|City 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 ¼ 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.
Bicycle Sharing Program Fully Launched
You may have noticed the addition of green bikes around town. The City's
bike sharing program
operated by LimeBike was fully launched this past weekend. LimeBike distributed 200 bicycles around town for users to ride. The bikes are meant to offer an easy and fun alternative to driving.
Rides cost $1/30 minutes. To ride a LimeBike, download the app onto your smartphone, scan the bike number, strap on a helmet, ride
and park smart
means never leaving the bike on the ground and never blocking pedestrian access or private property. The program's success relies on its users. Try out a free ride on the bikes with the promo code "CityofTrees."
Contact LimeBike's 24/7 customer service with any complaints about a LimeBike in the way. Call or text to 1-888-LIME-345; email
|Green Business Awardees
The City of Burlingame is proud to announce the recipients of this year's Green Business Award -
Alvin's Coffees and Teas
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
. Alvin's Coffees and Teas is a local family owned coffee roaster that holds its operations to the highest environmental standards. The company uses an innovative coffee roasting process to reduce waste, avoid wood burning, and save water. Alvin's Coffees and Teas powers its operations with 100% renewable energy through
- a Peninsula Clean Energy program available to all residents and businesses.
The Marriott Waterfront is a premier hotel in Burlingame's Bayfront that is an environmental leader in hotel management. From retrofitting its lights to LEDs, providing electric vehicle charging stations, and offering e-news subscriptions over paper newspapers for guests, the hotel is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
Along with being recognized at the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting on January 17, each awardee will receive a tree planted in its honor on Arbor Day.
|Up to $3,000 for Retrofits
Scholarships for High School Juniors & Seniors
Youth Teen Recreation Services (YTRS) is pleased to offer scholarship awards to current high school juniors and seniors in an effort to provide financial assistance for those who have made positive contributions to their communities and/or the parks and recreation profession.
For more information contact Ben Dieterle Recreation Coordinator, Youth Programs of Foster City Parks and Recreation Department at 650-286-3387 or by emailing
Sports Gear Garage Sale
Help Benefit Burlingame Parks and Recreation!
Come to the first Burlingame Sports Flea to donate, buy and sell gently used sporting goods. All proceeds will go towards the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation, and 100% of the funds raised will go towards youth scholarships and back to the Burlingame community.
Come by Burlingame Recreation Center Gymnasium on Saturday, January 27 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per family. All admission fees will enter you into our raffle for cool prizes.
Drop off your items at the Recreation Center on Friday, January 26 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Donations are tax deductible. A receipt can be provided upon request. Please donate only gently-used items in saleable condition. Items will be inspected and accepted based upon condition.
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|Motor Oil Recycling
Events Around Town
Harry Potter Winter Ball
Friday, January 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, 480 Primrose Road
Join us for the event of the season! Food, drink, games, dancing, face-painting & more. Costumes or party clothes highly encouraged (the Hogwart's staff will be dressed accordingly). Look for Platform 9 3/4 on Bellevue to enter the ball.
Thursday, January 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Easton Branch Library, 1800 Easton Dr.
The Burlingame Library presents Gennifer Choldenko for a storytime reading of her latest adorable picture book, "Dad and the Dinosaur" (Ages 4+) at the Easton Branch Library.
"Get Us Moving" San Mateo County Town Hall
Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Oak Room, San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. 3rd Ave., San Mateo
Traffic? Potholes? Bike Paths? Share YOUR transportation funding priorities.
Join a Get Us Moving San Mateo County Town Hall and share what you think are the County's critical transportation needs. You can also participate by taking a short survey at
Get Us Moving is a collaborative effort among local cities, SamTrans, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and partner agencies and groups to develop a San Mateo County Transportation Funding Plan.
Listed below are additional meeting locations and dates.
Pacifica - Thursday. February 1, 6:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr., Pacifica
Menlo Park - Thursday February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Ballroom, Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park
South San Francisco - Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco
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.
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Paloma Playground
Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Corner of Paloma Avenue at Edgehilld 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!
Senior Valentine's Dance
Thursday, February 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seniors (age 55+) are invited to our Valentine's Dance.
We will have a DJ, dance lessons, snacks, and refreshments. This is a free event, but please RSVP to 650-558-7300. Thank you to our Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee for hosting this event. We look forward to celebrating this enchanting holiday with you!
Village Park Preschool Enrollment Lottery - Save the Date
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm
Do you have a child that is ready to begin preschool this fall? The Village Park Preschool Enrollment Lottery will be held for Burlingame residents on Tuesday, February 27at 7:00 pm at the Recreation Center. For more information on this program and to pre-register for the lottery, please visit:
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Learn the Basics of Local Public Policy Advocacy
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. (reception and light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)
Burlingame High School's Theater, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame
Public policy advocates Gina Da Silva from the California Immigrant Policy Center and Araceli Martínez-Olguín from Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto will facilitate a dynamic and interactive training on how to be an effective activist for immigrant rights (and many other civil liberties causes). You'll learn how to identify and target the policymaker relevant to your issue, prepare your advocacy team, formulate talking points, and coordinate a visit with that policymaker.
Join us for this practical training. Learn how to take meaningful action advocating for issues that impact our community. During these challenging times, take this opportunity to unite with your neighbors. The chapter will also hold an election on its slate of board member candidates, and provide an update on the chapter's work in the county.
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- a message from the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce