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. 



Community Meeting and Coffee with Emily

March 29, 2016

I invite you to an important community meeting this week and my upcoming coffee at Il Piccolo:

1) Broadway Grade Separation (how the train meets traffic) Community Meeting #3: this Thursday, 3/31/16 at 6:30 p.m., Burlingame Public Library, Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Road

  • Note, this meeting is about the railroad crossing at Broadway, not the overpass currently under construction.  Learn about the Broadway grade separation study intended to improve the safety and congestion at this intersection. Staff will answer questions and present 3D animations for the two remaining (of six) alternatives studied. Provide your feedback and help determine if there is a community preference for one of the designs. 

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March 2016

March 2016

Greetings Frirends --

Just a quick note to update you on a few City Hall topics:

1) I invite you to attend the Joint Meeting with our City Council and Planning Commission, Saturday 3/19/16 @ Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library, 9:00-12:00 noon.

  • We'll hear an update on Burlingame's General Plan and the important work being done by our Community Advisory Committee. We'll discuss their progress and the long-term vision for how Burlingame should grow and change over the next 25 years. Our general plan will have a powerful long-term impact on our city, so please join the dialogue.  Mark your calendar for a community-wide workshop on 5/21.

  • Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) will also present an update on its master plan, which includes a vision for a future wellness community on PHCD property near Mills-Peninsula hospital.  
2) Recent developments:
  • Burlingame (along with every other city in San Mateo County) voted to join Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice energy program that pools our collective demand to purchase greener energy.  I encourage you to learn more about it at peninsulacleanenergy.com.  Initial customer enrollment is scheduled to begin in October 2016.

  • FEMA flood zone maps: the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new proposed flood insurance rate map will affect additional residents and businesses in 2017. If you receive a written notification about your residential or business property, please explore discounted insurance plans referenced in the letter that will be available for a limited time only. 

  • The City will begin polling this spring to understand our community's receptivity to a possible future tax measure to help fund capital improvements.  
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