Announcements

Group-rate oak tree treatment program

 

November 4 - December 10 in Burlingame Hills

If you didn't receive a postcard with details about this money-saving program, click here to read the details. If you have any questions, write to Michael at michael@burlingamehills.org.

Large trees protected from

illegal cutting and trimming

 

Penalties of up to $10,000 per tree

Maintaining the rural character of The Hills is of primary importance to the members of our Community Association’s Board of Directors. It’s no surprise that it is in our mission statement. Illegal tree cutting has been a major problem in Burlingame Hills.

Two years ago, a County ordinance established major penalty fees for unpermitted cutting. Until then, there were no such penalty fees. There is no change to permitting fees for those who go through the regular process of removing or trimming a large tree. A large tree is generally defined as being at least 12” in diameter at 4.5 feet from the ground.

Violation of the revised regulations will result in penalty fees and After-the-Fact Tree Removal Permit fees.

After-the-Fact Tree Removal Application fees can be up to 10 times the normal permit fee. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that before you cut down a large tree or even trim large branches (12” or more), you call the folks at County Planning Department at (650) 363-4161.

In addition, fines up to $10,000 per tree are now in place for large trees that are removed without a permit. These higher penalty fees are intended to deter the unpermitted removal of trees, account for the increased time and administrative costs associated with the processing of violations and After-the-Fact Tree Removal Permits, and reflect the significant community and environmental benefits that our trees provide.

If a neighbor goes through the proper permitting process, then all neighbors within 300 feet should receive a notice. If you live within 300 feet of a large tree that is being removed, is having large limbs removed, or is otherwise being killed and you did not receive a notice in the mail from County planning department, then please call the Sheriff immediately at (650) 363-4911. You can remain anonymous if you choose.

Upon arrival, the Sheriff will halt the tree removal until such time as the penalty fee is paid and an After-the-Fact Removal Permit is issued.

Together we can preserve the forest in which we live, for its beauty, for its peacefulness, for the privacy it provides for us, and habitat it provides for animals.

Consultant selected for sewer district economic sustainability study

 

Study expected to be completed by November

For several years, the members of your Community Association Board of Directors have been concerned about the possibility that the financial future of Burlingame Hills Sewer Maintenance District (BHSMD) is unsustainable.

Rates are much higher than for homes adjacent to the unincorporated area and the District has significant capital improvements that need funding.

The Association has been working with San Mateo County government to learn about what alternatives there might be to the status quo.

Recently, San Mateo County took a big step forward by selecting Berkson and Associates to conduct an economic and service delivery analysis to evaluate the long term projections of sewer operation costs and rates for the District. The study is completely funded by the County and not BHSMD.

The study will consider three possibilities:

1) that the costs and liabilities for BHSMD remain the responsibility of homeowners;

2) that the County contracts with the City of Burlingame to provide sewer services currently provided by BHSMD, just as the City provides water service for most homes in The Hills; and

 

3) that all homes in BHSMD (AKA “the unincorporated area”) are annexed to the City, subject to the approval of the City, County, and a majority vote of the property owners, in accordance with State law. If approved, the entity “BHSMD” would be dissolved and its assets and liabilities transferred to the City.

While the study calls for various financial and service implications to be examimed, whether it is sufficiently comprehensive to cover all aspects of annexation is not clear at this point. If annexation is recommended by the consultant, then your Community Association will monitor the process to ensure that property owners receive comprehensive information critical to making a well-educated decision.

The consultant is empowered to identify  other alternatives. The results of the study will assist the County with discussions and decisions regarding alternative service solutions and long-term fiscal  sustainability of services.

The County expects the economic study to be completed by November 2019.

Past announcements

It's time to participate in our annual disaster drills: learn what you need to know and do in a disaster. Sunday, October 13, 9am sharp! Locations throughout Burlingame Hills. Click here to sign up and for details on a location near you!

 

You don't want to miss it...

BIENNIAL BURLINGAME HILLS COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

Sunday, September 23, 12-5pm

Kohl Mansion

Fabulous food * Children's fun activities * Live entertainment * Silent auction * Docent-led tours of the Mansion

Invitations to be mailed the week of August 26

A private party for residents of The Hills and their guests

Fire Safety Forum notes and presentation slides — Mar 2, 2018 8:07:12 AM

Join your Neighbors at the Fire Safety Forum on Tuesday, 2/27 — Feb 15, 2018 1:53:17 PM

Burlingame Hills Holiday Lights Program: neighbors helping neighbors — Nov 23, 2017 11:29:53 PM

2017 membership breaks new record — Nov 23, 2017 11:24:06 PM

House fire on Valdeflores — Nov 23, 2017 11:17:47 PM

Annual Meeting draws 40+ for earthquake presentation, community updates, Bylaws amendments, and elections — Nov 7, 2017 6:28:11 AM

