December 6, 2018
Temporary Closure at Broadway Avenue Grade Crossing

Caltrain will be performing foundation installation work in Burlingame to support its electrification project. This work will require a temporary street closure at the Broadway Avenue grade crossing. Broadway Avenue will be temporarily closed from Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m. to Friday, December 7 at 5:00 a.m. 

Illuminated and directional signs will direct vehicle traffic to use Oak Grove Avenue as a detour during the closure. A detour map is provided below.

Foundation work will consist of excavation, placement of rebar, concrete fill, and electrical grounding. Crews will utilize on-track foundation trains that will require the temporary crossing closures to comply with safety regulations. Visit Caltrain's website at  to sign-up for weekly construction updates. If you have questions or comments about the upcoming work, contact Caltrain's dedicated Project Hotline at 650-399-9659, or email .
Expect Traffic Delays and Limited Parking Tomorrow

Tomorrow, December 7, the City of Burlingame and the Downtown Burlingame Business Improvement District will be hosting the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade. The tree lighting will take place outside of City Hall at 5:00 p.m., followed by a parade on Burlingame Ave. Entertainment and activities will follow these events. Expect an increase in pedestrian traffic in this area.

The following streets will be closed for this event:
  • Burlingame Ave. from California Dr. to El Camino Real
  • 200 - 300 blocks of Lorton Ave.
  • 200 - 500 blocks of Primrose Rd.
  • 200 block of Park Rd.
  • The entire area around City Hall, located at 501 Primrose Rd.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. For those who drive to the event, you are encouraged to park in the City parking lots .  Parking in the area will be limited, and parking restrictions may be imposed around Burlingame Ave., City Hall, and the parade route.

Traffic in the area will be impacted from about 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. For those needing to pass through or access the area, please be patient and consider alternate routes.
Thank you for your cooperation, and happy holidays from the City of Burlingame and the Downtown Burlingame Business Improvement District. 
Winter Reading at Burlingame Public Library  

The Burlingame Public Library’s Winter Reading program has begun! The program is open to all ages and runs until January 12, 2019. To participate, simply pick up a reading log, read at least 15 days over the holiday break, mark a snowflake for each day you read, and bring back your reading log. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for every 5 days of reading. Participants can even complete more than one log! Prizes include gift cards to Nuts for Candy, Peet's, Caffe Central, Therapy Store, free movie passes, a Visa gift card, and free ice cream at Salt & Straw!
Closed - Application Period for Leak Detection Pilot Study

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to participate in the Leak Detection Pilot Study conducted by WaterNow Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on advancing sustainable water solutions, and funded by the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability.

The City received over 60 applications. The application period is now closed, and staff is in the process of contacting selected applicants.

For questions about this study, please contact Jennifer Lee, Environmental Regulatory Compliance Coordinator with the City of Burlingame at 650-558-7381, or
Parks and Recreation Winter Registration

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer the Winter 2019 season of classes, programs, and events for kids and adults. Check out fun indoor events for the winter months. The activity guide should be arriving to your home soon; it is also available at the Recreation Center and  online

Registration for winter classes is taking place now!  Click here to register online .
Burlingame Police Department Offers Special Needs Registry

If someone in your home has special needs, you can let the Burlingame Police Department know so that emergency personnel can respond appropriately. Police officers will receive an automatic message about the registered person’s special needs if they are called to your address.
Click on this link to register someone’s special needs . Family members and care providers are encouraged to enroll Burlingame residents of any age with any medical or mental health condition, and/or disability including, but not limited to dementia, autism, epilepsy, or ambulatory restrictions.
You can attach documents (in PDF format) and photos. There’s also an opportunity at the end of the form to provide additional details, such as the location of a hidden key in order to minimize the need for emergency personnel to force entry into your residence.

Burlingame residents with questions about the registry can contact the Burlingame Police Department at 650-777-4100 during business hours.
U.S. Census Bureau is Now Recruiting

In preparation for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. These positions provide the perfect opportunity for many to earn some extra income while helping their communities.

Available temporary positions include: census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, one must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application. Click here to learn more, or call 1-855-JOB-2020 .
Calling Burlingame Green Businesses!

Do you know of a business that has gone above and beyond to be green? Is it yours? The City of Burlingame wants to know! The City is seeking nominations for its 2018 Green Business Awards. Awardees must be members of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and will be publicly recognized at the Chamber’s annual event on Friday, January 11, 2019 and in City materials.

To nominate a business, send an email to with the following information: 1) business name and contact information; 2) background information, including type of business and number of employees; and 3) a brief summary of the business's environmental achievements.

Nominations are due Friday, December 28, 2018.

Examples of environmental achievements may include, but are not limited to: being in a green industry that conserves resources or prevents pollution; implementing green practices in daily operations; or implementing an improvement or action with significant environmental benefits
Environmental Tip of the Week
Seal drafty doors and windows with weather stripping!

Does your home feel cold even with the heat on? Seal leaks around doors and windows with weather stripping. Pro tip: get some free weather stripping in the Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit at the Burlingame Public Library.
Events Around Town
Visit With Santa
Tonight! 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children’s Room, Burlingame Main Library
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the Library for a visit. Be sure to bring a camera!
Donate Your Soccer Gear
Now through December 15
Drop at Burlingame Parks and Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Now that AYSO has ended, you may have soccer gear that your kids have outgrown or no longer need. Please consider donating these items to the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation for its Sports Flea in January.

All proceeds from the Sports Flea will go towards the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation; 100% of the funds raised will go towards youth scholarships, and back to the Burlingame community.

Call 650-558-7300 with any questions and ask for the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation, or email
Third Annual Elves Workshop (aka "Parents' Night Out")
Thursday, December 13, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center

This event is an opportunity for a “parents' night out” during the busy holiday season. Parents can register their child(ren) in grades K-5. Recreation staff, along with the Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee, will lead games and crafts, provide dinner, and show a movie. Finish your last minute errands while the Rec Center team takes care of the kids!

Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
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