June 21, 2018
Fireworks Are Illegal in Burlingame
Time & Location Change at City Hall
101/Peninsula Ave Interchange Update
Get Up To 25 Free Sprinklers
Upcoming Grade Crossing Improvements
Leos Seek Funding to Ship Books to Africa
Recycling Etc. Questions Answered
National Dump the Pump Day
Free Bulky Item Pickup Service
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
freFireworks Are Illegal in Burlingame!

The Burlingame Police Department and the Central County Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, may not be used in Burlingame by order of Burlingame Municipal Code 10.48.010. Violators will be prosecuted. Call 650-777-4100 to report illegal fireworks.
remodelPardon the Inconvenience
Schedule/Location Changes at City Hall, 501 Primrose Rd.

The Community Development Department offices are currently being renovated. As such, there will be temporary closures and certain services will be relocated for up to a week.  Schedule changes are as follows:


The Planning Division will be closed to the public (no public counter service) from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 22. Public counter service will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in Conference Room  A (first floor conference room) on the normal schedule (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and will continue through Friday, June 29 at this location.

The Planning Division will again be closed to the public (no public counter service) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2 to accommodate relocation back into the renovated office space. Normal operations will resume at the Planning Division public counter on the second floor of City Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2.


The Building Division will be closed to the public (no public counter service/permit services) from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22 through 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Public counter service/permit services will resume at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Building Division public counter on the second floor of City Hall.
penaveUS-101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange Improvements
Status Update

Last spring, the City of San Mateo Public Works Department hosted two community meetings to discuss US-101/Peninsula Avenue Interchange improvements. The presentation and meeting summaries from those meetings can be accessed by clicking this link.  

The community meetings were interactive and gathered input from both the Burlingame and San Mateo communities on concepts for the interchange design and traffic study intersections. 

More recently, the project team has been taking traffic counts at additional study intersections and roadway segments and working with the City of Burlingame to develop traffic forecast assumptions that take into account the current growth on the east side of US-101 in Burlingame. These assumptions have been finalized and approved by Caltrans and the partner agencies. The project team expects the traffic model runs to be completed this summer. Once the updated traffic information is available, the project engineers will need to look at the project design alternatives to make sure the traffic is accommodated in the designs.

A community meeting will be scheduled in in the fall 2018 to share the traffic information and design alternatives. For further information, visit the project website. You may also
contact Bethany Lopez, Senior Engineer with the City of San Mateo at 650-522-7313 and
blopez@cityofsanmateo.org or Andrew Wong, Senior Civil Engineer with the City of Burlingame at 650-558-7237 and awong@burlingame.org.
sprinklerGet up to 25 Free Sprinklers!

The heat is on and time is running out! Get up to 25 free water-saving sprinkler nozzles today! Each nozzle can save up to 1,400 gallons of water per year and $200 in water costs. This program will be ending on Saturday, June 30.  Sign up at  FreeSprinklerNozzles.com.

caltrainCaltrain Grade Crossing Improvements Coming to Burlingame

This week, Caltrain initiated a one-year project to improve safety at 15 grade crossings along the railroad corridor from San Francisco to San Jose. The grade crossings at both Peninsula Avenue and Broadway are included within the scope of this project.

Improvements will include more clearly-marked pedestrian crossings with new paint striping and lettering, tactile pavement markers, and guardrails. Medians will also be installed or improved at eight locations to deter motorists from driving around gates.  Caltrain hopes the new street markings and signs will also deter motorists from stopping too close to the tracks. Railings will help safely funnel pedestrians to appropriate crosswalks and entry gates.

Construction at all sites is expected to conclude by summer 2019. Regularly scheduled work hours at and around each crossing will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Construction activities include glue removal and grinding old paint, pouring concrete, gluing new tactile markers and painting.

Project funding is made available, in part, thanks to last year's approval of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the landmark transportation funding legislation that invests $5.4 billion per year in programs that will fix roads, repair bridges and improve public transportation services statewide.

For weekly construction notices, visit the Caltrain website. For additional questions or concerns regarding this project, call the dedicated construction outreach line at 650-508-7726 or email construction@caltrain.com.
Burlingame Leos Kyle Dimoff (L) and Ricardo Ibarra (R) prepare books for shipping.
leosLeos Seek Funding Support to Ship Books to Africa

Thanks to contributions from many local residents, the Burlingame Leos, the teen group affiliated with the Burlingame Lions Club, recently shipped 1,000 children's books to establish a community library in Malawi, Africa. 

