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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March 2020

Dear Friends,

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

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

Important Dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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

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

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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Important Meeting Reminders

January 28, 2020

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


Important Dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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January 2020

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


Important Dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't Forget to Pick Your Favorite Bike Route

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

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

Warmest regards,

Emily Beach 
Mayor, City of Burlingame 


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

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November 2019

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  Notable Upcoming Dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Greetings, Friends:

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

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

Upcoming community meetings and events highlights: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please join me for coffee and conversation at Copenhagen Bakery!  Bring your questions and concerns about our City -- and bring a friend. Coffee and refreshments provided at no taxpayer expense. This is one of my favorite ways to hear what matters to you. I do my best to offer weekday and weekend events to accommodate different schedules.  No RSVP required, but is always appreciated so I can plan accordingly.  I hope to see you there.

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

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

Cheers,



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

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