In this edition: September 1, 2016
California Pedestrian Safety Month
State addresses pedestrian safety crisis
To address the rapidly increasing numbers of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways, the California State Senate has passed a resolution declaring September "California Pedestrian Safety Month." The Burlingame Police Department will be joining other law enforcement agencies, city and state transportation agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs to promote public awareness aimed at both drivers and pedestrians alike to always be aware of each other and share the road responsibly.
This first-ever specially designated month draws attention to the 813 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2015 alone, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all roadways deaths in the state, up from 17 percent just ten years earlier. So far this year (January through July), 7 pedestrians have been involved in traffic collisions in Burlingame, which is one less compared to the same time period in 2015.
Both drivers and walkers are cautioned to put down the cell phones, since electronic distractions are seen in increasing numbers of pedestrian crashes. Other factors for drivers include high speed and failure to see and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections. For pedestrians, the major dangers are jaywalking and thinking that they can be seen at night, even while wearing dark clothing.
In addition to local efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety is kicking off a new campaign, "Pedestrians Don't Have Armor," which highlights the importance of pedestrian safety awareness, regardless of whether one is on foot or behind the wheel. Caltrans has kicked off its new California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan aimed at improving safety and access for everyone across all modes, particularly bicycle and pedestrian. The CHP is emphasizing safe walking through its international award winning California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project.
Congratulations Mondi Hair Salon
Winner of the 9th Annual Burlingame Business Landscape Award!
The Burlingame Beautification Commission has selected Mondi Hair Salon at 1205 Howard Avenue as the winner of the 2016 Business Landscape Award.
Mondi Hair Salon was selected because its beautiful landscaping contributes to the enjoyment of all who pass by it. The time and care taken to enhance the property Mondi Hair Salon has created a landscape that is a model for Burlingame Businesses.
The award will be presented at the Burlingame City Council meeting on September 19, 2016. The winning business will receive an award plaque and an original watercolor created by local artist, Dale Perkins.
Photo credit: John McQuaide
Anyone wishing to nominate a local business for this Award for the coming year is encouraged to contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 558-7330. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017.
September is Fall Prevention Month
Review common hazards and tips for safety
Are you worried about you or a loved one falling? It's the beginning of the fall season and September is fall prevention month. Listed below are some common fall hazards and tips to help keep your home safe.
- Place sturdy railings on both sides of stairways.
- If possible, extend railings 12" past the bottom and top of the stairs.
- Mark step edges with a bright color.
- Repair broken or uneven steps.
Pathway obstructions (cords, shoes, mail, pets)
- Pick up items off the floor and keep pathways clear
- Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall or up and over a hallway.
- If needed, have an electrician put in another outlet.
- Clean up spills
- Be aware of your thresholds.
- Pick up your feet.
- Consult with a handyman to see if your thresholds can be flattened.
- Install grab bars
- Ensure that the floor of your bathtub/shower has a non-slip surface.
- Place a low profile, rubber backed mat outside the shower/tub.
- Consider using a seat in the shower.
- Remove area rugs.
- Use double sided tape to secure rugs to floor to decrease slipping or turned up edges.
- Wear well-fitting shoes or slippers inside and outside the house.
- Improve the lighting in your home.
- Put in brighter light bulbs. Fluorescents are bright and cost less to use.
- Make sure the lighting is uniform in each room.
- If there is a glare, hang lightweight curtains or shades.
- Make sure pathway to bathroom is lighted at night.
Frequently used items placed above your reach
- Move frequently used items to lower shelves.
- If you must use a step stool, consider one with a bar to hold onto.
Fallen leaves and other debris on your property
- Sweep up fallen leaves and debris.
- Hire a gardener, if needed
Are you ready?
September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to review your emergency plans, supplies and kit at home, in your car and at work.
Click here for information that can help you with your efforts.
Events Around Town
Council Session on General Plan Update
Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road
With work on the City's General Plan and Zoning Update "Envision Burlingame" progressing, the Burlingame City Council will hold a special study session on Wednesday, September 7 to review the work to date and provide input.
The Council will review results from community workshops, online surveys, direction from the project's Community Advisory Committee as well as Planning Commission input in formulating a draft of the "Emerging Land Use Concept" for the future of Burlingame. There will also be a discussion on future population growth and housing in the City. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide comments and questions. The meeting will also be live-streamed on the City's public access television channel and on the City Council
. The meeting work session will include presentation and discussion, with no formal Council action taking place.
