM.  I strive to be accessible to you 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/newsletters

5) Halloween:  

Many people are wondering about Halloween in Burlingame.  I'm sharing this info provided in the City of Burlingame's e-News this past Thursday about how to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely.  Hope you find it helpful:

On Monday, Bay Area health officials released a joint statement reminding the community that local and state health officer orders are still in effect, and activities like trick-or-treating and parties are strongly discouraged since gathering and mixing are key contributors to COVID-19 infection.

To help families plan safe activities, officials recommend low-risk activities such as visiting an outdoor pumpkin patch while wearing a mask and maintaining distance from others, or carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at least six feet apart while wearing masks, with a very small group of neighbors or friends.

The statement also lists "moderate," "higher risk" and "very high risk" categories of activities that should be avoided such as door-to-door trick-or-treating; trunk-or-treating; mazes and haunted houses; or sharing, eating, drinking, speaking loudly, or singing amongst others outside of your household. Click here to see the full list of activities and their related risk levels.

Here is a link to more information and recommendations from our San Mateo Count Health Officer on the San Mateo County Health's website. 

6) Veterans Day Nominations: 

Don't forget to submit your nominee's name by 10/26!  The City of Burlingame invites the community to nominate a Burlingame veteran or current member of the U.S. Armed Forces for special recognition this Veterans Day. As your Mayor this year, I will have the honor of presenting certificates of appreciation virtually to new nominees during our November 2 City Council meeting. If the service member is unable to participate in the virtual meeting, a family member or friend may accept the certificate on his or her behalf.  Learn how to nominate a Burlingame Veteran here in the City's 9/24 e-News

7) Dr. Morrow's latest Health Officer Statement: On 9/21, Dr. Morrow published another statement to the community. Please take 5 minutes to read his full statement here.

8) Please, wear those face coverings!  Remember, the law requires everyone aged 12 and older (who is able) to wear a face covering when we can't maintain six feet of social distance from others outside our household. That means even if you are exercising outside, you must have a face covering in your possession and put it on anytime you can't maintain a safe social distance. 
As a reminder, here are some trusted primary sources of COVID-19 Information:

Be safe, be kind, and let’s continue finding ways to care for one another in the months ahead.  Thanks for reading and keep in touch. 

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


P.S.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via Q&A events via ZoomFacebook, & Twitter. Read my past archived newsletters on my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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August 2020

Dear Friends,

Important Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, 8/27/20 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Virtual Open House Launch here

Tuesday, 9/1/20 Virtual Q&A with Mayor Beach via Zoom or Phone, 5-6 PM: 

• Tuesday, 9/8/20 @ 7PM:  City Council Meeting with Minimum Wage discussion via Zoom.  Agenda posted here.

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

As the summer transitions to fall, it seems like a lifetime ago when COVID-19 turned our world upside down -- and now  wildfires are raging in San Mateo County.  Although recent events have caused tremendous hardship, it has strengthened our community in other ways and reminded us how interconnected and accountable we are to one another.  I'm inspired by countless acts of generosity towards front-line workers and community members who are suffering the most.  Thank you, Burlingame, for appreciating our first-responders, checking on isolated neighbors, shopping locally,  minimizing social gatherings, and wearing face coverings wherever you go. 

Here in my August newsletter, I wanted to flag some important civic matters worthy of your attention:  

1) Accelerated Minimum Wage Ordinance Discussion on Tuesday, 9/8 at 7PM via Zoom: 
Join our City Council discussion as we vote on whether to join other cities throughout our region by increasing local minimum wage to $15/hour plus CPI on 1/1/21, in recognition of the high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay area.  The City of San Mateo led the County with a local minimum wage ordinance that accelerated the path to $15 starting on 1/1/17, and since then many other jurisdictions have followed (see below for rates as of 1/1/21.)  Currently, Burlingame follows state-wide minimum wage laws
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During our City Council's study session on this matter back on February 3, 2020, we learned from the County of San Mateo Health System representatives that 25% of the County's workforce are low wage workers earning
 $15 or less per hour.  Nearly 75% of these low wage workers are between the ages of 25-64 years old, 45% of whom are raising children. Although many Burlingame businesses already pay their workforce $15/hour or more to be competitive, we learned others do not. The fundamental question for our community is whether or not we are willing to pay more for the goods, services, and restaurant meals we purchase in town so that our lowest wage workers (in car washes, retail, restaurants, drivers, and some childcare positions) earn more, and so that our small businesses don't bear the financial burden.   

