The Godfather

Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler was dubbed the “California’s Policing Godfather” by the folks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Steckler, 67, is association’s newly minted first vice president.

It’s a fair comparison. All Steckler needs is a snarl, and he could be Don Corleone with Halloween without much trouble










In the spirit of the holiday, here are a couple more locals with celebrity look-a-likes.



Steckler’s predecessor, and Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman wouldn’t have much trouble being a convincing Penguin for Halloween.


 And, you’ve probably never seen a photo of Ohlone Board of Trustees President Rich Watters.



But he’s a dead ringer for Cameron from Modern Family.


And then there’s me. I don’t look like anyone you’d want near your kids’ elementary school in this photo:


But if you cleaned me up, took me off the vegan farm, and turned back the clock, I’d a little too much like this guy:



Fresh and Easy coming to Fremont

UPDATE: I might have jumped the gun on this. The real estate guy who posted a flier online showing Fresh & Easy as part of the shopping center says the deal isn’t finalized, but negotiations are getting close. He says he should know for sure in two weeks.

Thanks to a TCB reader for news that Fresh & Easy, the Brittish-based supermarket chain is opening up a store at Mowry and Blacow in the same shopping center as BevMo.

Meanwhile, another reader tells me The Hub is looking barren with the departure of OfficeMax. The nearby Borders bit the dust several months ago.

And, a couple of mom and pop restaurants are gone: Wok City Diner in Warm Springs and Mission Jarrito in Mission San Jose.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

Nothing good ever seems to happen at the Northgate Savoy Apartments. On Sunday, two residents wearing gold chains were outnumbered by three crooks who wanted their gold chains. The crooks won.

The Century House — right across the street from The Argus — was burglarized.

A house party on Mission View in Niles turned violent Saturday, with two people getting knifed in the chest. Neither victim had life-threatening injuries.

From the web:

A fond farewell to Talk Fremont, perhaps my all-time favorite website. Sadly it appears that random people obsessing over my reporting and this blog does not make for a profitable venture, even though it was a huge ego boost for yours truly. I loved it when one commenter called our paper The ArtzGas. Not sure when the website died, but it’s dead.


The Argus Lives

Growing up, I was a huge fan of the show Dallas. I’m a little too young to remember “Who shot JR?,” but I can’t forget Bobby dying and then not dying.

It was all a dream, and so apparently was the demise of The Argus. Our parent company has reversed course. Instead of consolidating newspapers and going with a more regional approach, it’s going to keep its mastheads, including The Argus, and focus more on local reporting.

You can already pencil in my Make a Difference Day roundup for Oct. 15, 2012.

We’re also going to be conversing more with our readers — kind of like when I used to hold coffee sessions before council meetings. Also, we’ll focus more on the Internet, including blogging.

So I’ll plan to start up this blog again next week.

To read more about the changes, click here.


Nardolillo retires from Ohlone board, soon to face criminal charges

Nick Nardolillo is out as Ohlone College Trustee effective Sunday — seven months after our investigation revealed that he was living at his Livermore winery and not at the Fremont home where he was renting a room for $400 a month in  free wine.

Prosecutors say they expect criminal charges to be filed against Nardolillo in the next two weeks. We’ll have a story about this on Page 1 of tomorrow’s paper.

Meanwhile click where it says to click to read the original Nardolillo investigation I wrote in March Continue Reading


Get to the Point Game III

Alright, Round 3. To make thing easier, below is the opening three paragraphs from a Tri-City Voice editorial from earlier this year. I’m offering the possibility of prizes for the first person to correctly tell me what the editorial is actually about. A hint: the subject matter is timely and it’s not about Octoberfest.

Here we go:

In the world of law and order, the magnitude and nature of a crime is often viewed through different prisms depending on the observer. A perpetrator’s biological age, socio-economic status and mental state are factors for legal maneuvers and courtrooms, but in most cases, there are clear winners and losers. If physical injury is involved, pain and suffering are measurements to determine the harm sustained. Mental distress may be a less tangible result, but no less injurious. Crimes against large groups of people can be classified as “crimes against humanity” and tried in national or international venues with highly publicized significant, even fatal results.

On the other end of the spectrum, crimes that are petty, thoughtless and downright stupid are often shrugged away as the acts of idiots who are not worth the time and effort of mainstream society. If caught, such “criminals” are considered a petty nuisance, unworthy of law enforcement efforts and costly counseling to try to reform such behavior. It is unfortunate that such individuals form patterns that persist, causing grief in communities that have enough problems without such juvenile actions. A kid with a can of spray paint, a sharp object or rock can do much damage to the property of others, but suffer little consequence since these actions are often done while cowering in darkness and, if caught, regarded as a mental Lilliputian. Law enforcement fiscal and manpower restraints work in favor of these denizens of depravity.

The problem for law enforcement when faced with “petty crime” is that often these actions are not really petty. Serious and injurious actions against the community may have far-reaching effects. As an example, when mental deficient individuals spray graffiti and damage property that serves the community with no other purpose than betterment of local conditions without personal gain, such criminals are committing a criminal act – a crime against their community. There is no excuse for such behavior; it simply degrades everyone and everything around them; a social injustice to the entire area.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

A woman saw an ad on Craigslist for a car she liked and went over to take a look about 4 p.m. When she arrived to find out that the car had just been sold, she took out her gun and … left in her own car. The seller and buyer took down the license, and police are following up.

Usually people call police about seeing an airsoft rifle because they think it’s the real McCoy. But not one resident of a Fremont apartment complex. He called police saying that a neighbor had pointed a rifle at his home, even though he knew the gun was a fake. Police were not happy.

An employee at a Fremont funeral home was shoved against the wall and robbed as she was closing up for the night.

From the wire:
Fremont man donates spooge to spawn progeny
A bit of women’s suffrage history in Fremont.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:
A women awoke in her bed Friday to find her bedroom open and man standing at the door. The man turned out to be one of three burglars, all of whom raced out of the home after the victim awoke.

Lots more burglaries on Friday including the snack shack at Brier Elementary School, Capa Drive, Siward Drive, Roselle Common, Reynolds Drive, Sunstar Common and Lorenzo Terrace.

A female driver tried to get away from a cop near West Warren Avenue. She sped away … off the roadway and ended up on her hood. Driver was taken to the hospital.

From the wire:
Afghans marched in Centerville to commemorate the start of the Afghan War 10 years ago.
Promo for Fremont improve troupe
Our story on Union Pacific putting NUMMI land back on the market.


NY Times on Fremont

While I was busy this week breaking the news of Tim Lincecum getting sued by his ex-landlord, the folks at the New York Times filled in admirably for me.

The Gray Lady had this story about crooks targeting Indian families because they’ve got a lot a gold.

And now they’ve got this story about how a senior Energy Department official lobbied for the Solyndra loan guarantee even though his wife worked for a law firm that represented the company.


Union Pacific puts most of NUMMI land back on the market

This is obviously incredibly good news for the city, since a giant railyard would have killed development possibilities in and around the future Warm Springs BART Station.

SJ Business Journal broke the story. Read their blurb here.

Here’s the paragraph they put online for free:

The railroad, which purchased the property last December, wants to sell 94 acres of the northern parcel and 53 acres to the south, but the 94 acres will only be on the market for 12 to 15 months. If it is not sold within that time frame, UP may move ahead with plans to put the property to rail-related use as originally conceived, said Aaron Hunt, spokesman for Union Pacific.