Thank You for Participating
Thank you to everyone in the community who hosted a City presentation on our Quality of Life engagement program, or who took time to respond to an online or telephone survey conducted in the month of May. The most recent survey results are being tabulated, and we look forward to updating the community this month as we cull through your feedback. Again, thank you!
Tree Removal on Burlingame Ave. East of the Train Tracks
During the winter storms of 2017, two Eucalyptus trees failed on Burlingame Avenue east of the railroad tracks as a result of saturated soil and root decay; one of these trees also damaged a third tree. These tree failures resulted in the loss of three Eucalyptus trees. During this timeframe, the City had to remove an additional two Eucalyptus trees because they had begun to lean over and pull up the surrounding soil, indicating that they were imminent danger of failing. The City had no indication in advance that there were structural issues, health problems, or root complications with any of the trees. Due to these circumstances, and the City Arborist's concerns with the entire grove, the City retained an independent arborist to evaluate the health and structure of all the mature Eucalyptus trees on Burlingame Avenue and provide a recommendation for each tree.
The independent arborist's report determined that the 49 remaining mature trees have been well maintained, but they are growing in an area surrounded by concrete and asphalt, which restricts the roots and can be detrimental to the health of the trees. In addition, several of the trees had visible cankers, and others had decay and crown rots. The City Arborist reviewed the report, consulted with the independent arborist, and subsequently determined that 12 Eucalyptus trees should be removed due to their health, structural issues, physical evidence of decay, proximity to existing structures, and location in an area that is highly used by the public. The City anticipates the 12 trees will be removed by the end of June. Rest assured that all 12 eucalyptus trees will be replaced with another variety of eucalyptus.
Based on the report, the City Arborist also recommends that an additional 15 Eucalyptus trees be further assessed for removal. This advanced assessment will use tools such as a resistograph to determine the strength and density of the wood. If needed, root excavation or x-rays will be used to evaluate the roots. This testing will be scheduled for June and July.
As the proud City of Trees, Burlingame strives to maintain its urban forest and preserve its tree canopy. The City must also balance this proud tradition with the need to ensure the safety of all those who live along or near Burlingame Avenue or use the street to access Washington Park.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parks Division at (650) 558-7330.
Mills Canyon Trail Closures - Fridays in June
During the month of June, Cal Fire Work Crews will be reducing the fire fuel load in the canyon. Work will primarily encompass mowing, whipping and sawing of dead, invasive or overgrown vegetation. This work will occur along the upper trail on Fridays, June 9, 16, 23, and, 30. During these work days the trail will be closed from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as crews work to improve the Mills Canyon area.
Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department Partners with Hoover Kindergarten Students to Build Butterfly Garden in Washington Park
Over 100 Hoover elementary students and family members joined Burlingame Parks staff in Washington Park on Saturday, June 3 to install plants that help support butterflies. As the Hoover students learned about butterflies in the classroom, Teachers Mrs. Afshar, Mrs., Delahunt and Mrs. Yanez-Vierra sought a way to connect their students, community and the challenges these insects face. These kindergarten and first grade students, designed a potential butterfly habitat that could be installed in one of our city parks.
After ample research, a wonderful presentation at a Burlingame Parks and Recreation Commission meeting by the students and assistance from Parks and Recreation Staff in preparing an area in Washington Park, these young students were ready to literally get their hands dirty! The butterfly habitat they created includes a gnome house and plants that support the butterfly life cycle including buddlejia, salvia and milkweed. Special thanks to The Green Fashion Nursery of San Mateo, the Hoover PTA and Kimberly Rosales for donations of the plant and compost material.
Alleviate Blight - Schedule Bulky Item Pick-Ups
The City of Burlingame would like to offer a few friendly suggestions that can make your spring cleaning, effective and compliant with City guidelines.
In an effort to maintain your neighborhood, the City of Burlingame requires all residences, single and multi-family, to subscribe to Recology for garbage removal service. Not only does Recology pick up your weekly household waste but they also offer two yearly Bulky Item Collections (BIC), which are included with your service! If you exceed your two free pick-ups, you may request additional collections for a fee. If you are a tenant in a multi-family building, please contact your property manager to schedule a pick-up.
Accepted bulky items restrictions include:
- 12 garbage bags (32 gallon size) filled with garbage, recyclables, or compost
- Loose items must be bagged, boxed, or bundled
- The approximate pile size is 2 cubic yards (3ft x 3ft x 6ft) of materials
Examples of bulky items include:
- 1 large appliance (washing machine, clothes dryer, household refrigerator)
- 1 bulky item (mattress and box spring, furniture, 4 tires without rims)
- 1 e-waste item (computer monitor, microwave, television)
Items may be place at the curb the evening before your schedule pick-up. Please do not place items at the curb without scheduling a pick-up directly with Recology or through your property manager.
A BIC can be schedule by calling Recology at (650) 595-3900.
The Bayfront is Open for Business
Don't let the Broadway interchange construction keep you away - the businesses on the City's Bayfront are open! The renovation of the Broadway overpass is estimated to continue into summer 2017. During these last few months of construction, our Bayshore Highway businesses could really use your help. Please come on down and enjoy the wonderful hotels, restaurants, and services offered right along the Bay!
If you have any questions regarding the interchange construction project, please contact Caltrans at (916) 657-5060. The City appreciates everything the businesses do for our community.
HIP Housing Assistance Throughout SM County
HIP Housing works as a resource to the community by providing creative, affordable solutions for low-cost housing in San Mateo County. Click
here to visit their website.
New! Library Book Delivery Service
The Burlingame Public Library is excited to announce the launch of its new book-delivery service: Get Lit. Through this program, books hand -picked by library staff will be delivered to your door*. Queue up now before the program fills up!
Click here to register
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Local Businesses Give Back
Kudos, congratulations and a big thank you to Burlingame business owners, Sema Tosun, owner of
on Lorton Avenue and Founder/Director of non-profit,
Fund A Need
, and Co-owners of
Tamer Mickel Salon
on Lorton Avenue, Anthoula and Tamer Mickel for hosting Monday's Fund A Need event at Tamer Mickel Salon. After months of effort and coordination and donations from countless members of the community, this spectacular event focused on providing hair cuts, massages, and spa and pedicure services to low-income seniors. We are so grateful you are a part of our community.
Events Around Town
Green Business Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Portola Valley Library (County Certified Green Business), 765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley
Do you know what it takes to be a "green business"? This workshop will cover simple concrete steps you can take to reduce waste, conserve water and energy, and save on operational costs at your business.
Middle School Bike Skills Class
Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Franklin Elementary School, Burlingame
The Burlingame School District has partnered with the San Mateo County Office of Education's Safe Routes to School Program and WheelKids to offer this Middle School Bike Skills Class just for 10-14 year old students (6th to 8th grades) and their parents.
This 4.5 hour training includes classroom instruction on safety and rules of the road, on-bike practice and instruction, and a neighborhood ride to reinforce and practice what was just learned. This training is for students AND adults. In fact, at least one adult (parent or guardian) must participate with their students.
The cost for the event is $20 (normally $80, but subsidized by the Safe Routes program) per family (1 adult and 1 child). Additional funding is available to any BSD family unable to afford the $20 fee. (Contact Rusty Hopewell at
for more information about financial assistance.) Bikes and helmets are required, though the
BIS Bike Club's Adopt-A-Bike
program can provide both to those in need.
ASAP as space is limited. Enjoy the safe ride.
Ryan Phua Memorial Kids' Ride &
Sunday, June 25, 2017
At California and Lorton Avenues, Burlingame
Ryan's Ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Burlingame Criterium is from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Streets will be closed from 5:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come join the fun! The 14th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids' Bike Ride, part of the 31st Annual Burlingame Criterium, is the largest kids' bike ride in the US. Each year, close to 600 children twelve & under (including 250 four & under) pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their "win," each child happily receives a medal, popsicle and goody bag.
While the event is free, children participants raise pledges for the Ryan hua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Close to $750,000 has been raised so far. There will be free entertainment for the whole family after the ride. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Burlingame Community for Education (BCE) Foundation.
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