In this edition:                                         April 7, 2016

Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Community Podcast: "You, Me, We"
Broadway Grade Separation Update
Library Board Openings
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

drivingDistracted Driving Awareness Month
San Mateo County Police Chiefs join national campaign

Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.
The San Mateo County Police Chiefs & Sheriff Association and the Burlingame Police Department will join statewide enforcement campaigns on April 7 and 20, "zero tolerance days," when all agencies will be especially vigilant for distracted drivers. Although the purpose of the campaign is not to write as many citations as possible, sometimes citations are necessary for drivers to understand the importance of focusing on their driving.
Distracted driving continues to be a problem, especially as the use of smartphones increase. Although such crashes are often difficult to prove, California had at least 84 fatal distracted driving collisions in 2013, 85 in 2014 and 67 in 2015, with the actual number of cases likely higher. NHTSA data for 2014 show nationwide, 3,179 people died in distracted driving collisions, which is 10% of all crash fatalities. An additional 431,000 people, or 18%, were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers.
"As we rely on our cell phones more and more in our everyday lives, we seem to be kidding ourselves in thinking that they don't affect our driving," said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  "Crashes are up. The scientific evidence is solid. The dangers are real, and they apply to all of us.  We need to silence the distractions."
The Department Of Transportation notes that at any given moment, during daylight hours, more than 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cellphone.  
NHTSA will conduct a television campaign in April with the message "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." OTS will produce public service announcements and conduct a social media campaign urging drivers to "Silence the Distraction."
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
  • Texting
  • Using a cellphone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP reminds everyone that best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.
podcast"Me, You, We"
Community Podcast Project
The Burlingame Public Library is embarking on a podcast project to help make community connections and share the stories of those who live and work in our community. Me, You, We is a podcast where people share their own stories in their own words. The main idea is for the "Me's" and the "You's" of the community to become a more collective "We".  We'd love to hear your story. If you or someone you know would like to participate in this project, please fill out the contact form and we will be in touch.  View the project trailer on YouTube for a preview of the project!"
gradeBroadway Grade Separation
Project Update

The City of Burlingame held its third public meeting regarding the Broadway Grade Separation Project  on Thursday, March 31, 2016 .  During the meeting, City staff and the consultant team presented project alternatives and reviewed the pros and cons of each design option.  The team also presented 3D simulations, including a pedestrian level view for both options. 
The purpose of the workshop was to provide detailed information pertaining to the design alternatives, answer questions, and obtain feedback from the community.  The City of Burlingame would like to thank the residents and businesses stakeholders in attendance for their valuable feedback regarding preferred design alternatives.   If you were unable to attend the community workshop and would like to obtain more information regarding the project details, please click here to be directed to the City's website.
boardLibrary Board Opening
Application deadline is May 20, 2016

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Library Board! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City. 

Board members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff in order to help them to make the finest, 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.  The Council is likely to appoint the board members to the full three year term.  The application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.  Applications and a supplemental questionnaire are available on the City's website. If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at  (650) 558-7204.
EventsEvents Around Town
Family Friendly Theatre Entertainment
Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Lincoln Elementary School, Auditorium, 1801 Devereaux Drive

The Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department is presenting two days of free theatre entertainment for the whole family.  Children, ages 5-11, will be entertaining through songs, dance and acting on both days.  
This delightful theatre experience will include "Broadway Kids", a group of 17 children who will perform songs from Sound of Music and Frozen.  Following "Broadway Kids", 30 talented students will act, sing and dance their way through Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
These performances are free and open to the public - no tickets required.  For more information, e-mail or call (650) 697-6936.  
Hazard Mitigation Public Hearing
Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City

The County is hosting a presentation and public hearing for the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for all of San Mateo County.  Everyone is welcome.  Come hear how the County identifies and manages local hazards and provide feedback.
Act Fast to Save Lives - Free Program
Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

What should you do if you are confronted with an active shooter? On Saturday, April 23, two members of the Burlingame Police Department, Corporal Jason Orloff and Inspector Jeff Schoenstein, will explain what you can do to improve your chances of survival and help others around you survive during an active shooter situation. They will also answer questions on other safety issues, including home burglaries, car thefts and traffic calming in neighborhoods. Both are members of the North Central Regional SWAT Team and currently detectives with the Burlingame Police Department. 
This program, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN), which encourages residents to work cooperatively in neighborhood teams to prepare for emergencies. In addition, BNN representatives will explain how to start a network in your neighborhood. Each neighborhood group that participates in a citywide drill this fall will be eligible for a complimentary neighborhood disaster response kit that normally retail for more than $50. For more information about BNN, visit
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
BCE Dinner Dance & Auction
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 6:00p.m. - Midnight
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, Burlingame

Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) is pleased to announce that their biggest annual fundraiser, the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction, will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All proceeds from this event benefit Burlingame's TK-8 public schools. This year, the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction will feature a "Totally Awesome Prom Night" theme. Regularly priced tickets are $175 and early bird tickets are $150. No tickets will be sold at the event. For auction information and to purchase event tickets, visit BCE's website at
Burlingame AYSO Soccer Registration
Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 from  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register your kids for soccer with Burlingame AYSO today! 
Everyone plays! Join the fun! Registration events will be held at the Burlingame Rec Center.  Please visit for more info.

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