wachterCongratulations Wachter Investments, Inc.
Winner of the 8th Annual Business Landscape Award
 
The Burlingame Beautification Commission has selected Wachter Investments, Inc. as the winner of the 2015 Business Landscape Award.  Located at 49 Park Road, this charming bungalow was built in 1904 - possibly as a single family dwelling but converted to office space sometime in the late 1970's. Mr. Harold Wachter founded Wachter Investments back in 1979 and purchased this property in 1982.
 
Both sons Richard and Ronald Wachter continue the business as direct lenders who service all their loans personally. They are involved in property management and operate their real estate business from this location. The above photo was provided courtesy of John McQuaide.
 
The award will be presented at the Burlingame City Council meeting on October 19, 2015. As winner, the Wachter Investments, Inc. will receive an award plaque and an original watercolor of its landscape design created by local artist, Dale Perkins.
  
Anyone wishing to nominate a local business for this Award for the coming year is encouraged to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 558-7330. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2016.
bceBCE Raises Nearly $1.8M Grant for School District
Presents "Big Check" to Board of Trustees

On Tuesday, September 8, the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) presented a 'Big Check' to the Burlingame School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent, Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, in the amount of $1,795,000. The check represented BCE's grant raised during the 2014-2015 school year. The record-breaking $1.795 million grant is a 17% increase over the previous year's amount.

"Our amazing community continues to come together to play a critical role in enhancing the public education of all 3,300+ students in Burlingame." said Angela Dubovsky, BCE President. "This academic year, the $1.795 million grant will help our district fund teacher salaries to keep class sizes low, math and science enrichment, physical education, music, drama, library services, a technology specialist, an integrated art program and teacher professional development."

For more information about BCE, visit www.bcefoundation.org.
HelpHelp Improve Our City's Website
Please complete a 5-10 minute survey

The City of Burlingame has kicked off a website enhance initiative to improve several aspects of the existing website including "look and feel", accessibility of information and quality of content.

The first step in this process is to hear from you! If you haven't done so already, please take this brief survey to provide us valuable information and improvement ideas.
powerA Different Way to Buy Power?
San Mateo County exploring Community Choice Energy

Did you know there's an alternative to buying electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric? Cities throughout San Mateo County are exploring a concept called Community Choice Energy (CCE) that already saves money for residents in Napa and Sonoma Counties and offers them more energy options, including higher renewable energy content.
 
The County of San Mateo and the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame invite you to a presentation by county staff on Wednesday, October 7, from 7 :00 to 8:30 p.m. to learn how Community Choice Energy (also known as Community Choice Aggregation) works. This event, which is free and open to residents and business owners throughout the county, will be held in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame. Light refreshments will be served.
 
County staff will explain why the County is exploring CCE and the formation of a program that would allow customers to choose between buying electricity from a CCE program called Peninsula Clean Energy. Peninsula Clean Energy customers would receive multiple electricity options with different amounts of energy content, at prices competitive with PG&E. Although prices may fluctuate, other counties that have created CCE programs have offered electricity at lower rates than PG&E and have invested in local renewable energy sources.
 
For more information about the proposal to offer CCE in San Mateo County, visit the county's website here: https://green.smcgov.org/community-choice-energy
trafficTraffic, Safety & Parking Commission
Seeking applications

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Traffic, Safety & Parking Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.
           
Commission members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff in order to help them to make the finest, 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 & Parking Commission. The Council is likely to appoint each Commission member to the full three year term. The application deadline is Friday, October 9, 2015. Click here for an application and supplemental questionnaire.   Please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at (650) 558-7204 if you have any questions.
certCERT Training Begins Next Week
A few 2015 training spots still open!
  
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides private citizens with the basic skills needed to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. This training is offered free to all Burlingame, Hillsborough and Millbrae residents.  Training consists of the seven classes.
 
To sign up for this upcoming Fall CERT Training series click here. For questions, please contact Lisa Bartolo at lbartolo@centralcountyfd.org.
EventsEvents Around Town
Electric Vehicle Expo
Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Franklin Templeton Campus parking lot in San Mateo (parking lot on Franklin Templeton Parkway off Saratoga Drive)
 
Interested in an electric vehicle but want to learn more? You are invited to a free Electric Vehicle Expo as part of National Drive Electric Week.

