Are you ready for the next Burlingame shakeup? Now that the U.S. Geological Survey has announced that the odds have increased of a massive earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or greater striking California in the next 30 years, it's a good time to learn how easy it is to protect your family and your home with a seismic retrofit.


Come to the Burlingame Public Library this Tuesday at 7 p.m. to hear two earthquake experts tell you what's involved, depending on the age and construction of your home.


Read on to find out more about this free program and other upcoming events, news and volunteer opportunities in Burlingame.


Best regards, 


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Terry Nagel
Mayor, Burlingame 

Is Your Home Ready for the Next Earthquake?   

A big lesson learned from last year's South Napa quake was that simple retrofits could have saved homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars. Is your home ready for the next earthquake? You can find out at a free program this Tuesday that features Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer for the California Earthquake Authority, and Justin Moresco, a Burlingame civil engineer who was part of the reconnaissance team that visited South Napa soon after the quake.

You'll learn whether your home needs a retrofit, what it costs and how to do it. It can be surprising inexpensive to protect your home - and your loved ones - with seismic reinforcement. The speakers also will explain what the Napa earthquake tells us about how a large, future earthquake centered in the Bay Area might affect Burlingame and what steps could be taken by the city, business owners and residents to improve Burlingame's seismic resilience.


This program is presented by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network and is co-sponsored by the City of Burlingame and the Central County Fire Department (CCFD). Burlingame's chief building official, Joe Cyr, and representatives from CCFD will be on hand.

What: Is Your Home Ready for the Next Earthquake?

When: Tuesday, March 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lane Room at Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road
Admission: Free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, email More details here

Leveraging Our Parking Lots   


There's no question that Burlingame is doing extremely well. Our sales tax revenues have increased nearly 11 percent, compared to a year ago, and revenues from our hotel tax are at an all-time high. But we don't have the funds on hand to afford some of the big projects that local residents tell us they want, such as a parking structure in downtown, a new community center, a new city hall and more housing options for seniors and families who can't afford to spend $1 million or more on a home.


What we do have are lots of parking lots, and we're in the process of trying to figure out if we can leverage some of them via public-private partnerships to obtain some of the things we want for Burlingame. The 25 at-grade lots around our downtown represent incredibly valuable real estate that is not being put to its highest and best use.


You're invited to a meeting this Thursday, March 26, to hear presentations from the three top respondents who are proposing ways to transform two of our parking lots - Lots F and N - into more parking and affordable housing. This public meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library.

Save Energy, Water and Money 


If you'd like to make your home more energy and water efficient and save money, you'll want to come to a program on Wednesday, April 29, to learn how to take advantage of state, county and city programs designed to encourage sustainability.


You'll find out about the Peninsula Sunshares program for purchasing reduced-cost solar PV panels, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network's Home Upgrade rebates of up to $4,500, city water and energy rebates, and the state PACE program that allows you to finance energy, water and even seismic retrofit upgrades over time, as part of your property tax payments.


This program is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and is co-sponsored by the Burlingame Public Library.


What: Save Energy, Water and Money

When: Wednesday, April 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Lane Room at Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Admission: Free

Burlingame News

H&Q Asia Pacific plans to build a $300 million office project on the 18-acre Burlingame Point site at 300 Airport Blvd. (formerly the Burlingame drive-in). They will bring well-established entrepreneurs from all over the world to this global tech park, opening up the bayfront at around the time the Broadway overpass is completed.


Business is booming in Burlingame. Alpha Kitchen and Bath opened at 311 Lorton Ave. on Saturday, offering beautiful cabinetry and fixtures. There are two new boutiques in Burlingame: Weston at 275 Primrose Road and Lesley Evers at 257 Primrose. Both feature distinctive, reasonably priced fashions. Calico Corners at 1100 Howard Avenue has been rebranded as Calico and now offers free in-home decorating consultations, custom window treatments, custom bedding and more. The Broadway Tennis Center plans to open in April at 60 Edwards Court (off Rollins Road) and will provide summer camps, clinics and private lessons, hourly court rentals and team-building events. There is no membership fee.


Our Burlingame Police Department is doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe. Officers caught an auto burglary suspect on Feb. 18 with burglary tools and stolen property in his possession and later connected him to a car that had been stolen in Burlingame. Two days later they tracked down two suspects in a theft of property valued at $4,000 from the Burlingame Public Library. On March 12 they caught two more auto burglary suspects. To learn how you can protect your family and property, visit the Burlingame PD webpage, where you can view the daily police blotter, learn crime prevention and emergency preparedness tips, make online police reports and sign up for vacation house checks.  


Burlingame has four new electric vehicle charging stations next to the Burlingame Avenue train station. 


The Burlingame Trolley had added another stop at the Broadway train station on its return route along California Drive. Click here to see the complete route for this free shuttle and the other shuttles in Burlingame. By the way, the Broadway business district has its own website now at


Why does using less plastic and taking public transportation matter? Read a column I wrote recently for the Daily Journal on how taking small steps can help our planet.


A huge thank you to the Burlingame Mothers' Club, which donated an inflatable big screen through the new Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation to be used during "Movies in the Park" screenings each summer. The Mothers' Club has 1,300 members from South San Francisco to San Carlos and hosts many playgroups, groups for mothers and family activities. At their request, our city will be holding a car seat safety and disposal event this year.


A correction to my last newsletter: Burlingame's new downtown post office is located at 329 Primrose Road.

Volunteer Opportunities

Residents of Burlingame, Hillsborough and San Mateo are forming a "virtual village" in which of neighbors volunteer to help neighbors age in place. The Village of the Mid-Peninsula plans to provide programs, resources and services so older adults can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their homes and neighborhoods. Planning meetings take place on the first Monday of the month (the next meeting will be April 6) from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo. For more information, contact or (650) 434-2455.


Want to do something about our transportation problems? The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is looking for volunteers for its Citizens Advisory Committee, which provides valuable input on how to spend funds collected from the half-cent sales tax that funds transportation improvements and bike/pedestrian upgrades. Applications are due April 3. Download the application here.


Applications for serving on the 2015-16 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury are being accepted until March 30. Anyone who has resided in the county for more than one year and who is a U.S. citizen, age 18 or older, may apply. For more information, visit the Grand Jury's website.

Coming Up

The Burlingame Library Foundation's next book sale begins on Thursday, April 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library. There is a $5 admission fee. Admission is free during the rest of the sale: Friday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., when you can get a bag of books for just $5.


Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and State Senator Jerry Hill will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. this Thursday, March 26, in their district offices at 1528 S. El Camino Real (Suites 302 and 303) in San Mateo. They invite you to bring your ideas, questions and concerns.


Auditions for the seventh annual Burlingame Idol contest will begin on  

April 6 at the Burlingame Recreation Center at 850 Burlingame Ave. and will continue for five weeks on Monday evenings. All local Bay Area performers age 5 and older are invited to compete, but each must come prepared with a memorized song and CD/karaoke accompaniment.  For more information, call 650-697-6936 or email