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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.

Matt Artz

  • VOR

    Thanks for TCB Martz. Happy New Year.

  • Ishan Shah

    Ditto VOR!

  • Fazlur Khan

    Artz TCB and Bloger Friends,

    I wish you all a Happy, Productive and Prosperous New Year!.
    Hope to have in depth conversation in 2011 on Artz very informative Blogs.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    Matt,

    Thank you for TCB and for all you have done to cover Fremont this year.

    Happy New Year to you and to everyone.

  • Bill Spicer

    Matt,
    I second what Dan has said. You have brought us news that would never be in the Argus. I have learned about the underbelly of local politics.
    Please keep it up in the new year, Thanks Matt.

  • West

    The Ten States That Pay Teachers The Most (And Why It Doesn’t Matter)
    Posted: February 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Third highest paid in the USA, about 46th out of the 50 States
    3. California ( C) grade

    > Average Salary 2010/2011: $69,434
    > # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 21 (49th)
    > Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 270.44 (46th)
    > Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 252.63 (49th)
    > Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 97.5% (6th)
    High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.35% (31st)
    The Sacramento Bee summed up the dire situation this way: “More than 20,000 public school teachers in California have received pink slips during each of the last three years. The state’s ongoing economic and budget troubles mean that trend is likely to continue with upcoming March 15 layoff notices.” Teacher layoffs loom in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.