In this edition:                                         February 25, 2016

Local Transportation & Traffic Updates
Water Use Restrictions
Burglary Prevention Tips
Burlingame Joins Peninsula Clean Energy
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

safety_helmet_architect.jpg transportLocal Transportation & Traffic Updates
February 19 - March 20

In the coming weeks, the City of Burlingame Public Works Department will be providing weekly traffic and transportation updates mostly related to the US101/Broadway Interchange Project. Be sure to check here for important updates.  We will also be posting updates to Facebook and Twitter.  Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook

Burlingame Caltrain Station Bus Bridge - February 27
 
On Saturday, February 27, Caltrain will again operate a bus bridge between the Burlingame Caltrain Station and Hayward Park Caltrain Station as part of the San Mateo Bridges Replacement project.  SamTrams buses will shuttle passengers between the Burlingame Caltrain Station and Hayward Park Caltrain Station.  In order to accommodate the bus bridge at Burlingame Station, South Lane and West Lane will used as a bus pick up and drop off zone and vehicular traffic will be limited to SamTrans buses only. Caltrain will have ambassadors at the impacted stations to assist and direct customers to the bus bridge.  Caltrain anticipates undertaking the same process in mid-April 2016. For more information, please visit Caltrain's website at www.caltrain.com/busbridge.

Traffic Update: March 4 - March 6
 
During the weekend of March 4 - March 6between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., the intersection of Broadway and Rollins Road will completely close to traffic so that Caltrans may begin the process of switching traffic from the existing Broadway Overcrossing to the new Broadway Overcrossing. The intersection will be open during daytime hours. Motorists should be prepared for changes in lane conditions.  
 
Updates will be provided as more information is available. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to consider alternate routes during construction. This construction work is weather dependent.
  
To view a map of the impacted area, click here. For additional details, refer to Caltrans' website.
waterWater Use Restrictions
Extended through October 31, 2016

Per Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s Nov.13, 2015 Executive Order , the State Water Resources Control Board extended California's urban water use restrictions on February 2, 2016. The regulation is similar to that which has been in place since June 2015, though the Water Board made some revisions to meet certain needs of water suppliers. This revised regulation extends water restrictions until the end of October 2016. Consequently, Burlingame's water use restrictions are also extended until October 31, 2016. The City's residents and business owners have exceled in saving water since June 2015, saving an overall cumulative 30% (to date), far surpassing the state's mandate for Burlingame of 16%! The City asks that everyone continue to participate to help California conserve water. For a reminder of the City's restrictions, please visit burlingame.org/drought .
burglaryBurglary Prevention Tips
A message from the Burlingame Police Department
 
Throughout the Peninsula, there has been a recent surge in residential burglaries. Although less afflicted than other cities on the Peninsula, Burlingame residents have experienced ten home break-ins since the first of this year. As such, we urge the community to report any suspicious persons they observe in their neighborhoods to the Police, particularly any persons who knock on your door, asking for people who do not reside there. Lately, it has been the prevailing method for burglars to knock on front doors and if there is no answer, to subsequently break into the residence through a back door or window. To further mitigate your chances of being victimized by these predators, consider the following:
 
·          Lock all doors and windows to your home every time you leave the house
·          Set your burglar alarm if you have one whenever you leave the house
·          Install surveillance cameras
·          Report any suspicious persons going door to door in your neighborhood or any suspicious persons walking down your street without an apparent destination
·          Report any suspicious persons on your neighbor's property whom you believe should not be there
 
Reporting such suspicious behavior to the police department is imperative in order to achieve safer neighborhoods, and the Burlingame Police Department thanks the Burlingame community for their help in reporting these subjects in order to enhance the quality of life in our City.
energyBurlingame Joins Peninsula Clean Energy
Sign up for updates and get involved
 
The City joined San Mateo County and other cities in the County to form Peninsula Clean Energy - a community choice energy (CCE) program. CCE programs allow local governments to pool the electricity demand of their communities to purchase power with high renewable energy content. Existing CCE programs in the Bay Area have shown that CCEs are capable of providing ratepayers with cleaner sourced energy and lower power rates than PG&E. Implementation of a CCE in the County and in Burlingame is expected to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emission and support renewable energy at competitive rates for customers.
 
The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority Board of Directors will begin meeting in March to hash out the program. Sign up here to receive email updates and stay involved.
EventsEvents Around Town
Get Ready Disaster Preparedness Training

Monday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Town of Hillsborough, Council Chambers, 1600 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough

 

This basic disaster preparedness class will teach you how to prepare yourself, your family, home and workplace for a major disaster. The information provided will allow you to help yourself, rather than needing help, following a disaster. Course instructors are experienced staff of the Central County Fire Department which serves the Cities of Burlingame and Millbrae and Town of Hillsborough. To register for this training, please register at Get Ready Training Registration

CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Cybercrime Community College Forum
Wednesday, March 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
College of San Mateo at 1700 Hillsdale Blvd, Bldg #10

Cybercrime is a serious issue in today's heavy tech-use world where personal and business information can easily be stolen on the internet if not appropriately protected. Are you interested in learning how to protect yourself, your business and your employees from hackers? Do you want to learn what law enforcement and the financial services industry do to combat cybercrime? Come join the Cybercrime Community College Forum to learn answers to your questions. There is no cost to attend and you can register online.
Three Energy Efficiency Rebate Workshops
 
1) March 3 from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m .
Redwood City Public Library, Community Rm, at 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
RSVP here 
  
2) April 7 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Foster City Community Center, Mist Room, 650 Shell Blvd, Foster City
RSVP here

3) June 9 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Menlo Park Senior Citizens' Center, Community Rm, 100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park
RSVP here

The County has partnered with three cities to host homeowner workshops to discuss energy efficiency rebates available through the Home Upgrade Program. 
Free Landscape Education Classes

Learn how to garden beautifully while reducing your water use. The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency's (BAWSCA) Landscape Educated Classes are designed to introduce homeowners, commercial property managers, landscape service providers, and others to the concepts of water-efficient and sustainable landscaping. BAWSCA is currently offering 40 free classes and workshops on sustainable landscaping, alternatives to lawn, habitat gardening, edible landscaping, water efficient irrigation practices and parent/child gardening.  Visit their website to view the complete schedule of classes.
Resource Conservation 101 Webinar
Thursday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register through RecycleWorks, a program of San Mateo County.
Burlingame Intermediate School Presents The Lion King, jr.!
Friday - Saturday, March 11-12, & Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 (see times below)
Burlingame Intermediate School, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame, California 94010
 
The African savannah comes to life on stage at Burlingame Intermediate School with Broadway's most successful show of all time, The Lion King.   Journey with the unforgettable cast in this inspiring coming-of-age tale, featuring Grammy award winning songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.  This show is not to be missed! For tickets and information, click here.
 
Five performances:
- Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. 
- Saturday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Sustainable Transportation: 3-Part Series
 

1) Webinar #1, "Transportation 101", Thursday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

2) Webinar #2, "Active Transportation, Thursday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

3) Bike-to-Shop Day Community Event, Saturday, May 21, Time TBD

 

This is an exciting new RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy offering! Learn how transportation decisions affect our communities and how individual actions can make a big difference leading to big benefits. Then apply what you learn about sustainable transportation by engaging with the community and helping with Bike-to-Shop Day in May.

  

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