Our Group-rate Oak Tree Treatment Program will treat 86 additional large oaks this year! — Oct 30, 2017 2:24:49 AM

You're invited! The 59th Annual Meeting of the Burlingame Hills Improvement Association, Inc. — Oct 24, 2017 5:39:42 AM

Great turnout for Crime and Safety Forum — Oct 24, 2017 5:23:01 AM

Group-rate Oak Tree Treatment Program deadline Tuesday, 10/24 — Oct 23, 2017 7:41:10 PM

Crime and Safety forum tonight, 10/23! — Oct 23, 2017 7:35:48 PM

Disaster drills draw 70 residents — Oct 17, 2017 6:40:54 AM

Construction site burglary on the 1500 block of Los Montes Drive — Jun 2, 2017 3:56:24 AM

Burlingame Hills Garden Club kicks off its Roadside Wildflower Project — Dec 14, 2016 7:32:27 AM

November 17 burglary on Burlingview Drive in the City — Nov 22, 2016 9:25:06 AM

Annual November Membership Drive in progress — Nov 19, 2016 10:41:21 PM

STOP Sudden Oak Death — Oct 20, 2016 11:15:18 PM

Disaster preparedness activity on Sat 10/22: children welcome! — Oct 12, 2016 3:36:54 AM

Last-minute party needs: canopies, umbrellas, and set-up volunteers — Sep 8, 2016 6:57:02 PM

August 12, 2016, burglary on Hillside Drive near Los Robles — Aug 13, 2016 1:18:50 AM

Sewer upgrade construction schedule announced — Aug 5, 2016 12:53:43 PM

Fifth year in a row of record membership — Aug 4, 2016 11:08:15 PM

Sewer capital improvement project goes out to bid — Nov 19, 2015 1:18:49 AM

Lower Canyon Road closure information — Nov 5, 2015 4:14:55 AM

Association seeks recording secretary for board of directors — Oct 26, 2015 9:58:28 AM

An accomplished year in The Hills — Oct 4, 2015 2:34:34 AM

Deadline extended until 9/11 for advance purchase meals — Sep 9, 2015 7:44:44 AM

Nominations now accepted for the first "Stars of The Hills" awards — Sep 2, 2015 5:45:35 AM

Community party r.s.v.p. and discounted advance-purchase meals — Aug 17, 2015 3:23:56 PM

You're invited to help plan the 3rd annual Burlingame Hills Community Party — Jun 9, 2015 7:38:30 AM

Hoover School update — Apr 12, 2015 5:58:14 AM

Annual broom plant removal effort underway: residents asked to remove this invasive species from their lawns — Apr 12, 2015 5:57:18 AM

Please support your neighborhood  by attending your neighborhood’s spring party;  All thirteen neighborhoods to hold social gatherings — Apr 12, 2015 5:36:36 AM

Good news about our sewer system: 1.5% interest State loan approved; upgrades to begin in summer;  Lower-cost opportunity to replace your sewer lateral — Apr 12, 2015 5:30:37 AM

Support reaches historic milestone:  70% of residents financially support association efforts — Apr 12, 2015 5:28:14 AM

From April 13—May 12, put out only FULL green and blue Recology carts — Apr 12, 2015 5:24:16 AM

Notes from our home security meeting now online — Nov 5, 2014 9:23:26 PM

Nominees for our Board of Directors — Oct 18, 2014 10:04:13 PM

Bylaws amendments announced; discussion and voting planned for Annual Meeting — Oct 18, 2014 8:38:55 PM

Two bobcats spotted in southern Burlingame Hills — Oct 3, 2014 10:32:25 AM

Conveniently purchase meals here for our second annual community party — Jul 18, 2014 6:13:35 AM

Home security forum on Monday, 6/30 — Jun 27, 2014 3:50:26 AM

Burglary in Burlingame Hills today, May 16, 2014 — May 17, 2014 4:08:46 AM

April is Recology Rate Awareness Month — Mar 21, 2014 5:03:03 PM

April is "Invasive Broom Removal Month" — Mar 21, 2014 5:00:29 PM

Large oak falls; blocks Canyon Road — Feb 3, 2014 10:22:25 AM

Car break-in reported on Los Robles Drive — Jan 27, 2014 2:45:46 AM

Board of Supervisors approves 4.5% garbage and recycling fee increase despite protest — Dec 11, 2013 6:37:07 AM

Progress on sewer upgrades: County to proceed with construction bidding — Nov 27, 2013 5:15:16 AM

Now available here: the revised LAFCo report on the possibility of annexation — Nov 19, 2013 8:14:43 PM

LAFCo Municipal Service Review now available here — Oct 31, 2013 4:48:19 PM

More than 250 residents "Celebrate the Hills" at our first-ever community party — Sep 22, 2013 8:32:39 PM

Your help is needed for the "Celebrate the Hills" community party — Sep 11, 2013 6:41:29 AM

