April 5, 2018
Burlingame PD Assists After Shooting
Storm Preparation Tips from Public Works
Take the Water Pledge
Congratulations Lincoln Elementary
Second Housing Discussion April 28
Roundabout Project to Begin in May
SFO Report on Aircraft Noise
Recycling Etc: Your Questions Answered
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

pdBurlingame PD Assists San Bruno after Tuesday's Shooting

In the moments following the YouTube campus shooting in San Bruno on Tuesday, both the San Bruno Police and Burlingame Police dispatch centers received numerous 911 calls reporting gunshots.  

Even though the shooting occurred in San Bruno, Burlingame Police dispatchers were able to assist because of a partner agreement between the two police departments to maintain a virtual dispatch center, thereby creating redundancy for both police communications centers. Shared police radios, computer aided dispatch (CAD), and phones ensure uninterrupted 911 services to callers in the event of disasters, major events and technical difficulties.  

A similar agreement exists with the San Mateo Police Department.  In September 2015, the San Mateo Police Department's Communications Center was down for four days due to technical difficulties with their phone system. Despite this, the San Mateo PD was able to activate its emergency backup plan, and the City of Burlingame immediately began answering all of its 911 calls without any disruption in service.

Burlingame Police Department dispatchers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They are responsible for handling all incoming emergency and non-emergency phone lines and received a total of 41,673 calls for law, fire, and emergency medical services in 2017. The Burlingame Police Department would like to remind community members that dispatchers are equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone SMS Text-to-911 messages. This service is available for use by the hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 911.

Using the text to 911 service is only recommended if it is the only option and making a voice call to 911 is not possible. Remember to Call If You Can, Text If You Can't.

Pictured below: Burlingame Police Department dispatchers Tara Filiere (L) and Melissa Hunkin (R) were on duty and able to remotely assist callers following Tuesday's tragic event. 

stormUpcoming Storm Preparation

The National Weather Service has forecasted wet weather patterns in the San Francisco Bay Area Thursday evening through Saturday, including heavy rainfall on Friday. The City is proactively preparing for the upcoming storm and would like to share the following storm preparedness tips to ensure everyone is safe and taking active steps to prepare your home or business.
  • Check roof drains and down spouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
  • Move hazardous materials, such as gasoline or paint, away from areas that may be washed away by storm water.
  • Keep leaves and other debris out of streets, gutters, and storm drains to prevent storm drain blockages.
  • Check your flashlights and any source of emergency lighting to ensure they are working properly.
  • Follow local news sources for updated weather reports.
  • Encourage friends and family to sign up for the San Mateo County Alert System.
  • Keep children away from creeks and large drains; they can be deadly during storms.
  • If you have a creek adjacent to or near your property, check to make sure it is free flowing. Remove all debris and foreign objects.
  • If you must drive during a storm, watch for road hazards such as damaged pavement, trees, power lines, or mud. Never attempt to drive through standing water.
The City of Burlingame provides sandbags to Burlingame residents. Residents may fill their own sandbags, free of charge, at the self-service sandbag station located at 600 California Drive. Bags, shovels, and sand are provided, and residents are limited to 15 sandbags per property address. Following a storm event, used sandbags should be disposed of properly and the sand recycled.
For additional information, you may access the City's Storm Preparedness webpage or contact our Corporation Yard at 650-558-7670, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For after-hours concerns, emergencies, or on holidays, please call 650-692-0604. The Burlingame Police Department non-emergency number is 650-777-4100.  Stay safe! Stay dry!
waterpledgeTake the Water Pledge!

The National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is a friendly, non-profit competition among cities across the country taking place during the month of April 

Burlingame residents are encouraged to take a brief online pledge. By pledging to take some easy steps to reduce water and energy use and pollution, you can help our City continue to meet its sustainability goals - and earn a chance to win great prizes - including a Grand Prize of $5,000 (awarded by the Wyland Foundation) toward home utility bills, home irrigation kits and home improvement store gift cards. Visit www.mywaterpledge.com to learn more.
schoolCongratulations Lincoln Elementary

Congratulations Principal Lori Guidi and the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary for recently earning recognition as a California Distinguished School. Lincoln Elementary is one of six elementary schools in San Mateo County - and 287 schools statewide - to earn this distinction.  Click here to see the full list and learn more.

The 2018 California Distinguished School Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
housingSecond "Burlingame Talks" Housing Discussion
Save the Date for Saturday, April 28!

Please mark your calendars for the second meeting in the "Burlingame Talks Together About Housing" series that will take place on  Saturday, April 28. The meeting will allow a broad cross section of people who live and work in Burlingame to talk about the community's housing issues and to share ideas.  Together, we will explore options and opportunities. 
The meeting will build upon the input received at the first "Burlingame Talks" meeting held in February. We'll provide a recap of what we heard in that meeting. New and returning participants are encouraged to attend! There will be a mix of short presentations and small group discussions, allowing people of all backgrounds to contribute their thoughts and perspectives. Click here now to register for the event.

