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Wasserman is not optimistic

Just talked to the mayor:

He said it’s pretty obvious that the proposed ballpark site between the planned BART station and Interstate 680 is NOT going to work.

Why does he think Wolff bailed on the Feb. 24 meetings:
Mayor: “I think he sees the impact of the large volume of protests. The way they conduct themselves I think is bad for them, it’s bad for the city, it’s bad for everybody except their own vested interest. And I think that’s the cause.”

Do you think the A’s are done with Fremont:
Mayor: They haven’t made that decision. I think they need to regroup. They need to look at ProLogis still. We haven’t even had a chance to look at that. I don’t know what to expect next. Maybe nothing. Maybe we’ve lost the opportunity.

What does NUMMI think about the A’s in Warm Springs?
Mayor: They say they’re opposed. The ideal site is on NUMMI land, but they won’t cooperate.

How can protests of several hundred people derail this thing?
Mayor: (Only speculating) I suspect that Major League Baseball doesn’t like to have this kind of thing. It’s not good for them.

Matt Artz

0 Comments

  1. Matt,

    Please clarify!

    When Wasserman says “…The way they conduct themselves I think is bad for them, it’s bad for the city, it’s bad for everybody except their own vested interest…”, what are “they” and “them” referring to?
    The protesters or the A’s?

  2. The mayor thinks the way residents conduct themselves is bad for them.

    Hmm, let us see, we have a mayor who has pushed for an A’s stadium touting all sorts of economic benefits without ANY evidence to back that up and without even a framework for an agreement with the A’s.

    We have residents asking for input, study, and consideration of the project, but who were ignored by the City.

    So the residents resort to the only other avenue they have — publicly voicing their concerns.

    That is BAD?

    What a hypocrite.

  3. Don’t let the heat off!! Keep the protests going. wASSerman is a politician who does not care for his constituents. You can never predict how low he will stoop to get this done.

  4. Wasserman’s buddy, Wolf, called the citizens of Fremont (protesters) “absurd” in a meeting in San Jose. I wouldn’t put it past Wasserman to say similar things about the people who make Fremont the city that it is.

  5. Since the article refers to Prologis, I thought I’d share their contact info (from their website) in case anybody wants to let them know that we support them in what we hope will be their continued opposition to the stadium proposal:

    Corporate Contact
    ProLogis Corporate Headquarters
    4545 Airport Way
    Denver, Colorado 80239
    ph: 800-566-2706
    direct: 303-567-5000
    fax: 303-567-5605
    info@prologis.com

    Analyst Contact
    Melissa A. Marsden
    4545 Airport Way
    Denver, Colorado 80239
    ph: 303-567-5622
    fax: 303-567-5605
    mmarsden@prologis.com

    Shareholder Contact
    Robbin Lee
    4545 Airport Way
    Denver, Colorado 80239
    ph: 800-820-0181 (this is an interactive voice response number)
    direct: 303-567-5690
    fax: 303-567-5605
    ir@prologis.com

    Media Contact
    Jessica Crow
    4545 Airport Way
    Denver, Colorado 80239
    ph: 303-567-5137
    fax: 303-567-5605
    jcrow@prologis.com

    In case anyone is confused (as I was) by the use of “Pacific Commons” and “Prologis” almost interchangeably, Pacific Commons is the development, the group of stores that sit on land that is owned by Prologis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Commons). Pacific Commons is the tenant; Prologis is the landlord.

  6. Keep the protests going!!! Wasserman is a politician who doesn’t care about his constituents. Don’t trust what he is saying. You never know how low he will stoop to achieve his personal goals.

  7. Mayor: “The way they conduct themselves I think is bad for them, it’s bad for the city, it’s bad for everybody except their own vested interest. And I think that’s the cause.”

    And who’s “vested interest” do YOU represent Mr. Mayor?

  8. The way the autocratic Mayor and the me-too City Council have been conducting the business of the City is bad for the city. There is nothing wrong in the peaceable assembly of citizens. Perhaps the Mayor has not read the Constitution of the United States of America. In all the protests we have done, we have never done anything “bad”, except to bring our family and try to raise awareness of the issues facing the city. Of course, Mr. Mayor does not want people to point out that they he is wrong. He needs to focus on his job and stop labeling and judging the people for whom he was elected to work.

  9. To be real, everybody has vested interests. The A’s. Major League Baseball. The Mayor and Council members. City management. The residents.

    Ideally, Our Mayor and those elected or hired by us to run our City would be representing the vested interests of the residents.

    Actions and events, both recent and long-term, tend to indicate otherwise.

    It’s starting to look like they’re busted and they know it.

