Garbage service again disrupted Thursday in Fremont and Union City

From the city of Fremont:

The City was notified this morning by Allied Waste that garbage and recycling service has been temporarily delayed due to an unanticipated work stoppage. Unfortunately, because of this unanticipated work stoppage, Allied Waste will not be able to service Fremont accounts today.

They are advising to leave your containers out and available for collection, and they will service them as soon as possible, but no later than your next service day. They apologize for any inconvenience.

Please visit their website for the most up-to-date service information: http://alliedwasteac.com/

From the city of Union City:

Garbage collection in Union City is being disrupted once again due to picketing at Republic/Allied Waste facilities in the Bay Area. The labor dispute does not involve the City but residents and businesses are being impacted.

Residential customers: All single family residential customers with Thursday and Friday pickups won’t be served and should not set out their blue trash carts. Next week, Thursday and Friday customers can place extra bags of trash out equivalent to their normal weekly amount of trash with their blue carts and it will be picked up. Recycling and green waste will be picked up as usual over the next couple of days. So brown and green carts can be set out. Please do not place any trash in your recycling or organics carts.

Commercial customers: Certain commercial customers will be served, and the list of such customers will be made public as soon as we receive it from Republic/Allied Waste. Commercial customers not on the list will not receive trash or recycling pickups, but will receive green/food waste pickups Commercial customers with Saturday pickups may also experience service


Fremont manufacturer’s battery was used in Boston bombings

I’ve been out this week because of illness, but my first day back has been plenty busy. Here’s a story going in tomorrow’s paper tied to the Boston bombings:

FREMONT — An executive at Tenergy Corporation said his heart sank Wednesday morning when he saw an online photo of a battery made by his company attached to an explosive device used in the Boston bombings.

Benjamin Mull said the carnage from the bombings had placed a pall over the company and its 80 employees.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families, as well as Boston community,” he said. “We were appalled that our product was used in such a horrible and senseless way.”

Mull said the nickel metal hydride battery, the type utilized in the bombings, is most often used by hobbyists in toys such as radio-controlled cars and trucks. The batteries usually are sold in hobby stores and specialty-battery shops, and can be purchased online.

Tens of thousands of that type of battery were sold last year but it is not the company’s bestseller, Mull said.

“It’s a terrible twist that something that’s supposed to provide joy for people was used in such a terrible way,” he said.

For more of the story, please click here.


Warren Avenue in Fremont to close from Friday night through Sunday

Warren Avenue, between Kato Road and Warm Springs Boulevard, will be closed in Fremont starting tonight, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

The road will close from 10 p.m. Friday (tonight) through Sunday 10 p.m. Motorists are asked to take alternate routes along Grimmer Boulevard, Auto Mall Parkway or Kato Road.

For more details, click here and here.

Felipe “Phil” Galvan, 1926-2013

I’m late in posting this. A story ran Tuesday looking at the life of Felipe “Phil” Galvan, who died March 25. He was 87.

It almost feels like an understatement to say he was a fixture in the Mission San Jose district, and in Fremont, in general. In talking to his family, friends and neighbors, it was clear that Galvan was much admired and respected.

If you have any memories of Mr. Galvan, please feel free to share them.

For more of the story that ran earlier this week, click here.


Fremont nanny provider sent employee who tried to steal money and identity, couple say

Aaron Lewis and his wife, Binbin Wang, needed a nanny to take care of their twin toddlers. What they got was someone more interested in their finances than their offspring.

The couple said the woman who came into their San Francisco home on Jan. 2 logged onto Wang’s computer and tried to steal thousands of dollars from an online account, attempted to take more funds from a bank account, created a phony email address and then tried to delete the computer’s Web history. The computer was damaged beyond repair, they said.

Making matters worse, the couple say, the child care company they hired — and the Fremont subcontractor that provided the nanny —  since have done little to repair the damage done to their lives.

“As a parent, this is the most sacred thing, trusting someone with your kids,” Lewis said. “But they allowed a criminal to come into our home and turn our lives upside down.”

For more of the story, click here.