The meeting will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 145 Park Road (at Howard Avenue). Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Refreshments will be provided, and childcare will be available.
roundaboutCalifornia Drive Roundabout Project 

On March 19, 2018, the Burlingame City Council awarded the construction contract for the California Drive Roundabout Project to Redgwick Construction Co. The California Drive Roundabout Project consists of realignment of California Drive at Bellevue Avenue and Lorton Avenue, for the construction of a two-lane traffic roundabout at this complicated intersection. The project goal is to implement traffic calming measures by improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and access, while reducing vehicular speed and minimizing conflicts.
Construction is anticipated to start May 2018 with estimated completion in January 2019, weather permitting. Project notices and signs will be posted at the construction site.  For additional information and regular construction progress updates, please visit the project website at http://www.burlingame.org/roundabout.
The City will do everything possible to minimize impacts and inconveniences, and appreciates your cooperation and patience during the construction phase.  The website will be updated regularly with new information as the work progresses. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team at roundabout@burlingame.org or 650-288-6436.
aircraftSFO Report on Aircraft Noise in Burlingame

The San Francisco International Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office conducted aircraft noise monitoring in Burlingame to determine the noise levels within the community from aircraft operations at SFO. This measurement period was from December 23, 2017 to January 4, 2018. The monitoring was made possible with the assistance of Burlingame Gate neighborhood residents. Click here to view the Burlingame Short-Term Noise Monitoring ReportClick here to view the Aircraft Noise Terminology & Metric Supplement

To learn more about the initiatives of the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable, click this link
Mitigation efforts and other initiatives under evaluation are outlined in the FAA Initiative Phase 2 Report available on  www.flyquietsfo.com.
binRecycling, etc.
More of your recycling questions answered!

"Can large 5 gallon plastic buckets be recycled?"

Yes, these buckets can be placed in the blue recycling bin. Any plastic container with a number 1-7 and the chasing arrow recycling symbol on it can be recycled in the blue bin.
"I know that yogurt containers can be recycled, but does the paper wrap and foil top need to be removed before recycling the containers?"

Yes, its preferable to remove the foil and wraps from yogurt containers and give them a quick rinse or wipe to prevent leakage and contamination in the recycling bin.

"Some beverage bottles have shrink wrapped plastic labels. Do those need to be removed to recycle the bottle?"
No, the bottles may be recycled as is and container labels do not need to be removed.

"I use a lot of printer labels. Can the paper holding the labels be recycled?"

No the back of any sticker rolls, including labels, is garbage and cannot be recycled.

Send your recycling questions to  smichael@burlingame.org. Find past questions and answers  here.
EventsEvents Around Town
Community Discussion - Gun Violence
Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library
Dr. Lee R. Miller, Political Science Professor at the College of San Mateo, will moderate an open forum on the topic of gun violence.  Miller will frame the issue, set some ground rules, and ensure that the discussion moves forward in a productive manner. 
First Fridays are Back!
First Fridays, April - November, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Burlingame
First Fridays are Back on the Avenue! The Downtown Burlingame Improvement District (DBID) brings FREE, LIVE music to Downtown Burlingame on the first Friday of every month - April through November!
Bands will play "Under the Pergola" at the intersection of Burlingame Avenue and Park Road from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by as we have a great lineup for you! And remember to swing by the Burlingame Library as well! They will be having free refreshments on these evenings.
Last Chance for CERT! Only Burlingame Offering This Year
Wednesday evenings April 11 - May 16 and May 19
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
There's still time to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course that will be taught by the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from April 11 through May 16, with a final Skills Day on Saturday, May 19.
This is the only time CERT training will be offered this year in Burlingame. CERT will teach you important skills that allow you to take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors after a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. The course covers how to create a family plan, what to put in your emergency kit, how to turn off utilities, fire safety, medical treatment, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and much more. You'll practice what you learned on the Skills Day.
There is no charge for Burlingame residents and you'll receive a free backpack with supplies. Sign up here. For more information, call CCFD at 650-558-7600. 
Senior Listening Session
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center 

Would you like to learn more about your local government? Are there concerns facing the community you would like to share with a city councilmember? Do you have questions about projects going on around town?  Seniors in the community are invited to our third Senior Listening Session. Councilmembers look forward to listening to your ideas and addressing your questions.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to 650-558-7300.
Public Meeting: East-West Public Shuttle
Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road

On Thursday, April 12, the City's Traffic Safety and Parking Commission (TSPC) will have a discussion regarding the feasibility of an East-West public shuttle within Burlingame. The Commission would like to obtain input from the community about the need for a shuttle and identify potential routes.  
Please contact Mr. Andrew Wong, Senior Engineer with the City of Burlingame at 650-558-7230 or via email at awong@burlingame.org with any comments or concerns in regards to the above discussion. Written comments should be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Bocce Tournament to Benefit Burlingame Parks
Registration Closes Friday, May 4

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Center, together with the Lions Club, will be hosting a bocce tournament to benefit Burlingame parks. 

The event is on Saturday, May 12.  Check in is at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. Registration closes Friday, May 4.

There will be prizes for top finishers.  Teams of 4-6 players may register for a fee of $100 per team and space is limited to the first 12 teams to register. 

For more information, go to http://www.supportburlingameparks.org/newsannouncements/.
CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Mosquito Awareness Week
Open House
Thursday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
1351 Rollins Rd., Burlingame

Come to San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District's annual open house!
There will be laboratory tours, demonstrations, education displays, and lots of fun activities for kids. No RSVP is required, so feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the District.  Groups are welcome between 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. by reservation. 
Habitat Greater SF's First Ever "Race-to-Build Color Run"
Sunday, April 22
Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo

Habitat Greater San Francisco is hosting its first ever Race-to-Build Color Run at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo! This inaugural event is a family-friendly fun run that is open to everyone - runners, walkers, families, children, students, colleagues, teams, all are welcome! 

All proceeds will benefit Habitat and help support our mission to provide affordable home ownership opportunities for families in the Bay Area. 

You can find more information on this website .

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