When we look back at the City Councils of years gone by, a few names stick out as having made an impact on our little city. The Daily Journal noted the passing of Dorothy Cusick this week
Born in 1938, Dorothy grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University. She married Dr. Lawrence Cusick and moved to the San Francisco area in early 1960s, where she taught elementary school classes. She raised four boys, became a Realtor, and was elected to the Burlingame City Council.
“She will always be remembered for her positive attitude, smile, laugh and caring attitude.”
I can add a bit to her City Council legacy since she lived a couple of streets away from us when we first moved to B'game and she was active in the original movements to protect the charm and history of our neighborhood. Dorothy served on the council in the early '70's and will always be remembered by residents of Burlingame Park as the person who pushed back on changing the zoning to R3 here.
Burlingame Park is the bit of B'game west of El Camino all the way to the south; tucked in between lower Hillsborough and San Mateo Park. Think St. Pauls down to St. Catherine's and west to H'borough. Changing it to R3 would have been devastating to the fabric of the neighborhood. Dorothy stood against the idea and had to stand tough back in the "good ole boys" days. She also encouraged others to follow in her footsteps and sometimes that is just what one needs to take the leap into public service.