Action request: wherever you stand on this matter, please click here to participate in our City-wide survey published in Burlingame's e-News last week to share your opinion. The survey closes on 9/1/20 so please act now.  We value everyone's opinions.  

I also invite everyone to join our City Council meeting on 9/8 at 7PM via Zoom when the decision will be made. You may also email your opinion privately (on the public record) to the entire City Council by writing council@burlingame.org.  If instead you email publiccomment@burlingame.org the City Clerk will read your opinion out loud during the meeting.  Find meeting details and Zoom link information here.  

2) Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Virtual Open House launches TODAY through 9/17:  The City of Burlingame is updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the first time since 2004!  During past year, our staff and community have been hard at work studying ways to make walking and biking safer and more accessible here in Burlingame.  We're completing the final stages of the plan with draft recommendations, and we need your feedback. The site includes several "study corridors" where you can provide feedback on potential designs.  When you have 15 minutes or so to spare, please visit walkbikeburlingame.com. I strongly recommend watching the 4-minute YouTube tutorial before you begin because it provides a helpful overview.

3) The Burlingame Collaborative update: We all need some good news these days, so here is a bright spot.  This summer, a group of 60+ Burlingame community leaders representing 40+ Collaborative_logo.jpgorganizations convened (virtually) three times since June to discuss gaps in our community's COVID-19 response and how together we can make Burlingame more resilient.  It's been inspiring to see subcommittees comprised of leaders from local businesses, non-profits, service clubs, faith organizations, activists, education, labor, health care, seniors, parents, and government come together to strengthen relationships, communication, and tackle tough issues. We've prioritized isolation, health and safety messaging, business struggles, basic needs for our most vulnerable residents, and distance learning.  Tangible results are already happening.  For example, faith leaders and CALL Primrose food pantry developed a new process to eliminate barriers for our most vulnerable residents to access free groceries.  Another committee developed this COVID-19 Community Resource Guide that will be published in our City's upcoming Activity Guide mailed to every Burlingame residence. Even the simple (yet powerful) idea to publish our City's weekly e-News on Next Door originated here.  Other committees are exploring ways to raise funds for existing rental assistance programs and PPE grants for small businesses. Stay tuned in future newsletters for more information about how you can help. It takes a village to respond to COVID-19, and our village is stepping up in a big way. I'm so proud of our community.

4) Dr. Morrow's latest Health Officer Statement: On 8/6, Dr. Morrow published another statement to the community.  His final paragraph reads: "To get out of this situation depends on all of us. Our collective best course of action: No gatherings outside of immediate households, use facial coverings extensively, and social distancing."  Please take 5 minutes to read his full statement here.

5) Join me for my 14th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 this Tuesday, 9/1 @ 5PM.  I strive to be accessible to you 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/newsletters

6) Please, wear those face coverings!  Remember, the law requires everyone aged 12 and older (who is able) to wear a face covering when we can't maintain six feet of social distance from others outside our household. That means even if you are exercising outside, you must have a face covering in your possession and put it on anytime you can't maintain a safe social distance. More information about face coverings can be found here: https://www.smcgov.org/covid19-face-covering  Earlier this month, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance implementing warnings & fines against individuals who refuse to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth and businesses who allow violations in their establishments. If you observe violations at businesses or gatherings, you may report them to the Burlingame Police Department (non-emergency line) at 650-777-4100 so our officers can observe and respond.
As a reminder, here are some trusted primary sources of COVID-19 Information:

Be safe, be kind, and let’s continue finding ways to care for one another in the months ahead.  Thanks for reading and keep in touch. 

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 

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P.S.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via Q&A events via ZoomFacebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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July 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Dear Friends,

Important Upcoming Dates:

• Thursday, 7/23/20: Police Use of Force Policies & Community Listening Session: Join us via Zoom at 6:30 PM.  Details here.

• Tuesday, 8/4/20 Virtual Q&A with Mayor Beach resumes monthly via Zoom or Phone, 5-6 PM: 

• Monday, 8/17/20:  City Council Meeting via Zoom at 7 PM.  Agenda posted here.

Future City Council Meetings:
 Minimum Wage Ordinance on 9/8/20 

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

Hoping this message finds you healthy and safe.  I'm writing to highlight some important items in this summer newsletter edition:

1) Town Hall - Burlingame Police Department’s Use of Force Policy and Community Listening Session: Join us for our Police Department Town Hall event this Thursday, 7/23 via Zoom from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Please email questions in advance to publicomment@burlingame.org.  Find meeting details and Zoom link information here.  

2) Dr. Morrow's latest Health Officer Statement: On 7/20, Dr. Morrow suggested three driving factors behind increasing COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County: (1) the remarkable transmissible nature of the virus (2) structural economic failures in our society and (3) complacency -- including small group social gatherings among people of different households.  Please take 5 minutes to read his statement here.

3) Burlingame Avenue and Broadway street closure pilot programs:  we're experimenting with creative ways to increase social distancing in our business districts.  During this trial period, Burlingame Avenue is closed to automobile traffic from 8 AM Friday through 10 PM Sunday, Broadway is closed from 4PM Saturday through 10 PM Sunday, plus we've implemented "parklets" (outdoor dining within concrete barriers) throughout downtown. To share your opinion with me about these trial programs via my unofficial, unscientific (not City-sponsored) survey, please click here.  Listening is one of the most important parts of my job, and I value your feedback.

4) Caltrain is at serious risk of shutting down in 2021: Did you know Caltrain has no dedicated source of funding?  As a result, it depends on ticket sales to fund operations -- which have decreased by 95% during COVID-19.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman, and Caltrain Board Members Dave Pine and Charles Stone issued a joint statement yesterday advocating for voters to have the opportunity to decide Caltrain's fate on the November ballot. Tuesday, 7/21 is a critical decision-making day for the railroad. To learn more and understand how you can help advocate, please visit the Friends of Caltrain website here.  

5) Join me for my 12th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Tuesday, 8/4 @ 5PM.  I strive to be accessible to you 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.  

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

Stay safe and if you are able, please wear a face covering wherever you go.  This is one of the most important things you can do to help our community stay healthy -- so we need to normalize wearing them!  We are all in this together, and our comeback depends on all of us.  

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 

 

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June 8, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have many important policy discussions happening in Burlingame this month: 

• Tuesday, 6/9/20: Outdoor Dining Proposal at Burlingame City Council Meeting. Join us via Zoom at 6:30 PM.  Agenda posted here.

• Wednesday, 6/10/20: Wireless Webinar Workshop starting at 1 PM. Login information and details will be posted here.

• Monday, 6/15/20: Public Hearing on new development Reach Codes & Burlingame's plan to review Police Department policies. Join our City Council meeting via Zoom at 7 PM.  Agenda posted here.

• Virtual Q&A with Mayor Beach via Zoom or Phone every Tuesday during Shelter-in-Place, 5-6 PM. 

• El Camino Real Roadway Renewal Project Virtual Scoping Meeting here.

Coming soon to City Council: Short-Term Rentals (date TBA), Minimum Wage Ordinance (9/8/20.) 

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

1) Tuesday, 6/9/20 @ 6:30 PM: Expanded outdoor dining & temporary street closure proposal: Many of you have asked our City Council to consider expanded outdoor dining for our local restaurants.  This Tuesday we will consider a proposal for the temporary street closure of downtown Burlingame Avenue to facilitate safe pedestrian activity and outdoor dining on sidewalks.  You can read the agenda and meeting materials here and we encourage you to join the conversation via Zoom or telephone.

2) Wednesday, 6/10/20 @ 1 PM: The City will host a webinar workshop to discuss small cellular technology (new antennas on utility poles), ask questions of our experts, and start the conversation about the future of wireless infrastructure in Burlingame. Login information will be posted prior to the event here.

