September 9, 2018
Pedestrian Safety Month
Please share the road!
September is California Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Burlingame Police Department is urging pedestrians and drivers to be aware of each other at all times, and to share the road responsibly.

Pedestrian deaths have risen in California and nationally. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed, and more than 14,000 were injured on California's roadways. Over the past three years, the Burlingame Police Department has investigated 70 traffic collisions involving pedestrians.  

The Burlingame Police Department offers the following tips for pedestrians and drivers.

  • Be visible and predictable by crossing the street only at crosswalks or intersections. Walk facing traffic, and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk. 
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Never assume a driver sees you.
  • Look left-right-left before you step into the crosswalk. A green light or “WALK” signal does not necessarily mean it's safe to walk.
  • Look for cars backing up and don't dart out between parked cars.
  • Avoid distractions. Don’t walk and use your phone at the same time.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day, and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.

  • Be alert for pedestrians - especially at intersections and crosswalks where they have the right of way. 
  • Put down the cell phone and just drive.
  • Use extra caution when backing up. Look for bicyclists or pedestrians who may be approaching.
  • Be patient and courteous. Wait for pedestrians to cross the street or intersection before proceeding.
Serve on the City's Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission
Commission members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and City staff in order to help them make the 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 on the Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission. The Council is likely to appoint each Commission member to the full, three-year term.

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager’s Office at 650- 558-7204.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month at the Library
Everyone who signs up for a new library card during the month of September will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon Echo Show . Already have a card? Just visit the library in September to fill out a card explaining why the library is incredible to you, and enter for your chance to win the grand prize!
Did you know your Burlingame Library card gives you access to:
  • Books & audiobooks
  • e-Books, e-Magazines, & e-Audiobooks
  • DVDs & music CDs
  • Video games
  • Magazines
  • School textbooks
  • Energy kits
  • PCs
  • Macs with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Laptops & hotspots
  • High speed internet
  • 3D printing
  • Digitizing/Conversion
Research Tools
  • AtoZ business database
  • Mango Language Learning
Other Services
  • Outreach to home-bound patrons
  • Personalized book & media curation
  • Passport services (by appointment only)
And so much more!
Tree Pruning Underway
The Parks Department's tree crew is currently trimming and reducing the Liquidambar trees on Floribunda Avenue and Almer Road, under the guidance of the City's arborist.  The pruning is significant, with multiple reduction and heading cuts. The goal is to reduce the size and weight of the canopy, while reducing the overall risk of limb failure.

Liquidambar trees are fast growers and will recover quickly, creating a new canopy that is safer and easier to maintain. This type of pruning allows the trees to remain an important part of our urban forest. Once individual trees are determined to be hazardous, they will be removed and replaced with an appropriate tree species
Events Around Town
Movies in the Park - Coco
Friday, September 7 at sunset (approximately 8:00 p.m.)
Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave.
Join the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department for a movie under the stars!  Coco will be playing on the big screen in Washington Park. Grab your friends and family, blankets, and chairs, and come enjoy this FREE family-friendly event! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  Thank you to our title sponsor Putnam Subaru!
First Friday Art Series
Friday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A/V Room, Burlingame Main Library
Join us for an art night with San Francisco illustrator and maker Alexandra Martinez, aka "Likely Lexi", whose work will be featured all month! Enjoy refreshments and take part in an “exquisite corpse” drawing game in this after-hours celebration
"Living on a Dollar a Day" Film Screening and Q&A
Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
"Living on a Dollar a Day" follows the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer as she explores the personal experiences of women, children, and families who live in extreme poverty in ten countries around the world.

The film screening will be followed by a Q+A with Author and Professor Thomas Nazario.
Bayfront Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
150 Anza Blvd., (behind Embassy Suites Hotel)
Burlingame's Bayfront Cleanup Day is an annual waterway and land cleanup held on the third Saturday of September. It overlaps with California Coastal Cleanup Day, which brings the community together to remove trash from our waterways and protect our marine environment.    

For more information, waiver forms, or contact information, please visit . If you are interested in sponsoring or helping set up for the event, please contact Jennifer Lee at, or call 650-558-7381.
Free Program about Saving Energy, Water and Money
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
Save the date for this program presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame! Five experts will describe numerous ways to save money and make your home more energy and water efficient.

Andrea Pappajohn, Sustainability and Climate Management Fellow for the City of Burlingame, will moderate the program, which will feature Rachael Londer of San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability, TJ Carter of Peninsula Clean Energy, Christina Armor of SunShares, James Tuleya of HomeIntel, and Jennifer Lee of the City of Burlingame.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. All attendees will be invited to take home complimentary energy and water-saving devices.
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
First Fridays!
First Fridays, April - November, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Burlingame
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 there will be a great lineup! And remember to swing by the Burlingame Library as well! The Library will be offering free refreshments on these evenings. 
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