Red light camera right turn statistics

Fremont today released its first report documenting the percentage of red light camera tickets given for failing to stop when turning right on red.

The stats below date back to Jan. 16, 2000 when the city added a little box for reviewers to click for right turns. Because the box is new, it’s possible that reviewers forgot to click it and the number of right turn violations isn’t completely accurate.

Anyway the cameras only catch right-turn violations at Stevenson and Blacow; Mission and Mojave; and Auto Mall and Fremont. Surprisngly right turns weren’t the majority of the violations at the three approaches  (Thanks, Bruce).

Here are the stats:

Automall/Fremont (straight/right)

102 – incidents captured
30 – right turn citations issued
47 – total cites issued

Mission/Mohave (straight/left/right)

766 – incidents captured
143 – right turn citations
454 – total cites issued

Stevenson/Blacow (straight/right)

814 – incidents captured
265 – right turn citations
389 – total cites issued


Fremont man mistakenly shoots, kills hunting partner in Tehama County

By Julie Zeeb
Red Bluff Daily News
Posted: 03/30/2010 02:40:33 PM PDT

PAYNES CREEK — A Fremont man accidentally shot and killed one of his hunting partners after mistaking him for a turkey, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department.

Killed was Larry Gene Pendley of Vacaville. Pendley was hunting Saturday, the opening day of turkey season, in the Paynes Creek area near Little Giant Mill Road off Highway 36, when he was accidentally shot by fellow hunter 50-year-old Stephen Henderson of Fremont, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department.

Of the group, four of them had hunted together for 30 years, with Pendley being the relative newcomer. He had been hunting with the men for 10 years, said Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker.

Everyone was in camouflage as the group started out together before breaking up to stalk the birds, Parker said.

“The victim got down on his hands and knees and was crawling through brush,” Parker said. “His friend was about 30 yards away and saw movement. He thought it was a tom and hit the victim.” Parker said Pendley, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, which should be completed within a few days, he said. The case is still under investigation, but apparently the victim had a long beard and that might have led to the confusion.

While turkey hunting accidents in Tehama County are uncommon, turkey hunts are more dangerous because hunters usually wear camouflage rather than bright orange, as deer and upland game hunters do, Parker said.

He said the incident is a lesson to hunters.

“The biggest one is never shoot until you’re sure of your target,” Parker said.


New news is no news, Merc says

A’s to San Jose? ‘No decision has been made’

By Tracy Seipel / Mercury News

Posted: 03/30/2010 10:15:50 AM PDT

Updated: 03/30/2010 11:23:21 AM PDT
Has Major League Baseball cleared the way for the Oakland A’s to move to San Jose?

Not yet, says a person close to the process in San Jose.

The denial comes as one Bay Area blogger claims a committee studying whether the A’s can move to the South Bay is set to deliver the OK for such a move. The report, which is not attributed, says the committee will give its much-awaited report to Commissioner Bud Selig within three days.

The A’s have announced their intention to move from Oakland, but the league would have to approve any move to San Jose because the San Francisco Giants own the territorial rights to Santa Clara County. The Giants say they will steadfastly defend those rights.

“It’s patently absurd that the committee is preparing to issue a report and recommendation,” said a person close to the process in San Jose. “There is no report coming out in the next three days. No decision has been made. The committee continues its work and the committee’s work is not completed.”


Fremont School Hours

tired studentLinh Tat has a story online today about Fremont Unified proposing to push back the daily start time for high school students so they can get more sleep and hopefully get better grades.

The proposed schedule would mean that high school kids get out of class after middle school and elementary school students. I’m told New Haven Unified does the same thing.

Maybe this isn’t an issue in Fremont, but in my hometown high school started before middle and elementary school. This made sense because if both parents worked, the high school student could get home first and be waiting when the younger kids returned from school.

The way Fremont wants to do things, parents (with say a 9th grader and 5th grader) wouldn’t seem to have that convenience.

Anyway, to change subjects, a Fremont site just sold for $7.3 million.


Correction: FUSD negotiations

Friday’s print edition of The Argus had a story about the three Fremont Unified School District assistant superintendents volunteering to take 5 percent pay cuts.

The article went on to say that the district has discussed salary reductions with employee groups but that no union has agreed to pay cuts. It turns out that the district has met with the teachers union (and negotiations are ongoing), but there has been no talks yet with CSEA or SEIU leaders.

The article has been corrected online, and a correction should appear in Saturday’s print edition.

While we’re on the topic of cuts, what do you think of the asst. superintendents’ actions? Did they lead by example? Should they — as the highest paid employees behind the superintendent — have offered to take a bigger cut? Should the employee groups agree to pay cuts themselves?


Chamber member calls Argus “amazing”

After I finished eating other people’s desserts at the Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City Luncheon, I tried to do a little schmoozing. It didn’t go so well. But, I did run into a financial planner who loves The Argus, even though his English isn’t the best. Here’s what he wrote me this evening.

Hi, Matthew:

How are you doing!

It was a pleasure to meet you in Fremont Chamber Luncheon and I really enjoyed talking with you and learning your businesses.

Your company and services are amazing and valuable to all of us.  I am looking forward to knowing your business more and show you the work that we do …

Once again, thank you for your attention.

Warmest Sincerely,


New restaurant / new sign complaint

Cafe Pyala is the newest restaurant on Mission Boulevard. It’s also the latest Fremont business not thrilled about city sign laws.

Kisa Amin says the city ordered her and her husband remove their temporary A-Frame sign board and banner and also move the neon sign from the Mission Boulevard side of the Pakistani/Indian restaurant to the Pine Street side.

When they didn’t comply within a week, the city slapped them with a $100 fine.

Mission San Jose is a historic strict with strict rules about aesthetics.

Amin said business has been so-so since the restaurant opened five weeks ago across from Ohlone College. They’ve got a lot of student specials, and most of the meals are around $5.