3) Monday, 6/15/20 @ 7:00 PM: We'll tackle environmental "Reach Codes" in new construction -- not renovations, which is an important distinction -- at our next regular City Council Meeting.  The goal for implementing Reach Codes is to create more sustainable buildings so we can help curtail climate change. Our City staff will also provide an update on our plan to review the Burlingame Police Department's policies and procedures, and consider signing "The Mayor's Pledge" proposed by the Obama Foundation.  By now, I hope you've had the chance to read Chief Matteucci's statement, and watch my video message from last week on the senseless death of George Floyd, responsible policing, and systemic racism. We are a strong community and stand united for equality, justice, and peace.  

4) Virtual Q&A with Emily, every Tuesday @ 5PM during Shelter-in-Place via Zoom or phone. 

I strive to remain accessible to you throughout the County's Shelter-In-Place order. We're on event #9 and going strong!  Each week you can visit my website's 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.  You are also welcome to email me your questions or comments in advance and I will address them.  Help me get the word out by sharing this invitation to others who may not receive my newsletter.  

 

 

5) El Camino Real Roadway Renewal Virtual Scoping Meeting: don't miss this opportunity to participate! 

Between now and July 6, 2020 is your opportunity to tell Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) everything they should consider as they begin studying and creating plans for long-term fixes of Burlingame's El Camino Real.  This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community to shape the future of our iconic roadway.  Please take the time to review the materials, ask questions, and provide comments. This online forum has supporting materials that feature a poster gallery and a video presentation that highlights issues related to drainage, landscaping, sidewalks, and pavement. Visit www.ecrscoping.com

6) As a reminder, here are some trusted Primary Sources of COVID-19 Information:


Stay safe and if you are able, please wear a face covering wherever you go.  This is one of the most important things you can do to help our community stay healthy -- so we need to normalize wearing them!  We are all in this together.

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


P.S.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via my weekly Q&A's via phone and ZoomFacebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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June 2, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

Please click on this link to watch my 3-minute video message regarding the tragic death of George Floyd, the two-day countywide curfew, today's message from Burlingame's Chief of Police, and the status of protests in our city and on the Peninsula.  We are a strong community and stand united for equality, justice, and peace.  

Countywide Two-Day Curfew Goes Into Effect at 8:30 p.m. on June 2nd
The County of San Mateo has imposed a curfew on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. The curfew will resume on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 a.m. on June 4th.  
County Manager Mike Callagy, under his authority as the director of emergency services and in consultation with the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, proclaimed a local public safety emergency and issued the curfew order this afternoon in order to protect residents and prevent looting. Click here to view the complete proclamation and order.

I look forward to updating you with a regular newsletter soon.  

Stay safe and healthy,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


P.S.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via my weekly Q&A's via phone and ZoomFacebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times.  

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

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May 1, 2020

Greetings Friends -- 

Today's newsletter contains important information about: 

  • Shelter-in-Place changes starting Monday, 5/4 

  • Downtown Square & Former Post Office, Saturday 5/2

  • "Safe Streets" proposal during Shelter-in-Place, Monday 5/4

  • Q&A with Mayor Beach, Tuesdays @ 5PM via Zoom or telephone 

  • Seniors who need help 

  • How YOU can help!

  • Trusted primary resources for COVID-19 information

  • Emily's Take on "The The Big Picture"  (please read this far!) or instead, click here to watch the YouTube video in English or Spanish.  



Upcoming Date Highlights:

• Saturday, 5/2/20, Joint Planning Commission and City Council Annual Meeting, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.   Zoom meeting info published here.  

• Monday, 5/4/20: Burlingame City Council Meeting. Agenda posted here.

• Every Tuesday during Shelter-in-Place, 5-6 PM: Virtual Q&A with Emily via Zoom or Phone 

• Wednesday, 5/13/20, 6:30 PM: Burlingame City Council Annual Budget Session. Learn about COVID-19's impact on our City finances. Agenda will be posted here.

Coming this spring to City Council, dates TBA:  Lyon Hoag final traffic study report, Minimum Wage 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. 

