It took an act of congress


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.Every day, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meter readers, gas service representatives and other employees enter yards and homes to read meters, re-light gas pilots and provide other types of customer service. During National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17 – 23, PG&E reminds customers to make sure their dog is safe and secure whenever a PG&E employee is scheduled to visit your home or business.


Shooting last weekend near The Hub?

I received an e-mail yesterday asking about a shooting near The Hub late Saturday or early Sunday. I finally got the information about the incident. According to cops, there was a large hip-hop party held at a restaurant across the street from The Hub late Saturday/early Sunday. During the event — which police broke up — two people were shooting guns, witnesses said. It was not until the next morning (daylight) that police found several expended shell cassings from two different types of guns (9 mm and .45 cal). As of this morning (Tuesday) police have not learned of anyone actually hit by gunfire.


Dead Infant Found in Union City Dumpster

By Ben Aguirre Jr.

Staff Writer

UNION CITY — The body of an newborn was found inside a dumpster at an apartment complex late Monday by a person who was digging through the trash for recyclables, Lt. Ben Horner said.

The body was discovered about 8:40 p.m. at the Parkside Apartments on Decoto Road, and a citizen immediaterly called police. When officers arrived, they could see that there was a dead baby in the trash, but they were not immediately able to tell if it was a boy or a girl, Horner said.

“It was not in a position where we could tell its gender,” the lieutenant said.

By 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, authorities were still at the complex waiting for the coroner to arrive and remove the body.

The deceased newborn is the second dead baby found in a trash can in the Tri-City Area in the last three years.

In January 2006, a boy less than five days old was discovered dead inside a trash can outside a Jack In The Box restaurant in Newark.

Horner said he cannot recall another case in Union City where a dead baby was found in the garbage.

“I’ve worked here for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, speaking about the type of case. He aknowledged that he personally did not see the baby.




Cable problems?

I got a call from a Glenmoor woman. She said her cable stopped working for channels above 39. She said because of the digital switchover, Comcast is requiring customers to get conversion boxes and charging customers a fee to get the stations if they have more than one tv in the house.

Anyone else have this problem?


Police dive team at Lake Elizabeth

**Update: Cops this morning said they found a gun in the lake yesterday and have placed it into evidence. No crime has been committed.

If you go walking at Lake Elizabeth today, don’t be alarmed if you see a dive team from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in the water. The group is not searching for a dead body or anything like that. They’re actually searching for a gun that someone reportedly threw in the lake last night.

Here’s the skinny: Someone threatened to commit suicide last night and a roommate of that person took the gun away, drove to Lake Elizabeth and threw it in the water.

Upon hearing this, Fremont police called the county dive team and told them they could use this opportunity as a training exercise. The county agency agreed, and apparently headed out there this morning.


Will librarians raise their voices?

Word on the street is that a bunch of school library employees will dress in black and head to Wednesday’s Fremont school board meeting to show opposition to the planned program cuts next year.

The board in February approved cutting the district’s library staff by half. Tonight, trustees are expecting to hear from the superintendent how the library program will work next year with a reduced staff.

I guess employees are choosing this week to descend upon the board because of the aforementioned report on next year’s program. But additionally, the district will be presenting library awards to schools.


image from Amazing Tito’s site at flickr.com


Blast from visions past

I came across was handed the below column in the Mercury News, which was published on Oct. 8, 1989 1999 (oops) about Fremont plan that offered, let’s just say, a rosy vision for the city’s future. 

The column was written by Dennis Rockstroh, and, considering the council is talking about a Fremont Boulevard street car service and killing its championship golf course dream, it was interesting enough to me that I’m transcribing it below. Here it goes:

A $230,000 plan goes for naught

I once saw the future.

But we’ve been tricked.

Here’s what a 1989, $230,000 taxpayer-paid plan said about Fremont’s future:

“The tour begins at the Visitor’s Bureau office in the Chadbourne House in front of the Fremont Hub.

“The Fremont Hub is a bustling community center of four-to-six-story office buildings and specialty shops. Three movie theaters, two nightclubs and an award-winning Brazilian/Portuguese restaurant make the Hub an attractive place for an evening’s entertainment.”

OK. Go ahead and laugh, but when you’re finished, I feel it is my obligation to tell you that we’re only halfway through this plan, which was nine months in the making. I’m hoping that the Brazilian/Portuguese restaurant –award winning, of course — could become a reality.

But not likely, said Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison. Continue Reading


General Plan and Niles

I should really write about Fremont’s work on a new General Plan that will guide development through 2030. But I can’t seem to buckle down and write something. During my research/paralysis, I started looking at the city’s concept plans for its old-time neighborhoods.

My hesitation is partly because I’m afraid I’ll end up writing an optimistic story about all their lofty goals, and 20 years later someone in Fremont will read it and think we were all on drugs.

How much of the council’s vision ever becomes clear-eyed reality? Let’s look at the Niles Concept Plan from 2001.

Here’s the vision:

1) Create a diverse retail mix — Failure. No hardware store, no drug store, too many antique shops.

2) Incorporate a daytime population — Nope. Unless you count the inebriated masses at The Florence.

3) Create a Central Gathering Place or Plaza — Success. One is scheduled to open this fall, although it’s about half the size as the one they were planning to build.

4) Establish Niles as a Regional Destination — Only for guys in overalls, who have model train sets in their living rooms. Continue Reading