Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Several teens checked into Kaiser Hospital Friday after becoming violently sick from taking “piperazine” pills. Cops say the pills, which are popular in the rave scene, are also used in the manufacture of plastics, resins, pesticides, brake fluid and other industrial materials. Piperazines, especially BZP and TFMPP have become an extremely popular substitute in the club and rave scene for MDMA (due to their similarity in effect to amphetamines like MDMA).

A drunk man threatened the manager at Red Lobster. He then went across the street to Target, where security thought he might have a gun. Cops didn’t find a gun, but arrested him for being drunk in public.

Thieves at Home Depot had a plan on Saturday. The loaded their carts with identical merchandise. One thief paid for the merchandise in his cart, then passed the receipt off to the other thief. That tricked the cashier, who let the second thief through the check-out line. But a crime prevention officer figured out the ruse and detained one of the thieves.

From the wire:

PG&E boosted pressure on vulnerable Fremont pipeline.

Bikini baristas: a criminal offense


Fremont cops hated Harrison nearly 10 x’s more than they loved Natarajan

The Fremont Police Officers Association spent $10,592 to produce and send out those last-second hit pieces on Councilmember Bill Harrison, as well as an e-mail blast, according to finance disclosure forms filed this week.

The union spent $1,142 to support Councilmember Anu Natarajan.

The firefighters union didn’t do any last-minute politicking, They did pay Harrison’s accounting firm $1,275, but that’s because Harrison is their accountant.


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops

Officers were dispatched to the area of Eugene and Blanchard streets in the Irvington district after someone saw several males exiting a home on the 40300 block of Blanchard. Arriving officers saw men flee into an adjacent home. The cops set up a perimeter and arrested four males, two adults and two juvys on suspicion burglary. 
From the wire:

Kiddie porn arrest


Fremont teacher and student honored in censorship fight against Fremont school board

The San Francisco Writers Conference is honoring Washington High School Teacher Teri Hu for her efforts to teach the book “Bastard out of Carolina” by Dorothy Allison.

Fremont student Dylan Mahood will receive the conference’s “Freedom to Read” Scholarship.

The school board has banned the book, determining that it’s too adult for high school students.

Allison will be attending this year’s conference Feb. 18 – 20.

Here’s a blurb from a press release:

Since Allison will be a keynote presenter at the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference,

that decision could not be ignored by the SFWC organizers. “We were troubled that a significant

book would be withheld from students,” said SFWC Marketing Director Barbara Santos. “We

also felt we had a vested interest in supporting our friend, Dorothy.” In response to the school

board decision, they decided to extend a scholarship to a student Ms. Hu would select.


Clean tech might not be Fremont’s wave of the future

My long day started about 14 hours ago at City Hall, where many clean shaven men and woman — and Bill Marshak — listened to the oracle of the a.m., Brad Kemp, over bagels and coffee.

Kemp is a research director at Beacon Economics, a firm that the city has retained from time to time.

He said business and construction should noticeably pick up in Fremont around the end of this year going into 2012. But he said future growth will probably be spurred by office developments and luring Silicon Valley companies into the city’s many vacant R&D buildings.

As for clean technology, Kemp’s no bull. He said there’s just not much demand for that stuff.


Fremont News of the Day

fremontFrom the cops:

Officers get a call of a male pointing a gun at nearby turkeys. Cops find no one with a gun, but do come across a male in a pink jacket, with a history of mental illness, who invites them to open fire.

From the wire:
Fremont man arrested on drug charges in Nevada
Mission Peak has good cell phone coverage; lucky for a lady with a bad sense of direction.
This Yelp page says that Fremont is the most boring city in the Bay Area. Maybe per person, but not overall, says I.

From Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski:
Wieckowski is seeking to boost the state’s struggling manufacturing sector by eliminating the sales and use tax on manufacturing equipment to spark job growth and increase California’s competitiveness. His people said the bill would only allow the state’s take of the tax, and that cities could still collect the sales tax. Fremont reaped generous rewards whenever NUMMI retooled and bought new machinery, and if Tesla is a success that could be the case again.


Natarajan and Harrison end 2010 with huge campaign warchests

Speculation is that councilmembers Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan will oppose each other — and maybe Steve Cho — for mayor next year.

If that’s the case, they’ve already got plenty of money for the campaign.

Natarajan ended her council campaign last year with a cash balance of nearly $28,000. Harrison ended his campaign with more than $32,000 according to campaign disclosure statements filed this week.

Their war chests come from a flurry of contributions in the final days of last November’s campaign.

Natarajan raised $22,879 from Oct. 28 through Dec. 31. Harrison raised $18,964 during the same period.

A lot of the contributors are unfamiliar to me, but here are a few familiar names.

Brad Blake, the developer at the 6-acre Centerville site gave Harrison $500 on Nov. 1.
Mission Pass Towing, which nearly lost its contract with the city last year, gave $200 to both Harrison and Natarajan

The Patterson family gave several thousand more to Harrison.

Natarajan got money from Keith Wolff and the A’s former front man in Fremont Jim Cuneen. She also got money from Summer Hill Homes, which got reduced developer fees to build in “Midtown.”


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

Burglars entered the Original Pancake restaurant through the roof, and a Warm Springs business via a window smash.

Cops lured a well-known female paroleOfficer Edwards learns that a well known female parolee  might be looking to sell some crystal meth.  Posing as a prospective buyer, Ofc. Edwards convinces the parolee to meet him at Central and Cedar in Newark. Imagine her surprise when Ofc. Edwards arrives in a marked patrol vehicle.  She is in possession of about 2 grams of methamphetamine and is arrested for possession of a controlled substance.


Fremont red light cameras

Below is a letter Fremont resident and red light camera critic Roger Jones wrote to the City Council. He argues that if Fremont would only lengthen yellow light times, as Newark as done, it would improve safety and reduce the number of red light tickets given to drivers.

Dear Fremont Council Member,

On June 1, 2010, I addressed the City Council concerning the proposal for a new contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Red Light Camera vendor for Fremont.  In my oral presentation as well as my written presentation, I mentioned the success of Loma Linda, Calif. in reducing red light running by extending their yellow light times by one second over the mandated minimum times.

There is now even more evidence that extending yellow light times is the best way to reduce red light running.  That evidence comes from recently released data from our neighbor, Newark.

A report chronicling a 12-month period from Nov. 1, 2009 to Oct. 31, 2010 shows how remarkably few instances of red light running occur in Newark of the straight through type.  Newark employs an additional 7/10’s of a second of yellow light time over the mandated minimums; Fremont employs only 1/10 of a second.

Extending yellow light times has the greatest impact on left turn and straight through types of red light running.  Violations from right turners occur throughout the red phase and are much less affected by extending yellow light times.

Below is a comparison of straight through violations Fremont vs. Newark. Continue Reading


Salary info on Fremont employees

Thanks to the commenter who posted this.

One thing that confused me at first: The column that reads “Employees’ Share of Pension Contributions,” the dashes below mean that city employees do pay the “employee share” of pension benefits (9 percent for police and fire, and 8 percent for everyone else.

The city picks up the rest of the tab, which is significantly more.

At first I thought it read that employees weren’t contributing at all, which isn’t the case.