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childrenKeep Our Children Safe!
Burlingame Police Department encourages caution on the roads

The Burlingame Police Department would like to remind all drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful when a new school year starts and throughout the year. The beginning of each school year brings new parents into the schools and often, it takes parents several weeks to become familiar with the best locations and times to drop off/pick up their children. This confusion can create dangerous situations in which children cross the street at unsafe locations, walk between cars, or face increased risks even when crossing at designated crosswalks. Additionally, parents in a hurry sometimes park in bus zones and in front of private driveways, creating problems for neighbors of the school.

If your children are walking to school, please remind them to:
  • pay special attention to traffic signals and crossing guards
  • never cross the street against a red light - even if there is no traffic coming
  • wear reflective clothing and bright colors
  • take the designated safe walking route to school that you've helped establish. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have traffic controls.
  • be aware of strangers

If you are driving, please remember to:

  • stop immediately when a bus is stopped with the stop sign extended out - no matter what direction you are traveling
  • be extra aware of your surroundings when school is back in session
  • stay clear of schools' bus loading zones - this zone is for school buses only
gradeBroadway Grade Separation
Community Meeting #2

The City of Burlingame is hosting an interactive community meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. to review and gather input on the proposed Broadway Grade Separation Study. This is the second of three community meetings designed to gather public feedback to improve the Broadway/Railroad crossing in Burlingame. The meeting will be held at the 480 Primrose Road.
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. The goal of the community meetings is to arrive at a consensus for a preferred alternative.
Broadway is a major gateway to the City of Burlingame with direct connections to Downtown Business Districts, the Rollins Road Industrial District, numerous auto dealerships, hotels, hospitality services, and Highway 101. The concentration of these destinations generates high traffic volumes that are compounded by the at-grade railroad crossing serving Caltrain and the Union Pacific Railroad. This creates some of the worst traffic congestion in the region. This at-grade railroad crossing needs improved traffic safety and circulation, reduced congestion, and increased operational efficiency. Public participation is important for the development of options and alternatives.
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Subscribers to SMC Alert  were among the first to learn about last week's construction related accident and closure of US 101 between the Millbrae and Peninsula Avenue exits. In addition to sending valuable safety instructions to drivers stuck in traffic with downed power lines, the text notifications spared potential drivers of the frustration of spending hours in traffic.  
SMC Alert is San Mateo County's community alert systemThis alert notification system is used collaboratively by all cities and towns in San Mateo County. Click here to register and receive useful information and updates to your email account or phone during urgent or emergency situations.
In addition, community members are encouraged to sign up for NextDoor and "like" the City of Burlingame on Facebook in order to receive non-emergency news and updates.
treesTrees Need Water!
Even in this drought

The City of Burlingame Parks Division encourages residents to remember to water their City trees as well as their private property trees especially during these warm months in order to help maintain our beautiful urban forest. Younger trees should receive at least 5 gallons of water every other week, not only to keep the tree from dying, but also to help the young tree grow and remain healthy throughout its life cycle. Likewise, all trees should receive regular watering, particularly during dry weather conditions. We are aware of recent drought restrictions but are asking residents to assist us in maintaining our beautiful urban forest by remembering to water.
A new Tree Inventory boasts a total of 16,250 City owned trees in the City of Burlingame, and for the last 36 years, the City of Burlingame (also known as "The City of Trees") has received the Tree City USA award. Our sincere thanks, as we all work together to maintain this important and prestigious recognition. If you should have any questions regarding City or Private Trees, please contact the Parks Division at (650) 558-7330.
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 for more information and to sign up for email updates.
  SWB City Recognized by State Water Board
City continues to make progress

The City of Burlingame recently received a letter from the State Water Resources Control Board congratulating the City for meeting/exceeding its water conservation targets.  As you know, in response to the target reduction rate of 16%, the City has cut water usage by 25% in May, 37% in June, and 35% in July, compared with the same periods in 2013. 

According to City of Burlingame Public Works Director, Syed Murtuza, "the credit for this success goes to our community for their continued water conservation efforts, and our staff for its community outreach efforts and enforcement actions".  
Despite our successes, the effects of the drought are far from over. In its letter, the State Water Resources Board cautions, "please continue your water conservation efforts and ensure the conservation target is met in future months.  As you know, the greatest opportunity to conserve water occurs during the warmer summer months, so sustained action now is critical to meet your conservation target over the 270 days the emergency regulation is in effect."
Please refer to /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 if you have any questions.  Thank you for helping the City do its part to continue to conserve water.  
petparadeBurlingame Pet Parade
Local schools invited to compete in "Best School Float" contest

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 on Saturday, September 26, beginning at 10 a.m. on Broadway Avenue.