Newark to reconsider election years

The city of Newark could save as much as $115,000 by holding its elections in even years, according to a city staff report.

Newark’s next mayoral and council election is scheduled for November, making it the only Alameda County city holding elections in odd years. But the rising costs of elections might prompt Newark to change that. If the city goes it alone on Election Day, it would pay from $192,000 to $230,000, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. But if Newark held the election a year later, in November 2014, its tab would drop to between $76,788 and $115,182.

The costs would be lower because Newark would split the bill with nine other cities and school districts in Alameda County, as well as other counties, the state and the federal government.

Councilman Luis Freitas requested last fall that staff employees start analyzing the benefits of switching. City Manager John Becker is scheduled to deliver a presentation on the issue to council members Thursday, but they are not expected to vote on it.

“When you look at the additional costs, I think it would be very difficult to continue with holding odd-year elections,” Becker said. “But we’ll see what the City Council says. Our recommendation is for them to discuss the item and provide any necessary direction to staff.”


Fremont removes “interim” tag off of Police Chief Richard Lucero

Press release from the city of Fremont today:

Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz announced the appointment of Richard Lucero as Police Chief for the City of Fremont. Lucero has been serving as Interim Police Chief since Dec. 31, 2012, when Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler retired. Lucero’s career with the Fremont Police Department began in April 1987.

Chief Lucero is responsible for all aspects of the Fremont Police Department, including emergency services provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As part of overall management of the department, the Chief of Police has direct oversight of the Offices of Business Services, Professional Standards and Accountability, Special Investigations, and the Media Relations/PIO function. The Fremont Police Department has 286 full time employees of which 185 are sworn positions.  The Fremont Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency and also provides some services by contract to other agencies.

Chief Lucero has been a police officer for 26 years, serving his entire career with Fremont. His assignments have included working Patrol, S.W.A.T., Narcotics, Internal Affairs, and Street Crimes. He has served as the commander of both major divisions within the Fremont Police Department: the Patrol Division and the Special Operations and Investigations Division.

“I am pleased to appoint Richard Lucero as Fremont’s Police Chief,” said City Manager Fred Diaz. “Rich has worked his way up through the ranks of the Fremont Police Department and has demonstrated his keen leadership skills while serving the Fremont community. He is sincere, intelligent, and approachable and will serve the Fremont Police Department and our City with dedication and skill.”

“The Fremont Police Department is an exceptional police agency serving a community with a great deal of opportunity. I am proud of my affiliation with the department,” said Police Chief Richard Lucero. “I am extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity.”

Chief Lucero is a graduate of POST Command College, Class 40, and a lifetime member of the California Narcotic Officers’ Association. He is also a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law. He received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the study of local government law and is a member of the State Bar of California.  Chief Lucero is a volunteer with Officers Give Hope, a law enforcement-oriented nonprofit organization dedicated to having peace officers join the National Marrow Donor Registry. In addition, he is the First Vice President of the California Peace Officers’ Association.  Most of Chief Lucero’s time away from the department is dedicated to his family.

Chief Lucero has had many opportunities to work with the community to address significant issues and has valued that interaction. He welcomes direct contact from members of the community.  He can be reached at (510) 790-6811 or by email at rlucero@fremont.gov.   

 Details for a badge-pinning ceremony are forthcoming.


No garbage pick up today and Friday in Union City/Fremont

Residents in Fremont and Union City will be without garbage, recycling, and yardwaste service today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, April 5 due to a labor dispute between Teamsters and Allied Waste Services/Republic Services.

Residents with Thursday and Friday pickup service should not place their garbage, recycling, and composting carts out for pick up during these two days. Next week, as garbage service resumes, impacted residents will be able to set out extra trash bags, recyclables, and yard waste from this week, along with their regular carts for pick up.

In Union City, green waste (green) and recycling (grey-brown) cans will be picked up by Tri-CED Recycling.

The information has been posted on those cities’ websites. Newark’s website had no information posted, and a phone message left with a city official was not immediately returned.

For additional information, contact Allied Waste at (510) 657-3500.