November 1, 2018
Honoring Veterans & Armed Forces Service Members
Submit nominations no later than November 15
The City of Burlingame invites the community to nominate a Burlingame veteran or current member of the U.S. Armed Forces for special recognition this Veterans Day. Mayor Brownrigg will present certificates of appreciation to new nominees at the November 19 City Council meeting. If the service member is unable to attend in person, a family member or friend may accept the certificate on his or her behalf.

Please note that certificates of appreciation will be awarded to new honorees, not those previously recognized in prior years.
Please send an email with the following information to,  and include "Veterans Day" in the subject line, no later than Thursday, November 15
Your information (nominator)
  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Relation to nominee
Service member information (nominee)
  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Branch of service
  • Dates of service
  • Comments
  • Combat service, if applicable
Voting in Burlingame (and Throughout San Mateo County)

Election Day is November 6, 2018, and there are several ways to vote:

  1. Drop your ballot in its postage-paid return envelope in the mail.
  2. Drop your ballot at one of the 30 drop boxes in the County. Click this link for a list of drop box locations.
  3. Bring your ballot to the Voting Center at Burlingame City Hall Saturday, November 3 through Monday, November 5, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  4. Bring your ballot to the Voting Center at Burlingame City Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Remember, you can vote at any voting center in the County. Click on this link for a list of all voting center locations and hours in the County.

Your ballot must be postmarked by November 6, 2018 and received within three days to count. So get your ballots in now!
Thank You Volunteers!

The City of Burlingame would like to send a huge shout out to our amazing volunteers who came out for National Make a Difference Day! Together, we were able to repaint an old wall at Bayside Park. Way to go!
Be Storm Ready

How the City Prepares to be Storm Ready

The Public Works Department has been working to minimize flooding with the implementation of storm drain improvement projects.

Listed below are some ways the City prepares to be storm ready:
  • Monitoring and controlling stormwater pump stations
  • Allocating additional staff to be on standby during storms
  • Inspecting and cleaning trash capture devices installed in catch basins, as well as "hot spot" areas that historically have issues during storms
  • Conducting weekly street sweepings to help remove leaves and debris off the ground and out of storm drains

How the Community Can Prepare to be Storm Ready

Community members are encouraged to take precautions and prepare for the upcoming storm season.

Here are some tips on how you and your neighbors can be storm ready:
  • Adopt a drain - Keep the top of storm drains clear of debris and litter. By adopting a drain, you can receive free cleaning supplies to help keep our creeks and Bay cleaner, by making sure only rain enters the drain. Plus, you can name your adopted drain.
  • Find your street sweeping day – Remember to move your car off the street on the morning (or night before) sweeping occurs on your block.
  • Make sandbags for your property – Visit the sandbag station at 600 California Drive.
  • Capture rainwater to store water for future use – Get up to $100 back for each qualifying purchase and installation of a rain barrel. See for more details and an online application.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts – SMC Alert is San Mateo County’s alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set up alerts to be sent to your email, mobile phone, and/or landline phone.
  • Know your flood zone designation and your specific flood hazard. Obtain flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area.
  • For property owners with natural creek beds on their property, remove debris from the creek beds.
Cuernavaca Ballfield Temporary Closure

The Cuernavaca Ballfield is scheduled for drainage and turf improvements. Beginning, Monday, November 5, the field will be closed to all users. The field is expected to reopen in early February, weather permitting.

During this time, the Parks and Recreation Department invites dog-owning patrons to use the temporarily fenced area adjacent to the ballfield.

Call 650-558-7330 if you have any questions. If you would like to receive periodic updates regarding dogs in Burlingame parks, please email
Environmental Tip of the Week
Drop off your household hazardous waste at a collection facility for free!

