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Archive for January, 2011

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011
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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.

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011
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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.

Posted on Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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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.


Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Nothing much going on in Fremont government

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.

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.
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.

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Fremont motorcyclist star is dead


I’m going to try to get something about Rick Hocking in the paper. He won four motocross competitions. This story tells all about his career.

Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:

Three perps drove up to a man in the Home Depot parking lot and made it seem like they had a handgun. The victim was sold. He gave them his computer, watch and camera.

Police caught a robber who had a fake gun, but no sense of urgency. The 51-year-old crook strolled into the Taco Bell at the Hub, showed the clerk his plastic airsoft gun and left with loot. But instead of getting out of dodge, the gunman ambled over to the nearby Union 76 gas station to purchase a can of gas. That’s where police found him and arrested him.

From the Fremont City Council Meeting:

I forgot to mention a couple things in Tuesday’s City Council review that happened after my computer died.

1) Raj Salwan, the veterinarian and former City Council candidate, was appointed to the Planning Commission.

2) John Herndon, the former City Council candidate with the purple signs, was appointed to the Recreation Commission.

Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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Fremont News of the Afternoon

fremontFrom the cops:

Folks called the cops when they saw a male armed with a rifle on the roof of a Grimmer Boulevard building. But we’ve seen this movie before. The gunman was 15 and the gun shot pellets. Cops arrested the kid and released him to his parents.  ** Note: I’m thinking it’s South Grimmer Boulevard.

From our business reporter:

Cisco is bying up land in Fremont

From the world of redevelopment:
San Jose’s redevelopment bonds were downgraded.

From the Ohlone Monitor:
Ohlone faculty among best compensated in the state.

Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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Fremont City Council Journal

The Rotarians are here to praise themselves and their work eradicating polio. Mayor Wasserman is a Rotarian, which isn’t surprising because he’s so old.

Person for person, the Rotarians are probably the fourth most elderly outfit in Fremont trailing only the Dominican Sisters, The Sisters of the Holy Family and the ladies of

Two speakers are here today. One man complained of many break-ins around town. There’s going to be a meeting in Warm Springs about stuff like that on Thursday, and I’ll make my annual voyage out there to be in attendance.

Now it’s on to the 6-acre vacant Centerville site along Fremont Boulevard.
The city cleaned it up years ago, but it turns out there still contamination there that will cost about $500,000 to $700,000.

The project’s future is in more doubt than ever. Dominic Dutra just came out against it. Last time the vote was 3-2 to keep going with the proposed apartment complex with some retail.

In that vote, Natarajan and Wieckowski were the dissenters. But with Dutra now a dissenter, it’ll be interesting to see if he can peel a third vote.

Nevermind, now Natarajan supports giving the developer a six month extension.

Chan supports a six-month extension as well. That’s three votes when you include Harrison.

Dutra noted that the city will be investing about $26 million for an apartment complex with less retail square footage than a Whole Foods.

“When you’re investing the kind of money we’ve invested in this project…”The only reason you would ever do anything like that is if it was extremely compelling.” … 

What we’re trying to do is do something stimulative for the entire area. Will this be stimulative. I don’t think so. We need to look at what’s in the long term interest of Centerville. I don’t think this is.

Council wants to know the score on this in three months. City staffers say they’re not sure they can do that.

Vote is 4-1 to proceed is to give the developer another six months.

Council is now trying to figure out how to subsidize affordable housing with redevelopment in jeopary. Unfortunately, my computer battery is nearly dead, and I seem to have forgotten my plug. My apologizes to the person who asked me to write about this.

You’re not missing much.

UPDATE: Looks like the city is going to consider a bond, maybe for as much as $50 or $60 million to fund future affordable housing projects.

Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Only 83 employees slated for Lathrop’s rail yard expansion

Some more tidbits out of Lathrop.

Daily aveerage truck trips post expansion — 2,186
Total sizepost expansion — 277 acres (bigger than Fremont’s 160 acres)
Container Bays — 3,970
Employees — 83

The current 134-acre facility in Lathrop gets 954 daily truck trips and has 46 employees.

One of Fremont’s proposal’s, found here, projected up to 28,300 jobs and 2,070 homes, albeit over about about 500 acres surrounding the Tesla plant.

Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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