August 2, 2018
Historical Society Unveils Public Art in Burlingame
On Friday, July 20, the Burlingame Historical Society unveiled a 15-foot-tall and 47-foot-wide mural composed of 3,195 ceramic tiles on the side of a new commercial building at 240 Lorton Avenue (at Hatch Lane). The mural was designed by local artist and designer, Don Donoughe (pictured above).

The installation looks like a vintage postcard and pays homage to the City's past and present. According to Mr. Donoughe, "ten topics of significance were selected to help tell the story of Burlingame. The images inside the letterforms range from an early lithographic painting to an oil painting, as well as an iPhone image." The letter "I" incorporates an oil painting of eucalyptus trees by Mr. Donoughe's twin brother, Ron.

According to a San Mateo Journal article about the project, developer Dewey Land Company, Inc., who recently redeveloped the property at 240 Lorton Avenue, is credited with financing this public art project, donating the wall space and granting the Burlingame Historical Society "total creative authority".

The mural is already proving to be a popular selfie destination with the hashtag #greetings fromburlingame. We'd love to see your selfies! Don't forget to tag us @burlingamecity on Twitter!
August is Water Quality Month
Do you know where your water comes from? The City of Burlingame’s water is supplied by the San Francisco Regional Water System, which is owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Our major water source originates from spring snowmelt flowing down the Tuolumne River in the Sierra Nevada, to storage in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Every year, the City of Burlingame publishes a Water Quality Report which contains important information about the City's drinking water quality and sampling results. To learn more, please read our 2017 Water Quality Report available at
Sunshares: Simple. Affordable. Together
The City of Burlingame is excited to announce that SunShares opens for registration on August 1!  SunShares is a renewable energy program making it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle.

SunShares offers a 15% discount on solar installation and pre-vetted solar providers. Plus, you can still take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Sign up at

SunShares is a project of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), a non-profit working with Bay Area organizations to take collective action on sustainability issues.
July Retail & Personal Service Business Updates
The City of Burlingame welcomes the following new retail and personal services businesses to town!

  • Poke Time (Hawaiian Poki Shop), 1117 Burlingame Ave.
  • Saltyard (Restaurant & Wine Bar), 322 Lorton Ave.

For more information or to learn about new office-type businesses (real estate, financial planners, publishers, doctors' offices, etc., contact the City's Economic Development Specialist, Cleese Relihan, at 650-558-7264 or
Recycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!
I’ve seen LOTS of cigarette butts on the streets, do these eventually biodegrade or are they just litter?
They are litter. Most cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate which is a form of plastic. The white fibers in the filter do not readily biodegrade since it is NOT made of cotton but a plastic that can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic. When cigarette butts are littered on the ground, they break into smaller pieces and wind up in the soil or swept into local waterways, which contributes to water pollution.

Can I recycle aluminum foil pans?
Yes, please put empty aluminum foil pans in the recycle bin.
Public Notices
Temporary City Hall Closure
Wednesday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

City employees will be participating in a mandatory evacuation drill.
Caltrain Community Meeting
Broadway Grade Separation Project
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library
Caltrain will be hosting a community meeting for an update on the Preliminary Design Phase for the Broadway Grade Separation Project.

A preferred design alternative was approved by City Council in 2017. The project will separate the tracks from the road at Broadway by partially raising the tracks and partially lowering the road which will improve safety and circulation for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, reduce congestion, and increase railroad operational efficiency.

For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit .
Events Around Town
First Friday Art Series
Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Media Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Rd.
Join us for an exhibition with Mehran Ghaffari, abstract painter and sculptor, along with an opportunity to play with some acrylic paint! Enjoy some music, refreshments, and art, and relax at this after-hours party! 
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Neighborhoods across Burlingame and America
On Tuesday, August 7, neighborhoods throughout Burlingame are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the National Night Out crime prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored locally by the Burlingame Police Department. Over 15,000 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime."

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., people in neighborhoods throughout Burlingame are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties and cookouts.
Click on this link to view a brief 4-minute video  from last year's National Night Out. It includes several tips on community building and crime prevention presented by residents, and members of the Burlingame City Council and Police Department.
Burlingame Library Open House
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Rd.
Mark your calendars and get your costumes ready for the Burlingame Library’s annual Open House event. This summer, the Library has focused its programming on healthy living and the Open House event will feature live jazz music from Charged Particles , healthy refreshments, a craft for kids, info tables from local organizations, and even a mini fitness demo (Karate, Intensity Interval Training, Pilates, Line Dancing, and Chair Yoga).

Costumes are optional, but highly encouraged. Come dressed in your favorite workout gear. The crazier, the better, so dust off that ‘80s track suit and sweatbands.  
Movies in the Park - Sherlock Gnomes
Friday, August 10 at sunset (approximately 8:30 p.m.)
Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave.
Join the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department for a movie under thestars!  Sherlock Gnomes will be playing on the big screen in Washington Park. Grab your friends and family, blankets, and chairs and come enjoy this FREE family-friendly event! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  Thank you to title sponsor, Putnam Subaru!

Save the dates!
Despicable Me 3 on August 24
Coco on September 7
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
First Fridays - Live Music on the Avenue
Friday, August 3, 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 there will be a great lineup! And remember to swing by the Burlingame Library as well! They will be having free refreshments on these evenings. 
Victorian Days Walking Tours
Sunday, August 5
Times and locations below
In conjunction with the SM County Historical Association, the Burlingame Historical Society will be conducting three (3) free walking tours lasting approximately 45 minutes to one hour each.

1:00 p.m.
Choose between a new architectural tour of downtown (meet at train station at 290 California Dr.) or a tour of Broadway (meet in Wells Fargo lot on Chula Vista)

3:00 p.m.
New tour of Easton Addition (meet at Easton Branch library)

The Museum will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Art Out of Ashes
Exhibit of photographs depicting aftermath of Oct 2017 Sonoma Fires
Wednesday, August 8 - Sunday, August 12, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily
Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 Burlingame Dr., Burlingame
In addition to this 5-day exhibit, the Peninsula Museum of Art is offering two events to benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

Ticketed Wine & Hors d'Oevres Event 
Saturday August 11, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame

Ticketed Dinner and Auction at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Saturday October 13, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa, California

RSVP for both at or visit
Burlingame Spirit Race
Race Date: Monday, September 3 at 8:00 a.m.
Pre-registration through August 26 at
For the seventh year in a row, the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) will be hosting its annual, community-wide Burlingame Spirit Run on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018. Last year, close to 1,500 participants ran or walked the 5K and 10K race course through the streets of Burlingame.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE), which raises money for all schools in the Burlingame School District.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate by running, walking or volunteering as race-day assistants.

Find out more about the race at the BCE website or visit their Facebook page.
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