This family-friendly parade offers free entertainment and art projects for children. There is no charge to participate. Kasper the Duck, a rescued Pekin Raune white duck adopted from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, will serve as Grand Marshal.
This year, for the first time, local schools are invited to compete in a special "Best School Float" contest. All public and private schools in San Mateo County that serve students from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible. The winning school will receive a check for $500 from the Broadway Merchants Association. School groups must register in advance by contacting Ayn Gilmore at AVR Realty in Burlingame at or calling or (650) 342-2073.
A "float" can be elaborate or as simple as a decorated bicycle, wagon or kiddie car. No political entries are permitted, but all types of pets are welcome. Children without pets are encouraged to bring stuffed animals. Groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or sign.
For more information, including a map of the parade route and photos of previous parades, see, or call (650) 342-2073 .
certCommunity Emergency Response Team
Fall 2015 Training
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 outlined below.

Disaster Awareness and Preparedness
Sept 16

Fire Safety
Sept 23

Disaster Medical - Part I
Sept 30

Disaster Medical - Part II
Oct 7

Light Search and Rescue
Oct 14

Team Organization and Management
Oct 21

Skills Development and Applications
Oct 24
The first six classes will be held at the Town of Hillsborough Council Chambers at 1600 Floribunda Avenue in Hillsborough from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  The final class will be held at the Burlingame Corp Yard at 1361 Carolan Avenue in Burlingame from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For additional class information or to sign up for this upcoming Fall CERT Training series, please contact Lisa Bartolo at
foundationParks and Recreation Foundation
Names scholarship fund in honor of  Jeffery T. Griffith

During the Burlingame City Council Meeting on September 8, 2015, the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation will name its scholarship fund in honor of Jeffery Thomas Griffith.
Jeffery Thomas Griffith passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at his home in Burlingame, surrounded by his loving family.  In his memory, the Parks and Recreation Foundation named its scholarship program the Jeffery T. Griffith Scholarship Fund.
The mission of the Park and Recreation Foundation is to raise funds that provide scholarship assistance for enrollment in Park and Recreation programs, fund additional Park and Recreation programs, and provide necessary equipment, repairs, and capital improvements as needed to Burlingame facilities. 
If you would like to attend the dedication, please come to the City Council Meeting on September 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Burlingame City Hall
To make a donation in Jeff's honor, please click here or mail a check to the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation at 850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA  94010. To learn more about Jeffery Thomas Griffith and his lifetime of giving, click here.
EventsEvents Around Town
Shop Fresh Market 
Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (May - November)
Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (year round)
Park Road and Burlingame Avenue
Seasonal produce, flowers and retail stalls. For more information, visit the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce website.
"Get Ready" Disaster Preparedness Class
Wednesday, September 9 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Town of Hillsborough, Council Chambers at 1600 Floribunda Ave.

This basic disaster preparedness class will teach you how to prepare yourself, your family, home and workplace for a major disaster. The information provided will allow you to help yourself, rather than needing help, following a disaster.
Course instructors are experienced staff of the Central County Fire Department which serves the Cities of Burlingame and Millbrae and Town of Hillsborough. 
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register. For questions, email or call Lisa Bartolo at the Central County Fire Department at or (650) 558-7668.  This class if offered for free to all Burlingame, Hillsborough and Millbrae residents
Lifeguard Certification Course
Beginning Saturday, September 12

The Burlingame Aquatic Club (BAC) will be hosting a lifeguard course this month, starting Saturday, September 12th. The class is open to anyone who will be 15 or older by the first day of class and who is able to swim 300 yards consecutively.
To sign up and for detailed class information, please  click here.
BAC is also currently hiring lifeguards, so anyone who successfully passes the course will be able to apply for a part-time lifeguarding position.
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.
Central County Fire Safety Fair
Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Washington Park, Burlingame

Come see presentations and demonstrations and learn about: emergency preparedness, fire prevention, CPR, CERT & HAM, neighborhood networks, the Red Cross, pet safety and child safety seats. CCFD fire engines and Burlingame and Hillsborough police cars will be onsite.

The Burlingame Lions Club will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and more.  Click here or more information.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Burlingame Spirit Run
Labor Day, Monday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m.
Franklin Elementary School blacktop at Quesada Way at Trousdale

The Burlingame Spirit run will begin at 8:00am with a  scenic, 5K romp through older and beautifully manicured neighborhoods of Burlingame (10K does loop twice).  The run is followed by a health expo, sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, until 11:00 a.m.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burlingame Community Education Foundation (BCE) for the Burlingame School District, grades K-8.
Fees: ages 14 and over: $30 through 9/1 ( 9/2-9/7/15 $45), ages 5-13: $20 through 9/1 (9/2-9/7/15 $30). Kids 4 and under free. It will be followed by a Health expo is free and open to public until 11
Registration: online until 9/1/15 at, or in-person at A Runner's Mind, 1111 Howard Avenue until 9/6/15. Race day registration available 6:45-7:45am. Visit for race information, road closures, packet pick up and more! 
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
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, call (408) 277-1086 or email

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