April 19, 2018
City Board/Commission Vacancies
Washington Playground Closed April 23-30
Street Sweeping Schedule Update
Celebrate Earth Day
City Donates to Gun Buyback Event
Dogs of Burlingame
Summer Camp, Water Bills, and Passports?
Recycling Etc. Questions Answered
Keep Our City Clean
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
vacanciesApply For a Vacant Seat on the Library Board of Trustees or Parks and Recreation Commission 

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Library Board of Trustees or the Parks & Recreation Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.

Board and 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 one vacant seat on each Board. The Council is likely to appoint the board members to the full three year term. The application deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at 650-558-7204.
playgroundWashington Playground Closed April 23-30

The Washington Playground is scheduled for surfacing replacement beginning on Monday, April 23. The nature of the replacement requires the entire playground to be closed for one week. We expect the playground to reopen on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to maintain a safer play environment.
Please contact Parks Supervisor Richard Holtz at 650-558-7335 should you have any questions.
streetStreet Sweeping Spring/Summer Schedule

Beginning this month, the City has switched to a spring/summer street sweeping schedule where sweeping will occur on your street every other week. Help the City's street sweepers clean your streets by moving parked vehicles on the morning (or night before) sweeping occurs. To find out when the sweepers will be cruising through your neighborhood, check out our 2018 spring and summer calendar here along with our Street Sweeping Map to find out which sweeping district you live in. More information available at  www.burlingame.org/streetsweeping.

earthCelebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is this Sunday and we would love to celebrate with you. Pick one, or two, or all of these opportunities to help celebrate our planet and protect our environment.

1. Power your home with 100% renewable energy from wind and solar power without installing on-site power. Our electricity provider, Peninsula Clean Energy, is offering its customers a chance to purchase 100% renewable energy through their ECO100 rate. Signing up to ECO100 is a simple, low-cost action every household can take that makes a deep impact in reducing emissions and supporting greener energy options. 


2. Choose alternatives to driving by riding a bike, carpool to work, try a free shuttle, win prizes for commuting, or consider an electric vehicle (EV). We drive a lot of miles in Burlingame! Let's make those miles less polluting and harmful with more walking, biking, EVs, and transit.

3. Reduce everyday waste. Most waste agencies in California send their recyclables to be recycled in China, however, that is becoming more challenging . Reduce and reuse are the strongest actions we can take to reduce waste. Choose reusable over disposable for water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. Say no to extra packaging. And avoid using a straw next time you go out, the ocean will thank you .

4. Check out a lightbulb from the Library. Yes, our libraries have energy efficient toolkits for residents to check out and return just like a library book. The toolkits include a free LED lightbulb and other energy and water saving gadgets users can keep for their home. With most Burlingame homes being over 50 years old (built before California's energy code existed), energy efficiency retrofits can go a long way in saving energy and money for residents.
gunsCouncil Approves Donation to Gun Buyback Event Organizers

On Monday, April 17, the Burlingame City Council approved a resolution authorizing a one-time donation of $5,000 to Citizens for San Mateo County Gun Buyback to support an upcoming gun buyback event.  

Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback approached San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos in late February asking that he conduct a gun buyback event similar to a past event held in 2013.  Sheriff Bolanos agreed to manage the gun buyback event, including staffing the event and disposing of the guns collected. The Sheriff estimates that it will cost $75,000 to put on the event.  100 percent of the donated funds will be used to purchase unwanted guns from citizens.  None of the funds will be used for personnel expenses such as overtime.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1402 Maple St. in Redwood City.  The event will allow anyone to anonymously surrender firearms and receive cash payment of $100 for each hangun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 for assault style rifles. 

As a way to raise funds, Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback has approached the various City Councils in San Mateo County asking for a minimum donation of $5,000 to help support the event. As of March 20, the City of San Carlos is contributing $50,000 in matching grant funds. The Town of Portola Valley and the Town of Woodside are contributing $10,000, plus they have both established $5,000 matching grant funds specifically for the fundraising efforts by students in their towns. The Cities of Belmont, Redwood City, and San Mateo are contributing $5,000 each.
dogs#dogsofburlingame and #potentialpetofburlingame
Every Monday the City's Twitter features photos of dogs that live here in Burlingame! Would you like your dog to be posted on Twitter? Send a photo, name, and some fun biographical details to info@burlingame.org .
Additionally, the first Monday of each month the City posts photos of cats and dogs that are up for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society. So if you are looking to adopt a new family member, check out our Twitter feed the first Monday of each month. Or visit www.phs-spca.org. 
searchtermsSummer Camp, Water Bills and Passports?

