The future look of Niles Canyon Road

Caltrans is hosting a meeting Tuesday evening in Sunol to discuss widening about 5 miles of Niles Canyon Road near Sunol.  The project is supposed to make the road safer, but 9,000 or so linear feet of retaining wails won’t make it any prettier.

Here’s how one stretch looks now:

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And here’s how it’ll look with the wall


Meeting info:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Sunol Glen Elementary School
11601 Main Street
Sunol, CA 94586


News Tidbits

The Paseo Padre Parkway/Grimmer Boulevard Intersection project is scheduled for completion tomorrow, so no more snarling traffic over there.

Kristen Briggs is the first certified candidate for City Council


Young Sinatra in the flesh

The below photo taken by our Doug Duran is from InkFest Urban Tattoo Expo. It’s young Frank Sinatra tattooed into a man’s leg. As for that stuff on the upper-right of his leg, I think that’s hair, but I’m trying not to look at it.
To read about InkFest, which took place this weekend in Pleasanton, click here.



Republican for Fremont City Council and long tangent

Carl Flynn, who coaches speech and debate at Washington High School, has taken out papers to run for City Council. In college he was head of the San Jose State University College Republicans.

From his website, Flynn seems like a moderate.

Little known fact about me is that I was very, very briefly a member of  the SUNY Binghamton College Republicans. In a big state school in a liberal state like New York, campus politics is skewed way to the left. The Republicans, as perpetual outsiders, authored the sharpest publication on campus were the only people who seemed willing to challenge campus orthodoxy.

In 1993, campus orthodoxy meant supporting a new diversity requirement that forced incoming freshman like me to take ethnic studies classes, even if they were engineering majors. I thought it strange that the school didn’t require students to take a math class, lab science or English class, but mandated ethnic studies. Administrators were also considering requiring students — a majority of whom were either Irish, Polish or Jewish — to learn about polarities of power and oppression.

My dislike of the diversity requirement meant I was no campus radical, but it didn’t make me a Republican either. I felt even more awkward than usual being in a room where everyone thought the country would have been better off with Dan Quayle still vice president. I only attended two meetings and never wrote for their affiliated publication, even though I always enjoyed reading it.

It turned out I wasn’t alone in disliking the lefty campus power structure, which also had created a student government post that could only be voted on by a select group of minority student organizations on the unstated premise that the overall student body was too racist to ever elect a racial minority.

In 1996, students, most of whom were liberals, revolted and elected Anthony Benardello, a 37-year-old Gulf War veteran and super duper conservative Republican as student body president. However, Benardello had the diplomatic skills of a drunken frat boy and got himself impeached about one-month into his term after a bunch of protests and sit-ins. The New York Times even wrote about it. Click here for the story.


Joi gin, Linh

ropeThe Argus reporting staff is losing some of its heft, but not too much. Our education reporter, Linh Tat, who undoubtedly has posed more questions to more people in Argus history, leaves us today after several years on the job.

Linh has done just about everything one can do in Fremont: She’s hiked Mission Peak, mounted the Saddle Rack’s mechanical bull and lapped Lake Liz. She’s also staked out elementary schools, kept tabs on accused child molesters and steered clear of every fluffy, overfed kitty cat that crossed her path.

Linh had the fastest metabolism of any Argus reporter, and the best complexion. Much to my embarrassment, she also threw the tightest spiral.

After attending a few too many late night meetings, where she watched two school board members shed frequent tears of fiscal restraint and Union City Mayor Mark Green find himself funny, Linh is ready to experience a new form of suffering: New York City in August.

Linh’s got an exciting opportunity in the Big Apple, and we wish her the best. With all the tasty pizza and cheese cake in her midst, NYC presents Linh with her best opportunity yet to finally top the 100-pound mark — if she can afford to eat at all.


Fremont News of the day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Two males on bicycles rode up to a woman walking southbound from the Northgate Center Thursday afternoon and grabbed her purse. They fled westbound on Ferry.

Officers arrested a concert-goer at Central Park’s summer music festival when the man got a little too drunk and started picking a fight with someone else in the audience. The Juke Box Heroes played on.

From the wire
Just like Target, Nordstrom Rack is giving up on a stalled development at Dixon Landing Road and instead moving to Pacific Commons.

Fremont Unified has to be happy that the story about them asking voters for a new parcel tax came out on the same day as the story about teachers and administrators taking pay cuts.

Son of real estate guru leases up Fremont buildings.


I dreamed a dream that I was Jean Valjean

If you thumb through my CDs and even some old cassette tapes, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that I’m a lesbian from the Ozarks. But among my collection of 90s feminist folk singers and classic country icons (RIP Waylon Jennings), I do have one Broadway musical soundtrack: Les Miserables.

It’s been a long time since I saw Les Mis on the Great White Way, but I remember it being much better than the Pirates of Penzance, The Scarlet Pimpernel, or Starlight Express.

It was good enough to shell out some dough for the soundtrack and it’s good enough to plug Starstruck Theater’s performance of the musical starting this weekend and running through mid-August at Ohlone’s Smith Center.

Check out this sneak preview:


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the wire:

Fremont man invents sandals with storage space.

This short story is giving me Plaxico Burress flashbacks.

The Contra Costa times ran this photo of a Fremont Quail with its chicks.

From the cops:
A resident of Centerville’s Countrywood Apartments called police to report a suspicious person with a flashlight looking into vehicles. Police arrived and chased down the suspect. So far, police have identified four auto burglary victims stemming from the suspect.