Burlingame's 2016 Bayfront Cleanup
Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Meet at Embassy Suites Hotel, 150 Anza Blvd. along Bayfront Trail
Turn the tide on trash! On Saturday, September 17, Burlingame is holding a cleanup in conjunction with the statewide
Coastal Cleanup Day
International Coastal Cleanup Day
. Join community members from 9am to noon to clean up the SF Bay shoreline along the Burlingame Bayfront Trail. Meet behind the Embassy Suites Hotel (150 Anza Blvd.) at the Peninsula Fishing Pier. Remember to bring your gloves and water bottle! Groups are encouraged to bring filled-out forms to streamline registration on the day of the event. Visit
for more information. Please email
or call (650) 826-1554 if you have any questions.
Photo credit: coastwalk.org
Save the Date: Community Energy Workshop
Wednesday, September 21 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of several programs to cut your energy bills. Come to our Community Energy Workshop to learn about Peninsula Clean Energy (the County's new electricity provider), solar energy and electric vehicle discounts, rebates for home upgrades, and ways to finance home improvement projects.
More information click
Coming Soon To A Park Near You
Throwback Thursdays, Traveling Movie Series
This fall... experience Throwback Thursday Movie Series - a traveling movie series in various Burlingame Parks.
On select Thursdays, beginning September 22 and starting at dusk, we will be bringing back movies on our beautiful, outdoor, 30 foot, inflatable screen.
- Grease, September 22 at Washington Park
- E.T. the Extraterrestrial, October 20 at Cuernavaca Field
- A League of Their Own, November 17 at Village Park
If you are looking for a new date night idea or an evening out with friends, the Throwback Thursdays series will be your chance to enjoy a fun night out in Burlingame. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about the outdoor movie event series, contact Nicole Rath of the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558.7308 or
Burlingame Neighborhood Disaster Drill
Drill Practice: Thursday, October 5 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in your neighborhood
Drill: Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Lane Room at the Library
The Burlingame Neighborhood Network is offering a disaster drill walk-through on Thursday, October 6 in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Library from 7:00 .m. - 8:30 p.m. They will provide everything you need including a drill kit box and mentor for your block.
You can hold a drill on your block or join one in another neighborhood on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to teach your family about disaster preparedness and practice responding to a mock earthquake with neighbors. For more information or to sign up, email email@example.com.
Fall Bocce Ball Tournament
Sunday, October 16 starting at 11:00 a.m.
Everyone is invited to participate in the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation's Fall Bocce Tournament. The Foundation raises money throughout the year for youth scholarships for recreation programs, parks improvements and new programs for the community.
The Tournament entry fee is $60 for a team of 4 to 6 players and registration is open until October 1.
Click here to register
, or for additional information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 558-7300.
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
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 www.burlingamespiritrun.com, or on race day at the school from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
Free Pet Adoption - All Expenses Paid
Thursday, September 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame
Join Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and his recue dog, Sunshine, and learn about how to adopt, low cost services for pets, proper pet care, and animal safety laws. Adopt a pet and your adoption costs will be covered including, vaccinations, a vet check, spay/neuter surgery, and microchip ID. There will be a special presentation on therapy dogs. Come learn about what a therapy dog can do for you. This event is open to the public. For more information, please call the District Office of Assemblymember Kevin Mullin at (650 349-2200 or visit http://asmdc.org
Angel Games Fun Faire
Friday, September 9 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10 from 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
1328 Cabrillo Avenue, Burlingame
Let the games begin! Come join the fun at the Our Lady of Angels' Angel Games Fun Faire. Our Lady of Angels will be the place to be during two days of rides, games, entertainment, food, prizes, a silent auction and much more.
Burlingame High School Football
Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. at Burlingame High School!
Burlingame High School football games are fantastic, family-friendly events - reminders of why our small community is such a special place. Mark your calendar for Friday nights under the lights at BHS this fall:
- September 9, BHS vs. Alvarez
- September 30, BHS vs. Sacred Heart Prep
- October 14, BHS vs. Hillsdale
- October 21, BHS vs. Terra Nova
Finally, be sure not to miss the Little Big Game against San Mateo on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m.
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