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Archive for April, 2011

More on Salaries

I wrote a Fremont salary story with enough mind-numbing numbers to make you want to read about 100-year-old Hayward vet with cool tattoos. Look for that story in print tomorrow and the salary story in print next week.

Long story short, the furlough and the fire station closures this year took its toll. City salaries went down for just about everyone but cops. Their salaries increased just a bit.

Cops who worked about a full year made on average $141,410. When you factor in city costs for their pensions and health benefits, the average cop cost just over $190,000 last year

Cops were the only union not to agree to a furlough or a similar cut last year.

Firefighter salaries were down quite a bit, especially overtime, which is likely due to rotating station closures. Firefighters who worked about a full year in 2010 made an average of $146,197. The total cost of their employment when pension and health benefits are factored in was $198,983.

Overall, the city spent $93.6 million on salaries last year, down from $97,643 in 2009.

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011
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Fremont News

Officers making arrests in connection with the robbery/assault at Don’s Antique Auto Parts in Niles.

Looks like the hoped for transformation of the area around the Fremont BART Station into something resembling an urban center will be called “Downtown.” For the past year it was midtown and before that it was the Central Business District.

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011
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Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Police arrested a man who had passed out in his car at a Valero gas station on Fremont Boulevard for possessing a controlled substance.

A burglar took advantage of an unlocked rear sliding door to steal electronics from a home on Lexington Street.

A drunk man walked into the wrong house on School Court. He was arrested.

From the wire:
Quarry Lakes

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011
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Fremont News of the Day

fremont_news_linkFrom the cops:
Burglars broke into a home on the 39500 block of Gallaudet Drive and stole electronics, cash and jewelry.

A motorist driving a 1980s truck crashed into a parked car on the 3400 lock of Porter Street before quickly driving away.

A seven-year-old girl hit a Labrador retriever with a toy sword on Camden Avenue. The dog then bit her in the forearm, sending her to the hospital.

Meanwhile on the 3600 block of Eggers, a Shepherd mix bit a a 5 year-old child, tearing off part of the child’s ear. The dog’s owners alerted police to the incident before surrendering the dog for euthanasia.

From the wire:
Fremont Chinese restaurant named top local Chinese restaurant.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
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City Council Review

Leave it to me to miss just about all of a City Council meeting that was over in a half-hour.

Three things:
1) The council voted in favor of going from four meetings a month to three meetings a month. Best decision they’ve made all year. Also maybe the only decision they’ve made all year, which is why they’ll be meeting less frequently.

2) The council is sending a letter — certified mail, if there’s money left in the budget — to Jerry Brown, Alameda County and the City of Union City expressing their indignation over the tree removals along Niles Canyon Road.

3) The council adjourned in honor of Alan Heyman, a Niles slip cover maker and community guy, who died of cancer last week. Earlier today folks in Niles held a memorial for Heyman at the plaza, which for which he had advocated.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
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Fremont News of the Day

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From the cops:

A drunk 19-year-old rambling man stole a security guard’s golf cart at The Hub and started driving it around the shopping center. When the security guard caught up to him, a fight ensued and the cops were called. Officers arrested the cart thief and and sent him for a blood test at Washington Hospital, where he became violent again and spit in an officer’s face.

A resident on the 39500 block of Blacow Road awoke to find someone with a flashlight trying to come inside. The would-be burglar ran off toward Coco Palm.

From the wire:
Fremont’s Little Madfish restaurant featured on Cheap Eats. This made me feel super cheap because I think a $41 tab for two is actually quite pricey.

From Assemblyman Wieckowski:
The assemblyman sent out a press release that one of his bills made it out of committee. It would require oil companies to disclose the chemicals used for an oil extraction process known as fracking. I just read about one-third (I’m never going to finish it) of a New Yorker article about oil in North Dakota where fracking was to get at oil. Wieckowski wrote that oil companies were eying similar deposits in northern and central California.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
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Salaries

The paper relased its annual salary database on Sunday. This one is a little more complex than the others. When they send me the spreadsheet for Fremont, I’ll crunch a few numbers and share them.

For now, you can look at some Fremont top earners here, if you like to look at that kind of thing.

Also, you might notice that the star of past Bay Area Newsgroup Salary Surveys Washington Hospital CEO Nancy Farber isn’t included in this one. The survey people told me that Washington refused to provide full data. They claimed they could not calculate pensions and refused to provide spending on medical coverage, claiming privacy.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011
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Solaria officially opens new Fremont plant

Click here for story that includes mucho Gavin Newsom.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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Fremont visits Union Pacific in Omaha

Several city leaders including councilmembers Sue Chan and Anu Natarajan ventured to Union Pacific headquarters in Omaha last week to pitch Fremont’s vision of 160-acres adjacent to the former NUMMI plant, which the railroad bought last year.

The railroad didn’t say much about the city’s plan for high-density housing and high-end offices. It also didn’t give a timeline for what it will do with the property.

But city officials said they were pleased they got an audience with top UP officials including CEO Jim Young. They told UP that the north parcel, which is closer to BART, is more vital to their development aspirations than the south parcel.

City officials also met representatives from UP’s automotive and intermodal units — the two most interested in the Fremont site.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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Mission Roadwork to begin Wednesday

Caltrans will begin a $14.4 million project Wednesday to repave 8 miles of Mission Boulevard from Stevenson Boulevard to the Hayward-Union City border.

Crews will repair two lanes of Mission starting at Stevenson and heading north, before turning around and repairing the the other two lanes.

The work will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Expect some delays until the project is over next summer

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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