September 13, 2018
Project Update - California Drive Roundabout

A portion of the newly constructed roundabout has opened to vehicular traffic. Please exercise caution and reduce speeds. Drivers should expect a shift in traffic lanes. Click here for a graphic displaying traffic conditions in the construction area.

During this second stage of construction, please:

  • Reduce speeds to 25 miles per hour.
  • Continue to use detour routes as vehicle access to Lorton Avenue, Bellevue, and California Drive is limited.
  • Expect traffic lane shifts around portions of the newly constructed roundabout.
  • Watch for pedestrians since pedestrian access around the construction zone will remain open.
  • Be aware that all businesses and the Caltrain parking lot will remain open during all stages of construction.

The City will do everything possible to minimize impacts and inconveniences, and appreciates your cooperation and patience during construction. For additional information, please visit the project website at If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team at, or 650-288-6436.
Environmental Tip of the Week

Be a steward of a clean bay by picking up litter in Burlingame… and, of course, by never littering!

Why? Common litter such as cigarette butts, plastic straws, and food wrappers enter storm drains that flow directly to the San Francisco Bay, and are not sorted out. These pollutants are often consumed by sea life and expose our bay to toxins. Learn more about how you can prevent pollution at
Parks and Recreation Department Seeks Public Input

One of the first steps in the Burlingame Community Center development project will be to relocate the existing playground in Washington Park. The goal is to have the new playground in place before breaking ground on the new Community Center in early 2020.  For more information about the new Burlingame Community Center, click here .

The Parks & Recreation Department is forming the Washington Park Playground Committee to help develop the new playground plan, which will include equipment options for the Park. The Department will select three community members to be part of the Committee.

Committee members will be asked to attend several evening meetings and a final presentation at a Parks & Recreation Commission meeting. The process is expected to take several months. Please note, Committee membership is for adults only; no children will be included in the meetings. If you would like to be considered as a neighborhood representative for the Committee,   click here to fill out an application . The first meeting will be in early October.

If you have don’t have time for the Committee but would like to offer your opinions about the elements in the Park,  please click on this link .

The survey will be available until Friday, September 14, 2018. We thank you in advance for your assistance and participation! If you have any questions about this project, please call Karen Hager, Management Analyst, at 650-558-7317, or email .
Recycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!

What are the most commonly mis-recycled items? 
  1. Pizza boxes - Most people still think these boxes can go into the recycling since they are cardboard, but due to the food residue and grease, they must go into the compost.
  2. Styrofoam - Even though Styrofoam may have the recycling symbol on it, it must go into the garbage. Please consider taking Styrofoam containers to Green Citizen to recycle them for a small fee.
  3. Plastic film and plastic bags - All soft plastic must go into the garbage. Instead, try to reuse plastic bags as much as you can or recycle them at a drop-off center.
  4. Tetrapaks - Tetrapaks may have the recycling symbol on them, but due to the multiple layers, they are considered garbage.

Follow-up: About those expired child car seats...
Previously, we mentioned that expired child car seats can only be disposed in the black garbage bin. We've since learned of two better options for disposal. Thank you to one of our readers for pointing out these tips!

  1. Trade in your old seat at Target through their Car Seat Trade-in Event and receive a 20 percent off coupon on select baby gear (including a new car seat). Visit their website for more information.
  2. Drop off the car seat at a local California Highway Patrol (CHP) office. The closest location to Burlingame is in Redwood City. Call the office CHP office at 650-369-6261 to confirm their hours.

Send your recycling questions to . Find past questions and answers  here , and an excellent resource for what goes in what bin  here .
Events Around Town
Repair Cafe
Saturday, September 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
Bring your broken household items to the last Repair Cafe of 2018. You can bring up to three items for repair, and a team of volunteers will try to fix them. Repairs are free (up to $10 in parts).

Popular items at Repair Cafe have included toasters, lamps, toys, and clocks. Some volunteers can repair costume jewelry (earring backings, clasp fixes), and one volunteer will be available for small sewing repairs.

This event is a fun and collaborative volunteer opportunity. If you are interested in joining the Library's team of volunteer fixers, email or call Cynthia Rider at or 650-922-4654. Most volunteers bring their own tools, and the Library will buy some repair parts such as lamp switches, fuses, washers, glues, etc.

Also, there will be two e-waste bins set up for free e-waste recycling. The bins will be set up from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or until the boxes fill up. The following items will not be accepted: microwaves, refrigerators, and any items over 100 pounds.
Bayfront Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
150 Anza Blvd., (behind Embassy Suites Hotel)
Burlingame's Bayfront Cleanup Day is an annual waterway and land cleanup held on the third Saturday of September. It overlaps with California Coastal Cleanup Day, which brings the community together to remove trash from our waterways and protect our marine environment.    

