September 2017

It's a busy fall!  Here are some highlights in the month ahead -- scroll down to read more:

  • Tuesday, 9/26: Public Art Community Workshop (Part I)
  • Wednesday, 10/4: League of Women Voters' City Council Candidate Forum
  • Wednesday, 10/11: Draft General Plan (road map for Burlingame's future growth) Workshop & Open House  
  • Saturday, 10/14: Neighborhood Emergency Drill 
  • Monday, 10/16: City Council Study discussion about use of future affordable housing funds (new date & time!)
  • Saturday, 10/21: Coffee and Conversation with Emily at Il Piccolo Caffe
  • Tuesday, 10/24: Public Art Community Workshop (Part II) 
  • Study Session on Short Term Rentals / Airbnb (date TBA) 
  • Thank you Bayfront Clean-Up Volunteers!


1)  Public Art Workshop, Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30-8:30 PM, Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg and I represent City Council on a citizens' committee tasked to explore public art in Burlingame. Join us for the first of a two-part presentation to learn about public art and how it can enrich our community. Lance Fung, curator of Fung Collaboratives, will share his experience discovering and commissioning artists to realize art in the public realm through images from some of the most successful and unsuccessful projects around the world. The workshop will be funny, lively, and appropriate for anyone from the novice to the art historian. The presentation will last approximately an hour with an informal reception following. Part 2 will take place on October 24.

2)   League of Women Voters' City Council Candidate Forum, Wednesday, 10/4, 7:00 PM at City Hall 

  • Learn more about the four candidates running for three seats on Burlingame City Council this November: incumbents Michael Brownrigg, Ann Keighran, Ricardo Ortiz, and challenger Steve Duncan.  I have endorsed my colleagues Michael, Ann, and Ricardo. 

3)  Draft General Plan Community Workshop and Open House, Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9:00 PM, Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

  • If you want to learn more about how Burlingame will manage its growth over the next 25 years, our General Plan update is a really big deal! After more than two years of community input and public process, the draft document is ready for review. Join your neighbors and share your thoughts as consultants lead discussions about land use, mobility, economic development, community health, and more. The meeting will be an open house format from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Burlingame Recreation Center. Short presentations about the draft General Plan will be made at 7:15 PM, 7:45 PM, and 8:15 PM.

  • The backstory: in 2015 the City of Burlingame commenced a three-year endeavor that updates our community’s vision for the future. The new General Plan will serve as a road-map for policy and land use for the next 25 years.  The current draft is the result of extensive community input, including the work of a 30-member Community Advisory Committee which met 18 times. Our city staff invites you to read the draft General Plan here and affirm that it reflects the community aspirations shared during the past two years of community outreach, and let us know if anything is missing.  You can email your feedback directly to the Envision Burlingame team via this form.

4)  Burlingame's fifth annual Citywide/Neighborhood Emergency Drill on Saturday, October 14, from 9-10:30 AM

  • I hope all Burlingame neighborhoods will participate in Burlingame's fifth annual Emergency Drill on Saturday, October 14th, from 9-10:30 AM. We'll practice working together with neighbors to support one another following a disaster and how to communicate with city officials when professional help may not be available for 72 hours or more.  Thank you to the volunteer Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) who organizes this annual event with help from our fire department, police, and emergency volunteers. Let's harness the energy of our neighborhood block parties and take this important step towards building community resilience.  Learn more about how to participate on the BNN website.

5) City Council Study Discussion about the use of future affordable housing funds, Monday, 10/16, 7:00 PM, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road
  • NOTE THE NEW DATE AND TIME: Join us for a discussion about what the City should do with new fees collected from developers to help address housing affordability for our Burlingame workforce and residents.  

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

  • Hope you can 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. I'll be sure to include a discussion about Measure I, a local Burlingame 1/4 cent sales tax measure on this November's ballot.  If successful, revenue generated will support local investment in essential city services, like repairing potholes and maintaining city streets and sidewalks, enhancing neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs, improving safe routes to school, and providing adequate and safe park and recreation facilities. I invite you to read impartial information about Measure I on the City's website here.  Since I hosted my previous two constituent coffees on a Thursday and Friday, it's time for a weekend meeting. 

7) Public Art Community Meeting Part II, Tuesday, 10/24, 6:30-8:30 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.

8)  Important discussions coming soon: 

  • City Council will also address a short-term rental (Airbnb) policy this fall, most likely in October.   
  • Remember you can view City Council's upcoming meeting agendas, supporting materials, and past recordings here on our City's website.  

9) Best of Burlingame Spotlight: Thank you to 170 Bayfront Clean-Up volunteers who improved two miles of Burlingame's bayfront along the SF Bay Trail. An estimated 970 gallons of trash and 200 gallons of recyclables were collected in just three hours.  It was inspiring to work side-by-side with residents of all ages to help make a big impact that day.  Thank you, Burlingame!