January 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope 2021 is off to a good start for you and your loved ones. We're busy at City Hall, so I wanted to flag some important items: 

  • Monday, 2/1 @ 5:30 PM: 1st Public Hearing, Burlingame District Elections
  • Monday, 2/1 @ 7 PM: Consideration of 220 Park Road "Old Post Office" Development Agreement, and Cannabis distribution 
  • Wednesday, 2/3 @ 6 PM: Caltrain Electrification, Burlingame Construction Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2/17 @ 5 PM: Virtual Q&A Conversation with Emily
  • Wednesday, 2/17 @ 6 PM: Burlingame Below Market Rate Housing Rental Program informational meeting
  • Openings soon: Burlingame's Traffic Safety & Parking Commission & Beautification Commission
  • Recording: US 101 Peninsula Interchange Meeting, City of San Mateo (1/27/21)
  • Recording: City of Burlingame Annual Goals Session (1/23/21)
  • My recent Op-Ed: Celebrating Local Innovation and Resilience, read it here  
  • Trusted COVID Resources: Purple Tier reminders and vaccine info
  • Conversation with Best Selling Author Tom Rath, from Leadership Council San Mateo County 

Upcoming Notable Dates:

• 2/1 @ 5:30 PM:  District Election Public Hearing. Agenda posted here.

• 2/1 @ 7 PM:  Regular City Council Meeting. Agenda posted here.

• 2/3 @ 6PM: Caltrain construction in Burlingame Meeting via Zoom or Phone 

• 2/17 @ 5PM: Virtual Q&A with Emily via Zoom or Phone 

• 2/17 @ 6PM: Burlingame Below Market Rate Housing informational webinar meeting with HouseKeys

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

1 & 2) This week's City Council Meeting:

On Monday, February 1st we have three particularly substantive items on our City Council agenda: 
  • 5:30 PM: As District_Elections.pngBurlingame transitions to district elections, your help is needed to ensure that your community is fairly represented. Join the City for its first virtual public hearing on the matter on Monday February 1st at 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the background and better understand why we are making this change, the process ahead of us, State legislation, and how you can get involved visit www.burlingame.org/districtelections which includes flyers and details in English, Spanish, and Chinese.  If you have questions please contact City Clerk Meaghan Hassel-Shearer at [email protected] or at (650) 558-7203. I also encourage you to read the Staff Report located under the Study Session (Page 1, Item a) on our meeting agenda here.  

  • 7:00 PM: During our regular meeting agenda we'll:
     
    • Item 9a: consider the adoption of a Development Agreement between the City and 220 Park Road (Historic Post Office) Project.  Read more in our agenda under 9a here.  

    • Item 9b: consider allowing Cannabis distribution and retail delivery in Burlingame (not retail storefronts.) Once again, I encourage you to read more about this in advance of the meeting in our staff report under item 9b here.   

3) Caltrain Electrification Meeting - Construction Activities in Burlingame, 2/3 @ 6PM:

Learn about upcoming construction, particularly as it relates to the new Burlingame Paralleling Station (which distributes power to the new electric trains)  located on the east side of the tracks near 1369 North Carolan Avenue.  This meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. Learn more information and find meeting details here.  

4) Join me for my
19th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 2/17 @ 5PM.  I strive to be accessible to you, even
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/newsletter

5) Register for Burlingame's Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Housing Program webinar with HouseKeys, Wed 2/17 @ 6PM

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - 
Click here to register
The first step to learn more about the City of Burlingame’s Below Market Rental Program is to attend an online HouseKeys BMR Rental Program Orientation. HouseKeys is the program administrator for the City of Burlingame’s Affordable Housing Program.  During these online orientations, the HouseKeys team will help you navigate the process, understand affordable housing basics, and identify rental opportunities that work for you and your family. All applicants, co-applicants, partners, and married and domestic partnerships are required to attend an orientation before participating in Burlingame's BMR Rental Program opportunity drawing.   If you're interested in affordable housing units in Burlingame, you may register at www.myhousekeys.com. More information is also available on the City's website at https://www.burlingame.org/departments/planning/housingresources.php.