1) Heath Officer's Shelter in Place Revised Order: changes start this Monday, 5/4 through 5/31:

Here is a helpful, digestible press release worth reading, plus a link to the new Order. Most notably, the following businesses may resume starting on Monday, 5/4, but not beforehand:
  • construction projects, as long as the project complies with safety protocols 
  • real estate transactions, but with continued restrictions on open houses and limitations on in-person viewings
  • nurseries, landscapers, gardeners
  • outdoor recreation has expanded to "within 10 miles of a person’s residence." It was formerly 5 miles.
  • some San Mateo County Parks

2) Downtown Square/Community Open Space Proposal and Former Post Office Development, Saturday 5/2, 9 AM

Please join our City Council and Planning Commission at our Joint Annual Meeting via Zoom or phone, click here for agenda and meeting information.  We'll discuss conceptual designs for Burlingame's future Town Square / Community Open Space Proposal on Parking Lot E, adjacent to the former Post Office. Representatives from the Urban Field Studio team (commissioned by our City Council in January) will provide an overview of the initiative, suggest open space concepts to consider, and offer examples of town squares and community open spaces in other places for inspiration. Sares Regis will also update the community on their development proposal for the former Post Office site.  

We will also discuss whether Planning Commission should receive staff recommendations on applications that come before the Planning Commission.  Read more on our meeting agenda.  

3) "Safe Streets" Proposal during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, Monday 5/4

City Council will consider implementing a "Safe Streets" pilot program to support safe pedestrian, cycling, scootering (and other non-vehicular activity) for residents by creating additional space for social distancing on select City streets. San Mateo, Redwood City, Foster City, Boston, Oakland, and Minneapolis have implemented similar programs. Read more under agenda item 10b. 

4) Virtual Q&A with Emily, every Tuesday @ 5PM during Shelter-in-Place via Zoom or phone: 


Hosted three so far, so please join me for #4! Weekly virtual Q&A with Emily on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. via telephone or video conference -- whichever you prefer. I want to be as accessible as possible to you throughout the County's Shelter-In-Place order. Each week you can visit my website's 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.  You are also welcome to email me your questions or comments in advance and I will address them.  Help me get the word out by sharing this invitation to others who may not receive my newsletter.  

5) For Seniors Who Need Help

Call the County Office of Aging and Adult Services Hotline at 1-800-675-8437 for home meal delivery or other needs!  So far, they've delivered nearly 7,000 meals per week during COVID-19, with grab-and-go options available.  A new federal program coming soon will offer restaurant meals delivered for qualifying seniors who don't have local support from family or friends, and earn under $74,000 annually.  Call the hotline or 211 for more information.  Also, don't hesitate to contact Burlingame Neighborhood Network Volunteers by emailing info@BurlingameNetwork.org or leave a message on our City's (non-emergency) Community Assistance Line at 650-558-7204.

5) How YOU can help, and how you can get help: 

If you need help, here are a few non-profit organizations that are doing particularly amazing work during COVID-19. 

If you have extra time or financial means, please consider volunteering with a County non-profit agency, or donating money to help them.  Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19, however, unprecedented numbers of neighbors are experiencing extreme financial hardship.  These non-profit charitable 501(c)3 tax-deductible organizations need and deserve our support:

6) Trusted Primary Sources of COVID-19 Information 

7) Emily's Take On "The Big Picture" 

Thanks for doing your best to follow County Health Officer's Shelter in Place orders. After 50 days, I know we're all tired. And with the announcement this week about the shelter order extending through the end of May, many are feeling frustrated that the goal-posts keep moving. Understandable.  This is new territory for everyone, including our health officials who are working day and night to study this elusive virus.  

But we're on the right track!  While disruptive, inconvenient, and a hardship for so many, together our sheltering actions have flattened the curve, saved lives, and conserved precious hospital resources.  County leaders are optimistic that more sectors of our economy will re-open in May, in a phased, measured way that balances public health and the need to resume some degree of normalcy.  That said, we should expect social distancing, face coverings, and prohibitions of large group gatherings will be a part of life during the foreseeable future.  We'll continue to need patience and flexibility on the long journey ahead.  

As of May 1st, there are 1,233 confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County, and 51 confirmed deaths.  But these numbers don't tell the whole picture.  Until we have widespread community testing, we can't really know how many people are (or have been) infected -- so it's very difficult for Health Officers to make fully informed decisions.  Once our County receives these highly anticipated test kits from the State and Federal Government, our County is ready and has the capacity to test tens of thousands of residents as soon as possible.   

