October 2018

October Newsletter highlights:

  • Proposal to increase Broadway's parking meter time limits and pricing
  • Burlingame Aquatic Center pool renovation update
  • City pension liabilities: update and strategies
  • November ballot transportation measures, Emily's recommendations: NO on Proposition 6; YES on Measure W
  • Senior Listening Session, 10/16
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Airport Noise Town Hall, 10/23 
  • Coffee & conversation with Emily, Wednesday 10/24 @ 8:00 a.m. 
  • General Plan Public Meetings: 10/22, 11/5, & 11/19 
  • Parks Master Plan Public Meeting, 11/7
  • Best of Burlingame: Thank you Burlingame Neighborhood Network for leading the 2018 City Wide Drill 


Greetings friends --

Our community has important upcoming policy discussions and decisions this fall:

1) Monday, 10/15/18, City Council Meeting, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road, 7 PM: I encourage you to read our meeting agenda and associated staff reports for background information on the following topics here:

  • Proposal to increase Broadway's parking meter time limits and pricing (item 10b.) City Council will consider diverse input from Broadway businesses, residents, and City staff.  

  • Burlingame Aquatic Center Pool Renovation update (item 10a.) Construction continues, learn more on Monday night.  

  • Update on long-term unfunded pension liabilities and options for pre-funding obligations (item 10c.)  For community members interested in public finance, this is important stuff.  Policy changes made by CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) increased the amount participating Cities like Burlingame must pay into the system.  We've already taken intelligent steps to actively manage this challenge, and will consider additional strategies to ensure our long-term fiscal health.  

2) November Ballot: here's how I'm voting on two important transportation measures:  

  • NO on Proposition 6: Burlingame City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Proposition 6. I believe this is a dangerous state-wide ballot measure.  If passed, Proposition 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation, and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. Roughly half of the revenues at stake improve our state highways, while the other half improves local roads, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle safety. Here in Burlingame, Proposition 6 would eliminate approximately $500,000 in annual state funds and halt many of our street resurfacing projects. 

  • YES on W: Burlingame City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting San Mateo County's Measure W (one half-cent sales tax) that will provide $2.4 billion in County-wide funding to help relieve traffic congestion, fix local roads and potholes, improve public transportation, and bicycle/pedestrian connections.  No ballot measure is perfect, but I assure you that Measure W was thoughtfully crafted with diverse community support and has strict accountability and citizens’ oversight. It addresses our county's aging transit systems and roads, helps disadvantaged communities, and will provide over $10 million directly to Burlingame for locally-controlled transportation improvements over the next 30 years.  Burlingame could use these dollars for roadway improvements and to help fund our costly Broadway Grade Separation project, which will improve safety and circulation by separating cars from the train tracks.  

3) Tuesday, 10/16/18, Our City's 4th Senior Listening Session will take place at the Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m.  Two of my Council colleagues will attend this one, since I had the opportunity to participate back in April.  

4) Tuesday, 10/23, Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Airport Noise Town Hall, Skyline College, 7:00-8:30 PM
Join Congresswoman Speier for a conversation about the impact of flights on your life and health. She has been working with her congressional colleagues, the FAA, SFO, the airlines, SFO Roundtable and residents for over a year in response to the continued unabated increase in flight operations. Free event, advance registration required here.  Hope to see you there.  

5) Wednesday, 10/24/18, Coffee and Conversation with Emily @ Il Piccolo Caffe, 1219 Broadway, 8:00-9:00 AM

Please join me at Il Piccolo Caffe on Wednesday, 10/24 at 8:00 AM for conversation and Q&A about local policy issues.  I'm hoping this early time-slot may accommodate residents with different work/family schedules.  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. 

6) Upcoming General Plan Public Meetings:  “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.  Because the environmental review of the draft General Plan is finally complete, the plan is ready for Planning Commission review and City Council decision. The City intends to hold public hearings on the following dates at City Hall Council Chambers:

  • Planning Commission Public Hearing - Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.*
  • City Council Informational Item - Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.*
  • City Council Public Hearing - Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.*
*Be sure to check the final agendas to confirm meeting dates and times.  For more information on Envision Burlingame and the planning process, please visit www.envisionburlingame.org, or to read the Draft General Plan, click here
7) Wednesday, 11/7/18, Parks Master Plan Public Meeting, Burlingame Recreation Center, 6:30-8:30 PM 

Join our Parks and Recreation Department for an interactive workshop to voice your needs, priorities, and vision for the future of Burlingame's parks and recreation system.  
Please RSVP here and share your opinions. 

8) Best of Burlingame: Congratulations and THANKS to Burlingame Neighborhood Network for coordinating our most successful IMG_3229.JPGCity-wide neighborhood drill to date!  According to NBC Bay Area News yesterday, our community doubled the number of participating neighborhoods this year.  Many blocks like mine participated for the first time and appreciated visits and Q&A with officers from Burlingame's Police and Fire Departments.  Neighbors practiced how to help one another during an earthquake or other natural disasters, and how to communicate with emergency services without telephones and electricity.  I'm grateful we have so many engaged residents working to build our community's resilience!


Take care of yourselves and I hope to see you around town soon.