ConstructionConstruction Update
PG&E construction at intersection of Rollins Road and Broadway

Beginning this Sunday evening, September 27, 2015, and continuing through November 22, 2015, PG&E will be working at the intersection of Rollins Road and Broadway between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. every night except Saturdays.  PG&E's proposed work involves necessary improvements to an existing PG&E underground electrical transmission main.  As the work is within the intersection, there will be lane reductions on all approaches.  Expect significant traffic delays during these late night construction hours. 
 
For alternate routes into Burlingame, PG&E's contractor will place signage at the Northbound 101 off-ramp at Peninsula Avenue and the Southbound 101 off-ramp at Millbrae Avenue.  The PG&E work and lane reductions are anticipated to continue until mid-November.  We will update this notice as the City receives more information from PG&E. 
DonationBID Makes Generous Donation
Supports Burlingame PD's Canine Unit

The Burlingame Police Department would like to thank the Broadway Burlingame Business Improvement District for their donation to the canine unit. The money will be used to supplement the Department's two dogs and canine unit operations. (Pictured from left to right: Canine Officer, Steve Vega with "Boss", Canine Officer, Kevin Thorpe, and Burlingame Downtown Business Improvement District President, John Kevranian.)
ShakeoutParticipate in the Great Shakeout
Thursday, October 15, 2015
 
The Cities of Burlingame and Hillsborough and the CCFD, are again participating in the Great Shakeout on Thursday October 15. I t pays to be prepared - take some time to do the following:
  
1. Review your emergency plan - www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
2. Review your emergency communication plan
3. Check your emergency supplies
4. Sign up for SMC alerts
5. Practice "Duck, Cover, and Hold On"
 
For more information, visit The Great California ShakeOut website.
bayfrontBayfront Cleanup
Thank you, volunteers, for your hard work!

The City of Burlingame extends its warmest appreciation to the residents, community members and businesses who participated in the 17th Annual Burlingame Bayfront Cleanup on Saturday, September 19. This event attracted 357 community volunteers. Together, they collected 700 pounds of refuse and 300 pounds of recyclable materials were collected from the City's shoreline areas. In addition, several restaurants, businesses and hotels along the Bayfront area also contributed by providing refreshments for the resources. Thank you all for your commitments to improving our community.
pollutionPollution Prevention
Starts at home!

September 20-26 is Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act. When we reduce pollution, we save time and money on clean-up and control efforts, and we protect people's health and our environment. Using safer products at home and making your home energy efficient are ways you can help prevent pollution. Find more actions you can take at home, at work, or at school. Read a blog post by EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones on what an ounce of prevention can do to protect your health and the environment.
ElectionAll-Mailed Ballot Election
Verify your registration address

Every registered voter in the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District All-Mailed Ballot Election will be sent a ballot on October 5, 2015 for delivery no later than October 16. To prevent delays in deliveries, please ensure that your registration address is current, especially if you moved recently.  You can verify your registration address by clicking here or call the Registration & Elections Division at (650) 312-5301. For a list of FAQs about the upcoming election, visit the official election site of San Mateo County by clicking here.
SolarResidents Step Up to Solar
Burlingame "ranks" 2nd with 127 registered homeowners

The Peninsula Sunshares program ended this month with excellent results. As a collective of thirteen cities, Peninsula Sunshares is the largest and most successful solar energy bulk program in the Bay Area to date. Within four months, the program resulted in 1,090 registered homeowners, 192 contracts, and 882.5 kW of solar energy.
 
Burlingame pulled through with 127 registered homeowners (second only to Palo Alto out of 13 cities), 16 contracts, and 71.21 kW of solar energy. Thank you Burlingame residents for supporting solar!
CrisisStay Cool Under Crisis
Safety tips during a mental health emergency
 
To help friends and family members be as prepared as possible before calling 9-1-1 for a mental health emergency, San Mateo County Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has developed guidelines to help ensure everyone's safety. These guidelines include how to plan ahead for a potential crisis, what to do before calling 9-1-1, how to best communicate during the call, and what to do when police arrive. Tips include telling police you are calling about a mental health emergency, asking for a Crisis Intervention Trained officer to be dispatched, and requesting police arrive without sirens if possible. These guidelines are available on the County's website, and are available in English and Spanish.
 
roundaboutCalifornia Drive Roundabout Project
The City seeks your design input
 
What:   Community Meeting
When:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Where: Burlingame Recreation Center, Social Hall, 850 Primrose Road
 
The public is invited to attend the first community meeting for the California Drive "Roundabout Project". The project seeks to place a roundabout at the intersection of California Drive, Bellevue Avenue, and Lorton Avenue in downtown Burlingame. The brief presentation at the community meeting will cover the reason for the project, detailed information about project elements, the benefits of roundabouts and how to use them safely, the proposed schedule, and potential changes to the area.
                                                                    
Please join City representatives and project team members to learn about the project and give your feedback on design options. There will be an interactive question and answer period with the project team immediately following the presentation.
 
