Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:

Four males jumped two kids as they were walking from Washington High School. One of the attackers had a baseball bat and accused the kids of “snitching.”

Victim tells police he was shot in the leg near the Ardenwood Jack in the Box restaurant. He is otherwise uncooperative, only telling the cops that he had taken a bus from East Palo Alto to Fremont.


Bikini-clad Baristas


If you’ve been to Your Coffee Cups in Warm Springs, these two ladies shouldn’t be strangers. They’re baristas Natasha Berg and Rosanna Ortiz, who wear bikinis while serving coffee.

The little coffee hut on Warm Springs Boulevard at Mission Ct. used to be Island Java, where servers covered their navels.  ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Berg, an English major at SF State, said the place, which serves Mr. Expresso coffee, doubled its sales over its first two weeks.

Most of the customers are men, and a few women have been disagreable, Berg said. Some even decided not to buy coffee after seeing the baristas’ outfits.

“You have to talk to the girls a little more so they see you’re not an idiot in a bikini,”  Berg said.



Fremont exit exam results

Have I mentioned I’m also the Fremont education reporter, at least for the next month or so? Pray for me, Ivy.

Well Fremont Unified made my job easy today with a handy-dandy press release about the district’s performance on the high school exit exam.

Overall, 89 percent of of Fremont 10th graders passed the English test on their first attempt, compared to 81 percent in the state. And 90 percent passed the math test compared to 81 in the state.

In 2008, 87 percent of Fremont students passed the English portion and 88 percent passed the math section.

Kennedy High had the greatest increase. It’s English scores rose 5 percent from 77 to 82 percent passing. Kennedy’s math scores went up 3 percent from 80 to 83 percent passing.

Irvington saw its passing rates increase from 88 to 91 percent in English and from 89 to 92 percent in math.

Special ed students saw a 7 percent increase in English and a 10 percent increase in math.

Passing rates for continuation school students rose 20 percent in English and 11 percent in math

There’s still an achievement gap.

That’s all the infor the district put out. Not sure I’ll have time to look up more stats.


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
A woman jogging near Creekwood Drive and Mendocino Terrace was attacked by a man who grabbed her from behind. The woman fought him off, and the attacker fled in an older model black BMW. The suspect was described
as a Hispanic male, 19-21 years old, 5’9”, 170, wearing a white shirt with black lettering, black basketball shorts, and white basketball shoes.


Mission Boulevard Roadwork begins

Construction on Mission from I-680 all the way to the Union City/Hayward border.

State Route 238 (Mission Blvd.) Rehabilitation Project

August 12, 2010
Construction is beginning for the State Route 238 (Mission Blvd.) Rehabilitation Project. The project will rehabilitate eight miles of roadway, from Interstate 680 in Fremont to the Union City/Hayward city limit.

The majority of work will involve one-lane closures, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will allow the noisiest construction activities to be completed during the day, rather than at night. Two weekend closures of one lane in each direction are also planned in order to repave at the railroad undercrossing east of Stevenson Blvd. Detour information will be provided on the Caltrans District 4 website when the contractor schedules this work.

Construction activities for the eight-mile long project will include removal of failed asphalt concrete pavement, grinding existing asphalt to a desired depth, overlaying roadway with rubberized asphalt concrete, installation of loop detectors (sensors that provides traffic monitoring data, traffic signals timing), signal & lighting, and other electrical equipment, placement of a seal coat, and minor work, such as guard rails, sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage construction and pavement delineation. To reduce the impact on schools in the area, when possible, construction activities adjacent to schools will take place during the summer break.

For the latest information about the project, please visit the Caltrans District 4 website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/238mission/


Morley Safer was here

morleyMorley Safer of 60 Minutes was in Niles this past weekend. The octogenarian CBS news correspondent is working on a story involving local film historian David Kiehn.

Kiehn is the guy who figured out that the silent film, “A Trip Down Market Street,” wasn’t made in 1905 as originally thought, but was actually filmed just days before the 1906 earthquake.

Click here to learn how he figured it all out.

And here is the video:


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkRobber gets a belt, victim gets a welt:

It must have been a slow weekend. The only crime listed is a robbery outside FoodMaxx. A slightly drunk man was standing outside the discount supermarket when another guy came up to him and socked him one. The puncher ran off with the victim’s bag. I don’t know what a robber would expect to find in a bag carried by a drunk guy standing outside FoodMaxx. Maybe beer? In this case it was nothing more than t-shirt and a belt.

From the wire:

A Fremont data storage company is worth quite a lot of moolah.


A few election tidbits

1) A drawing for the order City Council candidates will appear on the ballot was made with Vladamir Rodriguez getting the pole position and Councilmember Bill Harrison bringing up the rear. Here’s the order:

Vladimir Rodriguez
-Fazlur Khan
-Kristen Briggs
-Vinne Bacon
-Carl Flynn
-Linda Susoev
-Anu Natarajan
-Kathy Rhyu McDonald
-J. Timothy Herndon
-Bill Harrison

2) It’s looking like Ishan Shah will have more establishment support than Jan Giovannini-Hill. He’s got the endorsement of Mayor Bob Wasserman and outgoing Ohlone Trustee John Weed.


Stroke Program

Washington Hospital Stroke Program Reaches Pinnacle of Recognition from the American Heart Association

Fremont, Calif. – In just a few short years since its inception, Washington Hospital’s Stroke Program has earned top honors — The Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award – which is part of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA)’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program, a national evidence-based initiative to improve stroke patients’ outcomes.

“This recognition is another validation illustrating that our Stroke Program at Washington Hospital is achieving the highest standard of care,” says Ash Jain, MD, the program’s medical director. “By meeting these measures, it means our program is doing the right thing consistently over a period of time, which is our standard of practice. We presume that by following national evidence-based standards the quality of care and quality of life is going to be better for our patients.”

According to the AHA and ASA, hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold (Sustained) Performance Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for 24 consecutive months.

“As a stroke program, if you are meeting these proven standards that have been documented as effective in the medical literature, then you are providing better care to your patients,” Dr. Jain says.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at the Mission Peak Lodge to find a man attempting to dump more than 10 grams of meth.  He and the missus were arrested.

From the Argus

Fremont reporter returning to home town. Blog posts to be more minimal than usual for next week.