It’s good to be a lawyer in Fremont

It looks like the City Attorney’s office is the least affected by Fremont’s budget cuts.

The City Manager’s Department is facing an 8.8 percent cut,
City Clerk – a 7.8 percent cut
Finance – an 8.3 percent cut
HR – a 10.9 percent cut
Economic Development – a 9.4 percent cut

But the City Attorney’s Office is seeing its budget increase 0.5 percent from $8.8 million to $8.84 million. It doesn’t say why that is.

Matt Artz


  1. Sounds to me like a golden opportunity for a bright young reporter with lots of curiosity and gumption to investigate this lead and tell us all what’s going on.

    Also, why cut Economic Development so much when they’re the ones who are supposed to be generating revenue by bringing businesses into town? Makes me wonder what we’re getting from Mr. Levine et al for $8+ mil/year.

  2. So why did City Manager Fred Diaz get a raise last year?

  3. So City Attorney Harvey Levine, are you going to use that extra money to help the seniors at the “Besaro” trailer park? No, I didn’t think so.

    You’re going to just let David Beretta go on and shine his “silver spoon” (i.e., inheritance) – and let him go on “bullying” everyone he comes in contact with – in this case seniors for heavens sake!

  4. Anon – I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only person in town who doesn’t live at Besaro but is still concerned about what’s going on out there. It doesn’t seem to be a story that gets under most people’s skin, but it’s sure a travesty nonetheless.

    For anybody who’s interested in the details, since the articles about it haven’t appeared on this blog,


    Besaro Mobile Home Park

    Residents of Fremont’s Senior Community, Besaro Mobile Home Park are facing a devastating rent increase by the Park Owners. Many of the residents are looking at a 43% increase in their space rent, to go along with their current Home Mortgage. This is a 55 and up community with many of the residents living on fixed incomes made up of Social Security, and depleted 401k’s. There are 300 residents in the park and many of those will be forced out of their homes if this rent increase is passed.
    We need your support as well as others in the community to help minimize or defeat this increase.

    Home values in our park have dramatically declined not just because of the economy but because of the constant threat by the owners that the park will be closed. The fact that the rent increase notices always include the statement that the park could be closed is terrifying to many of the residents who are trying to find security and peace in their later years. Prospective home purchasers are not willing to move into our park with this harassing closure cloud always lingering.


    Please mark on your calendars: June 15, 16 and 17. These are the dates the hearing will be held at Besaro Mobile Home Park, 4141 Deep Creek Road, Fremont CA. 94555, from 9:30 am to 4 pm, in the Social Hall.


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    Donations can be made to Besaro HOA Legal Fund thru:
    Julie Smith, 510 870-8598 or Anne Marie Kadish, 510-797-7794.

  6. I hesitate to describe the residents involved in the Besaro dispute by using a term that could in any way be interpreted negatively, because I’m sure that they have, in the main, led upstanding and productive lives. However, it does appear to be the case that these residents are primarily elderly and on fixed incomes, and the way we treat the elderly in general shames us all.

    As we age we can slide into a category that is often described as the “least among us”, and I do not say that as a criticism of these folks. I hope to become elderly myself someday. I am defining “least” as those who are least able to resist the treatment given to, denied or imposed on them, the least able to retaliate for negative treatment, and the least able to reciprocate for positive treatment.

    I believe that the only reliable test of a person’s basic humanity is how that person treats the least among his society. How we treat the least among us is the proof of our worth as human beings.

    Politically, how we treat the least among us is crucial because, as the recent economic downturn has shown, the categories of people who cannot resist, retaliate or reciprocate can change, sometimes rapidly. How our leaders treat the least among us shows how we will be treated if we become one of least. How we treat the least among us is the only truly reliable assessment of our genuine humanity and the only way to know if we can truly count on our political leaders to treat all members of society, including ourselves, fairly.

    The way our local representatives choose to treat those who can resist or retaliate for negative treatment shows how they behave in the face of fear or expedience. The way they choose to treat someone who can reciprocate for positive treatment (the owners of the mobile home park, for instance) shows how they behave when they expect or are hoping for something in return.

    How we treat the least among us is an indication of our health as a community. Simply put, we must be more than a horde of individuals constantly vying for our own self-interests, oblivious to the needs of others.

    This is why what is happening at Besaro is so important. We must remain ever-observant of how our leaders treat the least among us, because that shows us the true face of their humanity and teaches us how they will treat all others who find themselves, for whatever reason, unable to resist, retaliate or reciprocate. In a karmic sense, we will reap the actions that we perform and the actions that are performed on our behalf; they will eventually come back to us.


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