Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops:
An alert jail guard stopped a man from trying to hang himself from a television.

After crashing his car into another car in the area of Blacow Road and Calaveras, a long-haired pacific islander rand away into a nearby flood control area, leaving behind a victim with six broken ribs. Cops and K-9 couldn’t find him.

Bonfaire Market was visited yesterday by a  man with what appeared to be stun gun. The visitor left with $400.

Officers arrested two visitors Creekside Village, who were fidgety and non-compliant. One was arrested for making terrorist threats against a security guard.

From Assemblymember Wieckowski:  He’s holding a hearing about that questionable pesticide that’ll be used on strawberries.

Sacramento – The controversial approval last December by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) of a highly toxic fumigant called methyl iodide will be the topic of a joint hearing of the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials, and Health committees, this Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the State Capitol.  The hearing will take place from 1:30 – 4 p.m. in Room 4202.


The controversial chemical was registered by the department in the closing days of Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration.  Critics claim it will pose significant health risks to farmworkers and people living near crops where it is applied. A lawsuit attempting to block the pesticide’s use was filed last month in Alameda County Superior Court.  The Department of Pesticide Regulation says the pesticides can be applied safely under the conditions spelled out by the state.


“Methyl iodide is very controversial and has raised a number of concerns among health advocates and scientists,” said Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the chair of the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee.  “The scientific review committee set up by DPR recommended against it and we are exploring how the approval process works, as well as alternatives to toxic fumigants.”


The committees will hear from Mary-Ann Warmerdam, director of the DPR, and executives from the State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Air Resources Board.  John Froines, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, and a member of the scientific review committee, will report on the committee’s findings on methyl iodide.


Pam Marrone, founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company in Davis, California, and Rick Tomlinson of the California Strawberry Commission will testify on alternatives to toxic fumigants.

Matt Artz


  1. Highly off topic but as a Civil War buff I found this article interesting.


    My experience has been that few of us know much about the man our town is named after (as implied in the article). The article is interesting simply for the bio. I’m not sure about comparison with Sarah Palin.

    The one nagging question I have is – Should we start spelling our town Frémont to sound more cosmopolitan? 🙂

  2. I feel like I’ve read that article from a link on the blog before. I love how the caption says “James Fremont” instead of John C. Fremont haha.

  3. I would love to have heard the meeting where methyl iodide was suggested as a replacement for methyl bromide.

    Researcher 1: “Sir, methyl bromide is too volatile”

    Researcher 2: “Interesting. Then make it sink”

  4. I don’t see the Palin connection either,, in fact I cant imagine two people more dissimilar. I suppose hit hungry online editors like anything with Palin in the headline, and writers like the attention, so the connection is made.

  5. Regarding comment #2 by Ishan Shah

    It was posted January 31st, 2011.
    With the same “highlighted link” comment.

  6. Martin,

    You’re right. I didn’t realize Matt had already posted that when the article first came out. I need to keep up more with the Beat. 🙂

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