  10. The Mayor talks like the only disadvantages are to a handful of homeowners… And, he makes it clear that he thinks they are being selfish. Fact is, ALL of Fremont will be impacted…commuters, homeowners, the Pacific Common businesses that people avoid on game day because the traffic is horrendous…

    He had me convinced the A’s team was a good thing because it would bring visitors, upscale shops, new housing along with taxpaying shoppers, and a great baseball team. Now the village is stalled, possibly forever, and I can’t find even a handful of relevant studies to show that putting a ballpark alongside a properous neighborhood, away from an established downtown area and near congested freeways has ever been a good idea…

    So what does he do next, he tells me–a lifelong resident who passionately loves my city–that I am only acting for myself, when I question the wisdom of this project.

    I’m sorry I voted for him. I’m sorry I told my friends he was fair and reasonable and we could count on him to listen and got them to vote for him. And I’m sorry that for him to realise his dream, I’m supposed to give up mine…a safe home in a quiet and pleasant neighborhood in a wonderful city.

  11. When Wasserman talks about “vested interest”, these are the same terms that Lew Wolff used when he spoke to the San Jose Chambers of Commerce last week about the protest against the A’s moving to Fremont. Here is the podcast from KCBS.
    http://podcast.kcbs.com/kcbs/1581405.mp3
    http://www.kcbs.com/pages/3833252.php?

    It is too bad that the mayor does not recognize and respect the rights of its citizens to voice their opinions peacefully. He is more concerned about bringing the A’s to Fremont at any cost. If ProLogics and NUMMI don’t feel it will be beneficial with the A’s building a ballpark near their places of business, why would Fremont residents want it near their homes?

  12. Where’s the Guy –

    Dude, what were you thinking? You’ve lived here all your life and you weren’t wise to Bob Wasserman YET?

    Let me say this again, for those who may have missed it before – if Bob Wasserman’s lips are moving, he’s lying to you. It’s second-nature, a Pavlovian reflex.

    But you’re sorry, so we forgive you. Live and learn. Just let that be a lesson to you; go forth and sin no more.

  13. This wasn’t a Field of Dreams situation. Not getting the buy-in of the major commercial land developer and the surrounding businesses at the initial location was not smart business. Proposing a secondary site in such close proximity to a major single-family community was not smart planning. Not asking the citizens of Fremont their opinion in advance is turning out to be not smart politics.

  14. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Lew Wolfe did not become a millionaire by quitting.

    He sees that a public meeting equals a PR disaster. The A’s show up and it is all against.

    That might force him to work underground so let’s continue the effort to get this issue out in front of more people. We don’t want him to be a one of those ‘wack-a-moles’ that keeps popping up when we wack him down. We need to exterminate his desire to be in Fremont.

  15. I agree with ‘WS Resident’. Given the well established fact that the mayor and the city council do not care about the people who put them in office, the current withdrawal may be a trojan horse. We need to keep up the opposition and increase the visibility of our efforts.

  16. Looks like we’re all on the same page. They’re not to be trusted so we keep doing what we believe is the best for our whole city. Spread the word and make more people aware. It’s not over yet.

  17. We definitely need to keep the heat on, and not just about the stadium complex.

    There is a direct link between Bob Wasserman referring to the residents of the town that he has been given the honor of serving as “vested interests” and old Phil Gramm telling us late last year that we were a “nation of whiners” who were suffering from a “mental recession”.

    All politics is local, and it is populated to an appalling extent by old geezers (yes, I can say that, because I’m an official geezer) who JUST DON’T GET IT. They see the the positions that they hold as their right and just property, and the people they are elected to serve as cattle.

    Well, are you?

    If you’re tired of being treated like you’re blessed to be allowed to drop your input and questions into a deep hole where the Council and City management ignore them.

    If you’re tired of candidates telling you what you want to hear, then doing whatever the hell they want once they’re elected.

    If you’re tired of hearing about issues long after the vote has been taken and the decision made.

    If you’re tired of your representatives telling you that they know better about what is good for you and your town than you do.

    Then you need to act up. Pay attention. Go to meetings. Insist that the Argus cover local politics. Insist that the the information that we need is available on the City website THAT WE OWN. Insist that your local representatives reply to your issues. Hold their feet to the fire.

    The Fremont Citizens Network has great potential to keep people connected, informed and involved, thereby improving City Hall and the City in general. They are doing what the City website should be doing.

    BUT, I haven’t seen anything on the FCN site about the Besaro Mobile Home Park. Right now, we’re all involved in the stadium issue; meanwhile, the 350 elderly residents of the Besaro Mobile Home Park are facing either unconscionable rent increases or eviction and they’re not getting any help from us. This development is owned by the former Director of the City of Fremont Parks and Maintenance Department.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_11555715

    I know our civic muscles are a bit underdeveloped, but I believe that we should be able to keep more than two balls in the air at one time.

