Fremont has hired a “Downtown Project Manager”

From the city of Fremont’s Facebook page:

Please join us in welcoming Jessica von Borck to the City team as our Downtown Project Manager. Jessica comes to us from the Town of Los Gatos where she served as the Economic Vitality Manager. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Mountain View in both urban planning and economic development capacities. Her area of focus in both communities was largely related to downtown development and enrichment.

As Downtown Project Manager for Fremont, she will play a key role in creating a vibrant urban mixed-use district within the City Center that will serve as a destination for the city and region. The City has positioned the Downtown as a priority area for development by committing time and resources. And as a result, Jessica will begin to coordinate internal and external partners focused on bringing the Downtown Community Plan to life.

Wanted man escapes Fremont home surrounded by SWAT team

Here’s an excerpt from colleague Erin Ivie’s story on a Union City gang member who escaped a police perimeter in Fremont over the weekend …


A man being served a felony warrant escaped from police at his home on Sunday despite SWAT teams surrounding and gassing the house, police said.

Just before midnight, patrol officers arrived at the home on the 5600 block of Cello Way to serve 30-year-old Tin Nguyen with a felony no-bail warrant for a drug charge parole violation, Spokesperson Geneva Bosques said.

As officers approached the home and attempted to serve the warrant, Nguyen ran out the back door and was confronted by additional officers, Bosques said. Nguyen ran back into the home, holding an object that police have since been unable to identify.

Patrol officers went into the home and found all bedroom doors to be closed, prompting them to enlist a full SWAT team callout, Bosques said. The SWAT team arrived just after midnight, searched and eventually gassed the home, but were unable to locate Nguyen.

“The SWAT team had full containment on the house, our only estimation is that he went into the attic and did a rooftop jump,” Bosques said. A neighbor also reported seeing an unknown suspect jumping backyard fences around that same time.

Police expanded their perimeter to include the entire neighborhood but were still unable to locate the suspect, and the search was called off about 7 a.m., Bosques said.


Fremont Crime News of the Day

Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

#021 Warrant arrest
At 4:39 p.m., during a traffic stop at Blacow/Robin, Officer arrests a 34 year old adult male for his no-bail violation of domestic violence order.

#025 5150
At approximately 6:10 p.m., Officers respond to the 7-11 at Ellsworth on a report of a disturbing customer who locked herself in the bathroom and was refusing to come out. Officers force entry and the female is transported for mental evaluation.

#028 Public Drunkeness
At 8:46 p.m., Officer found a 25 year old adult male drunk and disorderly at the Brookvale Shopping Center.

#033 Warrant Arrest
Officer conducts a warrant service on Coco Palm and arrests a female for an outstanding warrant.

#034 & 035 Warrant Arrest
Officer makes a vehicle stop and arrests a 39 year old male for warrants & H&S.

#003 Warrant Arrest
Officer makes a vehicle stop and arrests a 24 year old female for a “no bail 415 (disturbing the peace) warrant” out of Oakland.

#004 5150
Officers respond to the Mission San Jose area for 53 yr old off his meds. The subject is located, yelling in his room, with knives laid out all over the dresser, bed etc. He’s 5150’d without incident.


Dumbarton Bridge reopens 10 hours early

The Dumbarton Bridge reopened around 7:20 p.m. Monday night, about 10 earlier than the scheduled early Tuesday AM time. According to colleague Sandy Kleffman: Work crews were installing 96 seismic bearings under the bridge deck to enable it to remain flexible and resilient during strong ground motion. The contractor was Shimmick Construction Co., based in Oakland. The bridge — a 1.6 mile span between Menlo Park and Fremont that has 61,000 vehicles daily — closed at 10 p.m. Friday.

So, all went well. Which always shocks me.  Why?

When Danville’s Chester “Sully” Sullenberger successfully completed an emergency landing in the Hudson River a few years ago, he was lauded as a hero. Longtime Argus newspaper stalwart, Rob Dennis, put it best: “Sully’s something far rarer than a hero, he’s a competent professional.”

That’s what it’s come to lately in the U.S. After the failed Hurricane Katrina response, Boston’s Big Dig boondoggle and a host of other debacles, we are shocked when any big project goes well. At least I am, anyway. The Dumbarton Bridge holiday closure was no problem and even opened 10 hours early. Color me surprised.


Alameda County Water District board members running unopposed

As mentioned in this brief article last week, three incumbent candidates are running unopposed to serve on the Alameda County Water District Board of Directors.

James Gunther, Martin Koller and John Weed will be re-elected to the Fremont-based five-member board, which oversees the district’s operations.

The Alameda County Water District supplies water to the residents and businesses of southern Alameda County, including more than 330,000 people in Fremont, Newark and Union City.