WelcomeWelcome Meaghan Hassel Shearer 
Burlingame's new City Clerk
  
The City of Burlingame is excited to announce the recent hire of Meaghan Hassel Shearer to the position of City Clerk. Meaghan comes to us from the San Mateo County Elections Division where she served as an Elections Supervisor since 2011. Prior to that, she spent four years as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Saipan. A New Hampshire native, Meaghan completed her undergraduate education at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and obtained her law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Meaghan currently resides in Oakland with her partner, John and her cat, Seymour, where she coaches a soccer team of 6-year-olds for the Oakland Recreation League. In the coming year, Meaghan is looking forward to getting acquainted with our community and making use of our gorgeous parks and libraries.
abaccessBurlingame is Live!
Download the app!
  
This past Monday, the City announced the launch a new program that enables residents, businesses and visitors to quickly access non-emergency City services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, accessBurlingame allows users to report quality-of-life issues, request services, and quickly link to City information and services.

This web-based tool is accessible from the City's Facebook page and website. Users may also download the free app using their Android or Apple mobile devices.
trimmingTree Trimming
1500 Block of Carmelita Avenue to close on August 26

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department will be performing tree trimming activities on the 1500 block of Carmelita Avenue on Wednesday, August 26, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Because of the size of the trees and street and the proximity of overhead utilities, it will be necessary to close the street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Residents are encouraged to avoid the area by using alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we maintain our urban forest.
protestProtest Caltrans Project at Floribunda
Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 21

The City of Burlingame urges everyone who cares about protecting the ambience and historical character of El Camino in Burlingame to write by 5 p.m. Friday in opposition to the plan proposed by the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) that would cut down 15 trees (five of which have historical status) and widen the intersection at El Camino and Floribunda Avenue to allow a dedicated left-turn lane.
  
The City has submitted an official response to this project.  Specifically, the City has been asked to respond to Caltrans' finding that no adverse effects would impact the Howard-Ralston Eucalyptus Trees Row Historic District (listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2012) as a result of the project. The City argues that it would irreparably damage the historic district by widening the road in the protected district for the first time since 1913; and destroying the safety, cultural, historical and environmental benefits of trees that contribute to this unique stretch of El Camino, which has been a defining hallmark of Burlingame for more than a century.
  
The City believes Caltrans should address safety issues at the intersection by first trying less-invasive solutions that our city has suggested, such as split-phasing of the traffic signal and implementing no left turns for southbound traffic on El Camino at the Floribunda intersection.
  
The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 21. Emails should go to Natalie Lindquist at Natalie.Lindquist@parks.ca.gpv and Julianne Polanco at Julianne_Polanco@parks.ca.gov, and a hard copy should be sent to:
  
Ms. Natalie Lindquist
c/o Ms. Julianna Polanco
State Historian
Architectural Review and Environmental Compliance
California Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95816
waterWater Conservation Update for July
City continues to make progress

Due to the diligence and commitment of Burlingame residents and businesses to conserve water, Burlingame reduced water usage by 35% in July 2015 compared with the same period in 2013.  This is slightly less than the 37% reduction previously reported for June 2015. The target reduction rate set by the State Water Resources Control Board for the City of Burlingame is 16%.   
  
Burlingame's Public Works Department expects the highest conservation levels during peak summer months due to the opportunity to significantly reduce outdoor water use. Water reduction during winter months is anticipated to be lower. As such, residents and businesses are encouraged to keep up the hard work in the coming months so that our average reduction rates over time will continue to meet and exceed State targets.
  
Please refer to www.Burlingame.org /drought for clarifications regarding irrigation restrictions and for landscaping tips during a drought. You may also call our Water Conservation Hotline at (650) 558-7612 or email us at waterconservation@burlingame.org if you have any questions.  Thank you for helping the City do its part to continue to conserve water.  
libraryMain Library Bookstore Open
Proceeds directly benefit the Burlingame Libraries
  
You can purchase books everyday at the newly remodeled Bookstore located in the main branch of the library. Operated by the Library Foundation, all proceeds directly benefit the Burlingame libraries. Adult fiction, children's picture books, young adult, biographies, travel, history, finance, health, self-help, the arts, cookbooks, cd's, dvd's, 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.
 
Remember to sign-up for the LibraryAware Newsletter that will keep you up to date on the latest library news and events. Go to the Burlingame Library website and click on the LibraryAware link or just go to the information desk the next time you visit the main branch of the library.
EventsEvents Around Town
Free Zumba Class With Kim
Wednesday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
In the Burlingame Recreation Center Auditorium

Never tried a Zumba class before? Want to re-start and re-energize your workout routine? Come give Zumba fitness a try and take this complimentary class.

The Fall Session begins on August 31. Registration is live at: https://registration.burlingame.org/
For questions please email the instructor at  zumbakimyee@gmail.com 
Throwback Thursdays Movie Series
Beginning September 24 with Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Coming to a park near you! More details soon!

 

Experience the Throwback Thursday Movie Series! On select Thursdays, starting this September,  we will be showing movies on our beautiful 30-foot inflatable screen. If you need a good date night or an evening out with friends, the Throwback Thursdays series will be your chance to have a fun night out in Burlingame enjoying some classic movies. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information contact the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558-7300.

CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Biannual Sidewalk Sale
Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30
Downtown Burlingame
 

Visit downtown Burlingame next weekend for the Business Improvement District's biannual sidewalk sale. Merchants will be participating on Lorton Avenue, Park Road, Primrose Road, Howard Avenue, Donnelly Avenue, Chapin Avenue, California Drive and Burlingame Avenue. There will be some great deals!

           Shop Burlingame - your tax dollars support City services!

- a message from the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce