Hating on the skate park

I just received the longest complaint letter from a resident since my Berkeley days. The letter writer thinks the city is making a big mistake by building a skate park next to the water park.

Not because the water park is for little kiddies, which means the city will face pressure to build a wussie skate park for little kiddies as opposed to a more legit skate park for older kids and heavily tatooed twenty-somethings. But because skateparks = crime, graffiti, drugs, Avril Lavigne music, etc.

Here’s the letter.

The City of Fremont is about to make the biggest mistake in its 50+ year history. It is planning to spend over two million dollars of taxpayer money on a skateboard park, and unfortunately it is choosing to put the Skateboard Park next to the new Aqua Adventure Waterpark. While that site may ease the one-time effort for a few city employees, it will be a choice eventually regretted by all. It WILL negatively impact the new Waterpark and bring increasing crime into Fremont. Continue Reading


Memorial scheduled for Fremont soldier

COX2A memorial service for Nathan Cox will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1st at Fremont Memorial Chapel, 3723 Peralta Blvd.

The service will be open to the public.

Nathan’s family is asking that donation be made to any of the following: Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Soldiers’ Angels, 1792 Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104 www.soldiersangels.org, or Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 www.fisherhouse.org.

(Photo is courtesy of Greg Harris Photography)

Fremont 4th of July parade once again at risk

The Fremont 4th of July Parade, which has been teetering on the precipice of insolvency for two years might go under  this year.

Organizers thought they would be in better shape this year because they were carrying over $10k from last year’s Warm Springs parade and, more importantly, because this year’s parade is in the Mission, which is home to a lot of moolah.

But apparently Mission folks would rather spend their money on tutors and academic enrichment camps. Organizers have only raised $14,000 this year, more than half of which was contributed by home builder Mark Robson. Parade organizers are $13,000 in the hole

To help get them out of that hole, click here.

This year’s parade will go one  on, but if organizers can’t meet their expenses this year and build up a next egg for Irvington next year, all bets are off for 2011.

Meanwhile, they’re already cutting back on this year’s parade. Instead of three giant helium balloons there will only be one. And there won’t be any post parade party. On the bright side, TV personality Spencer Christian will be the Grand Marshall. I remember Spencer as both a weatherman and sports anchor from WABC-7 in New York. I also have a vague memory of him filming and reporting on his own hair replacement surgery. I’ll have to ask him about that.

Here he is in 1978


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
A police officer stopped three males in the vicinity of Trinity and Sundale. They say they’re all juvys, but it turns out they weren’t. One male had bullets in his pockets. The officer found a Colt revolver near a car where the males had stopped. One of the males admits he’s an adult and confesses to helping the juvy dump his gun prior to getting stopped by the officer.

Fremont police respond to a verified burglary at a dentist’s office in Centerville on Sunday. They arrive to find the door kicked open and a man inside, who had stolen $10 cash and some candy.

Also on Sunday, a party on the 4200 block of Central got a little rowdy. An argument, let to a stabbing, which led to officers and detectives being dispatched to the home, where the suspected stabber was arrested.

From the wire:
10-year-old gets revenge on litterers.

Still no fireworks permitted in Fremont


Fremont teachers negotiate one-year contract

The Fremont school district and teachers union have reached a tentative one-year agreement on concessions to help the district balance its 2010-11 budget. The district is facing a $16.2 million deficit.

Highlights include:

  • K-3 class sizes jumping from 20 students to 28.  
  • Restoring elementary science, music and physical education to 50 percent. 
  • Six unpaid furlough days, equivalent to a 3.21 percent pay cut. Teachers would teach three fewer days and not work three noninstructional days. 
  • A 3.21 percent pay cut for substitute, adult school and preschool teachers, with a similar reduction in stipends for coaches and advisers of clubs and other extracurriculars. 
  • An optional spring open house, voted on by the faculty at each school site. Continue Reading

Fremont school board rejects controversial book

Bastard Out of CarolinaFor the second year in a row, the school board rejected Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina” as suitable reading material for AP English classes. The book is about a girl who is beaten and raped by her stepfather. Trustees said they’re disturbed by the graphic depiction of violence. Hopefully the latest story will be posted online soon. To read a story from earlier this week (before yesterday’s meeting), click here.

Last year, the board voted 3-2 not to accept the book, which was recommended by the district’s secondary schools’ textbook adoption committee. This year, the vote was 4-1. (Trustees Lily Mei, Larry Sweeney, Ivy Wu and Lara York voted not to approve the book; Bryan Gebhardt supported it.) York switched her vote from last year, saying books that had just been reviewed the year before should not return to the board so soon for reconsideration.

“I don’t think it’s productive for the board to have the same conversation over and over,” she said.

The board plans to change its policy so that in the future, books that are denied can’t be brought back for reconsideration for at least two years.