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Warren Avenue closures planned in Fremont for weekends through end of month

FREMONT — Warren Avenue, between Kato Road and Warm Springs Boulevard, will be closed to motorists on weekends throughout this month to make way for road construction, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

The quarter-mile stretch of road in the Warm Springs district will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, and at those times and days the following two weekends, from Jan. 18-21 and Jan. 25-28.

The construction is part of the BART Silicon Valley Project, a 16-mile extension that aims to deliver the existing transit system to Santa Clara County.

For more information, call 408-934-2662 or go online at www.vta.org/bart.

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Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration scheduled Sunday in Newark

A community group dedicated to celebrating black history has scheduled a ceremony Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Afro-American Cultural & Historical Society — a Newark-based organization — will hold its 36th annual commemoration of the slain civil rights leader.

The service is slated to begin at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 35450 Newark Blvd.

It will be hosted by the Rev. Garrett Yamada, event organizers said. The scheduled keynote speaker is the Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View.

A reception immediately will follow the service.

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Teens encouraged to apply for Fremont Explorer volunteer program

The Fremont Police Department is offering teenagers a volunteer program in which they can learn more about law enforcement while earning community service hours.

Participants in the Fremont Explorer Program — eligible to teenagers ages 14 to 18 — are asked to donate 5 to 20 hours per month, including giving tours, providing traffic control and working at special Fremont police events.

All new volunteers are required to attend a one-week Explorer Academy in Southern California before joining the program, police said.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 8.

For more information, visit online at www.fremontpolice.org/Explorers.

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mOasis moving to Union City from Mountain View

A business brief by colleague George Avalos:

mOasis has shifted its operations to Union City with a new lease to occupy 11,000 square feet in Dowe Business Park.

The company exited Mountain View in a deal arranged through commercial realty brokerage Colliers International.

mOasis produces mOasisgel, a nontoxic water storage material for California agriculture. mOasisgel increases crop yields and reduces water and water-related energy use to enable California farmers to grow more with less.

Founded at Stanford University, mOasis said it also outgrew its offices in Mountain View.

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Newark Crime News of the Day

Source: Newark Police Department

January 9, 2013

1000 Hours – Officer Rollins arrested Joseph Ammon, DOB 09/03/1963, transient, for outstanding warrants and booked him at Fremont Jail.

1141 Hours – Officer Homayoun arrested Leonel Barrios, DOB 02/20/1978, of Newark, for outstanding warrants and booked him at Santa Rita Jail.

1900 Hours: Officer Lopez investigated a hit and run collision in the 6200 block of Zulmida Ave. The victim stated a new model Mercedes SUV struck his vehicle which was parked in front of his house and then fled. Officers checked the area for the suspect vehicle but were unable to locate it.

1955 Hours: Officer Yates and FTO Geser were dispatched to 39270 Cedar Blvd, the Homewood Suites. NPD Dispatch had received 911 calls from Homewood Suites regarding a couple causing a disturbance in the lobby. Officers arrived and contacted Carol Jones DOB 04/16/55(Newark) and Bryan Vink DOB 12/08/56(Newark). Officer Yates arrested both for being drunk in public and booked them at Santa Rita Jail.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents or other incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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Alameda County Water District to hold public hearing Thursday on rate increase

The public is invited to give its feedback Thursday on a proposed increase in the Tri-City area’s water rates.

The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Alameda County Water District headquarters board room, at 43885 S. Grimmer Blvd. in Fremont.

The agency is proposing to hike rates for 2013, increasing the average customer’s bill by nearly $7.50 per month, or about 17 percent. The higher rates, expected to take effect Feb. 1, would fund the replacement of water mains and the seismic retrofitting of nearly one-third of the district’s 800 miles of aging pipelines, agency officials said. The rate increase will generate about $8 million per year.

The agency provides water to 331,000 people living in Fremont, Newark and Union City.

For more information, call 510-668-4200 or www.acwd.org.

