Fremont News of the Last Day of 2010

a href=”http://www.ibabuzz.com/tricitybeat/files/2010/12/fremont_news_link9.jpg”>fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Two 30-something year old women were arrested for shoplifting at Kohl’s.

There was a major fire in a small apartment complex on Logan Street at Mattos. A neighbor, who noticed smoke, darted in and rescued a 62-year-old man. Firefighters pulled out an 81-year-old woman suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation.   The fire destroyed the ground-level apartment and the one above it.

This also happened about a year ago in Fremont. A motorist crashes his car, and races off not realizing his license plate is still at the scene of the collision. This time it happened on Warm Springs Boulevard. The cops found the driver, a juvenile male, who called his mom to her what happened. He was given a Notice to Appear for felony hit and run. The victim driver was taken to Washington Hospital for internal injuries.

From me:
Just want to thank everyone for reading and contributing in 2010. It was good year for the blog and an interesting one for Fremont. But I’m not so optimistic about 2011.

I think the budget and union contracts are going to be the big stories. Union contracts expire at the end of June, and the city — with two council members not facing future elections — might be poised to take a harder line. Usually when the city gives a budget update, city leaders blame everything on the state and never mention pensions. I thought it was telling that last time, they never mentioned the state and harped on pensions.

Otherwise, we might find out if Whole Foods is really coming to town and we’ll get a better sense if Fremont really will become a hub for clean technology, and if the Obama administration made a colossal blunder guaranteeing a half billion in loans to Solyndra.

We’ll also find out if the market can provide for market-rate housing projects proposed in Centerville and the city center. If not, it’ll mostly be government-subsidized affordable housing projects popping up in Centerville and Irvington.

Several big stories will probably have to wait for 2012.

That’s the year Tesla starts making the Model S, the movie theater opens in Pacific Commons, BART restores the trail around Lake Elizabeth and Fremont politics finally gets interesting with an open City Council seat and a wide open race for mayor.


Christmas Goose

A Newark women walked into The Argus office this week with multiple photos of this dead goose, which she found in a garbage bin on Christmas Day in Newark’s Lake district. She was upset that it wasn’t properly discarded. But there was no evidence that the goose didn’t die of natural causes or that the person who put it in the trash bin wasn’t just trying to do a decent deed. If anyone is aware of a goose die-off in Newark, let us know.



Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops:
Two women went into the Sally’s Beauty Supply in north Fremont grabbed some stuff and ran out to a waiting car. Witnesses got the license plate of the get-away car. Cops haven’t yet caught the thieves.

Police responded to a verified alarm at a vacant commercial building in the 45700 block of Northport Loop. Acting on information from a private security guard, a Fremont officer deployed his dog, which “promptly found and bit” a well-known probationer, who was arrested for burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

From the wire
Fremont woman arrested on suspicion of  insider trading.

From my email:
Ohlone public service officer Stewart Dawson has died.

The FBI is warning people about a scam in jury service. Here’s how it works:

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo, your identity was just stolen.

Folks in Niles are on the lookout for a Ford Bronco or old Jeep that someone is driving onto the front lawn of Niles Elementary School and ruining the grass. The school was also tagged just before Christmas Eve.


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:

Several 18-20-year-old men were fighting with baseball bats and knives in the vicinity of Mountain Mikes Pizza on Washington Boulevard. It appears a delivery driver was jumped and one 20-year-old struck someone else in the back of the head with a baseball bat. Police say the batter is a Fremont resident, but they haven’t found him yet.

A man living on the 4100 block of Mattos Drive awoke to a teenage male in his home. The intruder was about 18-years-old, wearing an earring. The teen ran away without stealing anything.


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops:

A resident on Starfire Circle,near Stevenson and Farwell, called to report seeing two men take a flat-screen television out of a neighbor’s home and into a vehicle. The neighbor took down the license plate. Cops ran the plate. Turned out it was owned by a family with some sort of criminal history. Cops checked family hangouts and arrested two family members.

Police responded to a verified alarm at Regan’s Nursery. The suspect was shown on video prowling the greenhouse with a flashlight, but was gone before police arrived.


Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Police conducted a Christmas Eve security check at Motel 6. The check turned up a guest on probation, who had a search clause for drugs. The searched his room, found drugs and arrested him.

It appears a man accidentally shot himself while driving near the intersection Mowry and Peralta and then crashed into something on Christmas Eve. Officers arrived to find a female passenger with significant injuries. The driver had run away, but police found him in front of the Waterside Apartments. The 19-year-old Hayward resident was drunk and uncooperative. He also had a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh. Both driver and passenger were taken to Eden Medical Center. Later the driver was arrested and taken to Santa Rita.

An officer stopped a car at Fremont and Grimmer Boulevards Sunday. After smelling marijuana in the vehicle, the officer began to search. The driver ran away, but was caught and arrested. The search turned up both marijuana and a handgun stolen out of Stockton.

Two vehicle repo men say a man pulled a gun on them and fired into the air at 36000 Donner Way. Police came and arrested the man for brandishing a weapon and a parole violation.



Yay, it’s Christmas, and no one has gotten whacked yet here in Hayward. So far just husband who threw a beer bottle at his wife. He missed.

That leaves me lots of spare moments while making double time today to really appreciate the holiday.

In New York, Channel 11, which also used to carry Yankee games, had a tradition of playing Christmas songs and showing yule log fire without commercial interruption. It was quite mesmorizing. Take a look.

I liked the log, but I also liked Christmas commercials. Here’s one of my favorites:

Here’s another:

The might be the WWE’s best take on a Christmas carol, courtesy of the The Rock:

This rendition is more familiar to my fellow KOIT 96.5 fans:


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops:
The Medina Market on Lake Arrowhead was visited by three men in hooded sweatshirts. They robbed the clerk at gunpoint and got away before police arrived.

A resident on Anchor Drive near Ferry Lane in north Fremont called the cops after a man came up to his/her front door and tried to sell magazine subscriptions. Cops found the man and arrested him on two felony warrants, one for burglary and one for robbery.


One heck of a union contract

Our riveting holiday season coverage continues next week with my story about a proposed 8 percent increase to water bills that will cost most of you about $36 a year.

The water district sent out a mailer this week explaining  the need for a rate hike. It mentions capital projects, lower revenue, and rising operating expenses.

But it doesn’t mention that one rising operating expense is the contract it signed with its only union, which represents more than 60 percent of district employees.

In July, 2008 — less than three months before Lehman went under and the stock market collapsed — the district agreed to a five-year union contract that provides employees with a 4 percent raise every year through 2013.

You can read the contract here. The salary schedule is on page 30.


Doughnut protest over Ohlone Prez’s raise


An Ohlone College union is still angry about the 14 percent raise Ohlone President Gari Browning is getting. Instead of giving her quality doughnuts from Lloyd’s for Christmas this year, union leaders bought her the crappy Safeway brand that never goes bad and never tastes good.

Actually the doughnuts were part of a protest. They want the college “make them whole” like a doughnut would be if you put the doughnut hole — or as we New Yorkers would say, the munchkin —  in the doughnut. See for yourself, below: