City Council Wrap-up

Not my best night — or The Yankees best night, for that matter.

While the council learned about plans to expand the Capitol Corridor service from seven to 11 round trips through Fremont, I was doing my big one month clean up.

While the council discussed the NUMMI site, I was sulking.

As for Capitol Corridor, only one Niles person spoke against it, so how big a deal can it be?

Actually the city does think it’s a big deal.

1) Because Capitol Corridor neglected to notify city officials of the planned changes; and
2) Because to boost train service through Fremont and link the Capitol Corridor service with the Union City BART Station, could potentially cause more commuter and freight train traffic in Niles and Centerville. And no one likes to hear those horns blow.

As for the NUMMI site, the council heard pretty much the same spiel that was given at the public meeting in Warm Springs earlier this month.

The consultants sought to temper Fremont’s grand ambitions for the land around the plant. They don’t think it’ll make a great commercial center, and the economy isn’t exactly demanding a whole lot of anything right now.

Natarajan and Wasserman, who called himself “a bit of a dreamer” urged the consultants to keep thinking big, even if the market doesn’t justify it at this point.

I’ll try to be more detailed next week when the council takes up the Patterson Ranch project — 500 homes near beautiful Coyote Hills Regional Park, and just a short 30 minute drive to Warm Springs Elementary School.

BTW, The Tri-City Ecology Center recommends approval of the Patterson Ranch project. I know Morrison is the chair, and he got paid a lot by the Pattersons four years ago. But it just shows this thing is going to get approved.

Matt Artz

  • VOR

    Approving the Patterson Ranch project is one thing, finding a builder at the present time is another. In your words, “…the economy isn’t exactly demanding a whole lot of anything right now.” If you don’t have a job you’re not buying a home.

    What mass transit facility is in close proximity to the proposed development? I thought that was a pre-requiste for approval these days.I guess that only applies to low-income development. People with means don’t ride mass transit.

  • Charlotte Allen

    I think all members of the City Council who have accepted donations in the past from the Patterson family should recuse themselves from voting on this project. I believe that would leave Sue Chan to decide the issue.

  • Linda Ramus

    Audacious is the only word I have to describe Gus Morrison and the Tri-City Ecology Center. Mr. Morrison who was paid a considerable amount of money by the Patterson to defeat Measure K about 4 years ago, now comes out as the voice of Tri-City supporting approval of the Patterson Ranch devleopment proposal. Is there a conflict of interest here? At least Morrison is consistent but what does this say about Tri-City, a supposed environmental organization that supports the interests of a wealthy family over protection for the wildlife refuge.

  • Fazlur Khan

    The characterless employees of the developers and special interest, who pose as the leaders of Fremont are playing with destinies of the people of Fremont by damaging its economy, businesses, loss of jobs, more fore closures, low funding for schools and hopeless civic amenities.

    Our City Council should learn the lessons from the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Who came all the way from East Coat to West Coast and packaged a deal with the CEO of Facebook for $100 million for his city’s Schools.

    Both Anu Natarajan and Bill Harrison, who are the employees of the developers and special interest, are aspiring to run for Mayor of Fremont in 2012. They think that Fremont is their PLUNDER ZONE.

  • TonyG

    So I guess Ill be saying to my grandchild one day “how the Patterson Project was once open fields that led to coyote hills and as a boy was able to enjoy the beauty of it”.

    Ill also try to remeber to tell them that once the people moved in to the area, how they didn’t like all the traffic going through their neighborhood to get to coyote hills so they formed a grass roots (like mission san jose) and were able to shutdown all access to coyote hills park.. ahhh the memories.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    It was a sad day when the former mayor and was paid over $200K by the Patterson developer – this greatly reduced his (and regrettably Tri City Ecology’s) credibility on the Patterson/Coyote Hills issue.

    The Friends of Coyote Hills still has numerous concerns with this plan including the potential for over 40 acres of development within 1500 feet of the Willow Groves (West of Ardenwood).

    The willows are a important part of the park as it supports much of the wildlife there and any development West of Ardenwood has been a major issue for credible groups concerned with the park including Ohllone Audobon http://ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/conservation/southern-county;

    Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge; the Friends of Coyote Hills and many, many others…

    Here are some additional concerns that must be addressed:
    • $28M dollars is the difference between what is being offered to build an elementary school and what I have heard that one would cost.

    • The developer is offering $7M
    • The cost is estimated at $35M.
    • This does not include staffing
    • This does not include maintenance
    • This does not include remediation of liquefaction
    • Or the toxicphine levels or other poisons found under the proposed development site.

    • The school is proposed in a flood zone on lands that are subject to high shaking in an earthquake. Who will make up the funding shortfall if and when an event like this strikes?

    • The developer is asking Fremont to double current zoning to allow over 500 housing units. This will increase traffic by nearly 2 million car trips annually degrading air and water quality.

    • Sea levels are expected to rise by 55” in the next century as a result of global warming. Are we sure that these lands on the edge of the Bay are truly protected from flooding? Will Fremont citizens have to foot the bill if flooding occurs?

  • Dan Ondrasek

    Never ever give up TonyG….
    your granchild will see it just as it is now.

    To take a quote out of the Tri City Ecology Website (from Ropbert Redford:

    “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”

  • californiaguy

    I agree with Charlotte, the Patteron Family has donated
    heavily $$$$ to the Present Council campaign funds,if they have any Integrity. They need to recuse themselves from the vote, on the Patterson Development.
    Someone might think that the present Council is for sale!

  • VOR

    “Sea levels are expected to rise by 55” in the next century as a result of global warming.” If that does occur then the 500 homes built there may become a marine sanctuary. Sounds like a fair trade.

  • Puleez

    The comments about the Patterson Ranch Project are hilarious. The goals of the Tri-City Ecology Center have always been to: permanently preserve as much open space (and wetlands)as possible (316 acres),move all housing east of Ardenwood Blvd., remove the community park, and use green building and landscaping methods. These goals originated 10 years ago…and remain the same today. The center did not support Initiative four years ago, because it failed to meet these goals. Get over it, guys.