November 2018

November Newsletter Highlights:

  • Residential Impact Fees Special Study Session, 11/14 @ 6:30 PM
  • General Plan Public Hearing, 11/19 @ 7 PM 
  • Peninsula Health Care District Wellness Community Development Town Hall, 11/26 @ 7 PM 
  • Engage with Caltrain: Business Plan (Vision 2040) Community Meetings and online Caltrain Bike Survey  
  • & SamTrans shuttle driver shortage & local impact 
  • Hot topics coming soon: Solid Waste Rates and AT&T Wireless Facility Applications 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Friday, 1/11/19 @ 8:00 AM 




Please join us for these important community conversations during the month ahead: 

1) Wednesday, 11/14/18, Residential Impact Fee Study Session, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 6:30 PM: 
City Council will provide direction about whether or not to charge residential impact fees to developers on new housing units. These fees would provide the City with financial resources to support below market rate housing for Burlingame's workforce and their families. I encourage you to learn more about our thoughtful decision making process over the past 18 months by reading the supporting documents here.  

2) Monday, 11/19/18, General Plan Public Hearing, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7 PM:  “Envision Burlingame” has been a multi-year community-led effort to develop a road-map for Burlingame's population and job growth during the next 25 years.  The plan is now ready for City Council decision. For more information on Envision Burlingame and the planning process, please visit, or to read the Draft General Plan, click here. Be sure to check our final Council agenda to confirm the meeting date and time.  

3) Monday, 11/26/18, Peninsula Health Care District Town Hall, Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, 7 PM
Peninsula Health Care District staff and elected leaders will host a community Town Hall regarding the future Peninsula Wellness Community near Mills Hospital.  The proposed 8.3 acre development envisions 300-400 housing units, health support services, and office space.  Topics will include land assembly, CEQA, public benefits, partners update, and 12-month look ahead.  Learn more about their vision here

4) Engage with Caltrain: here are a few important ways to voice your opinion about Caltrain and its future rail service: 
  • Community meetings about Caltrain's new 2040 Business Plan: visit to learn more and take a survey. Meetings will take place in all three counties -- Tuesday, 11/13 in San Carlos; Wednesday, 11/14, in San Francisco; and Monday, 11/26, in San Jose. Find additional details in the following press release
  • There is still time to participate in Caltrain's bike access survey -- the deadline has been extended.  Learn more about the survey on Caltrain's website

5) and SamTrans commuter shuttles are experiencing a severe driver/workforce shortage throughout the County.  If you or your colleagues depend on this free shuttle service here in Burlingame, I encourage you to sign up for text alerts so you can anticipate changes and make alternative commute plans as needed:

  • Subscribe to Millbrae / Broadway Caltrain Station shuttle text alerts by texting MBAlerts to 555888.  Click here for more information.

  • Subscribe to text alerts for North Burlingame or Bayside shuttle routes by here.

6) Topics of interest at upcoming City Council Meetings: please check our final agendas to confirm dates, times, and meeting content during the next few weeks: 

  • Solid Waste (garbage, recycling, and green waste) Rates: over the past six years, we've maintained stable rates for our residents while costs continue to increase.  City Council will consider an increase for Burlingame ratepayers over the next three years.

  • AT&T Wireless Applications: we'll revisit the discussion about two application appeals for small-cell wireless facilities (antenna and equipment) on existing wooden poles.  

7) Friday, 1/11/19, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 8:30-9:30 AM

Save the date on Friday, 1/11 at 8:30 AM for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.   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 communicate with residents and hear what matters to you. 

Take care, happy holidays, and I hope to see you at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, December 7th!