6) Seeking Volunteer Commissioners: Traffic Safety and Parking Commission and Beautification Commission 

We have one upcoming vacancy on our Beautification Commission and another on our Traffic Safety & Parking Commission, and we hope you may consider applying.  Sign up for the City of Burlingame's weekly e-News for more information, or check back on our City's website here for more information or call 650-558-7200.  Positions will be posted later this week.  

7) Watch the meeting recording: US 101 Peninsula Avenue Interchange Project sponsored by the City of San Mateo 

The City of San Mateo proposes to build a southbound US 101 onramp at Peninsula Avenue, and close Poplar Avenue. In case you missed last week's Community Meeting, you can view the recording online.  I attended the two-hour webinar on 1/27, as did many Burlingame residents who made public comments.  You can learn more about the project, view their slides, watch the recording, sign up for future meeting notifications, and submit questions and comments via this portal at the City of San Mateo. They anticipate releasing the draft Environmental Document this spring, so when that happens, it's very important for members of the community to provide written comments.   

8) City of Burlingame Annual Goals Session, 1/23/21

We held our annual Goals Session Meeting last Saturday morning 1/23.  I recommend watching the recording on the City's You Tube Channel -- it should should be available within the next few days here.  Important topics included: 
  • Burlingame's five infrastructure priorities (sea level rise, the Rollins Road Specific Plan, undergrounding power lines on El Camino Real, and the Broadway grade separation project, city hall modernization and safety updates)
  • financial and operational impacts of COVID-19
  • discussion of the City's post COVID-19 economic recovery and response
9) My Op-Ed: Celebrating Local Innovation and Resilience 

I wrote an Op-Ed in the San Mateo Daily Journal on 12/21 celebrating local innovation during 2020.  In case you missed here, here is a link.  I'm very proud of our City.  Enjoy. 


 

10) Life's Great Question Interview:

I am honored to serve on the Founding Board of Directors for a wonderful organization called Leadership Council San Mateo County.  Join us for a conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath to talk about his new book Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World.  Rath will be interviewed by Raj Mathai, Bay Area NBC Nightly News Anchor. Registration is FREE, and all donations and sponsorships will support the San Mateo County Strong COVID relief fund supporting individuals/families, nonprofits and small businesses in San Mateo County. Follow this link to register:
https://buff.ly/3pfKnF8


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

May 2021 be a better year for all of us! Stay healthy and safe -- and let's all keep wearing face those coverings.  

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Councilmember, 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 and please encourage your friends to sign-up to receive my newsletters.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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December 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

Happy December Holidays! I'd like to extend a warm invitation below and share some important news: 

  • Monday, 12/21 @ 7PM: Virtual Annual City Council & Mayoral Rotation ceremony -- please join us!
  • Monday, 12/21 @ 7PM: Community Policing Presentation Update
  • SupportBurlingame.com shop local gift card campaign 
  • Unpacking the Mandatory Regional Stay at Home Order
  • El Camino Real Renewal Virtual Open House extended through 1/7/21
  • Wednesday, 1/13/21 @ 5PM: Virtual Q&A Conversation with Emily
  • Burlingame Shoreline Park great news & outreach
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan adopted and next steps
  • Trusted COVID-19 Resources

Upcoming Notable Dates:

• 12/21 @ 7PM:  Burlingame City Council Ceremonial Mayoral Rotation & Community Policing Update. Agenda posted here.

• Now thru 1/8 Caltrans ECR Renewal online Public Forum 

• 1/13 @ 5PM: Virtual Q&A with Emily via Zoom or Phone 

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

1) Annual City Council Rotation Ceremony:

I'll share some reflections on 2020 as your Mayor, then pass the gavel to Vice Mayor Ann O'Brien who will share her vision for 2021. Congratulations to Ann and our incoming Vice Mayor Ricardo Ortiz!  It means a lot to all of us when our community joins us for this annual tradition, so we hope you'll Zoom or call-in.  Ceremony and remarks should finish well before 8PM.  If you wish, there will also be a chance for you to make a public comment.  In the meantime, I authored an Op-Ed in for the San Mateo Daily Journal celebrating local innovation that happened during 2020, and I hope you enjoy reading it!  Click here to find Zoom meeting info and meeting agenda.

