March 22, 2018
City Board/Commission Vacancies
Planning Commission Deadline Extended
Climate Dashboard
Tips to Detect Leaks
Student Film Fest Winners
Recycling Etc. Questions Answered
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

vacanciesApply For a Vacant Seat on the Library Board of Trustees or Parks and Recreation Commission 

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Library Board of Trustees or the Parks & Recreation Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.

Board and Commission members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff in order to help them to make the finest, most informed decisions in the best interest of everyone living, working, and visiting our community.

At this time, the City is seeking to fill one vacant seat on each Board. The Council is likely to appoint the board members to the full three year term. The application deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at 650-558-7204.

At this time, the City is seeking to fill three vacant seats on the Planning Commission. The Council is likely to appoint each Commission member to the full four year term. The City Council has waived the requirement to attend a Planning Commission meeting and has extended the application deadline to Friday, March 30, 2018. Click here to access the application and supplemental questionnaire from the City's website

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at 650-558-7204.
climateClimate Dashboard

We hear a lot about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions in the news, but what does it mean in Burlingame? Explore the City's  Climate Dashboard  to learn more about greenhouse gas emissions, where they come from in the City, and what we can do to reduce them. For example, cars and trucks contribute 67% of our emissions. And, signing up to ECO100 is an easy but significant action residents can take to reduce emissions. Learn more  here .
leaksLeaks Can Run, But Th ey Can't Hide

This week marks the EPA's tenth annual Fix a Leak Week. Here are four easy tips on how you can detect and prevent household leaks:
  • Toilets are the most common sources of household leaks and often the primary cause of a high water bill. An easy way to test if your toilet may have a leak is to drop a dye tablet (or use several drops of food coloring) into the tank and wait 15 minutes. If colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet's flapper is leaking.
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
  • Check your outdoor garden hose bib (or spigot) to make sure it is closed all the way when not in use.
  • If you have an in-ground irrigation system, check it each spring before use to make sure it wasn't damaged by frost.
filmCongratulations Burlingame Students!
Aidan Burke, Lukas Mills, Minnoli Raghavan, and  Natalie Wylie

Natalie Wylie of Franklin Elementary School in Burlingame was named the winner of the Elementary School Category as well as the "Best in Show" winner of the CEC Student Film Fest held at Burlingame High School on March 19. Her entry, "Feed the Future," explored the earth-saving benefits of a vegetarian diet. It will be entered in the San Francisco Green Film Festival. 

Minnoli Raghavan of Burlingame Intermediate School  won the Middle School Category with a video called "Reducing Your Carbon Footprint," while Aidan Burke and Lukas Mills of Burlingame High School took top honors in the High School Category for "Car Pollution." 

There were 42 entries in the contest from students who lived or attended school in Burlingame. It was sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and the Burlingame Environmental Council at Burlingame High.  In the picture below, student filmmakers crowded the state to answer questions from the audience during an "Ask the Filmmaker" portion of the program.

recyclingRecycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!
What do we do with household hazardous chemicals left at our house by the previous owner?
Chemicals, paints and other hazardous materials can be dropped off at a collection event - see list of collection events here - or you can be make an appointment to drop off the items (Click here to make an appointment).

Can Styrofoam by recycled?
Stryofoam needs to go in the black garbage bin or could be recycled by  Green Citizen for a fee.

Does shredded paper need to go in a bag for recycling?
Yes, it is preferable that shredded paper be placed inside a paper bag and then in the recycling bin to prevent spillage and littering when the bins are picked up.

We love hearing from you. Send your recycling questions to Find past questions and answers  here .
EventsEvents Around Town
First Fridays are Back!
First Fridays, April - November, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Burlingame

First  Fridays  are Back on the Avenue!  The Downtown Burlingame Improvement District (DBID) brings FREE, LIVE music to Downtown Burlingame on the first  Friday  of every month - April through November!  

Bands will play "Under the Pergola" at the intersection of Burlingame Avenue and Park Road from  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Be sure to stop by as we have a great lineup for you!  And remember to swing by the Burlingame Library as well! They will be having free refreshments on these evenings. 
First Time Home Buyer Workshop
Thursday, March 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Rd.

HEART of San Mateo County has arranged to have a First Time Homebuyer Workshop in Burlingame!  This will be an opportunity to come find out how you may be able use the HEART loan to buy a market-rate home or condo in San Mateo County.
HEART offers down payment loans for qualified first-time homebuyers up to $119,278, which, together with a first 30-year, fixed rate mortgage from Meriwest Mortgage, enables the borrower to finance their first home with 5% down and no PMI (private mortgage insurance).

Senior Listening Session
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center 

Would you like to learn more about your local government? Are there concerns facing the community you would like to share with a city councilmember? Do you have questions about projects going on around town?  Seniors in the community are invited to our third Senior Listening Session. Councilmembers look forward to listening to your ideas and addressing your questions.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to 650-558-7300.
CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Music at Kohl Mansion Presents Camerata RCO
Sunday, March 25 at 2750 Adeline Dr.

5:00 p.m. - Master Class with the Young Chamber Musicians 
6:00 p.m. - Pre-Concert Talk with Musicologist Kai Christiansen 
7:00 p.m. - Concert 
Complimentary Meet-the-Artists Wine & Buffet Reception follows concert

Formed by members of Amsterdam's famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), Camerata RCO performs chamber music in multiple formations with a special focus on the Classical and Romantic repertoire for winds and strings. Driven by a passionate love of chamber music, the ensemble has enjoyed tremendous success in the Netherlands and abroad and now performs around 50 concerts per season throughout the world. This will be Camerata RCO's first Music at Kohl performance.
For tickets and information call  650-762-1130 or visit
Lions Club Mixer
Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lions Hall, 990 Burlingame Ave.

The Burlingame Lions Club will be hosting this month's "Mixer" with the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.  Hope to see you there!

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