September 27, 2018
Deadline Extended for Parks & Recreation Commission Applicants

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Parks and Recreation Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.
Commission members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and City staff in order to help them make the most informed decisions in the best interest of everyone living, working, and visiting our community.
At this time, the City is seeking to fill two vacant seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Council is likely to appoint each Commission member to the full, three-year term.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 5, 2018. Click this link 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.
Volunteers Needed for Library Foundation's October Book Sale
Calling all Burlingame Library Foundation Book Sale fans! Please consider volunteering for the October Big Book Sale at the Burlingame Public Library. Many slots are still available including:

  • Setup on October 10
  • Sales on October 13 & 14
  • Breakdown and cleanup on October 15

Every hour you can share helps!  Click this link to sign up for a specific time slot. Please feel free to share this link with friends who might be interested. Many thanks to those who have already signed up. 
Environmental Tip of the Week
Scoop the poop!
Always pick up after your pets!

Why? We love our furry friends, but pet waste is a significant contributor to water contamination.

Did you know? One gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal bacteria. When pet waste is left on surfaces such as pavement and lawns, it can wash into the storm drains and out to the SF Bay.
Congratulations Camino Real Pet Clinic
2018 Business Landscape Award Winner

The City of Burlingame's Beautification Commission has awarded its eleventh annual Business Landscape Award to Camino Real Pet Clinic at 1317 Bayswater Avenue.

The landscaping performed by PlantSchemes landscape designer Suzanne Tognazzini, is consistently well maintained and refreshed throughout the year. The front lawn is always clean and neatly trimmed. The rock in the front lawn encourages dogs to use this facility to do their business, instead of the lawn and plants. The rock sits on a bed of drain rock and is washed by the irrigation.

The award will be presented at the Burlingame City Council meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Owner Dr. Laszlo will receive an award plaque and an original watercolor of the business created by local artist Dale Perkins.

Anyone wishing to nominate a local business for this award in the coming year is encouraged to contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 650-558-7330. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2019.
2018 Residential Sustainable Landscape Award Winner

The City of Burlingame's Beautification Commission has awarded its annual Residential Sustainable Landscape Award to Adrienne Leigh and Dr. Jeffrey Schubiner.

Their home on the 700 block of Concord Way was inspired by the gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. This French Normandy home and garden were designed in 2011. The primarily low water use garden features two Japanese maple trees, Martha Washington geraniums, yarrow, coreopsis, day lilies, escalloria rubra hedge, red valerian plants, fragrant lavender, a fruitless olive tree, hydrangeas, burgundy helleborus, polygala butterfly bushes, and a creeping fig.

The hardscape has many features included for their social, health, and environmental benefits, including an Arizona flagstone walkway that also functions as a handicap ramp. The semicircular front porch adds social benefits to the owners and neighborhood. The driveway and rear patio are made of flat pavers set in sand, which enables rain water to permeate into the ground.

This award will be presented at the Burlingame City Council meeting on October 1, 2018. Ms. Leigh and Dr. Schubiner will receive a recycled wooden yard sign, and a tree will be planted in their honor at the Arbor Day ceremony in March 2019. 

Anyone wishing to nominate a local residence for this Award for the upcoming year is encouraged to contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 650-558-7330. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2019.
Construction Updates
California Drive Roundabout Project

Stage 3 of the four-stage California Drive Roundabout Project will kick off on Friday, September 28, 2018 and is expected to continue through late December 2018. The estimated completion date for the overall project is January 2019, weather permitting.  More information about this project is available here.

Please exercise caution in this area and note that:
  • There will be limited access between California Drive, Bellevue Avenue, and Lorton Avenue.
  • Detour signs will be posted in the area surrounding the construction site.
  • Expect lanes to merge before the roundabout in the southbound and northbound directions.
  • Pedestrian access is available during construction.
  • Travelers must reduce speed to 15 mph throughout the construction zone.
  • Bicyclists may use the full travel lane.
  • The Caltrain parking lot will remain open during all stages of construction.
  • All businesses will remain open during 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.
New Water Pipeline Replacement
As part of the City of Burlingame’s Shoreland Subdivision Water Improvements Project to replace aging infrastructure and improve reliability to residents and businesses, the City has contracted with Stoloski & Gonzales, Inc. to replace the existing water pipeline along the following streets:
  • Winchester Drive
  • Corbitt Drive
  • Francisco Drive
  • Marin Drive
  • Oak Grove Avenue between Winchester Drive and Rollins Road

Construction began last week and is expected to continue through March 2019. As always, the work schedule is dependent on weather, holidays, and other unanticipated delays. 