For more information contact:
Augustine Chou
Engineering Program Manager
City of Burlingame
(650) 558-7230
Or email achou@burlingame.org
PreparednessSeptember is "Preparedness Month"
Reminders from the CCFD

September is "Preparedness Month," and the Central County Fire Department reminds you that this is a good time to:
  1. Review your emergency plans and supplies
  2. Clear away any dry branches and debris around your property; it's still fire season!
  3. Prepare for the coming winter months by cleaning out gutters, downspouts and drains; check smoke detectors, alarm system, and flashlights
  4. Sign up for a CERT, Get Ready, CPR and First Aid class. Visit the CCFD website to learn more.
  5. Start a Neighborhood Network. For more information on organizing your neighborhood for preparedness, visit www.thebnn.us.
envisionEnvision Burlingame Workshop
Saturday, October 24th - Save the date!

Learn about Envision Burlingame and share your ideas about the future of our community at this interactive event on Saturday, October 24th. The workshop will be held at the Burlingame Recreation Center as an open house - so feel free to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join City staff and your neighbors to learn about this community-driven planning process that will update the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Share your vision for Burlingame's future!
Visit www.EnvisionBurlingame.org for more information and to sign up for email updates.
EfficiencyHome Energy Efficiency Upgrades Just Got Easier
Learn more about the City's PACE programs

Interested in making energy efficiency upgrades at home? The City's PACE programs make it easier for Burlingame property owners to finance such projects. All of the  Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs adopted by the City Council last spring are officially live in Burlingame. PACE programs present an innovative financing solution to reduce the high upfront costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Using PACE financing, property owners may spread the cost of a project over many years as part of their annual property tax payments. As a result, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects become more affordable, and interested property owners can save energy and reduce their utility bills.
 
The City's authorized PACE programs include: HERO, Open PACE (includes CaliforniaFIRST and AllianceNRG), and Figtree. These programs offer competing programs and options for property owners to choose from. PACE programs apply to a range of projects including renewable energy, energy and water efficient improvements, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Some PACE programs also allow for seismic retrofit financing. Learn more on the City's PACE webpage .
coolcalJoin the CoolCalifornia Challenge
Earn dollars for "green" projects
 
Burlingame residents are invited to join the CoolCalifornia Challenge and earn dollars for "green" projects in our city. Participants earn points by reducing their household energy, water use and transportation emissions. Every point earned increases the city's rank in the statewide standings. Prize money is awarded to fund sustainability efforts that benefit communities.
 
Signups begin October 1 and continue through December 15, 2015, at www.energyupgradeca.org/CoolCAChallenge . During that period the cities that get the most participants to sign up can earn double points. The Challenge continues through March 31, 2016, when the city with the most points is crowned the "Coolest City in California" and all cities participating receive prize money based on the percentage of points earned by households in their city.
 
This is the second year that the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame has administered the CoolCalifornia Challenge on behalf of the City of Burlingame. Last year, our city earned nearly $3,000. This funding sponsored projects including the "Green Programs on Hot Topics" series at the Burlingame Public Library, educational handouts and an organic garden that Burlingame High School students planted on campus.
 
The CoolCalifornia Challenge is a project of Energy Upgrade California, a state initiative that helps Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. Funding comes from investor-owned utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
EventsEvents Around Town
City Council Candidates' Forum
TODAY at 6:30 p.m.
City of Burlingame, Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road
  
Tonight you'll have a chance to hear the views of the four candidates for two seats on the Burlingame City Council. It also will be live streamed and available later on the city's website here.
Throwback Thursdays Movie Series
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, TODAY, at dusk
Washington Park at 850 Burlingame Avenue
 
Coming to a park near you... Experience Throwback Thursday Movie Series! This event is brought to you in partnership with our Platinum Sponsor, Gold Medal Gym.  On select Thursdays, starting TODAY, September 24,  the Parks & Recreation Department will be showing movies on our beautiful 30 foot inflatable screen. If you are looking for a good date night or an evening out with friends, the Throwback Thursdays series is your chance to have a fun night out in Burlingame, enjoying some classic movies. Snacks and drinks (including wine and beer) will be available for purchase. For more information contact the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558-7300. For future shows and dates, view the flyer.
Burlingame Pet Parade
Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Broadway Avenue

More than 1,500 people, including hundreds of pet owners and their pets dressed in wild and crazy costumes, are expected for the 12th annual Burlingame Pet Parade this Saturday. For more information, including a map of the parade route and photos of previous parades, see www.burlingamepetparade.com, or call (650) 342-2073.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
CA High-Speed Rail Open House
Wednesday, October 7 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Burlingame Auditorium at 850 Burlingame Ave

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will present information on the statewide program and provide information about the next phase of planning and environmental review. For more information go to www.hsr.ca.gov, call (408) 277-1086 or email northern.california@hsr.ca.gov.

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