For more information, waiver forms, or contact information, please visit . If you are interested in sponsoring or helping set up for the event, please contact Jennifer Lee at, or call 650-558-7381.
Living With Your Creek Open House
Monday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
The City of Burlingame’s storm drain system consists of natural creeks (El Portal/Trousdale, Mills, Easton, Sanchez, Terrace, Burlingame, and Ralston) that convey stormwater runoff from the hills to the Bay. Proper maintenance of the seven creeks is critical to protect homes, businesses, and transportation networks from flooding.

The City invites you to an informational open house where you can learn more about your nearby creek, methods to protect the creek to ensure water quality, suggestions for best practices, and local vendors that can assist you with landscaping, design, and permitting requirements. City representatives will be available from the Public Works and Community Development Departments to answer your questions.

More information is available here: . Call 650-558-7245 with any questions. Also, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodation for this meeting should notify the Public Works Department 24 hours prior to the meeting by calling 650-558-7245.
Fifteenth Annual Burlingame Pet Parade
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.
(participants must report by 9:30 a.m. to parking lot at Broadway and Chula Vista)
Broadway, Burlingame
Come join the fun! Every participant will receive a souvenir ribbon. Immediately following the parade, judges will select the Best School Float and award $500 and $250 to the first- and second-place winning schools (which must be in San Mateo County). Ribbons will be awarded to winners of the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed Pet; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category). School groups must register in advance by contacting Ayn Gilmore at AVR Realty in Burlingame at,  or calling 650-342-2073.
A “float” can be as simple as a decorated bicycle, wagon or kiddie car. Only non-motorized floats are eligible, and each float must include at least one pet. No political entries are permitted, but all types of pets are welcome. Children without pets are encouraged to bring stuffed animals. Groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or sign.
There is no charge to participate, and there will be free entertainment and art projects for kids. For more information, visit,  or call 650-342-2073.
Free Program about Saving Energy, Water and Money
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
Save the date for this program presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame! Five experts will describe numerous ways to save money and make your home more energy and water efficient.

Andrea Pappajohn, Sustainability and Climate Management Fellow for the City of Burlingame, will moderate the program, which will feature Rachael Londer of San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability, TJ Carter of Peninsula Clean Energy, Christina Armor of SunShares, James Tuleya of HomeIntel, and Jennifer Lee of the City of Burlingame.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. All attendees will be invited to take home complimentary energy and water-saving devices.
Guess Who's Coming to the Library Speaker Series
Saturday, October 6, 4:00 p.m.
Burlingame Main Library
General admission tickets for this Speaker Series event featuring Academy Award-Winning Actor and Activist, Patricia Arquette, in conversation with Congresswoman Jackie Speaker, will go on sale at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow. Click here to purchase tickets .
Fall 2018 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Thursdays, October 11 - November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Ave., Hillsborough
Central County Fire Department CERT training provides private citizens with the basic skills needed to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster when emergency services are not immediately available. This training is offered free to all Burlingame, Hillsborough, and Millbrae residents. Register online by clicking here.
Burlingame Neighborhood Network's 6th Annual Emergency Drill
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Deadline for signups is September 25
All Burlingame residents are invited to participate in the Burlingame Neighborhood Network's (BNN) sixth annual Citywide Emergency Drill.
You’ll learn how work together with neighbors and support one another following a disaster, and how to access the emergency communications network. With your participation, your neighborhood may also qualify for a free cache of emergency supplies valued at $550.
Led by the BNN, this exercise is supported by the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame CERTs, and local HAM radio operators. It will take place on multiple blocks throughout Burlingame. Adults and children 10 and older can take active roles. It’s free.
Individuals planning to lead a drill – and anyone who is interested – should attend the Drill Walk-Through on  September 27 , where supplies will be distributed, and the Communications Workshop on  October 2 ; both begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library.

Burlingame residents who wish to participate should send their name and street to  by  September  25 . For more information, visit
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
Parent Info Meeting for New Girls Scout Troops
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
MUR, Lincoln Elementary School, 1801 Devereaux St., Burlingame
Are you interested in learning more about Girl Scouts? Do you have a daughter in Kindergarten through third grade?  New troops in the Hillsborough/Burlingame area are currently being formed. Come to this meeting to learn more.

R.S.V.P’s at   are appreciated, but not required. Girls are welcome, but not required to attend. If you’re interested in learning more about Girl Scouts please visit,  or contact Cecilia Thomson at, or 800-447-4475 ext. 3014.  
Holiday Marketing Webinar
Wednesday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
Check out this SCORE webinar to learn new and alternative approaches to holiday marketing. Attendees will learn how to make their websites more customer friendly, discover opportunities to boost sales, and hear about techniques to attract more customers.

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