This is what you can expect during this project:
  • Construction hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Left hand turns will be restricted within construction areas.
  • Temporary parking restrictions will be posted at least 48 hours in advance.
  • There will be uneven pavement, including metal plates, between construction and re-paving activities.
  • 48 hour advance notice will be given for temporary water shutoffs, as required, in order to connect to existing infrastructure. The City does not anticipate any water shut off to last more than 8 hours.
  • There may be short delays accessing properties or driveways. The contractor will temporarily place metal plates over open trenches to provide access when needed.
  • The contractor should not need to enter your home. If there is a need to enter your home due to an emergency, the contractor will be accompanied by a City representative, who will show proper identification.

Please call or email Kevin Okada, Senior Civil Engineer with the City of Burlingame, if you have questions. Kevin can be reached at 650-558-7213 or
Caltrain Electrification Project - Disruption in Service

Construction is advancing along the Caltrain corridor for Caltrain Electrification. To accommodate the brand new electric trains, construction crews will begin work in the four San Francisco tunnels starting in October.
In order to facilitate work in the tunnels, trains will not serve the San Francisco or 22nd Street stations on weekends from October 6, 2018 to late spring 2019. Caltrain service will stop at Bayshore Station, and free bus service will transport passengers to the 22nd and San Francisco stations. Caltrain encourages customers to consider alternative transit options on weekends, including BART via Millbrae Station. Weekday Caltrain service will not be impacted. For more service information, including a list of transit alternatives, please visit .
Crews will create additional clearance in the tunnel sides to accommodate the new trains and will install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. For more information on the work visit .
Events Around Town
Murray Field Grand Opening
Friday, September 28, 4:00 p.m.
250 Anza Boulevard
Come join the celebration!
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 community members with the basic skills needed to respond to their neighborhood'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.
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
Emergency Drill Workshops Tonight and Next Tuesday
Tonight, September 27, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Drill Walk-Through
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Communications Workshop
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

Leaders of all neighborhood groups participating in this coordinated citywide emergency drill on October 13 are reminded that it’s important to have at least one member of your group attend two workshops to learn how to do the drill. Others who are interested are welcome to attend.
Tonight, September 27 - You will be shown a brief mock drill and basic how-to steps for running the drill. Also, you will be given all the supplies you need (Drill Kit-in-a-Box). Note: If you have run the drill before, please bring your drill kit and your supplies will be refreshed.
Tuesday, October 2 - You will learn how to access an emergency communications network staffed by volunteer Hams who will relay your requests for help to police and fire, and send official notifications back to you about where shelters are set up, medical help is available, etc. Note: Please bring any walkie-talkies or Ham radios that you are planning to use during the drill.

The drill is supported by the City of Burlingame, the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, local CERTs and Ham radio volunteers. To learn more about the drill, visit . To download a flyer to invite your neighbors to the drill, click here: . The deadline for signups for the drill was Sept. 25, but interested individuals will be accommodated. Please send an email stating your interest to
Burlingame Pet Parade
Saturday 29, 10:00 a.m., on Broadway Ave.
Parade participants meet at 9:30 in parking lot at Broadway and Chula Vista

Join the fun this Saturday. Every participant will receive a souvenir ribbon. Judges will select Best Float awards immediately following the parade.
A rescue dog named Penny, who plays the role of Sandy in a local production of the musical “Annie”, has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the parade. She will ride in a chauffeured classic convertible with Sophia Dugoni, 13, who will star as Annie in the upcoming production of “Annie” by the Pied Piper Players. Sophia is a lifelong Burlingame resident who attends Our Lady of Angels School.
There is no charge to participate in the parade, and there will be free entertainment and art projects for kids. For more information, visit  or call 650-342-2073.
Save Energy, Water and Money
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library
Five experts will describe numerous ways to save money, and make your home more energy and water efficient. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and all those attending will be invited to take home complimentary energy- and water-saving devices. This event is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame.
Senior Scam Stopper Seminar
Friday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Auditorium Rooms A & B, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, 1501 Trousdale Drive

This two-hour seminar will feature a panel of experts who talk about scams commonly used against older consumers that range from auto repair to insurance and Medicare fraud. Learn more about this or other upcoming events by visiting or
Free Electric Vehicle Workshop
Thursday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
(Electric vehicles will be on display in the parking lot. The presentation and Q&A session will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.
Want to love the planet and your car? This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to go EV! Come learn about the benefits of electric vehicles, government rebates (up to $10,000), battery range and charging basics, leasing versus buying, second-hand purchase options, current makes and models, and what's in store for the future.

Electric vehicles will be on display in the parking lot. The presentation and Q&A session will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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