2) Community Policing Presentation Update:

I'm grateful that our Chief of Police Mike Matteucci will present an update to our community about his Department's important work this year.  In response to the tragic death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter Movement, Burlingame, like other cities across the nation signed the Mayor's Pledge and took action to improve our policies and safeguard all members of our community.  As a follow-up to our Police Town Hall and Community Listening Session in July, Chief will highlight our latest efforts to combat racial bias and revamp how we respond to behavioral health and homelessness calls.  

3) SupportBurlingame.com -- please help our local businesses survive COVID-19, one gift card at a time 

Put a local business gift card on your shopping list this holiday season!  Volunteers created SupportBurlingame.com to provide an easy portal to purchase gift cards or certificates directly from any of Burlingame's participating stores, services, and restaurants.  Purchase gift cards for yourself, family, and friends -- OR donate them to charity and volunteers will deliver them to Samaritan House or CASA of San Mateo County.  It's free for any Burlingame business to participate, so encourage your favorite merchant to register. The goal is to generate income for local businesses this holiday season and beyond, and to help deserving families. Thank you Burlingame Collaborative volunteers who made this website possible.  Even if your favorite merchant isn't registered, please consider calling them directly to purchase a gift card because it will improve their chance of survival during this remarkably challenging time.  I've bought a few extra as stocking-stuffers for my kids' future trips to Broadway and The Avenue with their buddies.  Questions?  Email [email protected]  

4) Unpacking the State's Mandatory Stay-at-Home Order

I know we're all fatigued and feeling isolated from friends and family this holiday season, but I implore everyone to please follow the letter and spirit of the law so we can keep our community safe and preserve hospital resources. Due to widespread indoor and outdoor social gatherings with friends and family during the Thanksgiving holiday, COVID-19 cases in our county and throughout the state have reached a staggering number. Medical experts tell us contact tracing shows that social gatherings are the reason for this surge.  It's really dangerous right now and hospital staffing is stretched to the limit. Mills Peninsula alone has tripled their caseload since Thanksgiving.  Remember somewhere between 50-70% of COVID spread happens from people who never experience ANY symptoms, and/or before symptoms arise -- so huge numbers of people (like you and me) are unknowingly part of the problem. We must do better.  

The mandatory state law prohibits any kind of social gathering outside of our households (that means outdoor and indoor social gatherings of any size are not allowed, even small ones like two friends meeting in a backyard staying 6' apart) for at least three weeks until the Bay Area's ICU hospital capacity increases to 15% or higher.   

The order also closes hair salons, personal services, and outdoor restaurant dining for at least three weeks.  Take-out food and pick-up are still allowed.  Retailers may stay open with limited indoor capacity, so allow extra time for shopping.  And please do shop locally whenever possible.  San Mateo County created a terrific, easily digestible FAQ, so please read it here

That said, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The vaccine is here and being distributed to front-line health care workers, and it will eventually reach all who want it in the months ahead.  Things will get better in the not too distant future!  In the meantime, let's all do our part and act selflessly through the holidays to save lives and get our economy back on track.  


5) New El Camino Real Renewal Public Forum by Caltrans -- public comment period EXTENDED through 1/8/21

Learn more about progress made on the El Camino Real Renewal project since the public forums held in January and May/June. Caltrans new online public forum is available for your participation and comment now through January 8, 2021. 
The website features short videos and helpful posters that explain progress made during the environmental phase of this project. This includes important new information about reasonable design alternatives under consideration and the status and health of the trees on El Camino Real. Other features include a closely monitored message board where the public can share thoughts and see others' comments about the project. So far, Caltrans has collected nearly 300 public comments from our community, so thank you for your engagement and please keep it up!  If you haven't done so already, please visit ecralternatives.com and be sure to explore the presentations, posters, forum, and FAQ in the navigation bar.  

