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At this busy time of year, I want to make sure some important events are on your radar: the June 3 election, our city's final budget hearing next week and some community gatherings you won't want to miss.


Please feel free to contact me if you have a question or need help resolving a city problem.


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Terry Nagel
Vice Mayor, Burlingame 

Let the Voting Begin!


Vote button The June 3 election is approaching quickly. I'm sure you have your own opinion about candidates for statewide office. In three local contests, I'm backing the candidates with the most experience:

  • County Controller - Juan Raigoza
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 4 - Susan L. Greenberg
  • Judge of the Superior Court Office No. 6 - Stephanie Garratt

Juan Raigoza has worked for 13 years in all areas of the Controller's office and currently serves as Assistant Controller. Before that, he was a consultant for two of the Big Four accounting firms. He has been endorsed by our current controller, Bob Adler, former Controller Tom Huening, county Treasurer-Tax Collector Sandie Arnott, Assemblymember Rich Gordon and a long list of other local leaders. Juan is hardworking and energetic - and a very nice guy with high integrity. You can learn more about him here.


Susan L. Greenberg and Stephanie Garratt have served as Superior Court commissioners for 14 and nine years, respectively.  They have earned the endorsements of scores of judges and legal professionals. You can learn more about them on their websites: Susan L. Greenberg and Stephanie Garrett.

Budget Countdown


If you care about how Burlingame spends its money, you'll want to attend the City Council's Budget Study Session on Wednesday, May 14, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 Primrose Road. At this meeting, the council will hear a full report on the city's finances and determine the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year starting July 1. Public comments are welcome. You'll be able to find out approximately when the opportunity to comment occurs by clicking the agenda posted here a couple of days in advance. 


Thanks to higher revenue from sales tax (including car sales), and property and hotel taxes, as well as our extremely conservative fiscal policies, we have healthy reserves and our city's finances are in great shape. I'm hoping that you will help support budget proposals from two organizations doing important work in our city: the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) and the Citizens Environmental Council - Burlingame (CEC).  Both BNN and CEC are seeking funding for city coordinators that would help Burlingame residents in different ways. These coordinators would be part-time employees or consultants without benefits who would work just a few hours a week.


You can help by sending a short email expressing your support to all of the City Council members at no later than Tuesday, May 13.


The Burlingame Neighborhood Network has been working since 2007 on building connections between neighbors for emergency preparedness. Recently, in partnership with the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, HAM radio operators and CERT volunteers. BNN volunteers created a model that allows neighborhood groups to communicate with the city's Emergency Operations Center during disasters. They tested this system in February and April with funding from a grant by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation that our city shared with Palo Alto.


The system works well, but BNN needs the city's help to provide the "glue" and ongoing energy that keeps this collaborative effort moving forward. BNN is seeking $20,000 for a part-time coordinator and $5,000 for expenses associated with community-wide meetings, trainings and a volunteer recognition event. The person and the expenses would be managed by the city.


Read BNN's presentation to the City Council on April 21 and the accompanying PowerPoint.


The Citizens Environmental Council - Burlingame (CEC) was organized in 2009 as one of the recommendations in our city's Climate Action Plan. Its volunteers have run three Burlingame Green Street Fairs and e-waste recycling events, organized 16 community education programs and much more. Currently, they are inviting Burlingame residents to participate in a citywide Adopt-a-Tree Program and to help earn money for city environmental projects through the CoolCalifornia City Challenge.


CEC members believe there is much more our city could be doing to help reduce carbon emissions, cut energy costs and become more sustainable. Twelve cities in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County have dedicated specialists working on energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental programs, including Millbrae, San Mateo, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Colma and South San Francisco have part-time sustainability consultants and San Carlos is poised to spend $50,000 to a consultant to implement that city's new Climate Action Plan.


One of our city's five goals is to "Strive to promote more environmentally sustainable policies and outcomes." Without help like other cities have, CEC members feel we are missing out on many opportunities to address that goal. CEC believes Burlingame could greatly strengthen its sustainability programs with a city consultant or part-time coordinator funded at $50,000. 

Short Takes

The Downtown Streetscape project is on schedule to be completed by the end of summer. The city hopes to begin work on the 1100 block by mid-June. Check here for streetscape updates.