I am so impressed with the level of coordination and communication at all levels of our regional government.  City Councilmembers, City Managers, City Attorneys, School Officials, and our counterparts at the County, State, and Federal Level receive joint briefings and collaborate during standing meetings 3x weekly.  I hope you've seen the fruits of this teamwork in our communications via the City's e-News, website, social media -- and when you reach out to us personally via phone or email with questions and concerns. I also want you to know that our County is studying best practices around the world to make sure we learn from others' experiences, both good and bad, as we re-open our economy. 

Recently, our City Council allocated $1 million in COVID-19 aid ($500k for Burlingame small businesses grants, and $500k to help Burlingame's most vulnerable residents.) Our staff has cross-trained and re-directed resources to respond to the pandemic, like monitoring safety and social distancing in our parks, or helping local businesses.  For example, one staff team outreached to 340 Burlingame businesses to inform them about local small business COVID-19 grants available from San Mateo County Strong Fund, Burlingame Back in Business Program, FacebookSalesforce, and the Federal government.  In addition to keeping essential City services going, we are working hard to support our community in new, creative ways. Our professional City staff is doing a tremendous job and they deserve our appreciation. 

Stay healthy and please stay home whenever possible. Although County Health Officials have eased some restrictions, that doesn't mean life is back to normal. We also must comply with State guidelines, which can sometimes be more restrictive.  And the Shelter-in-Place rules apply to everyone -- short term pain, for long-term gain. That said, I have personally asked the County to update their Shelter-In-Place FAQ to include "reasons why" behind some of the more controversial restrictions, which I hope will help keep everyone rowing in the same direction. 

We will get through this!  Let’s continue to be kind, express gratitude, check-in on vulnerable neighbors, exercise, and practice self-care. Let's also remember to thank "essential workers" in our neighborhood who continue to serve us on the front lines, often at great personal risk. We salute and appreciate you.

Hang in there, Burlingame. We're headed in the right direction and we are are all in this together!

Warmest regards always,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


P.S.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via my weekly Q&A's via phone and ZoomFacebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times.  

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April 9, 2020: Virtual Weekly Coffee & Conversations, COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe.  This newsletter contains important information about: 

  • WEEKLY Virtual Coffee & Conversation with Emily (informal Q&A) via Zoom or telephone starting this Tuesday, 4/14 @ 5 PM 

  • Trusted primary resources for COVID-19 information

  • Census 2020 is here! 

  • Burlingame Neighborhood Network Assistance  

  • SMC Strong Fund 
  • Business resources, plus Burlingame small business assistance

  • Shelter in place reminders and #BurlingameTogether Campaign 





Important Upcoming Dates:

• Tuesday, 4/14/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Monday, 4/20: Burlingame 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 here.

• Tuesday, 4/21/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Tuesday, 4/28/20, 5-6 PM: VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or Phone Join me for informal Q&A about any City topics on your mind. Visit my events page for details.

• Saturday, 5/2/20, Joint Planning Commission and City Council Annual Meeting, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  Zoom meeting info will be published here.  

Coming this spring to City Council, dates TBA: Local Burlingame business COVID-19 relief, 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. 

1) VIRTUAL Coffee & Conversation with Emily via Zoom or phone, weekly on Tuesdays @ 5 PM: 

Please join me for the first of my WEEKLY virtual "Coffee & Conversation with Emily" events starting Tuesday, 4/14/20 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. via telephone or video conference -- whichever you prefer. I want to be as accessible as possible to you throughout the County's Shelter-In-Place order. Each week you can visit my website's events page for instructions about how to dial-in by phone or join via Zoom video conference.  Bring your own cup or glass, plus your questions or comments about any City matter on your mind -- or feel free to just listen in.  You are also welcome to email me your questions or comments in advance and I will address them.  Please help me get the word out by sharing this invitation to others who may not receive my newsletter.  

I will also keep you posted about future City-sponsored Town Hall events that include our City Manager, key staff, and other Councilmembers here as well.    

2) Trusted Primary Sources of COVID-19 Information 

3) Census 2020 is here!


