Water Park

The conservation measures, if they are put in place will not affect the water park this season, according to the water district. The measures would focus more on residential use, and not on commercial or industrial use so as limit economic impacts. The water park would fall into that category.

The park will use 6.2 million gallons of water a year, which the water district said was the equivalent of 50 single-family homes.


Letting yellow mellow saves gallons of water

I talked to Alameda County Water District GM Paul Piraino today, and asked him the kind of question that makes the Argus the best damn edition of the Oakland Tribune in all the world.

What saves more water: Not flushing after you pee or not running the water while you brush your teeth?

It’s basically a tie, depending on your toilet, he said. Running the faucet for a minute while you brush uses about two gallons of water. Not flushing once saves between 1.5 and three gallons, although if you have a really old toilet, you could be saving as much as five gallons.

It’s hard to quantify the loss of having someone’s urine splash you while you pee.

Water conservation tips

Conservation Tips:

Indoor Water Conservation Tips
• Repair running toilets and leaky faucets.
• Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and shaving.
• Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have full loads.
• Replace old toilets with newer, water efficient models.
• Install water saving devices such as low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
• Take shorter showers. Continue Reading


Fremont might have to cutback on water use.

Lots of papers had this type of story about the Sierra Snowpack being pretty week in this third consecutive dry year.

Tri-City area residents aren’t as dependent on the Sierra as the folks in SF and Oakland, but the drought could soon impact residents.

The Alameda County Water District, which only serves Fremont, Newark and Union City, is in the process of developing contingency plans for mandatory water reductions and rate increases for customers who use too much water.

The district could be looking to ask customers to use anywhere from 10 to 20 percent less water, depending on how the rest of the rainy season goes. Those would be the first mandatory restrictions since 1991/92.


More window smash burglaries in Fremont

The owner of C and G Dollar Store in Irvington called today to let me know that the window smash burglaries this week at Driscoll and Paseo Padre weren’t isolated.

Early Sunday morning, a burglar smashed her side window and stole $75 out of her cash register. The adjacent video store on the 40700 block of Grimmer Boulevard, was also broken into, but the owner was inside, said Gina Colaci, who owns the dollar store at 40732 Grimmer between Davis and Bay Street.

She said the video store guy identified the burglar, but she wasn’t sure if police arrested him. She said officers weren’t calling her back. I’ll call and try to find out.


Fremont soon to be down to one nursery

Thanks to my favorite Niles chat group, I learned that Naka Nursery/Mission Adobe Garden Center in Niles will be closing this June. With Navlet’s having closed last year that leaves Reagan’s as Fremont’s only nursery.

Kind of sad when you consider that this area was the state’s  horticulture hub for many years, and the city-owned Naka site on Niles Boulevard has been a nursery since the 19th century.

Naka had beeen run for decades by Shigeharu Nakamura. who died last June. His brother, Mas Nakamura, had been running it most recently, but he’s been ill too, and the nursery had been in decline for several years.

Mas didn’t expect to be able to find a buyer for the business.

A manager at Reagan’s says they’re business is strong, and they have no intention of closing.


cop roundup

Burglars smashed their way into three stores near the corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Driscoll Road sometime on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. They stole about $1,700 from Bay Cleaners, $500 from Tapioca Express and a $200 scissors from Fresh Polish nail salon.

At about 11:15 a.m. a woman noticed a man trying to enter the back door of her house on Farwell Drive at Stevenson Boulevard. She called the cops, who “flooded” the area, but the suspected burglar, who was very short, eluded them. He’s described as a five-foot tall Hispanic or light skinned black guy, about 25 to 30 years old. He might have fled in a white Buick, but police can’t say that for sure.

Lastly, an employ in the Mission San Jose gift shop called police at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday after she saw a drunk gy bathing in the fountain located inside the church. He then began yelling at himself. Police found him inside the church carrying a brown paper bag with an alcoholic beverage inside. “He was way drunk,” said police who arrested him for public drunkeness. No details on how fully clothed he was during the bath.


A’s in Central Park

The same fellow who sent an interesting mock photo of an A’s stadium in Downtown Fremont to the excellent New A’s Ballpark Blog, also sent it to me. But I wasn’t tech savvy enough to get it up on the blog, let alone include the other stuff you can see on the Stadium Blog.

To see what an A’s stadium would look like (from above) on the north side of Central Park, click here.



The Tri-City Homeless Coalition announced today that to mark its 20th anniversary it is changing its name. But it didn’t announce what it’s new name will be. For that, we’ll have to wait until a news conference on Feb. 11.

They better hope it’s a slow news day.


AC Transit proposes fare hike

A couple of months ago voters outside the Tri-City area  passed Measure VV so AC Transit wouldn’t have to make major cuts. Well, they’re talking about making cuts and raising fares.

The transit agency will hold a special meeting Wednesday morning in which the board will consider raising fares by 25 cents. They are also considering service reductions. Good thing no one here rides the bus.