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Server/Internet/Email/Phones were down for most of Wednesday

If I was slow to return a phone call or email, or you had trouble accessing the newspaper website or this blog, there’s a good reason. Our server was down and we could not access our phones, email, the Internet and our own publishing system for several hours. (Looks like we weren’t the only ones.) Other than that, it was an awesome day.

Sorry for any inconvenience. See you Thursday.

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Breakdown of how each Fremont council member voted

To narrow down the list of 10 council applicants, each candidate listed their top 5 candidates in no particular order. I have listed the applying candidates in alphabetical order. Here’s the breakdown:

Mayor Bill Harrison:

David Bonaccorsi, Yogi Chugh, John J. Dutra, Rick Jones, Raj Salwan

Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan:

David Bonaccorsi, Christina Broadwin, Yogi Chugh, John J. Dutra, Raj Salwan

Councilwoman Sue Chan:

David Bonaccorsi, Christina Broadwin, John J. Dutra, Rick Jones, Raj Salwan

Councilman Vinnie Bacon:

David Bonaccorsi, Christina Broadwin, Yogi Chugh, Raj Salwan, Rakesh Sharma

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To sum up again:

Candidates Who Made the Cut

David Bonaccorsi: 4 (Each council member voted for Bonaccorsi)

Raj Salwan: 4 (Each council member voted for Salwan)

Christina Broadwin: 3 (Harrison was the only council member NOT to vote for Broadwin)

Yogi Chugh: 3 (Chan was the only council member NOT to vote for Chugh)

John J. Dutra: 3 (Bacon was the only council member NOT to vote for Dutra)

Rick Jones: 2 (Harrison and Chan voted for Jones, while Natarajan and Bacon did NOT)

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Candidates Who Did Not Make the Cut

Rakesh Sharma: 1 (Bacon was the council member who voted for Sharma)

Tariq Ali: 0

Robert Brunton: 0

Robert Chavez:  0

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Fremont council whittles list of council applicants down to six

The Fremont City Council on Wednesday whittled down the list of candidates applying for the fifth and final open council seat. At the special meeting, each of the four council members listed their top 5 candidates, in no particular order. Any candidate who received at least two (or more) votes made the cut. Six candidates were fortunate enough to do so. They are listed below. Four candidates did not make the cut.  Here are the two lists:

Candidates Who Made the Cut

David Bonaccorsi: 4

Raj Salwan: 4

Christina Broadwin: 3

Yogi Chugh: 3

John J. Dutra: 3

Rick Jones: 2

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Candidates Who Did Not Make the Cut

Rakesh Sharma: 1

Tariq Ali: 0

Robert Brunton: 0

Robert Chavez:  0

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Next up,  the six candidates who made the cut will be publicly interviewed in another special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday (Jan. 14). Stay tuned.

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Fremont PD asking public for help in finding man suspected of robbery

The Fremont police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted suspect Melvin Landry Jr.

Melvin Landry Jr. (21 years old) is currently wanted for an armed robbery and assault with a firearm that occurred at the Albrae Street Walmart Store (405580 Albrae St.) in Fremont on January 3, 2013 at approximately 9:15 p.m. Landry Jr. is known to frequent the areas of Oakland and Sacramento and may be connected to additional robberies that have occurred in the Bay Area. The Fremont Police Department holds a ramey warrant for his arrest in the amount of $310,000. We are asking for the public’s assistance to locate him.

A second suspect in the robbery, Dominique Martin, a 21 year old adult male Fremont resident, was arrested on January 4, 2013 by Fremont Police Officers when a 2002 black BMW, used in the robbery, was located by Oakland PD. The firearm is still outstanding and Landry Jr. is considered armed and dangerous.

We are asking the for the public’s assistance to locate Landry Jr.. Detective Joshua Ehling can be contacted at 510-790-6934 or if you would like to send an anonymous tip you can do so by clicking the “submit an anonymous web tip” link below or go to www.fremontpolice.org/tip.