Fremont City Council: Chan and Bacon sworn in Tuesday

Incumbent Councilwoman Sue Chan was sworn in by her husband, Dr. Steven Chan.

Sue Chan looked over the past four years and quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We had a roller coaster of ups and downs that would rival any ride at Great America.”

But Chan also noted the sunny budget figures that were provided by city officials at the meeting. “Together we weathered the storm … We’ll be building our general fund reserve. This is a significant and impressive accomplishment.”

The same could be said of Vinnie Bacon shaking off two consecutive election losses before finally winning last November. Bacon made light of his newbie status on the council when he first sat on the dais, joining Chan, Mayor Bill Harrison and Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan.

“This is weird,” Bacon said with a smile.

Harrison replied, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Vinnie.”

Bacon was sworn in by his teenage son, Patrick, who spoke from the heart as only kids can:  “Every Saturday and Sunday morning (during the election campaign), I handed out fliers for my dad and wondered, ‘Is this really worth it?’ And now, after being here, I realize it was worth it.”

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. The reason the city budget looks so good is that Redevelopment was eliminated and the Redevelopment tax dollars are flowing back to the city. The City Council was dead set against abolishing redevelopment, yet they’re eager to take credit for the balanced budget. I guess that’s life in politics.

  2. If a developer like Jim Ellis were to make a sensible proposal like Lew Wolf did…one that was in the best interest of Fremont do you think the newbie Bacon would oppose it? Bacon has yet to compromise with those he wrongfully deplores. It will no doubt be the worst of times if Vinnie continues to demonize developers.


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