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The Wolfe returns

More than three years on this beat, and not once did Fremont’s biggest anti-tax advocate dial my number … until today.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“I sure do Mr. Wolfe,” I said to myself. “You’re the reason so many commenters on the Argus blog misspell Lew Wolff’s name.”

Wolfe is still pissed about the cops not responding to burglar alarms. And he’s ready to battle City Hall if it proposes another tax hike that doesn’t have an expiration date.

I’m going to fight that just as hard as I fought the other two, and I have the money to do it.

Anyway, in honor of Wolfe’s return, here’s a story from 2006, noting that he filed a lawsuit trying to stop the burglar alarm policy.

 

A year after Fremont police stopped responding to burglar alarms — unless they had independent confirmation that a home or business had been broken into — the department’s statistics show that burglary rates jumped 14.4 percent from the previous year. 

While that number is fueling an I-told-you-so attitude from critics of the controversial “verified response” policy, police say a year of statistics isn’t enough to draw conclusions. Also, other Bay Area cities saw similar, and even larger, jumps.

 

Fremont police say there were 854 burglaries in 2004, compared with 977 burglaries during the first 11 months of the program, which went into effect in March 2005. Continue Reading

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Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the wire:

I’m told KTVU is reporting that three puppies died in a fire at Puppy Paws in the Irvington district.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Fremont’s namesake, although I don’t get the Sarah Palin comparison.

From the cops:
Two men wearing heavy jackets that covered their heads stopped a male near the Coronado apartments. They brandished a gun, went through his bag and stole a tennis racket.

A Target employee socked a Target manager. Police arrested the employee.

No one was hurt in a hit-and-run accident at Fremont Boulevard and Auto Mall Parkway. However, a motorist passing the accident stopped paying attention to his own driving to the point that the driver next to him decided that the best reality check would be to honk his horn and flash a gun at him. The annoyed driver was in a Lexus SUV with paper plates and a “Hendrix” license plate holder.

Four men in a red van with a white pinstripe used a BB gun and baseball bat to rob two victims. As the victims were talking to the cops, the van drove by and parked a few blocks away. Cops arrested three teenagers, but didn’t recover the stolen goods. The fourth suspect wasn’t present.

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No Whole Foods quite yet

Not sure if this story appeared in today’s paper, but it looks like Whole Foods couldn’t strike a deal to move into former Barnes & Noble at Fremont Boulevard and Mowry Avenue.

For those of you who can’t wait to pay $4 a pound for Cara Cara oranges, I offer you this.

Meanwhile, the Mercury News had more bad news about a company that is already in Fremont — for now.

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Fremont crime dropped in 2010

Police distributed this chart at last night’s meeting in Warm Springs. More than 100 people showed including mayoral candidates councilmembers Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan and mayoral candidate former councilmember Steve Cho.

Crime was down in almost all categories except home burglaries, which was what the Warm Springs meeting was all about. Click on the image to get the Mission Hills stats.

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Nothing much going on in Fremont government

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NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLATION
PLANNING COMMISSION
CITY OF FREMONT
The Planning Commission will not meet at its regular meeting of January 27, 2011. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers at 3300 Capitol Avenue.
This notice is being posted in the City of Fremont Development Services Center and at City Hall.

NOTICE OF HARB MEETING CANCELLATION
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD
CITY OF FREMONT
The Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) will not meet at its regular meeting of February 3, 2011, due to a lack of agenda items. The next regularly scheduled meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the City of Fremont, Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Avenue.
This notice is being posted at the City of Fremont Development Services Center.
NOTICE OF ARB MEETNG CANCELLATION
ART REVIEW BOARD
CITY OF FREMONT
The Art Review Board (ARB) will not meet at its regular meeting of January 20, 2011, due to a lack of agenda items. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. at the City of Fremont, Niles Conference Room, 39550 Liberty Street.
This notice is being posted at the City of Fremont Development Services Center.