January 25, 2018
Measure I Oversight Committee Sought
Adopt and Name a Storm Drain
Library Speaker Series Welcomes Ira Glass
New Street Sweeping Map
Challenge to Reach 100% Renewable Energy
Incentives for Fire Sprinklers and Retrofits
Pile Driving at Burlingame Point
Leadership Class for Kids in Grades 4-6
SunShares Success
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

commCity Seeks 5 Committee Members for Measure I Citizen's Oversight Committee!

In November, Burlingame's voters approved Measure I, a retail transactions and use tax of ΒΌ percent, which effectively increases the sales tax rate in Burlingame from 8.75 percent to 9 percent. 

In addition to requiring a separate external audit of the collections and expenditures of the new transactions tax, the Measure also provides for the establishment of a Citizens' Oversight Committee appointed by the City Council to review and report on the receipt of revenue and expenditure of funds from the Measure I tax. Members of the Committee shall be residents of the City or representatives of Burlingame businesses. 

The Oversight Committee shall annually review the auditors' findings regarding the revenues and expenditures and transmit a statement regarding that review to the City Council. In addition, the Oversight Committee shall provide oversight of any bonds that are backed in whole or in part by the Measure I revenues. 

The City is seeking to fill five seats on the Measure I Citizens' Oversight Committee. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Click here for the application. 
drainAdopt and Name a Storm Drain!

Calling all Burlingame residents, students, and businesses! We have just launched a new Adopt a Drain program where you can adopt your very own storm drain. Storm drains in the City carry both untreated rainwater and pollutants directly into the SF Bay. By adopting a drain, you can keep litter or debris out of waterways and help reduce flooding. Did we mention you can name your drain too? Click here to find a drain near you!
iraglassLibrary Speaker Series Welcomes Ira Glass

Public radio's Ira Glass, master storyteller and the creator and host of the groundbreaking radio program This American Life, will be the inaugural guest for the Burlingame Library's new Speaker Series, Guess Who's Coming to the Library! on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
The Speaker Series will be held in the historic and beautifully renovated Reading Room of the Burlingame Public Library main branch. The series will feature experts and original voices in the arts, current affairs, science and technology. Speakers will include authors, artists in all creative realms, community, government and business leaders, as well as innovators in a variety of fields.
For more information click on Burlingame Library Foundation Events .
optupburlingameAre You Ready to #OptUpBurlingame?

Learn about this CEC campaign, supported by Burlingame, PCE, and San Mateo County Office of Sustainability.
sweepingmapNew Street Sweeping Map

Help the City's street sweepers clean your streets by moving parked on the morning (or night before) sweeping occurs. Check out our new street sweeping map to find out when our sweepers will be in your neighborhood.
cleanenergyCitywide Challenge to Reach 100% Clean Energy

Do you pledge to leave a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation? 
Local sustainability leaders and the City of Burlingame did and switched their home and commercial electricity to Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) ECO100 - 100% carbon free.
Now, the #OptUpBurlingame campaign, a Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) program, provides business owners and  residents incentives that challenge you to do the same.
Switching to ECO100 is a powerful action you can take to help the earth. For the average household, it's only about $2.50 more per month than what you would usually pay PG&E.
firesprinklersNew Incentives for Fire Sprinkler Systems and Retrofits

In December, Congress passed legislation that will incentivize the installation of fire sprinkers.  First, any new sprinkler system installed after September 27, 2017, in either a residential or commercial structure, will be able to be fully expensed.  Second, Congress has added fire protection as an eligible expenditure under section 179 of the Tax Code and increased the cap to $1 million as the amount that a single business can deduct in a single year.   To learn more, click on this link.
piledrivingPile Driving at Burlingame Point

According to the developers, the pile driving at Burlingame Point, the old drive-in site by the Bay, will be completed at the end of this week. This massive project, about twice the square footage of Mills Peninsula Hospital, is one of the largest projects Burlingame has approved in more than 40 years. When it's done, the roadway will be reconfigured, there will be numerous new walking paths by the Bay for residents and workers, and there will be four glass towers housing biotech and other innovation company workers.  The next phases of construction for this project should have a reduced noise impact on Burlingame's residents and business community. 

LeadershipNew Leadership Skills Class for Students in Grades 4-6
Class Begins Next Tuesday, January 30

True leaders first learn to lead themselves. The Burlingame Recreation Center is excited to offer "Beginning Leadership Skills" with Jim Wiltens. This highly-interactive and engaging program introduces leadership - one of our society's most-valued traits - to children while they are building lifelong behaviors. Working as a team with a parent, students learn skills that enable them to build positive attitudes and reinforce self-esteem. Key topics may include techniques to manage one's attitude, develop charisma, set and achieve goals, handle fear, make friends and overcome power-sapping language. Jim's multi-sensory approach to teaching takes advantage of all that brain science tells us about how people learn. To register click here or for more information call 650-558-7308.
SunshareSunShares Success

Burlingame got some new solar projects this year thanks to the SunShares program. Close to 30 households signed up for a solar audit and six solar contracts were signed in Burlingame. Great job Burlingame!
If your home is not suitable for solar consider ECO100 - a 100% renewable energy electricity rate offered by Peninsula Clean Energy. For a few dollars a month you can power your home with renewable, carbon-free electricity without the investment of installing solar. Sign up here.
EventsEvents Around Town
2018 Sunday Fresh Market Now Open!
Every Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Park Road starting at Burlingame Avenue

Lessons from the Wildfires
Monday, January 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Ave., Hillsborough

Central County Fire Department leaders will share what they learned on the scene of the recent wildfires and explain what you can do to help prevent wildfires at a free program called "Lessons from the Wildfires".
This program is sponsored by the Town of Hillsborough, the City of Burlingame, and the Burlingame and Hillsborough Neighborhood Networks. It will feature Fire Chief John Kammeyer, Deputy Fire Chief Drew Flinders and Deputy Fire Marshal Christine Reed, who will discuss our local wildfire management, measures you can take to protect your home, emergency communication channels, the evacuation process and essential items to include in an emergency "go bag" that you can grab as you leave. They also will answer questions from the audience.
Lunar New Year Celebration:  Calligraphy & Concert
Sunday, January 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lower Level Foyer, Burlingame Main Library
Join us for a Lunar New Year Celebration, with a calligraphy demonstration, concert, and refreshments!  Chinese calligrapher Mak Ming Chan will demonstrate the 5 calligraphy styles, large and small, with phrases to celebrate the Lunar New Year from 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m, . A select few will be raffled off!  Mr. Mak Ming Chan of Ming's Chinese Calligraphy is an esteemed artist and teacher of calligraphy. His works appear in the Hong Kong Museum of Art and China's National Museum, and commissions include a large piece adorning the new CCSF Chinatown building. 

From 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Bay Breeze will present their "Love Stories by Pipa" concert! Bay Breeze is an acoustic music band who presents Chinese traditional and movie music with a fusion of eastern/western musical instruments. With passion in music and deep connection with the Chinese culture and the Bay Area local communities, the band is excited to share the "Love Stories by Pipa" concert with you.
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Paloma Playground
Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Corner of Paloma Avenue at Edgehill Drive

Let's Play! Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department is proud to announce the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Paloma Playground located at the corner of Paloma Avenue at Edgehill Drive, Burlingame. Come join the festivities! Please call 650-558-7300 with any questions.
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