There's still no word on who bought the Post Office property. The U.S. Postal Service plans to locate its new Burlingame postal facility at 1100 Howard Ave. (Calico Corners).


Help set our city's funding priorities for long-term budget planning!  Rate 11 unfunded capital improvement projects that include building a new community center, upgrading several city-owned facilities, constructing a downtown parking garage, and extending the Burlingame Avenue streetscape improvements to the surrounding commercial streets. Take the survey here.  


One project in the works that's depending on community support is the Burlingame Public Library's renovation plan. The Burlingame Library Foundation needs to raise $1 million to add a larger teen room, safe, used bookstore, technology lab, updated computers, new study rooms, conference rooms and more. Learn more here.


Congrats to Ruth Waters, who spearheaded the beautiful new Peninsula Museum of Art at 1777 California Drive. She was named "Woman of the Year" for the 13th Senate District by State Senator Jerry Hill.


Check out this short video about Burlingame resident and watercolor artist Dale Perkins, who has created lovely works of art depicting businesses that have won our city's landscaping award.


Interested in serving on the Burlingame Library Board? Applications are due June 20. Click here for more information.


We have our first assistant city attorney - at no cost! Vince Wong, who has been helping us since last fall, was awarded a competitive full-time public interest law fellowship through a joint enterprise between UCLA and the Liberty Hill Foundation.


New food establishments in town include Fattoria e Mare in the former Medallion Steakhouse location at 1095 Rollins Road (near the Broadway offramp going south) and Rachel's Cakes at 737 California Drive. Petits Pains, a new wholesale bakery at 1730 Gilbreth Road, has opened a small retail operation in front that sells coffee and pastries. Don't forget the Off the Grid food trucks on Tuesday nights next to the Broadway train station. The Fresh Market on Park Road at Burlingame Avenue is now open on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., in addition to the usual time of 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Coming Events


Sat. May 10, 9 a.m. to noon - Community Conversation about Hoover School with officials from Burlingame and Hillsborough and Supervisor Dave Pine. Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Ave., Hillsborough.


Sat. May 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wam Jam Family Festival at Washington School. Features games for all ages, including zip line, climbing rock wall and bumper cars. All proceeds benefit school programs. 801 Howard Ave.


Sat. May 10, 1 p.m. Anson Burlingame: His Legacy in U.S. - China Relations. David Chai, a past mayor of Foster City, will talk about Burlingame's namesake, who was chosen by Pres. Abraham Lincoln to be Minister to China. San Mateo County History Museum., 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.  

Tues. May 13, 9 a.m. CPR training by Central County Fire Department. Learn how to give cardiopulmonary resusitation to an adult, child or infant. Fire Station 34, 799 California Drive. $40 residents, $50 nonresidents. Pre-registration required. 


Wed. May 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Budget Study Session. Burlingame City Council will hear a full report on the city's finances and vote on the 2014-15 city budget. Public comments welcomed. Council Chambers, City Hall, 501 Primrose Road.


Wed. May 14, 6 to 7:45 p.m. "Act Now on Climate Change: An Update on an Inconvenient Truth."Overview on the latest knowledge about climate change, moderated by Supervisor Dave Pine. San Mateo Main Library, 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo.


Sat. May 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Franklin Festival, Carnival rides, games, food, raffle, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and family fun. Proceeds benefit Franklin School. 2385 Trousdale Drive.


Tues. May 20, 7 p.m. Community Workshop. Burlingame is revising its Housing Element, as required by state law, and would like your input about existing and suggested housing programs and proposed housing sites.


Thurs. May 22, 7 p.m. Time Travel Through Our Neighborhoods. The Burlingame Historical Society offers informative talk about Burlingame's subdivisions and how they got started. Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road.


Tues. June 3. Election Day. Don't forget to vote!


Sat. June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day. Come before 11 a.m. for free parking and free admission to the County Fair. San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo.


Sat. June 7, 5 to 9 p.m. Burlingame Idol Dinner Show. Thirteen finalists will compete for the title of "Burlingame Idol." Free and open to the public. Optional catered buffet is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. Burlingame Parks & Recreation Center auditorium, 850 Burlingame Ave. For reservations and information, contact or (650) 697-6936.