City Council Meeting Journal

Tonight the City Council will squeeze  about a month’s worth of stuff into five or six joyless hours. It’s the traditional pre-August break marathon session. This year should be worse (longer) than past years. Monster homes in Glenmoor and Mission Ranch are here.

Centerville people including developer Brad Blake are here as are a whole bunch tow truck operators. I’m curious what they’ll have to say.

The council has already honored several city employees, including Lt. Mark Devine, who has always been good about providing info on breaking cop news during the weekend.

Those residents on Paseo Padre, who don’t want to live across the street from the proposed skate park are now addressing the council. They want to form a trilateral commission to discuss matters. If the city agrees, Fremont might be home to the first trilateral commission since 1973.

Linda Suseov is now talking about bed soars the size of baseballs. She said it happens in Oakland. Why do golfers carry a second pair of pants? Because they might get a hole in one.
I laughed.

Steve Cho is here to say that the Boy Scouts are celebrating its 100thanniversary. Later this year the boy scouts will become one with goose feces when they camp in Central Park.

It looks like the city has found a cure to the plague of Monster Home debates. There’s a parade of people from Glenmoor and Mission Ranch telling the council that they support a plan that would allow for some expansions, but no giant two-story homes in those two ranch neighborhoods.
The council will pass the new design guidelines which will limit homes on standard lots in Glenmoor to 2,400 square feet and in Mission Ranch to 3,200 square feet.

Mayor Wasserman just said this: “Often we deal with things where there’s a relatively small handful of people who want to see a particular thing and the rest of the community could (care) less.”

Is it me, or was he talking about most of the stories I’ve written over the last three years?

The council passed the new housing regulations and now there’s a Glenmoor/Mission Ranch/City Staff love-fest going on. I never thought I’d see the day.

9:15 p.m. A little insight into why the Centerville Business District is what it is. Ten minutes ago there were more than a dozen Glenmoor folks here fighting to limit home expansions. But almost all of them took off before the council switched gears to talk about Centerville — the closest shopping center for many Glenmoor residents.  If Glenmoor doesn’t care about Centerville, why should anyone?

10:10 p.m. The council members are giving direction about what to do with Centerville. One issue is what to do with the old fire station near Peralta Boulevard. Both Anu Natarajan and Bob Wieckowski said they don’t want the city to put it on the market yet. David Beretta,a prominent Fremont property owners, wants to purchase the station because it would give him complete ownership of the east side of Fremont Boulevard from Peralta to Holy Spirit church.

Natarajan and Wieckowski apparently want to get a better sense of what Beretta has in mind for the area (which includes The Argus) before they set in motion a sale.

10:15 p.m. The microphones aren’t working well today, so instead of sitting in the back with Marshak, I’m in the front row. It’s much easier to read facial expressions up here, which almost makes the meeting interesting, but not interesting enough for me  surf over to some articles about the Giants new middle linebacker.

Councilwoman Sue Chan supports surplusing the fire station, which is the first step to putting it on the market. That is no surprise. Remember that Beretta is related to Jack Rogers, who managed Chan’s City Council campaign. Beretta and Rogers are also part of the partnership that runs and might try to close the Besaro Mobile Home Park.

Chan said that with the the owner of the Center Theater (He’s taken out too many loans against that property to sell it for market value) unwilling to sell, the city should look into future development around the fire station.

11:05 p.m. The police department is going back to the drawing board when it to its police contract. No one said anything interesting in that.

11:07: Fremont’s waste diversion rate (that’s how much recyclable crap they keep out of landfills) is up to 71 percent. The goal is 75 percent. Waste diversion is one area where Union City kicks Fremont’s butt. The other two areas are Filipino restaurants and mayoral rambling.

11;08: Council is now getting ready to approve a consultant  for the study about what to do with a big swath of Warm Springs including the NUMMI site. The big winner is Perkins+Will. The study should take about 5 months.

Matt Artz


  1. “Later this year the boy scouts will become one with goose feces when they camp in Central Park.” That’s good and sadly true.

  2. Depends on when the campout will occur. Once the geese get their outer feathers back (and the city removes the fencing along the lakeshore, which does absolutely no good) things should improve. Here’s why:
    Molting is the term that is given to the 8-10 week flightless period when Canada geese shed their outer wing feathers and regrow new ones. Molting occurs between mid-June through August. Most birds are able to resume flight by mid-August.

    During this molting period geese will gather on ponds or lakes since they provide a safe resting place and security from predators. During the molting period, Canada geese do major damage to landscape as they congregate on lawns near water.

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