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.