Election update

Here’s the latest on who’s pulled/filed papers to run for local office this November (in alphabetical order). Names in blue are those who have “filed,” meaning they’ve submitted completed paperwork as opposed to just picking up papers to run. Also, names with asterisks at the end are incumbents. The filing period ends Aug. 6.

* Alameda County Water District (2 open seats): 1) Judy Huang*; 2) Paul Sethy

* BART, District 6 (1 seat): 1) Tom Blalock*

* Fremont City Council (2 seats): 1) Vinnie Bacon; 2) Kristen Briggs; 3) Bill Harrison*; 4) John T. Herndon; 5) Fazlur Khan; 6) Kathryn Rhyn McDonald; 7) Anu Natarajan*; 8)) Vladimir Rodriguez; 9) Linda Susoev

* Fremont Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Lara York*

* New Haven Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Jerico Abanico; 2) Rosalinda Canlas; 3) Sarabjit Cheema; 4) Gwen Estes*

* Newark Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Charlie Mensinger*; 2) Gary Stadler; 3) Nancy Thomas*

* Ohlone Community College District, Area 1 (2 seats): 1) Bill McMillin*; 2) Richard Watters*

* Ohlone Community College District, Area 2 (2 seats): 1) Bob Brunton; 2) Ishan Shah

* Union City City Council (3 seats): 1) Subru Bhat; 2) Emily Duncan; 3) James Robert Greaney; 4) Venkataraman Iyer; 5) Forrest Patterson; 6) Gary Singh; 7) Bill Stone

* Washington Township Healthcare District (3 seats): 1) Michael Wallace*


Fremont commission looses its sex appeal

dunstonFremont Recreation Commissioner and former Chicago Cub and San Francisco Giant Shawon Dunston resigned from the Fremont Recreation Commission last week because of schedule conflicts. He’s a roving minor league coach for the Giants.

I’m still going to go to tonight’s meeting on the skate park even though the commission is now just a bunch of nobodies. Best I can tell, Dunston’s departure leaves former cable television flower shop pitchman Dirk Lorenz as Fremont’s most recognizable commissioner.


Cinedome 8 to remain shuttered

cinedome 8A few months ago I wrote that the movie theater chain CineLux was negotiating to reopen the Cinedome 8 theater on Mowry.

Well, although neither CineLux or the property owner called me back, I have on good authority that the deal never materialized and there are no imminent plans to reopen the theater.

If only Ishan had made the Cinedome a priority too. Guess we’ll have to wait for his theater in Pacific Commons to open next year.


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops

A parolee escaped capture by both the Milpitas and Fremont police departments on Tuesday. Milpitas cops were watching the parolee get into his car and followed him north on Warm Springs Boulevard in to Fremont. The parolee crashed his vehicle into a barrier and fled on foot. Officers from both departments set up a perimeter, but even with a K-9 unit and a Santa Clara County helicopter, they couldn’t find him

From the wire:

We got a call from someone in Fremont whose daughter got stuck waiting too long for an AC Transit bus because of contract issues with the drivers.


Council Meeting Journal

The council is up and running early tonight with a discussion on future economic development.

I’ve clearly gotten a little too comfortable on this beat, because I’m wearing a sweaty t-shirt, shorts and eating my stinky homemade kimchi with tasty green lentils. I usually dress professionally, but this is the last week on the job for a longtime local reporter and he/she wanted company on a goodbye run around the lake to work off his/her goodbye pie.

The city’s long-term economic development plan is broad in scope and says pretty much what you’d expect: Good shopping, more tech companies, downtown green tech corridor, etc.

Councilmember Natarajan said the city needed to market and brand itself more aggressively. She also said she wasn’t pleased that a Goodwill second-hand shop opened at the high-profile corner of Mowry Avenue and Fremont Boulevard.

Councilmember Harrison said the city needs more entertainment, which I don’t think means more nightlife, but I’m not sure. As for the Goodwill Store, he noted that the rest of the intersection isn’t really any better: A bank, gas station, and the back of a fast food center. Continue Reading


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:

A lone gunman saddled up to the counter of the “OO” liquor store, grabbed some loot  and giddyupped eastbound on Darwin Drive.

A resident of Heritage Village Apartments in Centerville called police after watching two suspicious looking males park a gray Acura Integra under the carport and then jump the fence into the neighboring Pentagon Apartments. Officers determined that the Acura was stolen, and were waiting by the car when the two men returned. Police arrested a 21-year-old and a 14-year-old, who was carrying shaved ignition keys.

From the wire:

A little more on the weekend robberies.


Fremont couple killed in Idaho car crash

A few years back we ran a story on Stella Lopez Armijo and her partner Ina Murri. From what I can gather it was about being gay and growing old together. The couple died this month in a car crash on their way to a family get-together for Murri. They were both about 75.


Our archives are mercurial. I wasn’t able to find that front-page story, but I did find their recipe for for a piquant pumpkin pie with a tasty gingerbread crust, which also ran in the Argus several years ago and a Mercury News story from the 1994 about their love for Rosanne. To read about it, click where it says to click: Continue Reading