October 2017

October highlights here -- scroll down to read more:

  • Monday, 10/16*: City Council discussion about use of future affordable housing funds & short term rentals (*new date!) 
  • Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Tuesday, 10/24: Public Art Community Workshop (Part II) 
  • Wednesday, 10/25: Candidate Forum for three seats on Burlingame School District Board of Trustees
  • Please remember to VOTE & Emily's endorsements


1) City Council discussion about the use of future affordable housing funds & short term rentals, Monday, 10/16, 6:00 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road
  • 6:00 PM: The meeting will begin with a Study Session about short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) here in Burlingame. This is the first step in evaluating future policy options to address the impact of short-term rentals on our city.
  • 7:00 PM: During our regular meeting, we will discuss possible uses for new fees collected from developers to help address housing affordability for Burlingame workforce and residents. Please note, this discussion was originally scheduled for a separate meeting on Wednesday, 10/18 but has now been combined with our regular meeting this Monday evening instead.  I encourage you to read the staff report in preparation for our discussion -- you can find it under item 10.a. on our agenda here.  

2)  Coffee and Conversation with Emily, Saturday, 10/21 from 3:30-4:30 PM, Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway

  • Please join me at one of my favorite local hang-outs, Il Piccolo Caffe for conversation and Q&A about any city topics on your mind. Among the items we'll cover, I'll answer your questions about Measure I -- a local Burlingame 1/4 cent sales tax measure our City Council unanimously placed on November's ballot.  If successful, revenue generated will support local investment in essential city services and our quality of life, like road repair, sidewalk repair, crime prevention, and upgrades to our park and recreation facilities and programs. I invite you to read impartial information about Measure I on the City's website here, and I hope you will consider voting Yes on Measure I.  

3) Public Art Community Meeting Part II, Tuesday, 10/24, 6:30-8:00 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Our second free public art workshop will educate community members about Anson Burlingame, our city's namesake, who we intend to commemorate with our first public art endeavor.  The workshop will also gather input from community members about their vision for public art in Burlingame.  

    Background: Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg and I represent the City Council on a citizens' committee tasked to explore public art in Burlingame. You can learn more about this effort on the City's website.  I encourage you to watch our recording of last month's presentation by Lance Fung, curator of Fung Collaboratives to learn about public art and how it can enrich our community. Lance shared his experience discovering and commissioning artists to realize art in the public realm through images from some of the most successful projects around the world. 

4)   League of Women Voters' Burlingame School District Candidate Forum, Wednesday, 10/25, 7:00 PM at Burlingame Intermediate School Auditorium, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame 

  • The Burlingame PTA Council is co-sponsoring a public forum for all Burlingame School Board candidates. A moderator from the League of Women Voters will time prepared speeches and facilitate a Q&A.  There are three seats open and four candidates. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and cast an informed vote on November 7.

  • Burlingame School Board Candidate Forum
    Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
    Burlingame Intermediate School Auditorium, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame

5)  Remember to Vote & Emily's Endorsements: Ballots have been delivered via mail, so don't forget to exercise your right to vote!   You can still register to vote until Monday, 10/23.  Local elections really matter.  Many constituents have asked me to share my opinions about our 2017 ballot.  Let me first say that I admire and respect anyone who puts themselves forward to participate on the front line of democracy as a candidate or an advocate.  After much thoughtful consideration, here are my endorsements in alphabetical order:

  • Burlingame City Council: Michael Brownrigg, Ann Keighran, Ricardo Ortiz
  • Burlingame School District: Kay Coskey, Davina Drabkin, and Elizabeth Kendall 
  • Yes on Measure I 

6) Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Thank you to our incredible first responders from Burlingame's fire and police departments who are serving in the Napa region to support emergency operations during this devastating fire.  We're proud of you and appreciate all you do. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering.  Additional thanks to Burlingame Neighborhood Network and CERT volunteers who are organizing today's City Wide Drill to help neighbors prepare for future emergencies like earthquakes, floods, and fires in our city.  Hope to see you out there this morning. 

Remember you can view City Council's upcoming meeting agendas, supporting materials, and past recordings here on our City's website.