Central Park Construction update


Above is a photo of the crane that closed a portion of Stevenson Boulevard today near Central Park. The crane carried a mixer that will be used to drill 50 feet into the ground and pour cement into the holes. The mixer and crane combined weigh one million pounds

Anyway, two more Central Park construction tidbits:
1) The new Dog Park is now scheduled to open in June.
2) Work will begin later in two to three weeks on the dam/pedestrian path across the eastern edge of Lake Elizabeth. The structure should be in place by the summer, at which time it’ll be slightly less than a two mile run around — and technically over — the lake.

Laura Oda snapped the photo

Robbery spree

mickeycopFrom the cops:

Police say one man with a gun hit up seven East Bay businesses Thursday. He started off in Fremont at the Lil Grocer & Liquor on Grimmer, then went to CJ Liquors on Stevenson and from there robbed two businesses in Newark. He returned to Fremont to take what he wanted from OO Liquors before going to Union City to strike again.

He was getting around in a white 90s Cadillac. Hayward police stopped a car that matched the description, but one of the occupants fled. Police are trying to track him down. We should have more details and updates at www.theargusonline.com and in tomorrow’s paper.

Also from the cops:

There was a fight at the Fremont Hub Safeway. Police tracked down and arrested one of the brawlers, who had an outstanding warrant. None of the parties wanted to press charges.


Plan submitted for Pacific Commons Movie Theater

pacific commonsThe owner of Pacific Commons has submitted a Concept Site Plan that includes a 16-plex movie theater on turf that two years ago was slated to become the Oakland Athletics’ home field.

Catellus Development Corp. is proposing  13 new commercial buildings and 1,750 new parking spaces bounded by Bunche Drive, Boscell Road, Curie Street and Christy Street. The development would sit directly across Curie Street from Costco and Lowe’s — two of the three stores that wanted nothing to do with the A’s.

The anchors would be a 139,516 big box retailer at the corner of Christy and Bunche and a 3,005-seat movie theater along Boscell Road.

The plan also calls for a children’s play area and a central courtyard.

More to follow in the paper, and hopefully a pdf of the plan for the blog.


Open Carry this Saturday at Jamba Juice

Just got a call that the Open Carry folks will bring their pistols and their love of smoothies to the Jamba Juice at Pacific Commons this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They welcome people with similar interests.

As promised, last week the the Open Carriers held a “Girls Day” at Supreme Nails and Spa near Blacow and Mowry. The Argus wasn’t there, but the American Trigger Sports Network sent a cameraman.


Fremont asst. supe to head Pleasanton Unified

Parvin Ahmadi, assistant superintendent of instruction for Fremont Unified, has accepted a position as the superintendent of Pleasanton Unified for next year (press release below).

Those of you who follow Fremont school news know that the current schools chief, Milt Werner, is retiring. Some people I’ve spoken to over the past months thought that Parvin might apply for his job. I don’ t know if she did or not, but this latest news certainly is interesting.

Our Pleasanton schools reporter is working on the story about Parvin. Meanwhile, here’s the press release from Pleasanton Unified (in blue):

PUSD Board of Trustees announces selection of new superintendent

The Board of Trustees of the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Parvin Ahmadi as the new Superintendent of Pleasanton Unified, pending final approval of the Board. Continue Reading


Stretch of Stevenson Boulevard closed Friday

Stevenson Boulevard between Guardino and Civic Center drives will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday as work crews move a 50-ton walking crane.

The crane will be moved to the an excavation site along the north side of Central Park where crews are digging tunnels for the BART extension south to Fremont’s Warm Springs district.

Motorists and pedestrians will be detoured away from that two-block stretch of Stevenson, directly north of Central Park.


Council meeting wrap-up

I’m out of practice. This is all after-the-fact.

A bunch of blind people showed  up to complain about unsafe conditions around the blind school on Walnut Avenue.

Linda Randolph got well deserved kudos for leading the successful fight to keep open the Niles Post Office.

It was a four-member council, no Wieckowski.

The council approved a a 14-kid day care operation that will set up shot in a home accessed via a private road in Centerville. There’s a lot to this. The day care center is going to be off Allen Court, wich is basically a one lane private road near the intersection of Thornton and Fremont Boulevard.

All of the residents say day care traffic will pose a danger on the narrow road. The day care folks say they drive carefully and it won’t be a big deal. The city had rejected previous plans for 30 students, but state law tied the city’s hands when it comes to a 14-student program in what will soon become the operator’s residence.

If the council had more latitude, they might have rejected it.


Campaing Mailer Watch: Garrett Yee

owlWe’re going to be analyzing and fact-checking campaign mailers  for the Bob Wieckowski – Garrett Yee Assembly Democratic Primary this June. First up is Ohlone College Trustee Garrett Yee. A mailer supporting his campaign went last week.

A few things to note:

1) Yee’s campaign didn’t pay for this. The mailer was funded by Californians Allied for Patient Protection, a state campaign committee funded by the medical industry and health care insurers.

2) Limits on medical malpractice awards could be an issue in the next legislative session.  This group’s main purpose is to protect legislation that capped medical malpractice awards. There is a drive rewrite that legislation. The health care industry, which is supporting Yee, likely doesn’t trust Wieckowski on this matter, given that Wieckowski is getting a lot of money from trial attorneys.

3) This piece may have been funded by insurance and medical interests, but its target appears to be Hispanic voters. Yee’s wife, Maria, who’s Hispanic, is featured prominently and the two endorsements come from Hispanic politicians.

4) No tall tales. He’s not taking credit anything the Ohlone Board did as a group or stretching the facts. There’s really nothing to fact check in this piece.

5) He picked former State Sen. Liz Figueroa to say a few nice things about him. I saw Figueroa at Wieckoski’s campaign kick-off She says she isn’t endorsing either candidate. She also said she signed off on the Yee flier, but that, if asked, she would also willingly provide kind words for a Wieckowski mailer.

yee mailer