Stand up and be counted, especially now! Remember, every ten years census information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly -- including emergency relief funds during COVID-19.

It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.  No matter who you are or where you come from, EVERYONE COUNTS.  It's easy, safe, and confidential -- learn more how you can participate in the census via mail, phone, or online at the County's Census Website.  

4) Burlingame Neighborhood Network Assistance

Thank you, Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) for teaching our community about disaster preparedness and how to support one another during emergencies like COVID-19!  We've certainly seen the results of our community-building effort in action during the past few weeks.

BNN encourages neighbors to reach out to one another via email, phone, or flyers on doorsteps to see if anyone living nearby needs help. BNN leaders suggest asking neighbors:
(1) if they would appreciate a regular check-in call;  
(2) if they need help with ordering food or supplies. Help can be provided safely without physical contact by following County Health Order guidelines.

If you need help please email BNN at info@BurlingameNetwork.org, or you can call and leave a message at 650-558-7204 (City Manager's Office) and we will relay your contact info to BNN.  Learn more or volunteer to help at BurlingameNetwork.org.

5) San Mateo County Strong (SMC Strong) Fund:
In partnership with San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the San Mateo County Strong Fund was established to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County's most vulnerable residents, small businesses, and non-profits. Please consider joining me by personally donating to this effort.
 
6) Business Resources, plus local Burlingame small business assistance on its way


If you are a Burlingame Business owner, your one-stop-shop for support, assistance, and navigating COVID-19 benefit programs is SAMCEDA.  

Additionally, our City's COVID-19 economic response effort continued on Monday night when our City Council discussed a local support package for Burlingame small businesses.  You can review the written report and 7-page proposal in more detail here and watch the meeting video (the conversation begins 1:12:00, one hour and twelve minutes into the meeting.)  Highlights under consideration include a grant program targeting small local businesses, offering a gift card program to vulnerable residents for shopping in Burlingame, covering merchant fees to business improvement districts, and temporarily waiving downtown parking fees. We'll likely take official action on the final proposal at our 4/20/20 Council meeting. You can also read the San Mateo Daily Journal's article here.  

7) Shelter in place reminders and #BurlingameTogether Campaign

In my message to our Burlingame community last week via the City's e-News, I thanked everyone for their patience during this challenging time -- and most importantly, for adhering to the County's Shelter-in-Place Order. While disruptive, inconvenient, and a hardship for so many, together we're flattening the curve, saving lives, and conserving precious hospital resources.  The measures are working and we must not get complacent, even when we are feeling stir-crazy at Day #24!  Unfortunately, our police department is still receiving reports about groups of teens and friends (not within the same family) hanging out at parks together.  Parents, please make sure your kids are following the rules and staying home, so we protect the our community's health and use public safety resources efficiently.  You may continue to enjoy our City's parks with members of your immediate family, but not for group gatherings.  We are all in this together and appreciate your cooperation!  

Our tight-knit neighborhoods are a defining characteristic of Burlingame. One silver lining under COVID-19 is that we're looking out for one another more than ever before, and we're reminded how interconnected we are. I'm inspired by neighborhood grocery runs, meal chains, teddy bears in windows, inspirational words, and candles illuminating our evening porches. In that spirit, our Library Team developed the #BurlingameTogether campaign as a way to celebrate uplifting acts of kindness, and positive ways Burlingame is coping with this challenge. Please email your stories, photos, or videos to bplref@plsinfo.org, and we'll share them on our social media platforms to inspire us all.

Please also 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, postal and delivery carriers, restaurant workers, and other essential service providers.  We salute and appreciate you.

I know there is an abundance of communication as everyone tries to stay connected, which can sometimes feel overwhelming.  I will make an effort to limit my email communications as not to flood your inboxes, so I hope you'll stick with me during COVID-19.  If you seek more frequent updates, keep in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter, and my website.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times.  

Stay healthy and please stay home whenever possible. Let’s continue to be kind, express gratitude, look after our vulnerable neighbors, exercise, and practice self-care. This will be a marathon, not a sprint — and I know we will emerge from COVID-19 as an even stronger community. We are all in this #BurlingameTogether!

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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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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