ConstructionCalifornia Dr. Sewer Main Construction Postponed
Now expected to begin next Tuesday, October 13

As part of 2015 Sanitary Sewer Capital Improvements Program, the City's contractor, K.J. Woods, will be replacing a portion of the sanitary sewer main along California Drive, between Sanchez Avenue and Palm Drive. Construction work will occur Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is expected to last one month.
 
The construction work will affect northbound and southbound traffic on California Drive.  At least one lane of traffic in both directions will be maintained at all times throughout the construction duration.  City staff will work with the contractor to minimize traffic delays and inconvenience.  Please use caution while driving through the construction area.  Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. 
visionWhat's your vision for Burlingame?
First Envision Burlingame Workshop on October 24

How do you want Burlingame to look, function, and feel 25 years from now? The City is working to answer that question with Envision Burlingame, and they need your input! Envision Burlingame is the City's community-driven planning process to update the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance - the two documents that regulate all land use, environmental and transportation decisions made by City leaders. 
The process will include a variety of opportunities for residents, business owners, and other community members to engage in comprehensive discussions regarding mobility, urban design, recreation and parks, health, natural resources, and economic development. This project will produce long-term strategies for preserving and enhancing what we love about Burlingame, while making improvements where needed.
The first opportunity to get involved is coming up!  Attend the first Envision Burlingame Community Workshop on Saturday, October 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Burlingame Recreation Center at 850 Burlingame Ave. The event will be held as an open house, so feel free to drop in any time between 10am and 2pm to join your neighbors and city staff in creating a vision for Burlingame's future. The workshop will be interactive and family-friendly. All are welcome.
To find out more about Envision Burlingame, sign up for updates, and hear about upcoming ways to share your ideas, visit www.envisionburlingame.org.
billsPaying Your Water and Sewer Bills Just Got Easier
City Launches Online Utility Bill Payment System

The City of Burlingame has launched an "Online Utility Bill Payment System", which will enable our customers to conveniently submit payments online with a credit card number or bank account number. Customers will now be able to register for automatic payments, opt out of paper bills and view historical bills. The online system also accepts one-time payments with no registration required.
 
To access the Online Utility Bill Payment System click here or click the "Pay Utility" button on your accessBurlingame mobile app on your phone. 
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding billing and payment visit the Water/Sewer Utility Billing page online or contact the Utility Billing Office at (650) 558-7210, M-F; 8AM-5PM or via email at waterdept@burlingame.org . Ticket requests are also accepted through the online system.      
votingVoting Options for November 3, 2015 Election
Three ways to cast your vote for the All-Mailed Ballot Election

The November 3, 2015 General Municipal Election is an All-Mailed Ballot Election. While the election is called an All-Mailed Ballot Election there are three ways for you to cast your ballot.

Vote by Mail
1. Mail in your voted ballot in the postage paid return envelope that was sent to you. Remember your ballot will only be accepted if (1) it is received by Election Day or (2) if it is received by Friday, November 6 and is postmarked on or before Election Day.

2. Drop off your voted ballot at any city or town hall in San Mateo County by the close of business on November 3, 2015. For a full list of locations and hours look here.

3. Drop off your voted ballot at the County's 24-hour drop box at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo until 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2015.

Vote Early
Beginning October 5, you can drop off your voted ballot or vote on an electronic voting machine at either of the two Voting Centers listed below:
1. San Mateo County Elections Office, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
2. Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder 555 County Center, 1st Fl., Redwood City

You my drop off your vote at either location during the following hours:
Monday - Friday, October 5 - November 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3 from  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Vote in Person on Election Day
On Election Day, November 3, 2015, 32 Universal Polling Places will be open throughout the County. You can vote at any polling place in the County. You are not limited to your precinct or your City. For a full list of locations look here.

Find the time to vote this Election whether it's by mail, early or in person! For more information on the local city council race please visit our website.
websiteCity Plans to Improve Website 
Request for proposals to be issued on October 30th 

The City has recently begun the challenging but exciting process of improving its website, www.burlingame.org.  Working with a volunteer team of community advisors that are experts in website design and development, the City is in the process of developing a request for proposals ("RFP") that will be distributed on October 30, 2015.

The City will use Google Analytics data, as well findings from the recent user survey that was posted on this e-newsletter, to understand improvement opportunities and priorities. Based upon the recent survey findings, visual appeal, ease of use, and organization of information are the most important areas of focus for our residents, businesses and community coming to work in Burlingame.

