Brazen burglaries in East, South Bay have police on the hunt for thieves

Story by colleague Katie Nelson:

FREMONT — Knock, knock …

So the joke begins, but the punch line has left few East Bay and Peninsula residents laughing after their homes were brazenly burglarized in a bizarre string of thefts over the past week and a half.

Dressed to resemble city or PG&E workers, pairs of men and women have targeted elderly residents in Hayward, Fremont, Union City, Oakland, San Carlos and most recently San Mateo, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and other valuables. The catch, and the primary concern for police, is that residents are still home when the crimes occur, yet they are completely unaware of what is going on before it is too late.

In Fremont, Union City, Hayward and San Mateo, elderly residents have answered their doors to either a man or a woman claiming to be with Animal Control who said they needed to check the property for poisonous snakes or they needed to trim a neighbor’s tree. While one of the suspects distracts the residents by taking them into the backyard, a second person burglarizes the home.

Only in the San Mateo case did the resident become suspicious of the suspect and ask her to leave before the home was burglarized.

To see the suspect sketch, click here.


Rep. Honda to hold healthcare town hall meeting Tuesday in Fremont

I mentioned that the campaign appearances (and their news releases/announcements) are starting to ramp up. Challenger Ro Khanna appeared in Fremont on Monday. His opponent, Rep. Mike Honda, is coming to Fremont next Tuesday. Here are the details:


Fremont, Calif. – On Tuesday, September 3rd, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) will hold a town hall meeting and informational briefing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and entry intro California’s healthcare exchange program.  Also attending will be representatives from Covered California, the state’s exchange agency, as well as local businesses and healthcare professionals.  Constituents from the 17th district are invited to RSVP, attend, and ask questions.
WHO:                   Rep. Mike Honda, Covered California
WHAT:               Town hall meeting on healthcare implementation
Tuesday, September 3rd

Doors 6:00 p.m.; event 6:30–8:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway


More Union City news: McAllister named new deputy police chief

A news release from Union City this afternoon:

The City of Union City has named Darryl McAllister as the new Deputy Police Chief, effectiveSeptember 6.  He will be introduced at the City Council meeting on September 10.

In his new role, McAllister will work closely with Chief Brian Foley, who was appointed in 2012. This newly created position will help relieve Command staff of several administrative tasks and move forward with various planning initiatives and new projects. McAllister will also assume the duties of Acting Police Chief in the Chief’s absence.

McAllister is currently a Captain for the Hayward Police Department.  He has served that department for over 30 years, having started his career as a police cadet.  Darryl is known as a very qualified and experienced police professional who is active in the community and dedicated to the concept and practice of community policing.

According to Chief Foley, “Darryl possesses the skills, knowledge and personality necessary to be very successful in this new position.  He is community oriented, approachable and well respected by his colleagues. The positive relationships he has built with other agencies in our region will prove beneficial as the Union City Police Department works to meet the challenges facing law enforcement today and into the future.”

McAllister holds a Masters of Arts degree in Law Enforcement Administrative Development from Alliant International University (Center for Forensic Studies) and a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach.


New Haven school board places retiring supe on paid leave, supe’s attorney hints at legal action

Some curious goings-on in Union City’s New Haven Unified school district recently:

UNION CITY — In a hastily planned special school board meeting late last week, retiring New Haven Unified Superintendent Kari McVeigh was placed on paid leave three months before her exit date, and two district employees were appointed her temporary replacements.

The unexpected decision surprised even high-ranking district officials and now may lead to legal action from McVeigh.

“We don’t have a clue as to why the board chose to do this at this time,” said Greg McCoy, McVeigh’s Danville-based attorney. “We’re hoping that they reconsider because it opens the door to a claim against the district for a breach of contract, which is something we don’t want to do.”

The five-member school board on Friday night replaced McVeigh with the district’s chief business officer, Akur Varadarajan, and chief academic officer, Arlando Smith, who will serve as “interim co-superintendents,” according to a district news release.

Smith and Varadarajan both said they did not learn that they were being offered the district’s top job until the day of the special meeting.

For more, click here.



‘Snake scam’ slithers into Fremont

Some scam artists are making the rounds through southern Alameda County. Crime reporter David DeBolt’s article:

FREMONT — A ruse known as a “snake scam” has slithered its way from Union City to Fremont, police said Monday.

Fremont police were asking residents to be on alert after receiving reports on Saturday of a woman dressed as an animal control employee going door to door looking for a poisonous snake on the loose, police said.

The scheme is the latest in a series of East Bay home burglaries in which perpetrators pose as city employees. In recent weeks, scam artists have knocked on doors pretending to be utility workers in Oakland, tree trimmers in Hayward, and now animal control workers looking for snakes in Union City and Fremont.

For more, click here.


Congressional candidate Ro Khanna to celebrate Women’s Equality Day in Fremont

As election season starts to heat up, we (and you) will be seeing more of these announcements …

Ro Khanna to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Congressional Candidate Ro Khanna to release his Women in the Workplace Agenda with grassroots supporters 

FREMONT, CA – With Women’s Equality Day just around the corner, Ro Khanna, 17th District Congressional Candidate, will be releasing his Women in the Workplace Agenda at his campaign headquarters in Fremont. While America has made great strides over the last century, Ro believes there is still much more that we must do to address pervasive inequity in opportunity for women. That’s why Ro is focused on engaging stakeholders across the district in developing innovative and bold plans to promote family friendly work environments, remove workplace inequality, increase women in the STEM fields, and support women entrepreneurs.