What's Next?  After incorporating all of your comments, here's an estimated timetable which includes future opportunities for public review and input: 
  • Spring 2021: Draft Environmental Document and preliminary design (public input)  
  • 2022-2023: Project Design Complete (public input) 
  • 2024: Construction Begins (tentative) 


6) Join me for my
18th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 1/13 @ 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/newsletter

7) Burlingame Shoreline Park (across from the new Facebook/Oculus offices) update and outreach in 2021

The SPHERE Institute, in partnership with the San Mateo Resource Conservation District, is developing a 9.4 acre nature and recreation park on the Burlingame shorefront.  They are making great progress and even earned  $1,000,000 in Federal and State grant funding this year! I'm so excited about this project, I even wrote an Op-Ed in the Daily Journal about it last summer.  Anticipated amenities include native tidal marsh habitat restoration, an improved section of the Bay Trail, lawns and walking trails, water access for kayakers, sail boards, and an education center focused on climate change, environmental justice, and the native ecosystem. The team is beginning to create detailed designs for the park and is seeking community feedback to make the park as fun, inclusive, and accessible as possible.  They want to expand their outreach and make virtual presentations to community stakeholder groups to discuss the design of the park’s amenities among groups with a broad range of focus, not just outdoor recreation groups.  So, if anyone has ideas for groups, venues, or events that can help them spread the word, please provide your name and contact info on this Google form I've created, and I will put you in touch with the project team.  Thanks!  

8) Burlingame adopted our first comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan on 12/7/20

I'm proud of our City Council and community for prioritizing active transportation improvements that will make walking, biking and rolling safer and more accessible in Burlingame!  I'm also delighted to inform you that our City received the top score in a competitive grant from The San Mateo County Transportation Authority providing $1.4 million in Measure A & W funds for bicycle improvements on California Drive (between Broadway and Oak Grove) and pedestrian safety improvements around Burlingame Caltrain Station.  We hope you will stay engaged as we begin designing these important projects. Huge thanks to our City's Traffic, Safety, and Parking Commission (TSPC), our Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), and our Public Works Department staff for shepherding this important project to completion.

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

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and joyful holiday season.

Warmest regards,

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 and please encourage your friends to sign-up to receive my newsletters.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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November 2020

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays to all!  In this November edition of my newsletter, learn more about:

  • Holiday COVID-19 safety & watch my 3-minute YouTube video 
  • Burlingame United Against Hate Week 11/30-12/6 & associated Library Programs 
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan presentation and approval on 12/7/20
  • New El Camino Real Renewal Virtual Open House, open now thru 12/18
  • Burlingame Town Square virtual public input
  • Q&A with Mayor Beach, Wednesday 12/16, 5-6PM 
  • Trusted COVID-19 Resources

 

Upcoming Notable Dates:

11/30-12/6 Burlingame United Against Hate Week & Programs

• 12/4 @ 5PM Burlingame's Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Parks & Recreation Facebook Page

• 12/7 @ 7PM:  City Council Meeting includes Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Approval, Sustainability Update, Cannabis Distribution Ordinance & Burlingame Collaborative Presentation. Agenda posted here.

12/16 @ 5PM: Virtual Q&A with Mayor Beach via Zoom or Phone 

• Now thru 12/17 Caltrans ECR Renewal online Public Forum 

• 12/21 @ 7PM:  Burlingame City Council Ceremonial Mayoral Rotation. 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. 

1) Holiday COVID-19 Safety Reminders: 
Unfortunately COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Gathering with people outside our households – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading this virus.  Health Officials remind us it's best to stay home.  If you do gather, remember to keep it small, short, stable, and safe.  Please watch my video and read more about how to stay safe from COVID during the holidays, including holiday travel guidelines.

As of today, San Mateo County is currently in the "Red Tier" which means the risks are "Substantial."  Let's pull together and be extra vigilant to save lives, local businesses, and jobs.  If we move backward into the "Purple Tier" additional restrictions on indoor business activity, houses of worship, and other gatherings will return.  Provided health conditions allow it, we want to get our beloved library and other civic buildings open in early 2021, so thanks for doing your part to act responsibly and reduce the spread this holiday season.  

