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Without a doubt, there have been times when you've thought that the City of Burlingame should be doing something differently or could be doing something new. At the City Council's annual goal-setting session this Saturday, January 25, you'll have a chance to propose your ideas.

 

The Public Comment opportunity occurs during the last hour of the three-hour meeting, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library. But I encourage you to arrive at 9 to learn the behind-the-scenes scoop about how our city is run. I think you will be impressed at the caliber and compassion of the fine individuals who keep Burlingame running like a Swiss watch. You can see the agenda here.

 

What did our city accomplish during 2013?  Click here to find out

 

If you can't come and want to share your thoughts, you can reach the entire council anytime by emailing council@burlingame.org.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday!

 

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Terry Nagel
Vice Mayor, Burlingame
terry@terrynagel.com 

Other News 

 

Drought Alert - Following the governor's declaration of a state emergency due to drought, local water officials are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water. Our public works director, Syed Murtuza, says more information will be coming soon. Our staff is checking with authorities who will provide guidance regarding the level of conservation needed to meet overall demand.

 

Health Insurance - If you need medical insurance and are confused about your options, plan to attend State Senator Jerry Hill's "Forum on the Affordable Care Act"this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae. Certified enrollment agents will be on hand to assist with enrollment in Covered California. The hotline for Covered California is (855) 857-0445; it's available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Rent Relief - Know someone who is having trouble affording housing in San Mateo County? HIP Housing, based in San Mateo, matches people who have homes with those looking for a place to live. In many cases, the home providers are "house rich" seniors with limited incomes who offer reduced rent to home seekers who provide services such as cooking or cleaning. A thorough screening process includes criminal and sex offender background checks, as well as interviews. For more information, visit hiphousing.org or call HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.

 

PG&E Update - We haven't forgotten the horrendous gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010 that killed eight people and leveled 35 homes. Burlingame has been working closely with Pacific Gas and Electric personnel to assure the safety of the gas pipelines running beneath our city. At the prompting of our county's City/County Association of Governments, the utility is completing comprehensive reports on the status of pipelines in all 20 cities in San Mateo County. In addition, I'm happy to report that the city has moved the Power Outage Log from my website to the city's site. Please report outages here so we can continue to assure power reliability in Burlingame

 

Care for the Caretakers - If you've overwhelmed with taking care of an elderly person or friend, you owe it to yourself to attend a class called "Dialing Down the Pressure" that's offered by Mills-Peninsula Health Services this Saturday, January 25, and on February 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is free, but space is limited. To register, call (650) 696-3660. The class will be held at Peninsula Hospital, 1501 Trousdale Drive.

 

Library Freebies - As our kids tell us, print publications are so yesterday! The Burlingame Public Library now offers online access to more than 50 popular magazines through Zinio eMagazines, including Newsweek, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Food Network Magazine and U.S. Weekly. The library also offers:

  • BibloCommons software that allows you to create booklists, book reviews and connections with other users (check out the library's staff picks
  • A Living History Project with the Burlingame Historical Society that records memories of longtime residents through short video interviews
  • Boopsie, an app available through Amazon, iTunes and Android stores that lets you see what you have checked out, placed on hold and renewed. Search for "PLS" or "PLS Library" for the app.

Parking App - Speaking of apps, there's a new free app that helps you locate parking lots near Burlingame Avenue and Broadway in Burlingame. Many people are unaware of the many city lots near these shopping streets. To find the app, which is available for Android and iOS systems, search for "Parker" in your app store, then search for Burlingame on the app. The creator is Streetline. You can print out maps of Burlingame parking lots here.


Discounts on Transit - John Ford, who heads our county's Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, offers some good reasons for using public transit, ride sharing, biking or walking in a piece in the Daily Journal called "A Smarter Commute." One very appealing reason: John explains how you can get free "Try Transit" tickets or qualify for gas cards worth up to $300 for vanpools and $60 for carpools.

Tree Collection - Recology will collect your holiday tree from your curb for composting until January 31 on your regular collection day. Trees can be up to eight feet in length. If your tree is longer, please cut it into pieces. After January 31, trees must be trimmed to fit inside your compost cart.

 

Deal of the Week - The new "Nothing Bundt Cakes" bakery, just across the border of Burlingame at 140 S. El Camino Real in Millbrae, offers large and small bundt cakes in a dazzling array of flavors. The first 50 guests who purchase a cake on Saturday, January 25, will win free "bundtlets" for a year at the rate of one per month. (The store opens at 9:30 a.m.) If you miss that deal, you can still get one free bundtlet if you purchase one of the mini-cakes.