Do not feel bad if you missed the discussion about affordable housing in downtown Burlingame during the last two election cycles. You missed it because it never happened. Your 2015 City Council has conjured this issue up on its own and appears bound and determined to proceed on its own. Forget transparency (beyond random files buried on the city website). Forget accountability. Forget fiscal responsibility. Forget water conservation. Forget street infrastructure. And especially forget the Burlingame schools' capacity. They appear to just not care.
It is incredibly ironic that this Council votes to select a developer to build on city parking lots on July 6th
Though some details of the proposal are still up for negotiation, the development brought forth by Pacific Companies offers to construct 66 affordable and market rate units for seniors and 78 affordable housing units, which could be set aside for city employees, teachers at local schools, emergency response personnel and others who wish to live and work in Burlingame.
since the Daily Post ran its annual report on Burlingame city salaries on July 3rd. Overall it was a reasonably good report- 2014 total salaries up 2.8% over 2013- but you quickly see there are 201 people making more than $40,000 which is about half of the County moderate income level. Many of the other 181 are part-timers. Having just approved about 450 new bedrooms of development on Carolan Ave. with much more on the horizon for the South end, one has to wonder why bother having a North end specific area plan when the Council just ignores it. I really hope that five years from now I don't have to link back to this post and say "I told you so". Wanna bet?