Open House scheduled Wednesday in Fremont to get public feedback on Bay Area-wide ‘Sustainable Communities’ plan

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) wants feedback from residents in Fremont, Union City and Newark. The agencies will hold an Open House at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mirage Ballroom, at 4100 Peralta Blvd. in Fremont.

Tri-City-area residents can learn more about the Draft Plan Bay Area, looks forward to the year 2040 and charts a course for the Bay Area’s first ever Sustainable Communities Strategies. Residents also can provide written or oral comments about the proposed plan.

For more information, go to www.OneBayArea.org.


UPDATED: 88-year-old Fremont man has been found

David Mock, an 88-year-old Fremont man reported missing for more than a day, has been found.

Fremont police announced around 9:20 Friday morning that he was located. No other details were provided. Before that he was last seen Thursday AM.

Police described described him as an elderly Asian male, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black lounge pants, brown slippers, and white handkerchief around his neck. He has gray hair, stand 5-feet-2 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs.

He was last seen in the area of Margery Drive and Fremont Boulevard at 7:30 a.m.  Thursday (April 25). He has dementia and is hearing impaired. If contacted, he may say he is from San Mateo. If located, please notify Fremont Police Department immediately at 790-6800, ext. 3.




Prescription drug drop-off slated Saturday at Centerville Farmer’s Market

From Fremont police:

The Fremont Police Department is taking back unwanted prescriptions drugs Saturday at Centerville Farmer’s Market

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Fremont Police Department, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Fremont Centerville Farmers’ Market located at Bonde Ave/Fremont Blvd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. In Fremont, we collected more than 600 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs, making it our largest event to date.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information, click here.


Fremont filmmaker’s movie to screen Thursday night in San Jose

Zack Sutherland is a Fremont 20-something who has directed a feature-length independent film. The comedy, titled  “Cheap Fun,” is screening at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 25) at the Camera 3 Cinemas in downtown San Jose. The theater is at 288 South 2nd Street.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the film:  It tells the story of a group of friends on one wild night – a night that might determine the course of the rest of their lives as they attempt to battle their lack of momentum with drugs, alcohol and a series of increasingly terrible decisions.

Sutherland, a San Jose State University grad, works in Fremont’s Mission San Jose neighborhood. The film screened at the historic Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum last year and was an official selection at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2012. Select cast and crew members will be joining Sutherland at the event for a Q&A after the screening.

Tickets are available at the box office or at cameracinemas.com.

And about that last name, Zack, any relation to Kiefer or Donald? “I wish, ” he said with a laugh.

For a link to a trailer for the film, click here.


Fremont police to hold a DUI checkpoint Saturday night

The Fremont PD released a Nixle announcement this morning:

Fremont Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on the evening of May 4, 2013, at an undisclosed location within the Fremont city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. May 5.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

For more of the Nixle announcement, click here.

As is usually the case, authorities are not disclosing the location of the checkpoint.


I-680 On-ramp Adjustment slated Tuesday afternoon at Mission Blvd. in Fremont

On Tuesday afternoon, construction crews will divert traffic to a new on-ramp to Interstate 680. Work will take place between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The work is part of a SFPUC project to replace and retrofit aging pipelines in the area.

Drivers using the westbound Mission to northbound I-680 on-ramp will be directed onto a newly-laid temporary ramp at the shoulder of the current ramp. The diversion of traffic from the current on-ramp onto the new on-ramp will not require any traffic closures.

The temporary ramp will allow workers to access lengths of water pipeline that lay beneath the busy highway interchange. Preparations for the new ramp have already begun and paving the new ramp was expected to begin Monday.


Niles Elementary 5th-grader wins state spelling bee

A Fremont 5th-grade student won the 2013 California State Elementary Spelling Bee on Saturday in Stockton.

Sahir Qureshi, 10, went through 13 rounds before correctly spelling “prosciutto” to take home the top prize. Sahir, a Niles Elementary student and fellow Fremont student Anish Punaroor, a 6th grader from Parkmont Elementary, represented Alameda County at the contest.

Sahir did not misspell a single word, correctly spelling other words such as “tiramisu” and “truculent.”

He bested 60 spellers from 30 counties statewide.  He is a Boy Scout, swims competitively, plays the piano, has a band called “Game Over,” and is forming a robotics team.

Paige Johnson, a Niles Elementary teacher who taught Sahir when he was in the 3rd grade, accompanied Sahir’s family to the competition.

“He is everything you would ever want in a child,” Johnson said. “He’s bright and curious but also sweet and extremely modest. He even thanked his little brother for helping him.”


Newark police announce Employees of the Year

Newark police has announced its employees of the year.


Congratulations to dispatcher Amy Hewitt for being recognized by the Newark Police Association members as the 2012 Dispatcher of the Year. Amy was nominated for her work ethic, ability to stay calm during critical incidents, and her willingness to help out in any situation. Amy is a very respected and seasoned dispatcher. Her dedication to her job is obvious by her willingness to always take open shifts and train and mentor new dispatchers. She has been involved in multiple critical incidents over the past year, some even leading to a SWAT intervention but she has always remained calm and very detailed during these times. She has a way of working on weird research or information requests and has an uncanny ability to find the information the officer is requesting.

Amy was recognized at the annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Banquet held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the East Side Club at the Oakland Coliseum.


Congratulations to Officer Karl Geser for being recognized by the Newark Police Association members as the 2012 Officer of the Year. Karl is a 20 year veteran of the department is and is respected and well-liked by the citizens and his coworkers. Karl has a long history of doing the “right thing” and being a reliable and dependable officer. Many of our officers have stories involving Karl and most involve his cool and calm demeanor and good old fashion police work. This past year Karl has been instrumental in training and mentoring the new officer to be solo beat officers. He has served in the Acting Sergeant position and is always well received by his officers that work for him in his acting sergeant role. Karl is always willing to fill shift vacancies, even on short notice.

Karl will be recognized at the Tri-City annual Officer of the Year Breakfast held by the Newark Optimist Club on May 8, 2013



Garbage service resuming Friday (today) in Fremont/Union City

The city of Fremont posted this message on its website Friday morning:

Garbage and recycling service has resumed. Impacted customers from Thursday’s work stoppage should leave their carts at the curb for Allied Waste to pick up.

In addition, Tony Acosta — Union City’s deputy city manager — said the same is true in Union City. Garbage service has resumed in Union City, and city officials plan to meet with Allied Waste officials soon so they can make sure this doesn’t happen again, Acosta said.