Cause of death for Newark’s abandoned baby undetermined

Yesterday we learned that the abandoned baby found in May at a Union City apartment complex died from a bacterial infection contracted through a prolonged labor. It’s probably worth noting that the cause of death for the baby boy found in Newark in 2006 hasn’t been determined, said Newark police Sgt. Bill Shaffer, who was the lead detective on the 2006 case.

Also, I swung by the grave site for Matea Esperanza today to see if there had been any new memorials or flowers (or visitors) — but there didn’t appear to be. If you’re interested in visiting her, she’s in the Eternal Life (near the south eastern corner) area of the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery on Mission Boulevard near the fence line.


Newsflash: Wasserman and Harrison disagree

I’m in full speculation mode this week asking folks what should happen in south Fremont IFToyota stops making cars and trucks there. It’s a touchy subject. No one wants to be seen as rooting for NUMMI’s demise, because nobody is rooting for NUMMI’s demise.

One city official asked not to be quoted and another would only talk about what the city was trying to do to keep NUMMI. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sue Chan wouldn’t even take the bait. Your newest council person doesn’t do hypothetical questions.

Luckily for me, Bob Wasserman, Bill Harrison and Bob Wieckowski do, although they want to stress that they very much want NUMMI to stay.

But if it doesn’t … ?

Wieckowski and Harrison both said the area should remain manufacturing.

Not Wasserman. He said he’d be open to a new car manufacturer taking over the plant, but if that didn’t happen, he envisioned down the road, “a very massive development” with a mix of housing, retail and office buildings. Continue Reading


Fremont man to run for governor as Republican

It’s a mystery. He’ll announce tomorrow. Interesting strategy: announcing on a Saturday when the lone local reporter will be at the Fremont Festival of the Arts. His press release is as below:

Social, Fiscal Conservative to Announce Gubernatorial Bid 
Fremont, CA. – Friday, July 31, 2009.  A candidate with a pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-immigrant stance with a solid moral compass and religious foundation is set to announce his candidacy this Saturday. This candidate will satisfy the vacuum left within the GOP. He is an authentic conservative candidate.   
This newcomer is a life-long businessman who displays a foundation of fiscal conservatism and sound financial principles. Continue Reading


Omeed Popal heading back to court on Monday

Fremont resident Omeed Popal, the guy charged with murder in connection with the 2006 hit and run spree that killed a man in Fremont and left more than a dozen injured in San Francisco, is headed back to court on Monday. Baring some unforeseen event, he will be arraigned on the murder charge and then likely plead not guilty, which is pretty standard. Popal is currently being held in an Alameda County jail without bail.


Yee jumps out to $$ lead over Wieckowski

Assembly candidate Garrett Yee sent out a press release today announcing that he has raised $111,585 from nearly 200 donors as of today. Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates to file contributions for the past few months.

Yee’s top opponent, Bob Wieckowski, told me he raised about $65,000.

Wieckowski said he was pretty much resigned to having less money on hand than Yee for the upcoming Assembly batte, but hoped the news would spur his supporters to reach deeper into their wallets.

“My base is going to have look at that and say ‘we’re going to help Bobby boy raise some money here,'” he said.

Can Wieckowski beat a candidate who raised nearly twice as much money in the opening months of the campaign? Can Yee beat a man who refers to himself as “Bobby Boy?” We’ll find out in June.


Cops: Baby was dead before dumped in trash

Got some breaking news to report. It appears that the newborn girl found in a Union City trash can in May was dead before it was birthed, and likely died from a rare bacteria that entered the mother’s uterus during a prolonged labor. I’ll have more detail — I hope — later today. But the working story is posted here. It will be updated later.


Fremont residents lost power nearly all of Tuesday

There are a lot of people in the Brookvale Park neighborhood who are glad that Tuesday was unseasonably cool. A broken PG&E cable kept about 100 customers in the dark and without power from 7:30 a.m. to about midnight.

The failed cable was located underneath Fremont Boulevard near Nicolet Street, but for some reason a lot of the homes most affected were on the other side of the shopping center there — on Purcell Place, Baldwin Place, Ronda Court and Eden Court.

About 100 customers lost power from 7:30 a.m. to midnight.

PG&E had to dig up a portion of Paseo Padre Fremont Boulevard (my bad, too much Fremont Festival talk) to replace the cable, which is why they say it took so long to restore power to people in those homes.


Ohlone fees are going up

All Community Colleges, including Ohlone, will be raising rates from $20 per unit to $26 per unit, per the State Chancellor’s office. 

This will be effective for the Fall 2009 semester.

That means that students who have already registered and paid their tuition (really, it is called a fee, not tuition) at $20/unit will now have to pay the additional fee.


Yee speaks on NUMMI

Ohlone College Trustee Garrett Yee sent us a letter to the editor about NUMMI. But we can’t run it in the paper, it appears, because he’s a stated candidate for the Assembly, and we don’t let candidates get to write letters to the editor.

This blog, however, has no such restrictions.

Yee said he has three brothers-in-law working at the plant and that he is surprised that “local officials have somewhat downplayed the impact on Fremont’s local economy.”

“This attempt to downplay the plant’s closure’s impact mischaracterizes NUMMI’s real impact. Regardless of the tax revenue that it provides directly to the city of Fremont, the larger impact is the fact that NUMMI employs approximately 5,000 workers. These 5,000 workers help to keep the local economy going. Each dollar that a NUMMI worker earns turns over in the local economy several times.”