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Measure I sales tax, which is being used in large part to help fund the new rec center, goes into effect this Sunday, April 1. It's actually a sales and USE tax - which means online purchases of goods delivered to/consumed in Burlingame are theoretically subject to the tax, as well (i.e., Amazon). See the actual ordinance, sections 10.060 and 10.070 (on the 7th page of this 13 page PDF): https://www.smcacre.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/burlingame_resolutionmeasurefulltext_0.pdf
FYI, it appears the current estimate for a new rec center, as currently envisioned/designed, has risen to $51.5-$56.7 million (see link below to staff report for this coming Monday's Council study session). The city is exploring two options/modifications to bring the overall project cost down; this would entail additional consulting/design work costing between $50,000-$100,000. https://www.scribd.com/document/374064940/Burlingame-Community-Center-Updated-Cost-Estimates
FYI, here's additional interesting perspective on the current dockless bike phenomenon: https://www.bikebiz.com/news/data-mining-is-why-billions-are-being-pumped-into-dockless-bikes
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2018 on Biking Around B'game at The Burlingame Voice
With regard to safety (in particular, kids' use without helmets, which I'm seeing a lot of), for what it's worth here's what appeared in the Dec. 4, 2017 staff report when the Limebike pilot program agreement was presented to Council: LimeBike will also partner with the City to enhance bicycle and helmet safety education in Burlingame. LimeBike has committed to the following: - LimeBike will offer an initial 100 free helmets to be distributed in Burlingame. - LimeBike will provide additional free helmets based on the program’s usage and success. - LimeBike will coordinate with Burlingame High School on providing bicycle safety information and training. - LimeBike will provide bicycle safety information to the City to distribute in various locations including at the Main Library and by police officers.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2018 on Biking Around B'game at The Burlingame Voice
Addendum: Meant ANNUAL debt service cost for $30 million (rec center bond issuance) is $2 million.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2018 on Growth by the numbers at The Burlingame Voice
Also interesting to see the agenda item re: the proposed allocation of Measure I (recently passed sales tax). In particular, the new community center is estimated to cost a minimum of $40 million. The proposal is to float $30 million of debt to pay for it. The debt service cost for $30 million is $2 million. Measure I sales tax was originally expected to raise $2 million annually, but is now projected to bring in $1.75 million annually. The city is proposing allocating $1 million of this Measure I revenue to finance half of the bond issue, and dedicate $1 million from the general fund (really, the same pot) to finance the other half. The other portion of the total $40 million project cost would be covered by using funds from the Capital improvements reserve.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2018 on Growth by the numbers at The Burlingame Voice
FYI, per last week’s City Council meeting, the following new add-on will be part of Burlingame’s contract with Granicus (which is currently being used to live stream/archive meetings for the Council, planning commission and traffic/parking/safety commission). Citizens will be able to post comments/feedback on specific agenda items prior to council meetings, and I trust these will be visible to the public. Kudos to the city for this additional benefit/citizen engagement mechanism: https://granicus.com/pdfs/product_eComment.pdf
A draft environmental impact report was due this Fall, but I haven't seen anything, either via the link I provided earlier above, or this one on the city's website: http://www.burlingame.org/index.aspx?page=3572
Latest update on this project seems to have been 6 months ago (unless I'm missing something per this link??): http://www.peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org/peninsula-wellness-community/project-updates/
Here is a recording of yesterday’s Burlingame School District board candidates forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Burlingame PTA Council: https://youtu.be/Yaf7HT2cbLc
Here’s a new link for tomorrow evening’s school board candidates forum. It will be streamed live, with the recording also posted at the same site: https://youtu.be/Yaf7HT2cbLc
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
The Burlingame PTA will be live streaming the school candidates forum on October 25, and posting the recording here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=34_FczlB-UY
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
Here’s the full Daily Post article which Joe references above, re: Burlingame’s pension costs and the continued strain this is having on our general fund: http://padailypost.com/2017/07/24/city-pension-costs-to-jump/
And on another note: The Burlingame PTA Council is co-sponsoring a public forum for all Burlingame School Board candidates. A moderator from the League of Women Voters will time prepared speeches and facilitate a Q&A. There are three seats open and four candidates. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and cast an informed vote on November 7th. What: Burlingame school board candidate forum When: 7pm, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Where: Burlingame Intermediate School Auditorium, 1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
Glad we're back on topic :) FYI, with specific regard to Ms. Kendall and Mr. Luftman, both of them were among four applicants who sought to be appointed to former trustee (now San Mateo Union High School District trustee) Greg Land's seat, when he had to step down in 2015. One of the other four applicants was Michael Jarrett, who posted in this string above and also deserves gratitude for his willingness to serve -as do each of the applicants, as well as the four candidates in this election. For more background/info on Ms. Kendall and Mr. Luftman, see BSD board agenda/minutes (items 7.1, 7.2 & 7.3) below, including PDFs of the respective letters of intent they wrote to BSD when seeking appointment, followed by each of the trustees’ subsequent votes & rationale at the time: https://burlingame.agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=44&MeetingID=2905&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=True
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
Just as a quick follow up to my post above: I subsequently contacted both BCE and the Burlingame PTA Council (umbrella group for the individual school PTA groups) to see if they might be able to host a League of Women Voters school board debate (like the one in San Carlos). The proverbial ball is in their court.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
Just as a quick follow up to my earlier post above, I inquired with the League of Women Voters of North & Central San Mateo County, and here was the reply: "We provide volunteers as moderators, time keepers and ushers when a sponsor contacts us that they are organizing a candidates' forum for a particular election. We don't initiate the events. Usually the sponsor is a Chamber of Commerce, a PTA or a School Board who is interested in promoting an election. If you would like us to assist in a candidates' forum in the future, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you."