  18. What a bunch of upper middle class cry babies. Mission Hills and Warm Springs should get their own city limit. I’m sure you wouldnt see anyone protest that.

  19. North, you’ve finally come up with a great idea.

    Personally, I think we should all go back to being Centerville, Irvington, Niles, Warm Springs and Mission San Jose. Maybe we could bring back the Pathfinder Day Parade, the Center Theater (as it used to be), the cauliflower fields and the apricot orchards too.

    Maybe it’s not too late to secede and become part of Newark.

    Nice to know that there are some issues that we can agree on.

  20. Hey North Fremont, got any vacant fields around your place we could point out to Mr. Wolff & Co.?

    Seriously, this is NOT about MSJ and Warm Springs being uppity. The stadium is NOT a revenue stream for the city. It will be a drain on all of our city resources. Please, please try to educate yourself on the serious issues involved by reading the many pertinent pieces of information that have been posted on this blog over the past several months. Those arguing against the ballpark are protecting your interests as well.

  21. If it’s just a stadium with parking, it will be a drag. If they can put in pedestrian focused shopping and eating around the stadium, we’ll have a major tax boon for the city. The village part of the plan is vital and must be by the stadium.

  22. Jon, A couple of years ago, the A’s submitted an economic analysis trying to prove the point you are making. It didn’t hold water. In fact, council referred it to staff for an analysis of it and it has never come back. Baseball stadiums work best in intensely urbanized places, downtowns, and they work there because people are not rushing to the game in their cars from work and rushing home after the games in their cars. For your vision to work, I’d guess that a majority of the fans have to come to the game using transit, many of the games have to be day games, and the whole area around the ballpark needs to be somehow integrated together. So far the A’s haven’t met any of those measures.

  23. DEAR NORTH I LOVE YOUR IDEA.

    1ST THEY WANTED THIER OWN SCHOOL DIST SO ALL OF THE ROBOT KIDS WOULD BE ASSURED TO FORM NO KIND OF SOCIAL SKILLS. NOW THEY WANT TO BLOCK AN AMERCIAN PAST TIME FROM FROM BEING A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. FREMONT IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS RIGHT NOW AND I AM EMBRASSED SO SAY I LIVE HERE.

  24. I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR OVER 35 YEARS WORKING AND LIVING.

    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE?

  25. Smalls if you think drinking beer and spending your hard earned money on overpaid steroid taking athlete’s and teaching your children that this is ok. that tells alot about why you think the way you do.Baseball is no longer Americas favorite past time. NO TO THE BALLPARK IN NORTH FREMONT ALSO!!!
    RECALL W-ASS-ERMAN!!!!

  26. Jon Simon is right (3). The anti-A’s crowd is against growth, and a bunch of fearmongers. I do agree with them that Warm Springs is not the place to build. ProLogis was for the A’s at the Pacific Commons site. I want an answer to the “change of heart.” Perhaps they were using the A’s to get their 3 crappy stores in the area. I demand an answer why ProLogis changed their tune!

  27. WORBLE

    WOW YOU HIT RIGHT ON THE HEAD. WHAT IS A FUN DAY TO YOU? TRIP TO FRYS CHECK ON SOME DEALS? MAYBE WATCH SOME C-SPAN? I THINK WE SHOULD ALL STAY IN THE HOUSE PLAY DUNGENS AND DRAGONS.

    THERE ARE SOME BAD GUYS DOING ILLEGAL THINGS IN BASEBALL AND THEY WILL BE DELT WITH. EX-PRES CLINTON WA GETTING HEAD (YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT THAT IS) AND CONGRESS MEN LIE ALL THE TIME BUT IT IS OK TEACH ARE KIDS THAT THEY ARE ROLL MODELS?

    IF WE WERE TO RECALL THE MAYOR FOR WHAT REASON IS IS UNCERTAIN STILL WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE TAKE THE JOB?

  28. WOW SMALLS YOU TEACH YOUR KIDS THAT GONGRESS MEN ARE ROLL MODELS? THIS IS ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU SHOULD NOT BREED.

  29. YOU GOT ME WITH THAT ONE. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER ENJOY THAT ADOPTION PROCESS THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T BREED.

    WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AS MAYOR?

  30. Gees, did anybody else notice the testosterone level rise and the IQ drop in this place?

    You two need to get a room and work this out privately. The grown-ups are talking.

