A bit more from the cops

Officer Todd Young, who was shot in Oakland earlier this year, is home and doing well.

Officer Brower, who got run over by a van, is also doing well, although his leg is a mess.

And police are still searching for bones at the bottom of a steep canyon. They have found some bones, but haven’t confirmed yet whether they’re human.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:
A Fremont police officer spotted a truck at the Niles 7-Eleven that was reported stolen. Officers follow the truck, pull it over and arrest the driver both for auto theft and drunk driving.

From the web:
A look inside the NUMMI Tesla Plant.

From the weird coincidence department:

The Tri-City area is the place to be for those who want to be state superintendent of schools. Former Union City Councilwoman Delaine Eastin was elected to the post from 1995 to 2003. Now Larry Aceves of Fremont has a shot at the job.

Speaking of schools, click here for a superb critique of the Waiting for Superman documentary.


Fremont very opposed to Niles Canyon Road project


It would be hard even for me to be more negative about something than Fremont is towards Caltrans’ proposed safety improvements for Niles Canyon Road.

In an Oct. 7 letter to Caltrans, signed by City Manager Fred Diaz, Fremont requested Caltrans to come up with a new plan.

Caltrans’ proposal to make Niles Canyon Road safer includes chopping down 45o trees and building nearly two miles of concrete retaining walls. That will enable Caltrans to soften some of the sharpest turns, install more center medians, and widen lanes and road shoulders. 

But Fremont argues that the retaining walls would attract taggers and that they would violate the city’s ordinance limiting development in the hills.

What else:

1) The city thinks trucks might be to blame for accidents on the winding road, and “The City of Fremont is interested in initiating the process of prohibiting tucks on Niles Canyon Road,” Diaz wrote.

2) The city thinks the Caltrans project will just increase  speeds, which won’t make the road any safer.

3) The city thinks the retaining walls and the expected graffiti, “will ruin the association of the viewer with the immediate surroundings …”  Translation — Niles Canyon won’t be such a pretty drive.

4) The city thinks Caltrans is poo-pooing the historical significance of the area — which has been documented by both film geeks and railroad dorks.

The city is asking Caltrans to consider two alternate proposals, which would involve less road widening  and/or no trucks.

“The City of Fremont believes the current project’s significant impacts are overwhelming for the degree of improvements that are proposed.,” Diaz wrote. “We are interested in a design alternative that can improve safety without such intrusive impacts on the scenic character of Niles Canyon.”


On the other hand, In Union City …

The council kinda likes Caltrans proposal for Niles Canyon.

Caltrans folks got a much warmer reception last week from gang on Alvarado Niles Road.

Union City council members did have some safety concerns — they wanted to make sure the road was properly lit and striped, and they didn’t want trucks with hazardous materials barreling into town from Sunol.

But otherwise, “Our council generally was supportive,” said Union City’s top planning official Joan Malloy. “The general feeling was these would be beneficial safety improvements.”

She also said she didn’t recall any council members bringing up any issues about the proposed retaining walls diminishing the canyon’s beauty.

Can’t say I’m surprised. When I covered Union City, I remember Mayor Mark Green making sure that new sound walls proposed for Union City Boulevard  matched existing sound walls. He said that consistency in sound wall appearance was a sign of a well planned city.


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the Traffic Desk:

Stevenson Boulevard westbound lanes will be temporarily closed Thursday between Guardino Drive and immediately east of Civic Center Drive for construction work that is part of BART’s Warm Springs extension project.

The closure is expected to last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. adjacent to Central Park.

Both the police headquarters and animal shelter will be accessible for motorists heading eastbound on Stevenson. Westbound motorists will be detoured off of Stevenson and on to Guardino.

Crews will be moving concrete barriers and placing changeable message signs along Stevenson.

From the wire:

Fremont security guard in critical condition after struck by police car.
My least favorite story to write every year has been written yet again.


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.


Police close down Morrison Canyon Road in search of bones

UPDATE: Cops aren’t going to say if they found any more human bones until tomorrow at the earliest.

Two hikers found some human bones in a remote area off Morrison Canyon Road Sunday. This morning, authorities are scouring the area.

The bones that were located appear to have been in the area for a relatively short period of time (1 to 2 years) and not that of a child. That means they didn’t belong to Hasanni Campbell.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:
A man with reddish dreadlocks walked into the Safeway at the hub, strolled over to the US Bank, and presented a note to the teller saying he’d shoot a gun if he didn’t get money. He got money and ran away.

After a car crash at Highway 84 and 880, one of the drivers ran away down Hwy. 84. An officer spotted the driver climbing a fence toward Ardenwood Historic Farm. Cops got him and arrested him for hit and run with a suspended license.

From the wire:
Washington Hospital forgives a loan.