The current RFP schedule assumes a March 28, 2015 project start date and an end-of-year 2015 launch for the new website. For more information, please contact Nil Blackburn, Assistant to the City Manager at nblackburn@burlingame.org.
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.
CommissionThree City Commission Openings
Now seeking applications

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Beautification Commission,  Parks and Recreation Commission or Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City. The Council is likely to appoint each Commission member to the full three-year term.  
  
Commission
# Vacant Seats
Application Deadline
Link to Application
Traffic, Safety & Parking
2
Friday, October 9
Application
Beautification
4
Friday, October 16
Application
Parks & Recreation
2
Friday, October 16
Application
 
Please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at (650) 558-7204 if you have any questions. 
EventsEvents Around Town

SafetyCentral County Fire Safety Fair
Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Adjacent Burlingame High School and Carolan Avenue
 
Come view presentations on a variety of topics, including what to do immediately after an earthquake, how to reunite with your family and communicate with them during a disaster, how to protect your pets, what to include in a disaster kit and how to operate a HAM radio.
 
CCFD firefighters will make sure car safety seats are installed correctly and Recology will collect discarded safety seats. Burlingame police officers will provide tips on reducing your chance of becoming a victim of auto burglary, residential burglary and identify theft. OES staff will invite fair attendees to register for SMC Alert, San Mateo County's emergency alert system.
 
Admission is free. The Burlingame Lions Club will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and other food.
To view the flyer about the Safety Fair, click here .
Compost Give Away
Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
420 Carolan Avenue (at the Parks Yard near the grandstands)

The Parks Division, with Recology, will be offering a Compost Give Away. Residents need to bring their own shovel and are eligible for two large garbage cans full of compost. For further information please contact the Parks Division office at (650) 558-7330.
Semi-Annual Book Sale
Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18 (see times below)
Lane Room at the Main Library at 480 Primrose, Bellevue Avenue entrance
  
The Burlingame Library Foundation will host its big semi-annual book sale for three days beginning October 16. All three days are free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit the Burlingame Public Library.

Select from thousands of genre-sorted, near-new books priced between $1 - $3. New stock will be added daily. Come early and often to find choice children's books, fiction, tour guides, coffee-table gems, non-fiction, cookbooks, etc.! DVD's and other media will also be on sale.

Friday, October 16 from Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 from   Noon - 4:00 p.m. ($6/bag of books; $10/2 bags)
Ghostbusters at Cuernavaca Park
Thursday, October 22 at dusk
Cuernavaca Park off Hunt Dr. and Alcazar Dr. in Burlingame

Experience Throwback Thursday Movie Series! This event is brought to you in partnership with our Platinum Sponsor, Gold Medal Martial Arts. Our next event will take place on Thursday, October 22nd and we will be showing Ghostbusters at Cuernavaca Park (off of Hunt Dr. and Alcazar Dr. in Burlingame).

The Parks & Recreation Department will be showing movies on our 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 or view the flyer here.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
St. Paul's Annual Fun Fair
Friday, October 16 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
405 El Camino Real (at Chapin Drive)

Celebrating its 36th year, the St. Paul's Nursery School Halloween Fun Faire is a delightful community tradition.  Children two years old and up enjoy activities and games with a "no scare" policy.  Children are invited with their parents to come in costume, play games and enjoy the ever-popular Ghost Town Railroad.  The fun continues with story time, cookie decorating, face painting, pumpkin patch, art and craft and much more!

For grownups, the Fun Faire features a fantastic Silent Auction with opportunities to bid on wonderful vacations, tickets, gift baskets and services.  A raffle also takes place throughout the two-day event. Admission is FREE.  Delicious snacks and activities are available through the use of Punch Cards sold at the door.  Get your family in the Halloween spirit and don't miss it!  

St. Paul's Nursery School is a parent participation program founded in 1950. For further information, please visit  www.stpaulsnurseryschool.org.
Burlingame High School Playathon
Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
At the Burlingame Avenue Train Station
 
The Burlingame High School Music Boosters invites you to its annual BHS Playathon! Come and support the Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Choir, as music students perform.  Home-baked treats will be on sale all day at the CalTrain station. Enjoy mouth-watering cakes, cookies and more as you support music programs for our students. Also, don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at $2 each for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a $250 cash grand prize. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Playathon or from BHS music students ahead of time. Winners will be announced between 3:30-4:00 p.m. Don't miss this big day of instrumental and vocal music, while supporting Performing Arts at our public schools!

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