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The air is crisp, pumpkins are on doorsteps - and it's time to decide how to vote. Read on to learn about upcoming activities and my choices for the Nov. 4 election.

 

This Saturday, Oct. 18, please join me and the rest of the Burlingame City Council for a Community Meeting about the future of our Broadway commercial district. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame at 1500 Easton Drive. Everyone is welcome.

 

Now that the new streetscape on Burlingame Avenue is done, it's time to put some thought into how we can encourage more people to shop and dine on Broadway. What do you like about Broadway and what should be changed? What types of businesses would you like to see? What would make you patronize the street more often? We want to hear from you.

 

Whether or not you attend, please take the city's Broadway survey here

 

Hope to see you on Saturday!

 

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Terry Nagel
Vice Mayor, Burlingame
terry@terrynagel.com 

Halloween Fun 

 

You won't want to miss two well-loved Halloween events in Burlingame: St. Paul's Halloween Fun Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and the McKinley Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

 

The Burlingame Public Library will offer a Winnie the Witch Puppet Show on Monday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the main library. Tickets are free, but they are limited. You can pick them up at the Children's Desk in the library beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Other Burlingame Events 

 

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Be sure to stop by the Burlingame Library Foundation's Fall Book Sale in the Lane Room of the main library on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can get a whole bag of books for just $6 on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

 

Our Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Bocce Ball and Horseshow Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington Park.

 

Burlingame High School's Theater Department invites you to see "Once Upon a Mattress" Oct. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are available here

 

Next Saturday, Oct. 25,  from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 10 neighborhoods in Burlingame will participate in the third annual Citywide Emergency Response Exercise, which is organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network with support from the Central County Fire Department and Burlingame Police Department.

 

The Burlingame High School Music Department's 25th annual Play-a-thon will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in front of the train station at the foot of Burlingame Avenue. Please support the band and chorus by buying baked goods and raffle tickets.

 

There will be a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland" on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Lane Room at the main library. In this film, Josh Fox embarks on a cross-country journey to find out if fracking is safe after he is asked to lease his land for drilling. This program is sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council - Burlingame.

Election Picks 

 

Vote button People are asking for background on the Nov. 4 election choices, so here's my take. There are my personal opinions. For more information, I recommend KQED's Election Guide and CaliforniaChoices.org's ballot measures section and its ballot endorsements table, which shows many organizations' endorsements side by side.

 

The California Secretary of State's guide to the statewide propositions and San Mateo County's voter guide are also helpful. You can check your vote by mail status, find your polling place and get answers to other voting questions on ShapetheFuture.org

 

STATE OFFICES 

 

Governor - Jerry Brown is riding high on the state's economic recovery. He's a slam dunk.

 

Lieutenant Governor - Gavin ("Hair Product") Newsom will surely win re-election.

 

Secretary of State - I'm a sucker for anyone who cares about civic engagement and technology as much as Pete Peterson. He's getting my vote.

 

Controller - My pick is Betty Yee, who did a solid job on the state Board of Equalization and has good ideas for needed reforms.

 

Treasurer - Greg Conlon of Atherton is a very nice guy, but there's no way he's going to beat John Chiang, who has done an outstanding job in this role.

 

Attorney General - Kamala Harris has made a name for herself battling mortgage lenders and drug traffickers. She will win.

 

Insurance Commissioner - I'm voting for incumbent Dave Jones. His challenger owns an insurance company.

 

Member, State Board of Equalization (2nd District) - Former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has heavy-duty endorsements and is certain to win.

 

U.S. Representative - Jackie Speier, of course!

 

22nd Assembly District - Kevin Mullin has done a great job.

 

12 judicial seats - "Yes" to all.

 

Superintendent of Public Instruction - This is a close race. The recent Vergara v. California ruling is a harbinger of education reform. Marshall Tuck has made some impressive improvements at low-performing Los Angeles schools. And he's from Burlingame!

 

SAN MATEO COUNTY OFFICES 

 

Peninsula Health Care District Board - Three spots are open. The candidate I most want to see elected is Douglas Radtke, who has pledged to look into whether a district that no longer runs a hospital and is sitting on $61 million in reserves is still necessary.

 

San Mateo County Harbor District (full term) - A recent Grand Jury report criticized the district's lack of transparency, excessive benefits to commissioners and poor financial management. I think Nicole David and Robert Bernardo can pull it out of the fire.

 

San Mateo County Harbor District (short term) - For the same reasons, I'm voting for Tom Mattusch.

 

STATE PROPOSITIONS

 

Proposition 1 - Water bond - Yes. This measure has bipartisan support for a water infrastructure plan that will fund a variety of improvements, including our state's first groundwater management plan. Here's a fascinating report on California's groundwater crisis.

 

Proposition 2 - State budget stabilization - Yes. Didn't we approve a constitutional mandate for a budget reserve fund a few years ago? Yes, we did, but it sat empty most of the time. This measure will pay down existing debts faster and create a rainy day fund to help the state withstand economic downturns. The only down side is that it caps the reserves that school districts can maintain.

 

Proposition 45 - Health care insurance - Yes. This initiative would give the state's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive rate increases in health insurance plans sold to individuals and small businesses. Sounds good to me. Far too many of us have experienced unreasonable increases in medical costs.

 

Proposition 46 - Medical malpractice cap, testing for doctors - No. This proposition pits doctors vs. lawyers, with attorneys arguing that it's time to lift the $250,000 cap on malpractice awards (set in 1975) and doctors strenuously objecting to what would be the nation's only drug testing of doctors. A third proposal, setting up a statewide database to prevent abuse of prescription drugs might help curb abuse but could also violate privacy.

 

Proposition 47 - Criminal sentences - Yes. This measure would change some nonviolent drug and property crimes, such as shoplifting and theft of property worth $950 or less, from a felony to a misdemeanor. It would not apply to previously convicted offenders convicted of crimes involving sexual assault, gun violence or other violent felonies. The money saved would be spent on K-12 truancy and dropout programs, victim services, and mental health and substance abuse programs.

 

Proposition 48 - Indian gaming - No. Our state has enough casinos, and this one wouldn't even be built on a Native American reservation.

 

LOCAL MEASURES

 

Measure H - Community College District bond - Yes. This $388 million bond would fund a new science building at Canada College and a multi-disciplinary building at Skyline College, as well as new technology, labs and classrooms designed to accommodate the coming surge anticipated when the district begins offering four-year degrees. Every business owner will tell you we need more skilled workers. Community colleges are working to meet that demand.

 

Measure L - Burlingame Elementary School District parcel tax - Yes. Measure L will not raise taxes; it extends the existing parcel tax for 14 years at the rate of $256 per property, allowing the district to count on a stable source of funding for academic programs, science classes, art and music programs and school libraries. Seniors can request exemption. The district is growing rapidly. It had 2,469 students in 2008-09 and 3,144 in 2013-14, while its per-student funding from the state declined dramatically. Property owners know that excellent schools are a key reason that property values continue to climb in Burlingame.