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Fremont City Council Candidates, Part II

When I talk to novice candidates (this year and prior years) one of they almost always say that city politicians are ignoring them and detached from the city. Another common theme is that they want more stuff (fireworks), but don’t want new taxes to pay for them, and they think there’s money somewhere, but they’re not sure where.

With some candidates, it’s tough for me because I’ll ask a question about a major issue, and they won’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I struggle with  whether to print their on-th-fly opinion or the fact that they weren’t informed.

Sometimes candidates see an issue, but don’t realize that it’s been debated for eons. Vladimir Rodriguez noted the big empty lot at Thornton Avenue and Fremont Boulevard and said that he never here’s anyone discussing it.

I told him that it’s been a big deal and that a divided council approved moving ahead with an apartment complex with several shops on the ground floor.

Rodriguez said he’d prefer more retail. He thought the land near the future Tesla plant could make a good place for a mall.

herndonOf the newby candidates, the one who appeared to have the best sense of Fremont was John Herndon. He also was the only candidate who emailed me a photo. There he is on the right, a recent appointment to the Alameda County Republican Central Committee.

Herndon also works in the mental health field and he’s an assistant minister at an Oakland Church. His dad was a minister in Philly where he grew up.

Herndon, who “watched and studied the theories of Mr. Reagan,” said he’d be more involved in the community than the incumbents, and criticized them for the situation in Centerville without my prodding.

If I lived in Fremont, I would consider voting for Herndon based solely on his signs.

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Any guy who makes purple his campaign color has the guts to take on Fremont’s problems.

One area of concern, however. Herndon is an Eagles fan. A lifetime without a Superbowl title can mess with a man’s head.

Matt Artz

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    Philly? Ouch. But at least he’s not a Raiders fan.

    Something strange from the Fremont Tea Parlay website:

    Our Next Group Meeting is
    Sept 11th 1pm – ??
    Union City Library
    Alvarado Niles Blvd
    Union City, Ca

    Fremont City Council Candidates
    Kathy MacDonald
    John Herndon
    will be addressing the group.

  • Jon Simon

    He’s more involved than Anu? O RLY? I hadn’t even heard of the guy till now. Which community events did he volunteer at? Maybe he’ll follow in Reagan’s footsteps and say that he doesn’t recall what events.

  • Chinmoy Roy

    Matt:

    Are you serious in suggesting that we decide whom to vote for based on the color of their campaign signs? And that we look at who the candidate roots for also? Should I also look at the color of the car and the make and model of the candidates?

    C’mon, you folks in the media need to be responsible. After all, the ARGUS endorsed candidates have a very poor record.

  • Matt Artz

    Maybe this year we can endorse based on best mustaches, which would mean Fazlur Khan and Herdon would get the nod. Quite an unbalanced ticket if you ask me.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    That’s Herndon to you, Veg-o-boy.

  • Chinu

    I attended the Fremont City Council candidates’ debate and came away with the impression that one candidate thinks Obama is on the ballot in Nov. That candidate kept saying that we should vote and support Obama.

  • Fazlur Khan

    Matt Artz@4, please grow mustaches and you will be the handsomest man in the Bay Area.

    VICTORY TO PEOPLE. http://www.FazlurKhan.com

  • Jeff S

    Matt wrote:

    >>With some candidates, it’s tough for me because I’ll ask a question about a major issue, and they won’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I struggle with whether to print their on-th-fly opinion or the fact that they weren’t informed.<<

    PLEASE don't struggle with that — publish it! Voters have a right to know if a candidate has done their homework or not. Asking a local candidate about a local issue and having them draw a blank isn't a "gotcha" tactic.

  • Jeff S

    >>Rodriguez said he’d prefer more retail. He thought the land near the future Tesla plant could make a good place for a mall.<<

    Good grief. Yes, the one thing Fremont needs more of is shopping centers, since all of ours have no vacancies and are simply thriving. And a new mall will attract people from miles around, since there are no malls outside of the city limits.

    Sorry. My Sarcast-O-Meter just overheated.

  • VOR

    Good point Jeff S. Another shopping center is not what we need. Meanwhile Lam Research is shipping 300 Fremont jobs over the hill to Livermore and Bridgelux, who recently relocated there is hoping to hire another 150 people soon.

    “We simply couldn’t be happier that Bridgelux is here,” said Ron Vyse, chairman of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. “I’m ecstatic.” City and business leaders in Livermore are particularly enthusiastic about being able to land a clean-tech manufacturer. “If we could attract 10 more companies like Bridgelux, we would be doing back flips,” Vyse said.”
    http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_16126909

    Something tells me they’re capable of doing just that.