a href=”http://www.ibabuzz.com/tricitybeat/files/2010/12/fremont_news_link9.jpg”>From 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.
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.