What do water bills, passports and summer camp have in common? Listed below are some of  the top 20 search terms on the City's new website over the past three months.  We've listed them  in order of popularity, and provided links for your convenience!

recyclingRecycling Etc.
Your recycling questions answered!
Can I recycle wire bound notebooks?
To recycle spiral notebooks remove the spiral and then recycle the spiral and paper separately in the blue bin.

Is chewing gum compostable?
Chewing gum is not compostable due to the plastics/rubber used to make the gum. Gum goes into the black bin as garbage.

Does shredded paper need to go in a bag for recycling?
Yes, it is preferable that shredded paper be placed inside a paper bag and then in the recycling bin to prevent spillage and littering when the bins are picked up.
Send your recycling questions to smichael@burlingame.org. Find past questions and answers here; and an excellent resource for what goes in what bin here.
cleanKeeping Our City Clean and Attractive

The City appreciates the efforts of residents and businesses to keep our city clean and attractive.  The City has proactively partnered with local businesses to help ensure our streets are clean, safe and vibrant for residents and visitors. The City will continue to use the Scrubber machine for sidewalk cleaning each week.  We hope you will join in the partnership to properly dispose of trash, recycle and keep the sidewalks in front of your property or business clean.
EventsEvents Around Town
First Fridays are Back!
First Fridays, April - November, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Burlingame

First  Fridays  are Back on the Avenue!  The Downtown Burlingame Improvement District (DBID) brings FREE, LIVE music to Downtown Burlingame on the first  Friday  of every month - April through November!  

Bands will play "Under the Pergola" at the intersection of Burlingame Avenue and Park Road from  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Be sure to stop by as we have a great lineup for you!  And remember to swing by the Burlingame Library as well! They will be having free refreshments on these evenings. 
Big Spring 2018 Book Sale
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library
Friday, April 20,  Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, Noon - 4:00 p.m., Book Bargains by the Bag! $5/bag

The Burlingame Library Foundation is hosting a big book sale in the Lane Room this weekend! The Burlingame Library Foundation raises more than half of its operating revenue directly from the sale of donated media. These funds, along with the proceeds from other events and direct donations, allow the library to continue its full scope of community programs and contribute substantially to the collection budget, as well as community access to technology.
Tiny Glass Gardens
Thursday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library

Being in nature is proven to relieve stress.  Having your own garden in glass is the next best thing.  Make your own tiny garden to take home.  All materials provided including live plants.  Please register here .
CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Girls Scouts Parent Informational Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room
1801 Devereaux Dr., Burlingame

Is your daughter interested in making friends and having fun while building character, confidence and courage? If yes, then you should think about having your daughter join Girl Scouts.
Parents and caregivers of pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade girls, if you are interested in finding out how to join Girl Scouts and to help form a troop at your school, please attend this informational meeting.
Troops are forming for next school year. This meeting is for all families of all the Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae and San Bruno Schools.
Child care will be provided. Please contact Cecila Thomson at 1-800-447-4475 ext 3014 or  cthomson@girlscoutsnorcal.org for questions.
Click here to learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern California. 
Summer Enrichment Classes for High School Students

Looking for opportunities to learn this summer? Take an enrichment class sponsored by the GATE Parents Group of the San Mateo Union High School District! Classes are open to ALL incoming 9-12 grade students from ANY school. Sign up between April 16-29 for the early rate!
Regular registration starts on April 30 (regular rate). Registration closes one week prior to the start of each class.
Classes are developed for entering 9-12 grade students. Space is limited. However, in the event of low enrollment, GATEPG reserves the right to cancel a class up to two weeks prior to the start date. You will be notified, and a full refund will be provided. Please contact enrichment@gateparents.com for questions.  For detailed descriptions and sign ups, go to www.gateparents.com .

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