They have enough books left to start another library in Africa, but they need to raise funds to cover the costs of packing and shipping the books overseas in August. Anyone who wishes to help can contact the Leos at  BurlingameALP@gmail.com

This campaign is part of the African Library Project. Learn more about the project by clicking this link
recRecycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!
Are facial sheet masks compostable?
No, these single-use masks and their packaging must be disposed in the garbage. A reusable alternative would be to make your own sheet mask using a washable cotton cloth. 

Where do the paper wrappers from butter go? 
Paper wrappers can go in the compost bin. 

Where should I put the transparent paper that delis put over cold cuts before they wrap them in paper? 
If it is not plastic, it can go into the compost bin.

Send your recycling questions to  jlee@burlingame.org. Find past questions and answers  here; and an excellent resource for what goes in what bin  here.
dumppumpNational Dump the Pump Day

Today marks the 13 th Annual National Dump the Pump Day which is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Check out our new Alternative Transportation Map for information on the 5 free shuttles that operate in Burlingame.

bulkyFree Bulky Item Collection Service by Recology

The City of Burlingame would like to remind residents that residential customers are entitled to  two curbside "bulky item collections" per calendar year at no additional charge (available Monday - Friday, on your regular collection day). If you exceed your number of free pickups, you may request additional collections for a fee. If you are a tenant in a multi-family building, please contact your property manager to schedule a pickup.

Click here to schedule a collection. To see a complete list of what Recology can and cannot accept, click this link
EventsEvents Around Town
Is Climate Change Making You Sick?
Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Rd.

Climate change is making us sick, says Paul Auerbach, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University. During this free program, he'll reveal the frightening ways that climate change is increasing allergens, creating toxic algal blooms and impacting health in other negative health ways.
"Is Climate Change Making You Sick?," is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) and is cosponsored by the Citizens' Climate Lobby of San Mateo.
Auerbach, who is one of the world's leading authorities on wilderness medicine, recently co-authored a book, "Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health," which will be available for sale.
"When people begin to understand how much we will all suffer due to extreme weather, maybe they'll begin to address the issue," he said. "We're not talking about polar bears running out of icebergs. Climate change is an international threat that threatens the future of humanity."
For more information, visit cecburlingame.org or email info@cecburlingame.org.
The World Around Us - Looking Up
Studying Planets Beyond Our Solar System
Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
A/V Room, Burlingame Main Library

Dr. Bruce Macintosh is a professor at Stanford and lead scientist on the Gemini Planet Imager project (http://planetimager.org). His work focuses on studying extra-solar planets and mentoring the next generation of scientists that look beyond our sun.  Dr. Macintosh leads a team of scientists working out of Chile looking at planets beyond our solar system. How these scientists do it, what they see, and the future of extrasolar discovery are all on the docket for this evening of wonder beyond our solar system.
Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event
Saturday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Caltrain Parking Lot "O", 290 California Dr.

Bring paper documents and confidential materials for safe and secure shredding done onsite. Limit THREE standard size bankers boxes (10"x12"x15") per household. Shred events last until the time listed or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. 

Accepted e-scrap items include: TVs, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, cables/cords, cell phones, MP3 and DVD players, and more (working or not). 

Unacceptable Items include: household appliances like fans, floor heaters, smoke detectors, vacuum cleaners, cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, or any household hazardous waste. Proof of Burlingame residency is required.
2nd Annual Firefighters' Ball
Saturday, July 21
Doubletree Hotel, Burlingame

Music. Silent auction. Open bar.  Tickets $75.00 or $90.00 after 7/1/2018 or at the door.  Proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.  For questions, call 650-576-4730 or visit Fire Station 34 or email ccfdevents@gmail.com

CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Peninsula Health Care District Office, 1819 Trousdale Dr., Burlingame

Please come meet the District's selected developer team and participate in a discussion about plans for the District's Peninsula Wellness Community.

The Peninsula Wellness Community will be located in the area between Mills-Peninsula Medical Center and Marco Polo Way. It will include senior housing, health support services across generations, working spaces for professionals, and neighborhood open space.
Unable to attend?  Submit your questions and comments by clicking here. 
Is It For You? Women and Consulting as a Career Choice
Wednesday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 350 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood Shores, Redwood City

Phase2Careers, in partnership with Women in Consulting, plans a conference for women who are considering consulting as a career path.  Learn from a panel of women entrepreneurs from diverse industries about what it takes to build a successful consulting practice.

Attendees will also:
  • Learn from and interact with a panel of women entrepreneurs who will share lessons learned and strategies to start and grow a consulting business
  • Participate in special workshops and breakout sessions on topics of interest
  • Meet a variety of business resources representatives who will be helpful in starting and growing your consulting business
  • Get one-to-one advice and feedback from business coaches 
  • Have the opportunity to network with other women entrepreneurs

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