August 2017

Happy summer!  This post includes information about: 

  • Tuesday, 8/8: Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit 
  • Wednesday, 8/23 at 6:00 p.m: Caltrain Electrification Outreach Meeting hosted by Caltrain staff
  • Thursday, 8/24 and Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Upcoming community discussions related to our General Plan Update and cannabis (marijuana) policy 


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June 2017 Update

As promised, I'm confirming City Council will address the following important topics this coming Monday, June 19th starting at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall, 501 Primrose Road:

  • Consideration of placing a quarter cent local sales tax on the November 2017 ballot
  • Commercial linkage fees for new commercial developments
  • Eucalyptus tree evaluation and removals on Burlingame Avenue
  • Joint Use Agreement with Burlingame School District 

Click here to read our agenda and supporting documents for each of these discussions and more.  I hope you can join us.


June 2017

Here are a few important community discussions that will take place in the month ahead:

  • Monday, 6/5 at Burlingame City Hall: future affordable senior/workforce housing and new parking garage on downtown parking lots F&N, plus a public hearing for a new commercial development fee
  • Monday, 6/5 at Redwood City's City Hall: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Community Meeting to discuss the U.S. Route 101 Managed Lane Project in San Mateo County to improve congestion on 101
  • Near future June/July discussions at Burlingame City Hall: possible local revenue measure, Burlingame Avenue Eucalyptus Tree update, Mills Canyon update
  • Friday, 8/25: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Cafe


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May 2017

Greetings Friends,

I hope to see you tomorrow afternoon for coffee and conversation!  Also, here are a few noteworthy upcoming events: 

  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Il Piccolo Cafe
  • City of Burlingame Annual Budget Study Session, Wednesday, 5/10, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
  • Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 11th
  • U.S. 101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project Community Meeting hosted by the City of San Mateo, Tuesday, 5/16, 6:30 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center
  • NEW LOCATION & MEETING UPDATE: City Council Special Meeting regarding the Burlingame School District's request to financially contribute to re-turfing Franklin and Osberg Fields, Wednesday, 5/24, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Conference Room A


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April 2017

Just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of a few noteworthy upcoming meetings:

  • California High Speed Rail Authority Community Open House in San Mateo, Thursday, 4/13
  • Burlingame City Council and Planning Commission Annual Joint Meeting, Saturday, 4/15
  • Discussion about senior/workforce housing on downtown Parking Lots F&N, and Burlingame School District's funding request to help re-turf district fields, Monday, 4/17
  • Senior Listening Session with Councilmembers Beach and Colson, Tuesday, 4/25 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6 at Il Piccolo


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March 2017

  • City Council Mid-Year Budget Session, Wednesday 3/15
  • The future of city land at Burlingame Golf Center, Tuesday, 3/21
  • Sea Level Rise presentation hosted by Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, Wednesday 3/22 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 5/6 at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Green Business Award winners 


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January 2017

  • What do YOU think is the best use of municipal land at Burlingame Golf Center?
  • Home for All presentation from San Mateo County 
  • Councilmember terms: complying with SB 415 
  • California Drive Complete Streets Project (bike, pedestrian, and auto) Community Workshop #2, Tuesday, 1/24 
  • City Council Goals Session, Saturday, 1/28 
  • Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday 2/11 at Il Piccolo Caffe


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December 2016

  • Peninsula Avenue interchange 101 on/off ramp presentation 
  • General Plan population and job growth discussion 
  • Items coming to City Council in early 2017
  • Honoring our City's veterans


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August 2016

August 13, 2016 

  • City Council Water and Sewer Rates Study Session, Monday, 8/15 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Former Main Post Office Developer’s Open House, Wednesday, 8/24, drop in between 5-7:00 p.m.
  • General Plan Study Session with City Council, Wednesday, 9/7 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Coffee & Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 10/8 at Il Piccolo Caffe @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Broadway’s Nuts for Candy Named “Small Business of the Year” by California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin


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April 2016

Please join me this Friday morning for coffee and conversation at Il Piccolo.  Also, a few other noteworthy updates: 

1) Coffee and Conversation with Emily this Friday:
  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30 a.m. @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway Avenue: I've reserved the back section of Il Piccolo Caffe for this gathering. Please join me for a brief update on city issues, but mostly for Q&A about topics on your mind. Bring a friend, and I look forward to seeing you there!

2) Upcoming meetings:

  • City Council Study Session regarding Parking Lot E, Monday, May 2nd, 5:30 p.m. @ City Hall, Council Chambers: Join the discussion about possible development in Parking Lot E, adjacent to the former post office between Park and Lorton.  This meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, but please check the city's website to confirm the agenda here.  
  • Envision Burlingame General Plan Community Workshop #2, Saturday, May 21st, 10am-1pm at the Burlingame Recreation Center. Voice your opinion about different land use alternatives for each neighborhood in Burlingame. This is an interactive, drop-in, family-friendly event.

3) Useful info:

  • Broadway Grade Separation Study (how the train meets traffic) FAQ and presentation.  If you missed the third community meeting on 3/31, you can still learn about the city's long-term plan to improve safety and congestion at this intersection.  Read the FAQ, provide feedback, and watch 3D animations for the two remaining (of six) design alternatives here on the city's project page.

4) Best of Burlingame Spotlight:

  • Special thanks to Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) for helping our city place third in a state-wide competition where residents tracked and reduced their carbon footprint, and earned prize money for sustainability projects in Burlingame.  Jeff Londer, Mike McCord, and Steve Cady of the CEC accepted Burlingame's "Cool California City" award last week in Sacramento at the Green California Summit. Congratulations! 

Please email me your ideas to improve this newsletter -- it's a work in progress!  Also, keep in touch with me about your areas of passion -- whether related to transportation, housing, development, business, seniors, parks, infrastructure, trees, etc. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you on Friday morning.