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BPA Board of Director Medina McKinney speaks about the history of the BPA in their town hall, “Unity in the Community” on Oct. 20.

SMUHSD holds town hall on racial representation among demands for diversity

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor October 23, 2020

On Oct. 20, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) paired with the Black Parents Association (BPA) of SMUHSD to hold a virtual town hall called “Unity in the Community.” The hour-long Zoom...

Timeline of how Burlingame’s minimum wage has increased over the years.

Burlingame to raise minimum wage

Lizzy Wan, Senior Reporter October 23, 2020

Starting in January 2021, the new minimum wage will be $15 an hour from $13 an hour. Burlingame City Council made this decision in order to better the community and support citizens.“So this was mostly...

On a Friday night, the library shines bright despite challenging times.

In a time of crisis, the Burlingame Public Library forges on

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor October 20, 2020

For six months, the Burlingame Public Library has been quiet. No guests peek through the windows or tug at the heavy door, waiting for the lights to turn on. No toddlers jump around in excitement for story...

A visual graph depicting data from the gender, grade level and political views from Burlingame students in a poll taken in September.

The 2020 Presidential Election: Where do students stand?

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor October 16, 2020

On Sept. 22, The Burlingame B sent out an anonymous poll for students regarding the 2020 presidential election. Most questions consisted of political inquiries, such as where students lean politically,...

Each locker depicts different regions of the world and different cultures in an attempt to represent the diversity of Burlingame. Speakers at the Board meeting expressed the need for cultural and ethnic representation in order to make students feel included. 

*note: The artist chose to represent cultures broadly but was unable to include all cultures. She appreciates and recognizes the need for representation and attempted to do so through nonspecific symbols for geographical regions.

Board meeting centers around need to change school culture

Amelia Harris, Editor-In-Chief October 15, 2020

On Sept. 24, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury released a report entitled “[email protected] — Opportunities Lost,” describing a need for action following an investigation of hate-based incidents...

Pick of the Litter is a nonprofit thrift store operated by the Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Burlingame thrift stores adapt to survive during unprecedented times

Allison Cohen, Business Manager October 14, 2020

Businesses across Burlingame have suffered from new COVID-19 restrictions in the past few months, but some thrift stores have managed to survive thanks to increased donations and support from the community.  Pick...

Broadway is closed to cars throughout the weekend to enhance safety for residents in Burlingame.

Weekend road closure shakes businesses on Broadway

Safiya Loomba, Design Editor October 12, 2020

On July 6, Burlingame City Council decided to close Broadway Ave. to cars every weekend. The closure allows restaurants to extend seating into the street and while continuing to follow COVID-19 safety...

California DMV opens new appointments for students wishing to take behind-the-wheel driving tests.

Students become licensed as DMV opens new driving test appointments

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor October 12, 2020

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently opened new appointments for behind-the-wheel driving tests, much to the excitement of many students at Burlingame. Following the cancelation...

Former staff members of The Burlingame B (from left to right) Benjamin Rosenberg, Tekla Carlen, and Stella Lorence.

The importance of student journalism

Amelia Harris and Allison Cohen September 13, 2020

The Burlingame B is a longstanding tradition of Burlingame High School, but more importantly, it’s a way for students to express their opinions and stay updated and informed about their community. With...

The covenant attached to one house on Mills Avenue that discriminates against Ethopians and Mongolians.

Burlingame’s racist housing covenants

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor September 9, 2020

In May of 1932, a Chinese American family, the Lees, purchased a home in Burlingame’s Lyon Hoag neighborhood. The Lees were hoping that they could go unnoticed, but unfortunately, Judge Rockwell Stone...

A student sits at his desk, where he is learning via Zoom.

Online learning results in an elaborate new schedule for students and teachers

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor September 3, 2020

With online classes becoming the new norm for students and teachers, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) administration has had to work to create an online learning environment that would...

Burlingame High Choir bands together to virtually perform “Building Bridges”, despite Covid-19 implications.

BHS Choir Performs Together Despite Challenges

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor May 15, 2020

The Burlingame High choir may not be allowed to rehearse together, but modern technology is allowing them to continue performing together. Videos of the choir students singing independently were stitched...

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