Burglary in Burlingame Hills is first in more than a year — Jul 5, 2013 5:19:25 AM

Forty-five year resident, Margaret Lancellotti, passes away — May 24, 2013 5:28:57 PM

Our community survey is now online — Mar 24, 2013 9:55:46 PM

Solicitors in Burlingame Hills — Mar 14, 2013 11:19:24 AM

Burglary just outside of Burlingame Hills — Feb 17, 2013 8:02:30 AM

Burlingame School District Information Night — Jan 17, 2013 5:55:50 PM

Burlingame Hills Garden Club meeting on Saturday — Jan 17, 2013 3:19:15 AM

Minutes for annual meeting — Jan 13, 2013 9:29:06 PM

School board expected to approve controversial traffic plan at December 11 board meeting — Dec 11, 2012 12:25:29 AM

Senior Health Forum– Living Long and Prospering in San Mateo County — Dec 5, 2012 2:12:21 AM

Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety — Dec 4, 2012 4:08:15 AM

Hoover School traffic plan hearing — Dec 4, 2012 12:31:56 AM

Concern among homeowners about dogs off leash — Dec 3, 2012 6:03:00 PM

Severe weather alert — Nov 30, 2012 12:34:40 AM

Fascinating new website of Burlingame history — Oct 31, 2012 6:49:08 AM

Click here for Halloween safety tips — Oct 26, 2012 8:08:19 PM

Front page SF Chronicle article cites Burlingame Hills oak tree spraying program — Oct 11, 2012 5:23:39 AM

Lessons to learn from recent burglary in Millbrae — Oct 7, 2012 6:24:19 PM

Longtime Burlingame Hills resident, Dick Stein, passes away — Sep 23, 2012 6:06:46 PM

Letter to CHP Captain Mike Maskarich — Sep 6, 2012 10:09:17 PM

Leaf blowing ordinance — Jun 30, 2012 8:32:02 PM

How Reliable is Your Electrical Service? — Jun 21, 2012 12:34:17 AM

Free Document Shredding Event — Jun 1, 2012 10:24:18 PM

Canyon Road burglary on Monday, May 21 — May 22, 2012 5:00:41 PM

Learn how to "Go Green without Going Broke" — May 22, 2012 2:11:36 AM

June is Oak Tree Pruning Month — May 19, 2012 10:11:21 PM

Cal professor to lead June 16 testing for Sudden Oak Death in Burlingame Hills — May 19, 2012 6:43:57 PM

Highlights of the April meeting on emergency preparedness — May 14, 2012 12:35:30 PM

Monday 4/30 meeting is "not to be missed!" — Apr 25, 2012 4:54:35 PM

Mercy High School Hears Neighborhood Traffic Concerns — Apr 20, 2012 4:29:15 PM

Big news for our safety in the hills — Mar 8, 2012 7:21:50 PM

Did you know? — Mar 5, 2012 7:26:59 PM

Neighborhood class on Self Defense a success — Feb 25, 2012 4:05:03 AM

Prepare yourself and neighbors for "The Big One" — Feb 16, 2012 4:14:28 AM

January meeting focuses on safety and security — Feb 10, 2012 12:07:48 AM

Fire Department responds to smoke in house on Newton Drive — Nov 18, 2011 6:07:47 PM

550+ oaks to be sprayed in first-ever neighborhood-wide effort — Nov 14, 2011 8:08:46 AM

Sudden Oak Death in Burlingame Hills highlighted in SF Examiner — Nov 10, 2011 10:44:44 PM

Crime alert: break-in on La Mesa Drive — Nov 5, 2011 6:15:52 AM

Annual meeting draws 54 attendees — Nov 5, 2011 5:52:28 AM

County Supervisor Dave Pine to speak at 11/3 annual meeting — Oct 20, 2011 4:05:49 AM

Wet spring caused jump in sudden oak disease — Oct 20, 2011 3:34:52 AM

Beetle devours San Diego County oaks -- rest of state may be next — Sep 3, 2011 8:28:02 PM

PG&E Hydrostatic Testing — Aug 26, 2011 7:07:47 AM

Bringing Efficiency Home: Save Energy through Home Upgrades — Aug 17, 2011 11:16:58 PM

Update on BH Fire Station Relocation — Jul 29, 2011 6:09:18 PM

New Sewer Rate Approved by Board of Supervisors — Jul 27, 2011 3:08:56 AM

Fireworks May Be to Blame for Blaze at Burlingame Hills Home — Jul 8, 2011 3:19:16 AM

Fight to Save Oak Trees Begins Monday — Jul 8, 2011 3:15:25 AM

The most recent general meeting — Jun 12, 2011 11:50:23 PM

Hot off the press: Our media release announces support for FY2011-12 rate plan — Jun 12, 2011 10:57:09 PM

PG&E Gas Pipeline Report — May 24, 2011 8:11:48 AM