Do you know what’s spookier than goblins and ghosts? A toxic environment! San Mateo County residents can make an appointment to drop off their household hazardous waste in the permanent collection facility in San Mateo at no cost. Visit to make an appointment or find an upcoming drop-off event.
Registration for the 2019 Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) Program Closes in Two Weeks
If your house has not been retrofitted, but qualifies for the EBB $3,000 retrofit grant, register now before it’s too late. 
It's not a matter of 'if'' an earthquake will happen but 'when'. Scientists say there is a greater than 99 percent chance of a strong earthquake striking California in the next 30 years. EBB helps homeowners lessen the potential for damage during an earthquake by offering $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit for houses that qualify. 
For more information about the EBB program and to register go to . Registration is open now through November 13.
If you have questions or need help at anytime in the process, call 877-232-4300, or email .
Reminder Regarding Unlawful Attachments to City Trees

As the holiday season approaches, the Parks Division would like to remind residents that section 11.04.035 of the Burlingame Municipal Code makes it unlawful to fasten any sign, wire, rope, or any device to any street tree. This includes ropes, lights, ornaments, swings, hammocks, book boxes, or other devices.
Burlingame Library Foundation Bookstore

Did you know you can purchase books at the library bookstore located next to the cafe at the main branch of the library? Operated by the Library Foundation, all proceeds directly benefit Burlingame libraries. Adult fiction, children’s picture books, young adult, biographies, travel, history, finance, health, self-help, the arts, cookbooks, cds, dvds, and audiobooks are just some of what’s available. Everything is under three dollars. 
Also, your book, dvd, and cd donations are always welcome. Just bring them to the information desk at the entrance to the library. Large donations may also be scheduled for pick-up.
And sign-up for the "LibraryAware" Newsletter that will keep you up to date on the latest library news and events. Click here to sign up !
Events Around Town
First Friday Art Series
Friday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A/V Room, Burlingame Main LIbrary

Come attend the last First Friday night in 2018! Andy Conway and Eric Kneeland will have some fresh 2D and 3D works. There will be some screen printing stations set up, plus refreshments and music. 
Interactive Workshop: Future of Parks & Recreation System
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.

The City of Burlingame invites you to participate in an interactive workshop to voice your needs, priorities, and vision for the future of Burlingame's parks and recreation system.  

Please click here to RSVP . Also, please forward this invitation to anyone who would be interested in attending and sharing their opinions.   
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
The Canterville Ghost
Friday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Leland Tea, 1223 Donnelly Avenue

The Burlingame Community Theatre’s “Acting Out & About” will be performing the 1936 radio drama of “Terror By Night’s” rendition of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost .

A traditional “high tea” featuring finger sandwiches, salad, and delectable sweets will be served. The cost of this fun evening is $25/person. Make your reservations soon as space is limited to only 30 people!

For reservations, please call 650-558-8515.   For more information, please call 650-697-6936, or email .
First Annual Franklin PTA Craft Fair
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Franklin Elementary School, 2385 Trousdale Dr., Burlingame

The first annual Franklin PTA Craft Fair is here, just in time for the holidays! Bring friends and family to shop from a variety of hand-crafted items and enjoy fresh, homemade goodies made by Franklin families and local vendors. Or come for the free coffee and giveaway prizes!

Free Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel
Thursday, November 8
Presentation by BHS students at 6:30 p.m.
Film screening at 7:00 p.m.
Burlingame High School Auditorium, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame

You’re invited to a free program that includes a screening of  “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”.  Admission is free. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council (CEC), this program is co-sponsored by the Citizens' Climate Lobby of San Mateo, and the Burlingame Environmental Club at the high school.

A decade after ”An Inconvenient Truth” drew global attention to the climate crisis, this follow-up documentary shows how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world, training an army of climate champions, and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant – as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
At 6:30 p.m., preceding the 7:00 p.m. film screening, BHS students who participated in this year’s Student Environmental Internship Program , which is sponsored by CEC and the City of Burlingame, will present their projects on how to make BHS a more sustainable school. Please come and be inspired by our local youth.
Parent Education Event
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
San Mateo Center for the Performing Arts

The Burlingame School District PTA Council presents "Time to Parent" with Julie Morgenstern. This bestselling organizational guru will take on the ultimate time-management challenge: parenting! From childhood to the teenage years, learn concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids.

Julie Morgenstern is the author of five previous books, including Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out . Both have been developed into PBS specials. She is an internationally renowned organization consultant and has shared her expertise on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Today , and more, and is quoted or featured regularly in The New York Times, Time, and USA Today .
Tickets are $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. Secure your ticket in advance at
First Fridays!
First Fridays, April - November, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Burlingame

The Downtown Burlingame Business 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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