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
It would be great if our community had a candidates forum, just as San Carlos is having for their school board race: https://www.scefkids.org/event/san-carlos-school-board-candidate-forum/
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2017 on Kendall for School Board at The Burlingame Voice
Here's another example with an imbedded video tour: http://muscatineiowa.gov/1152/OpenGov
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2017 on Election 2017: Game On at The Burlingame Voice
I hope one of the issues discussed during the upcoming campaign is how our city can continue harnessing technology to improve efficiency and civic engagement. Here's a low cost open data platform I've mentioned in the past which I would love to see in Burlingame: https://opengov.com/customers/atherton-california-saves-time-and-improves-communication-with-opengov Also, on a related note, this looks like an upcoming event at the Commonwealth Club in SF: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-10-18/anne-marie-slaughter-technology-people
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2017 on Election 2017: Game On at The Burlingame Voice
The $2 million in expected revenue from the $0.25 cent sales tax would cover debt service on $40 million, which equates to the current estimated cost of the new rec center. (This jives with previous estimates from the city's financial advisor re: the cost of a $50 million bond measure- which would have required a $.34 sales tax). So, I'm not sure of where the extra revenue to cover "potholes and police" (the real essential services) will be coming from. Perhaps from some pension obligation bonds rolling off the city's balance sheet starting next year (thus freeing up several million dollars of debt service from the general fund), and/or the Top Golf lease (?).
FYI, here's an excerpt from an August 17, 2015 staff report re: the new rec center design (which has still yet to be finalized, I believe). It envisions nearly a 70% increase in square footage for the new building compared to the existing structure, despite having no gym: During this process, the City and its consultants considered many factors, including the size of the building, the location in the park, respecting the passive areas of the park, the mature trees, the ballfields, the tennis courts, the Lions Club, parking challenges, and the impact on neighbors. The outcome is a functional, two story, 35,500 sq. ft. building that is larger than the current single story 21,200 sq. ft. facility and only increasing the building and parking area’s footprint by 1,000 sq. ft. The new facility has a full complement of recreational multi-use, multi-generational, flexible spaces that support all of the identified community needs. During the development of the master plan, there was discussion regarding the inclusion of a gymnasium in the new facility. However, the community members who participated in the process determined that a gym was not appropriate for this site, as it would create a footprint that encroached significantly into Washington Park (with both the larger building and additional parking considered). Fortunately, due to the strong relationship with the Burlingame School District, the City has access to their gymnasiums for many of the youth programs in addition to many private gymnasium options on Rollins Road.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2017 on BBB: B'game Bulging Bucks at The Burlingame Voice
Just noticed this on the agenda for the next BSD board of trustees meeting ($600K being moved from general fund to a special reserve to cover additional anticipated pension contribution requirements): 17.4. Resolution 2016/17-29 to Commit Funds to Fund 17 for Future STRS and PERS Encumbrances (v) - 7:52 p.m. (Action Item) Recommended Motion: It is requested that the Board of Trustees approve Resolution 2016/17-29 to Commit Funds to Fund 17 for Future STRS and PERS Encumbrances. Rationale: Starting in 2013/14 State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) and Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) rates started to increase dramatically. From 2013/14 to 2016/17 rates have increased 4% and 2.45% for STRS and PERS respectively. By 2019/20 STRS will have increased 9.88% and PERS will have increased 10.16% over a 6 year period with more increases to come. Knowing that these increases in required retirement payments will continue for many years, Resolution 2016/17-29 seeks to set aside funds in anticipation of future increased STRS and PERS payments. These funds will be committed in Fund 17 specifically for STRS and PERS payments in the future and must be spent only on those payments unless redirected through Board resolution. Financial Impact: $600,000 in 2016/17 from the General Fund, Fund 01 to Special Reserve for Other Than Capital Outlay, Fund 17
FYI, here's how the Burlingame School District ultimately voted with regard how to this issue (per Superintendent's blast email/summary note re: last nights Board of Trustees meeting): ---------------------------------- Odd/Even Numbered Board Elections The Board of Trustees revisited this topic at last night's meeting. Senate Bill 415 requires school districts to change their elections to even years to encourage more voter participation. The board discussed extending and shortening their terms to comply with the mandate. The options for the elections are as follows: 2017/2019 scheduled elections held with 5 year terms to meet even years (2022/2024) 2017/2019 elections postponed to 2018/2020 extending current board terms by one year for a total of 5 years 2017/2019 elections held shortening board terms to 3 years to meet even year requirement (2020/2022) The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hold regularly scheduled elections in 2017 & 2019 and to shorten those terms by one year for a total of a three-year term. It is important to the Board that the electorate have the opportunity to vote in the next election. The Board hopes to encourage additional interest and participation in the 2017 and 2019 elections.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Sacramento Meddling at The Burlingame Voice
And here's where the Burlingame School District currently stands on this issue (per summary from this past week's Board of Trustee's meeting, posted on their website): Odd/Even Numbered Board Elections The Board of Trustees voted to extend the discussion on complying with Senate Bill 415. Senate Bill 415 requires school districts to change their elections to even years to encourage more voter participation. The board discussed extending and shortening their terms to comply with the mandate. The options for the elections are as follows: 2017/2019 scheduled elections held with 5 year terms to meet even years (2022/2024) 2017/2019 elections postponed to 2018/2020 extending current board terms to 5 years 2017/2019 elections held shortening board terms to 3 years to meet even year requirement (2020/2022) The odd/even election item will be placed on the February 14, 2017 board agenda.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2017 on Sacramento Meddling at The Burlingame Voice