By Linh Tat
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 4:45 pm in Fremont.
There was an article today about former Fremont City Councilman Art Lampert dying due to a health-related issue on Saturday. The 78-year-old had served on the council from 1972-80 and, until this weekend, served on the Alameda County Water District board.
A celebration of life in Lampert’s memory will take place April 4 at Washington Hospital. Time TBD.
Below is Lampert’s candidate statement from when he ran for City Council in 1972, provided by his family:
I pledge myself to two major goals: enhancing the quality of life in Fremont and providing a City Government that is more responsive to the needs of our citizens.
The quality of our life (in) Fremont can be enhanced by preserving our attractive hills, by leaving our portion of San Francisco Bay relatively untouched while providing access to it for people to see it and enjoy it; by providing sufficient parks and recreational facilities so people can enjoy their leisure time here in our City; by providing well-maintained streets with continuous lanes throughout; by providing a public transportation system at a reasonable cost, that gives mobility to our teenagers and to our older citizens; and by meeting our housing needs in a variety of pleasing styles and at prices our citizens can afford, through the encouragement of high-quality housing developments that include public facilities ready for use when the people move into their homes.
Our City Government can be made more responsive to the needs of our people if the City Council holds informational meetings in the different neighborhoods of our city, so Council members can learn aout and act on, local problems and desires. The Council should establish a City Goals Committee with broad-based citizen participation to meet at frequent intervals to establish goals for our City and to recommend programs by which our city Council can act to attain these goals. The Council and the City Staff should work more closely with the various volunteer groups who are trying to complete worthwhile projects. And the City Council should make the membership of the City Commissions more representative by interviewing all people who are interested in serving on these commissions before making any decisions.
I will work for these things to enhance the quality of life in Fremont and to make our City Government more responsive if I am elected to the City Council. Please give me your vote so I can give you a more excellent city.