  31. LIFER

    I WAS JUST RESPONDING BACK TO WORBLE AND HIS ATTACK ON THE AMERICAN PAST TIME. I DID GO TO HIS LEVEL MY BAD..

    I AGREE WITH GOING BACK TO THE OLD DISTRICTS THAT HALF THE PEOPLE IN HERE COULD NOT NAME HALF OF THEM.

  32. Smalls;

    Could you please turn off your CAPs? It get in the way of reading your comments.

  33. Raider J, ‘No A’s’ doesn’t mean no growth, it means responsible growth. I know a lot of people who would support the stadium if it wasn’t pushed up against established neighborhoods, and if the economic model of a surrounding ballpark village is backed up with hard facts so we know we won’t be paying for it down the line.

    Keith Wolff, in a talk at a neighborhood meeting, admitted that he couldn’t really say if or when the Village would be built. And, he couldn’t provide a relevant example of a stadium without diners and shoppers that made money for its city. Even the improvement in property values is based on the original properties being depressed and in decline, hardly a way to describe Warm Springs.

    As for fearmongering…right now, the A’s and city council are using fear, threatening to pull out and take away ‘the prize’ if we persist in demanding answers. To hurt their credibility even more, the city is counting down the 30 days to respond to the A’s filed plan, while announcing they’ve stopped any conversations with the A’s and any environmental or economic impact studies. This, as Bob Wieckowski would say, ‘gives the appearance of bias’, in that it encourages opponents to believe the issue is on hold. If they miss the deadline to respond to the A’s plan, then any concerns they have do not legally need to be addressed.

    You are right to ask what the deal is with Prologis, and I hope you will keep pushing for one. But I really have to defend the motivations of scores of people I’ve spoken to from the Irvington attendance area, who don’t live in Warm Springs, but still think this idea could lead to serious problems for OUR city.

    BTW, I am really saddened that some people are using this forum to trade insults, esp. racist ones. That will get everyone nowhere fast.

  34. Whoa, this is what going through the stories chronologically does for you! Apparently, the city is NOT going mess with the response process. Thank you, City Hall, I’m willing to believe you are trying to do the right thing this round.

  35. Dearest Smallie –

    You asked how long I’ve been here. Dude, are you barkin’ up the wrong tree.

    Let’s see, where to start? I’ve been here since I was born, which is substantially north of 50 years now. Shall we proceed to my parents and grandparents? Depending on which branch of the family tree you want to follow, we can go back to very early in the last century. Further back than that was just in the Bay Area, not Fremont specifically, but then back in those days there wasn’t a Fremont yet, was there?

    And you’ve been working here. That’s great. How many local governments have employed you? How many boards and commissions have you served on? How many service organizations have you joined, and for how many local charities have you volunteered?

    Congrats on those 35 big years.

  36. Life

    i am glad to hear that you have been here that long no joke. I have always felt that this was a great place raise a family up until around 1991 when everybody sold out thanks to John Dutra and company. You must have seen the change that has happened and it is not good.

  37. Smalls, glad to know your view on Dutra. Many people call Fremont “Dutra-ville”. We should work hard to get rid of that infamous name tag.

  38. Where to start on John Dutra, the big daddy of Fremont? Here’s a page on him from a political site: http://www.totalcapitol.com/?people_id=999

    A real estate developer, John Dutra was first elected to Fremont’s City Council in 1986. A Republican until he decided to run for partisan office, he served as our representative in the CA state assembly from 2000-2004. He suffered a shocking defeat in 2006 at the hands of Ellen Corbett when he ran for State Senator. He’s the big money behind Alberto Torrico, and had a very successful political year in 2008 when almost all of the local candidates he supported were elected (Wasserman, Chan, Weickowski, Gephart).

  39. Smalls,
    Obviously you don’t live in WS or the Mission area since you’re always making negative comments about this area. You talk about robots and no social skills. I interpret this as smart kids that don’t have a life. Grow up smalls. There is no reason to resort to these kind of comments. My kids all play sports (including baseball),can hold a conversation perfectly fine and I like living in an area that has hard-working educated people. I value education and I am pretty certain northern people do to, at least my northern friends do.
    Northern guy: Do you really believe everyone is well-off in this area? How do you draw that conclusion? It is irrelevant anyway. Who cares? Just educate yourself and read more on the FCN website. You’ll be the one crying if this stadium goes through, unless you like the idea of paying more taxes.

  40. Did Wasserman really call citizens the “mob”?! Wow. Not only will we make sure there is no stadium — but Wasserman is next. Recall Wasserman and the defunct City Council.

    Do you realize while Wasserman, et al are worrying about how to subsidize the fat cat L. Wolff, Fremont has not applied for federal funds via Stimulus Bill?

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