2) Burlingame Stands United Against Hate 2020: 



Please join us for 
Burlingame Stands United Against Hate Week, 11/30-12/6. Our community's United Against Hate (UAH) Committee and Library staff have planned some FANTASTIC events for adults, teens, and children.  United Against Hate is a call for local civic action throughout the Bay Area to stop hate and implicit biases that are a threat to the civility of our neighborhoods and cities. I've attached our event poster, and you can show your support by clicking here to print a window sign to display in your home or business.  Visit our Library's website for details and sign ups for: 
  • 12/1: A Virtual Conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, NY Times Bestselling author, speaker, and activist "About Who We Are and Who We Want To Be" (Adults & Teens)
  • 12/2: Movie Discussion: McFarland USA, free downloads over Thanksgiving weekend (Teens & Tweens) 
  • 12/3 & 12/10: Discuss and Learn about the Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times Magazine article & free podcast: The 1619 Project examines the origins and legacy of slavery in America. Find links to the discussion articles on our Library's UAH website, or download the free podcast. I'm particularly excited about this learning series, since author Nikole Hannah-Jones is a fellow University of Notre Dame alumna! (Adults & Teens)
  • 12/5: Anti-Bias Storytime & Parenting Discussion Featuring Burlingame teacher Natalie Delahunt, M.Ed. (Children & Families) 
  • 11/30-12/31: Building Community Through Art 


3) Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, Monday 12/7/2020 @ Burlingame City Council Meeting    
After 18 months of extensive study and public outreach, our staff and consulting team will present Burlingame's first comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan to our City Council for approval on 12/7.  This document will provide the framework for how we prioritize future pedestrian and bicycle route improvements throughout our City, so that we can make walking and biking safer and more accessible for all ages and abilities. Next steps involve detailed designs for specific projects as grants and budget resources become available.  Huge thanks to our City's Traffic, Safety, and Parking Commission (TSPC) and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) for shepherding this important project to completion!

 4) New El Camino Real Renewal Public Forum by Caltrans, open now through 12/17/20

The El Camino Real Roadway Renewal Project online public forum launched on Monday, November 16th and will remain open through December 17, 2020. This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community to shape the future of our iconic roadway. Learn new information about existing tree health and reasonable roadway and sidewalk alternatives under consideration. Plus, new features on this website make it easier for all of us to share ideas with other community members.  I encourage you to check out this website, listen to the short video presentations on the history of ECR, the professional tree survey, project alternatives, and then provide your feedback via the forum or comment card section. Visit ECRalternatives.com and don't forget to explore all the navigation bars at the top of the website. Prior comments you've given to the project team back in January and June are still part of the public record, and Caltrans welcomes additional comments you have during this stage of planning.  


5) Let’s Talk About a Town Square for Downtown Burlingame

Creating a town square has been a community goal for many years.  A new private development project at the former Burlingame Post Office site located at 220 Park Road presents a rare opportunity for the City of Burlingame to create a town square and public gathering space on “Parking Lot E,” located between Park Road and Lorton Avenue.  Our City leaders and professional landscape architects would like to hear from the community! Here are a few ways to share your thoughts:
  1. What kind of square would you like to see in Downtown Burlingame? Click here to take the survey.
  2. Share your ideas on our Town Square website. The project team created a special website using the “Social Pinpoint” platform to help you share your ideas and learn more about the project. There are images to provide inspiration, and you can even upload your own images to share with others: Click here to visit the Town Square Website.
  3. Attend the next community meeting on Tuesday, December 1, from 6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Zoom links will be posted on the Town Square Website.
Other questions? Contact City of Burlingame staff at [email protected].

6) Join me for my 17th virtual constituent Q&A during COVID-19 on Wednesday, 12/16 @ 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/newsletter


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

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and joyful holiday season.

Warmest regards,

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 and please encourage your friends to sign-up to receive my newsletters.  If you send me an email message, I appreciate your patience with my reply during these busy times. 

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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 [email protected]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 [email protected].  If instead you email [email protected] 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 [email protected].  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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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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