WHAT:            Celebration and Release of Women in the Workplace Agenda

WHEN:            7:00 – 8:00PM, Monday, August 26, 2014

WHO:              Ro Khanna, Candidate for Congress (CA-17)

Grassroots Supporters

WHERE:          Ro for Congress Campaign Headquarters

43255 Mission Blvd

Fremont, CA  94539

Ro Khanna has been busy hosting women’s roundtables, working with the campaign’s Women for the Arts, Education, & Technology Advisory Council, and engaging forward-looking companies about how to best address inequity in opportunity for women.


Ro Khanna is a candidate for Congress in California’s 17th district, which encompasses the heart of Silicon Valley. Since announcing his campaign for Congress in early April, Ro Khanna has received key endorsements from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, local elected leaders including Mayor Orrin Mahoney of Cupertino and Mayor Estevez of Milpitas, and over 100 of the leading job creators and innovation luminaries in Silicon Valley including Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Marc Andreessen. Ro for Congress is focused on building a technology and grassroots driven 21st century campaign that utilizes and improves upon the best practices deployed by both Obama campaigns. A longtime Bay Area resident, Ro returned to Fremont after a two-year stint serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration. In addition to running for Congress, he is also currently a Silicon Valley technology lawyer, professor of economics at Stanford University and professor of law at Santa Clara University. Ro’s book on manufacturing, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future, has won widespread praise for its strategies for keeping the best companies, jobs and opportunities in America.



Fremont named nation’s 3rd most “Thriving City”

Only San Jose and Irvine were ranked higher.

The Daily Beast’s website was the judge and jury.

I imagine if you’re a homeowner and these lists help enhance the perceptions around your real estate, then you’re for it. When you reach a critical mass of lists on which the city appears, it starts to mean something.

But what are your thoughts on this stuff … Do you care about these kind of lists? Are they relevant to you?



Swalwell to Host Town Hall Meetings in Union City and Livermore this week

Press Release sent today:

Rep. Swalwell to Host Town Hall Meetings in Union City and Livermore on Aug. 20 and 21
Town Halls follow Spirited Immigration Reform Event this Past Saturday

HAYWARD, CA – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) invites constituents of California’s Fifteenth Congressional District to two town hall meetings this week in Union City and Livermore. The Union City Town Hall will be held at the New Haven Unified School District Educational Services Center on Tuesday, August 20 and the Livermore Town Hall will take place at the Mertes Center for the Arts at Las Positas College on Wednesday, August 21.

The town halls will provide another opportunity for Rep. Swalwell to hear from constituents and take questions on the issues impacting the East Bay – from creating jobs and growing our economy to protecting Social Security and Medicare. He also will answer questions previously solicited on Facebook and Twitter.

This past weekend Rep. Swalwell held a spirited forum in Hayward on comprehensive immigration reform that was attended by more than 100 constituents. In the next month he will hold public educational events on the veterans’ claims backlog with the regional VA Director and on the Affordable Care Act.


Town Halls in Union City and Livermore


U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)



Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM — Tuesday, August, 20

New Haven Unified School District – Educational Services Center

34200 Alvarado-Niles Road

Union City, CA 94587

Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM — Wednesday, August 21

Las Positas College – Mertes Center for the Arts

3000 Campus Hill Road

Livermore, CA 94551


Fremont PD looking for suspect in recent hit & run near Warm Springs district, victim in critical condition

An announcement from the Fremont police:

On 08/08/13 at 5:42 AM, a 56 year old male was struck by a black or dark colored Toyota Camry while he was riding his bike in the s/b bike lane of Fremont Blvd, south of Old Warm Springs Blvd. The bicyclist suffered a major head injury, broken ribs and several abrasions. The Victim is still unconscious and in critical condition.

The suspect Toyota Camry has not been located and the driver of the suspect vehicle is unknown.  The below pictured Toyota Camry is similar to the suspect’s vehicle.  The year of the Camry is 1992 to 1996 and the suspect vehicle has damage to the right front bumper area.

If you have any information concerning this collision please contact Traffic Officer A. Zambonin #2528 or the Fremont Police Department Traffic Division.

Ofc A. Zambonin #2528

(W) 510 790-6800

(C) 510 520-3631



Road closures this weekend near Fremont City Hall for Festival of India

Road closures are planned in Fremont this weekend near City Hall, Washington Hospital, Fremont BART, and all other spots near the Festival of India.

Fremont Police released this info today about the street closures:

The City of Fremont has issued a Special Event permit for the 21st Annual Festival of India.  The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 17, 2013 and Sunday, August 18, 2013, in downtown Fremont.  The Festival will be located at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day and will also include a parade from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

The Police Department would like to advise residents and motorists that several roads will be closed during the two-day event.


Saturday & Sunday  (All roads will reopen no later than 8:00 p.m. each day)

  • Walnut Avenue – between Paseo Padre Parkway and Liberty Street in both directions (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Liberty Street – between Capitol Avenue and 39180 Liberty Street in the northbound lanes only (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Sunday for the Parade  (All roads will be closed at 11:00 a.m. and will reopen no later than 3:00 p.m.)

  • Paseo Padre Parkway – between Mowry Avenue and Walnut Avenue in both directions
  • Walnut Avenue – between Paseo Padre Parkway and California Street (Eastbound open to Liberty Street)
  • Liberty Street – between Capitol Avenue and Walnut Ave in both directions
  • Capitol Avenue – between State Street and Paseo Padre Parkway in both directions
  • Beacon Street – between Liberty Street and California Street in both directions
  • State Street -between Beacon Street and Capital Avenue