In this edition:                                 August 11, 2016

Tree Pruning and Trimming to Begin Soon
Hoover School Traffic Advisory
Conceptual Plans for Former Post Office
Fall Activity Guide Online Now
Events Around Town
Community Corner

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Link to Caltrain News and Updates

treeTree Pruning and Trimming To Begin Soon
262 Eucalyptus trees on El Camino Real

The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans, is scheduled to begin pruning and trimming 262 Eucalyptus trees on State Route 82 (El Camino Real) in the northbound and southbound direction along the Howard-Ralston tree row, in the City of Burlingame, between Ray Drive and Peninsula Avenue. Caltrans will not remove any trees as part of this pruning project.
Certain tree limbs have been identified as diseased, dead, or dying due to the continuing drought conditions. This tree damage is beyond normal maintenance activity and could pose a potential hazard to passing motorists, and pedestrians if not pruned and trimmed. Crews will prune no more than 25 percent of the tree canopy.
The tree pruning is scheduled to start mid to late August in the southbound direction of El Camino Real. Work in the northbound direction will follow. All tree pruning work in this area is anticipated to be complete by mid-October barring any delays.
Work will occur Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
One lane will remain open at all times on State Route 82 (El Camino Real) in both directions during pruning and trimming operations. Motorists should allow for extra travel time and expect minor delays. Changeable Message Signs will be in place to warn motorists of this work.
NOTE: Residents and Businesses may notice increased noise from tree pruning equipment and mandatory backup alarms while the contractor is working in the construction zone.
For real-time traffic, go to Caltrans Quick Maps at: or follow us Caltrans on Twitter at
trafficHoover School Traffic Advisory
Please note new traffic restrictions

In preparation for the reopening of Hoover Elementary School on August 24, the City of Burlingame's staff has been working very closely with the Burlingame School District to identify various routes students and parents could use travelling to and from school.  The City is nearing completion on several improvements to pedestrian facilities and roadways along these routes in order to safely accommodate pedestrians and to improve traffic flow. These improvements include the installation of pedestrian ramps, sidewalks, high visibility crosswalks, and traffic signage.  In addition to the City's efforts, the School District has constructed a traffic island and crosswalk in front of  the school.

Also, the City will be implementing the following traffic restrictions on a pilot basis:
  • No street parking on Summit Drive from Easton Drive to Hillside Circle.
  • No street parking on Easton Drive from Easton Circle to 500 feet to the west.
  • No northbound access to Summit Drive from Canyon Drive and Easton Drive during the school drop-off period (8:00 - 8:45 a.m.) and pick-up period (1:30 - 3:15 p.m.).
  • No thru traffic on westbound Easton Drive from the Easton Circle during the school drop-off period (8:00 - 8:45 a.m.) and pick-up period (1:30 - 3:15 p.m.).
These changes are being implemented to mitigate the anticipated increase in school related traffic and circulation through the neighborhood, as well as to lessen any potential impacts to the neighborhood during the critical drop-off and pick-up periods.  Please refer to the traffic and pedestrian circulation map below for details.  
Please be advised that despite these best efforts, there will likely be traffic congestion and delays at times.  The City of Burlingame greatly appreciates your patience and cooperation while the traffic behavior patterns are established, studied and additional measures are taken as appropriate.
If you have any questions regarding the traffic signage, please contact the City's Public Works Department at (650) 558-7230.  Thank you very much for your cooperation.  
postofficeConceptual Plans for Former Post Office
Open house planned to share and received community feedback

The development team for the property that includes the former Burlingame Main Post Office, located at 220 Park Road, will be hosting an open house in the early evening of August 24 to share preliminary concepts with the community and receive feedback.

This will be the first of two community meetings the project team plans to hold prior to submitting a formal development application to the City. The details will be shared in a subsequent news item, but meanwhile those interested may "save the date" to attend the open house on August 24th.

The open house will be held in the lobby of the former post office. For more information on the 220 Park Road property including "Frequently Asked Questions", please click here.
activityguideFall Activity Guide Online Now
Registration begins August 18

The Parks and Recreation Department's fall season will begin in September, offering all your favorites, in addition to 20 new classes and programs for all ages.  Explore all your options in the Fall Activities Guide, now available online at by clicking here and in print at the Recreation Center.  Registration begins Thursday, August 18 online at , or stop by the Recreation Center.  For questions, please call (650) 558-7300.
New Solar Energy Opportunity Available
Sign up for a free evaluation or discounted installation

Burlingame is pleased to offer community members the chance to go solar through Bay Area SunShares. Similar to the Peninsula SunShares program the City participated in last year, Bay Area SunShares offers free solar energy audits and discounted solar installations to anyone who lives or works in Burlingame. New this year, the Sunshares program is also offering discounts for electric vehicles (EV). Sign up at  for a free solar evaluation, EV discount code, or learn about options available to renters by October 28to participate.
EventsEvents Around Town
1932 Olympics Themed Open House
Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road

Join us for a fun 1930s themed Open House event at the Burlingame Main Library. We are transforming the library back to the time of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics with live music from the Fault Line A Capella Chorus, costumers from the Bay Area Costumers Guild, refreshments, crafts, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, and raffle prizes. Come dressed in your favorite 1930s attire. This will be a fun night for the whole family.
Burlingame On The Avenue
Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Burlingame On the Avenue will fill the streets of downtown Burlingame with hundreds of unique artisans displaying hand-crafted products, delicious foods and beverages, and exciting performances.

Burlingame On the Avenue is proud to once again offer three entertainment stages throughout the festival which boast a variety of unique musical and dance performances. The expanded, interactive Children's Playland area will be open to children of all ages, offering family friendly rides, carnival style games and much more.

"Burlingame On the Avenue" is hosted by the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and is free to the community. For more information visit or contact Georgette Naylor at (650) 344-1735.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Composting 101
Wednesday, August 17 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

Experts from San Mateo County will explain how to turn your food scraps, leaves and plant cuttings into nutrient-rich compost that helps your garden retain moisture, suppress weeds  and prevent soil erosion, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. They'll bring a demonstration bin complete with live worms. Admission is free and all attendees will be invited to participate in a free raffle. Those who don't drive alone to the event will be eligible for an additional drawing. This program is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC). To learn more about CEC, visit

Burlingame Spirit Run
Labor Day, Monday, September 5 at 8:00 a.m.
Run, don't work on Labor Day. The fifth annual Burlingame Spirit Run is 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Runners and walkers can do a 5K or 10K race around Burlingame, starting at BIS and finishing at Franklin Elementary. Register online at, or on race day at the school from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

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