Mayoral Debate

 Sorry folks, I couldn’t take notes and blog at the same time. Here’s a rundown of the mayoral debate. Hope it’s not too sloppy. It’s too late to do the council one.

Opening Statement:

Gus Morrison – Comes out swinging. Mentions fact that city asked for big tax hike then suddenly found surplus in 2006, mentions failure of Centerville redevelopment, says council has been all song and dance on the A’s.

Steve Cho – Facing two septuagenarians, he emphasizes that he has energy to be mayor.

Top issue

Morrison: Says it’s how to fund local government. He supports the hotel tax on the Nov. ballot

Cho: Says public safety is top concern. He wants to revisit the city’s burglar alarm policy

A’s ballpark

Cho: Supports it for economic development and national exposure

Morrison: Opposes it. Says everyone would drive to the game and it would be a transportation disaster. Cost Lowe’s and Costco business. If ballpark is built, it should be near NUMMI

Should the A’s proposal go to the voters?

Gus: No

Cho: Yes

Charter City:

Cho: Could have benefit in helping city generate revenues from baseball stadium

Morrison: Opposes it.

Support for current effort to increase redevelopment funds:

Morrison: Supports it as valuable tool for building an Irvington BART Station and 680-880 cross over.

Cho: Supports it, but he also criticized the city’s track record with redevelopment projects. “We have had a whole lot of studies,” he said. “We don’t have anything to show for it.”

What about downtown?

Gus: Said he had a plan and it fell apart after he left. Says the A’s plan would complicate vision of downtown Fremont as lifestyle center with bookstores, REI, etc.

Cho: Notes that the land is private and the city can’t control private investors. (A squabble in the family of William Faidi, a major landholder, set back the downtown project) Says downtown will happen it might just take a while.

Low income housing?

Both say it’s important

Support for Dumbarton Rail and East West Corridinator (Rt. 84)

Gus: He opposes both projects. Said the connector project (84) will just move the traffic jams from one place to another and that Dumbarton Rail wouldn’t work like a normal train system.

Cho: Supports East West Connector project. Says North Fremont needs the new road. Won’t answer Dumbarton question because of funding issue coming before MTC. (Not sure why that is. Wasserman never misses a chance to say it’s a dumb idea)

How to help Small Business?

Cho: He’s a small business owner. Says Fremont has a reputation as being a business unfriendly town. (It seems like they say that about every town. Fremont has to be more business friendly than Berkeley)

Gus: Key to economic development is helping the little guy get started.

Cultural Affairs and the theater in Centerville?

Morrison: Said they had a plan for a cultural arts center when he was mayor, but never got it funded. Said it’ll be harder to get people to tax themselves for it after the city found that surplus after pushing for the 2006 utility tax.

Cho: Big supporter of the arts. Sits on the symphony board. Said cultural center would put Fremont on the map just like the A’s would.

I’m skipping one. Lets go to vision for Fremont four years and 10 years down the road.

Morrison: “We’re about building a place for families. Four pillars: family, home, church and school

Cho: Adds a fifth pillar: economic development. Talks about making historic business districts more economically viable.

Coordinate development with school capacity

Cho: Interested in the idea

Morrsion: Says current law makes it hard to do. Wishes that cities had more say though.

Why him?

Gus: Touts experience. Says he can work well with council members. Sees mayor as facilitator.

Cho: Says he goes out into community and can voice people’s concerns. Plays up relative youth again. Says next mayor has to have energy level to take Fremont to the next level.

Matt Artz


  1. Dear Anu Natarajan: As a democrat and voter from your constituency for city council, I want to know how far you was involved in construction project from 2004 to
    2008 with Gokul Gupta’s misuse of Fremont Hindu Temple’s funds about Million dollar with support of Dr. Romesh Japra as deposed by Dr. Salwan
    in his deposition in case no: 07-318802 between Dhir v. Gupta et.al, Superior Court, Alameda County, Oakland, CA, where you was defendant party and Judge Steven Brick gave partial judgment between Dhir, Gupta, Dr. Japra, and Vedic Dharma Samaj because Dhir was not member of Fremont Hindu Temple (Vedic Dharma Samaj) but you were not only member but also a city council. How Fremont voters can trust you because still your conscience sleeping, even after the judgment of Judge Bonnie Sabraw about fraud and mismanagement of funds in Fremont Hindu Temple on August 9, 2007. I will wait for your response, if not, look for my public opposition to your city election or any other election? Dr. Japra’s goons are continuing coercion in Temple Management.
    Dr. Brij Mohan Dhir, http://www.drdhir.com, 510-290-9836

  2. Dr. Dhir,

    I appreciate your corage in calling spade a spade. The Council position is for 4 years, but she would like to run for the Mayor 2012 according to her website without completing her 4 years, insulting the mandate of the people. She will start her fund raising from January, 2011. This I pointed out during the Candidates Forum of APAPA on Sept 30, 2010. She came running ferociously and said ” Fazlur, you are a liar, there no such thing on my website “. I told her to log to her website on her phone, that I show it to her or see on my Iphone. She ran immediately and within hours removed it.

    She only believes in making money from the Temple and developers of Fremont by all means. She is in politics to make money, to get protection from top politicians and not to serve the people.

  3. Dear Gandhi Jr.
    First of all, happy belated birthday. It was great to see that you spent your birthday dining what you love to do, trashing any woman that has a power position that you desire. Anu is just your latest whipping girl. Let’s reflect upon your venom just this past year.
    The girls club with Nina Moore and Cindy Bonior. This clubs mission is to be in the pocket of developers and to exclude fine upstanding citizens, like yourself, from building your green utopia and creating thousands of high paying jobs. Because we all k ow you’ve got a track record of providing lots of jobs. You have one employee Fazlur, yourself.
    Then there’s the soccer mom. Not in bed with developers “yet”, ut certainly headed that way if she wins. Right Fazlur?
    Now its Anu. Could she be the most corrupt Jr.? She’s got something you want so she must be.
    Yep, Gandhi stood for peace and you are a piece. So I can see why they comparison was made.

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