The event features an electric car display from various manufacturers, test drives in electric vehicles, and raffle prizes. Click here for more event information.
Community Meeting: Broadway Grade Separation
Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road
 
The City of Burlingame is hosting its second of three community meetings to r eview and gather input on the proposed Broadway Grade Separation Study. The purpose of the study is to reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic safety and circulation, and increase operational efficiency at the at-grade railroad crossing at Broadway.  
 
The City and its project team are in the process of developing and evaluating various design options based upon feedback received from the first community meeting held on March 11, 2015. Community input is vital for the development of this project. The team will look at opportunities and constraints, while gathering local input from the community and stakeholders.
17th Annual Burlingame Bayfront Cleanup
Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Two Sign-In Locations: El Torito Restaurant at 1590 Old Bayshore Highway or Embassy Suites Hotel at 150 Anza Boulevard

Join our community effort to help protect and preserve the Bay and shoreline by volunteering at the 17 th Annual Burlingame Bayfront Cleanup. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and sunscreen and be ready to work and have fun! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water-bottle and cleaning supplies (bucket, bag, work/garden gloves) to help reduce waste during the event. Back-up cleaning supplies will be available.
  
Volunteers are required to sign a California Coastal Commission waiver form at each sign-in location, but can print and sign the waiver form ahead of time (check-in will be faster). All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating. For more information, please contact Muriel or Eva at  (650) 342-3727.
City Council Candidates' Forum
Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
City of Burlingame, Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road

 

The League of Women Voters will moderate this election season's City Council Candidates' Forum.  The Forum will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers and is free and open to the public.  

CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Meetings held weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church at 1500 Easton Drive

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, "FA", is a twelve step recovery program for people who suffer from food obsession, overeating, bulimia and under-eating. Everyone is welcome at meetings, including those who think they may have a food problem or those who are concerned about someone who may. For more information or a list of additional meetings please visit www.foodaddicts.org.
Our Lady of Angels 30th Annual Fun Faire
Friday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
1328 Cabrillo Avenue in Burlingame

Rides, silent auction, games and more. Visit www.olaschoolk8.org/events.
Miles for Veterans Fundraiser
Saturday, September 19
Basecamp Fitness at 261 California Drive

In support of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Basecamp Fitness presents Miles for Veterans, a fundraiser. $1 will be donated for every mile biked! To reserve your bike, call (650) 376-3206 or visit www.milesforveteransbasecampbg.eventbrite.com.
Coffee With Jerry Hill, State Senator, 13th District
Tuesday, October 6 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Il Piccolo Caffe at 1219 Broadway Avenue in Burlingame
 
Swing by for a cup of coffee and conversation on key legislative issues for 2015 and how they affect the community. No RSVP or appointment necessary. Bring your ideas, questions and concerns. Coffee will be provided at no taxpayer expense. Click here for more information.
BSD's Ability Awareness & Tolerance Week Speaker
Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
BIS Auditorium at 1715 Quesada Way in Burlingame

Ms. Wheelchair America 2016, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, has fought the odds throughout her life. At birth, due to oxygen deprivation, she was given a 10% chance of survival and developed cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and has a significant speech impediment. Despite being misdiagnosed with intellectual disability at the age of 5, she successfully advocated for inclusion in her local elementary school. She went on to earn a masters degree in sports psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and full professor at JFK University. She has been an advocate for the disability community for many years, which influenced her platform for the Ms. Wheelchair America contest: PRIDE - Parental Rights Includes Disability Equality. Come meet and hear from this amazing individual. She inspires with her words and her example.  This event is free and open to the everyone. No ticket is required.
"The Power of Possibilities" Recognition Event
Friday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Sofitel hotel at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, 94065

Holly Robinson Peete will join Community Gatepath at the " Power of Possibilities" recognition event. Best known for her acting roles on 21 Jump Street and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Holly's career as an actress has led her to becoming a voice for her son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and her community. Holly often says, "I wouldn't change my son for the world, but I would change the world for my son."

Holly and her husband Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback, formed the HollyRod Foundation whose mission is to provide support and resources to those affected by autism and Parkinson's disease. Tickets are on sale now and individual tickets and tables are available. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Please contact Jeanne Berube at (650) 259-0160 or jberube@gatepath.com. For more information visit the Community Gatepath website.

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