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August 19, 2020


Sign Me Up

So wrong. We cannot forget Biden and Pelosi's mistakes of the past since we may be stuck with him and her for years. "Those who forget the past...blah blah", you SHOULD know the rest. Biden knew everything the CDC and WHO knew. He was a big WHO cheerleader even after it was clear Tedros was a China puppet. Biden has no idea what to do if he does win. He just knows he will solve the pandemic. Senile. Nice try tho.

Bruce Dickinson

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. From the Council minutes on the Burlingame Ave closure, the Staff Report showed the actual full survey results of the downtown businesses (vs anecdotal stories) and surprise surprise, the Restaurants were actually overwhelmingly for it..only ONE opposed (not even more than this!!). 65% of ALL the businesses either said the street closure improved business or didn't affect it at all and only 25% of the businesses are restaurants. Those that said things worsened business were mostly the side street services (legal, salons, etc) and some retailers due largely to parking. Parking was the #1 concern, followed closely by #2 which was not enough mask compliance.

We knew all along, right from day one, the closure was designed to help the restaurants, which it looks like (much like Bruce Dickinson predicted), it really did. This survey even includes those restaurants who were "off the Avenue", thus there seems to be no evidence of this "disadvantaged the non-Burlingame Ave restaurants" theory that some readers imagined. The survey results have clearly debunked that.

I still think we could have used more of a "Smart" street closure, keeping side streets or even a portion of Burlingame Ave open, and maybe even closing down some side streets too. Palo Alto and San Mateo seem to be enjoying success with these smart closures, designated, socially distanced dining areas, while allowing some traffic to flow through.

This way those who were the most opposed to the closure (especially business services and some Retail on the side streets) might have been more on board.

But unequivocally, right from the restaurants themselves: closing the Ave improved the restaurants sales overall.

Chalk another one up for Bruce Dicksinon...The other day my neighbor even called me "the Oracle of Burlingame!" Maybe my new nickname!???


I'm afraid I'm in the "who ya gonna believe, the survey or your own eyes and ears?" camp. As recently as last Friday night I had another restaurant owner state how bad the BAAZ was for his business. That's 5 for 5 on or near the Ave. so we are slipping past anecdotal. This owner hadn't heard that the BAAZ was dead--he said he hadn't stopped running at full speed for weeks and certainly hadn't responded to the survey.


PS. BD, thank you for getting us back on track!

Handle Bard

I cannot believe we are still closing down Broadway on the weekends. This is stupid beyond stupid. No body is out there walking in the empty street. Half the restaurants are not even open in the afternoon. It is idiotic. I biked through today and did not see ANYBODY there.


Lots of confusion on Broadway this afternoon at 3:30. The signage saying the street would be closed at 3 pm (it's Saturday today) are still up and there are no parking signs on the meters, but traffic was flowing and cars were parked. Parking enforcement showed up after 3pm but it wasn't clear what they were attempting to do. Clear the street? Having been on Broadway at 5pm-ish several Saturdays, it becomes a ghost town during closure. Unlike how it was packed today at 3:30. It's really time to discontinue this experiment.

Anna N

I don't think many people understand the medical facts of the Flu vs Corona:

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

Covid deaths compared to a Flu season is greater but not serious as the media sells it. 360 million people and 200,000+ deaths.

Sez Willie Brown

Serve chilled: With the end of summer and arrival of standard time, parklet dining has lost its charm. The early darkness and falling temperatures have made eating outside a cold, damp and lonely experience.


Salt Yard and Velvet 48 are the only parklets with more than one or two tables full tonight in the rain. Most of them are empty and people are fighting for short term parking to do take out. Beware the DoorDashers. They're animals. Three parklets on Primrose with zero diners. Time to rethink this just like closing the street?


Unintended consequence:

2pm Sunday and the trash cans on the Ave are overflowing.
Guess with what type of detritus? Take-out containers.

The garbage is left on the sidewalk benches, inside the abandoned parklets, curbside in the street, on the newspaper racks.

You want a plague? Watch out for the rats and raccoons tonight.

Come on City Hall, take care of the basics or is trash collection not “woke” enough?

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