Festival of India has become Fremont tradition

Fremont’s 21st annual Festival of India has become one of the city’s best traditions. It’s always a lot of fun, and teems with great food and cool only-in-Fremont musical and dance performances. It’s from 10am to 6:30pm this Saturday and Sunday at Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue.

For our advance story on the festival, click here.

For more info on the festival, go online at http://www.fiaonline.org or click here.


Asian American Donor Program hosting bone marrow/stem cell donation drives

Here are some future AADP donor drive events:

Happy Kids Day
Memorial Park
Stevens Creek Blvd. and Mary Avenue, Cupertino
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Festival of India
39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Fremont Gurdwara
300 Gurdwara Road, Fremont
noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Chua Giac Minh (Buddhist Temple)
763 Donohoe St, East Palo Alto
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

River of Life Church
1177 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 25

To register to be a donor, call 1-800-59-DONOR or visit www.aadp.org.


Fremont man fighting leukemia seeks bone marrow donor match

This was a tough interview. Kevin Ching was one of the nicest guys I’ve talked to in a long time. And he seems to be handling his fight with leukemia with as much grace, courage and humor as possible:

FREMONT — People suffering from life-threatening diseases often are faced with a nightmarish race against the clock, and Kevin Ching is stuck in such a heart-wrenching scenario. The Fremont man has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone-marrow transplant soon. But the shortage of Asian donors makes his search even more problematic: Such matches usually come from people of the same ethnicity.

Ching, 37, was born in Taiwan and his bone marrow donor likely would be of Chinese or Asian descent. If he doesn’t find a match soon, doctors have told him he may not live long past his 40th birthday.

“They haven’t said when exactly it will be too late,” he said. “But there will be a time at some point when it won’t look too good for me.”

Ching, a software engineer, is married and his wife, Ying, is pregnant with their second daughter. Their first child, Dawna, is 16 months old.

He is getting assistance from the Asian American Donor Program, a nonprofit group devoted to boosting the number of medical donors for Asian patients. Currently, just 7 percent of the nation’s 10.5 million registrants are of Asian or South Asian descent.

Ruby Law, the Alameda-based organization’s recruitment director, said the program holds donation drives throughout the Bay Area to increase the pool of registrants.

For more, click here.


Fremont’s “How to Start a Business Guide”

Submitted by the city of Fremont:

Fremont offers a business-friendly environment and actively supports the development of a strong, diverse, and vibrant business community. City staff provides assistance to locate and grow your business in Fremont, and markets the city as a quality place in which to live and do business.

The City’s Office of Economic Development sponsors and supports a variety of workshops to help Fremont businesses expand. In addition, the Department also works with state and regional organizations to strengthen Fremont’s position in the global economy.

If you are thinking about starting a business in Fremont, be sure to check out the City’s “How to Start a Business Guide.” The booklet provides the necessary steps and includes a helpful checklist to get you started. Visit www.Fremont.gov/StartaBusiness to view the guide.

For more information about your business needs, contact the City’s Office of Economic Development at (510) 284-4020 or econdev@fremont.gov.


Fremont Main Library now provides Sunday hours

The Fremont Main Library now is open on Sundays.  Library hours are now as follows:

Monday             1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday             1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wednesday     12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday         11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday              11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday          10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday            1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

After a decade of closure, the City of Fremont is contributing $240,000 to restore Sunday library hours and ensure that Fremont residents have access to the books and resources they need.

The Fremont Main Library, which is located at 2400 Stevenson Blvd., is a branch of the Alameda County Library system. The Library circulates more than 6.5 million items annually, with more than 5 million visitors walking through its doors.


Tesla Motors shares soar as sales drive higher

Story by colleague Dana Hull on the Palo Alto company with the Fremont factory (formerly known as NUMMI):

Tesla Motors followed its first profitable quarter with a second-quarter loss of $31 million, or 26 cents per share, thanks to declining revenue from the sale of zero emission vehicle credits and additional expenses related to the expansion of showrooms and Supercharging stations.

The company is now manufacturing nearly 500 cars a week at its Fremont factory, however, and delivered 5,150 cars in the second quarter, more than the 4,500 expected. Tesla’s highly volatile stock closed at $134.23, but skyrocketed in after-hours trading to $151, a jump of 12 percent.

For more, click here.


Fremont launches new website, blog to promote its Silicon Valley chops

Fremont long has sought to market itself as a Silicon Valley player, going out of its way to shape the perception — nationally and locally — that it has more in common with Santa Clara County and the Peninsula than the rest of Alameda County. This new website and blog is another salvo fired in the city’s marketing war. Here’s today’s press release announcing it all:

Fremont Continues to Rethink City Government with Launch of New Digital Property

Website and Blog Reflect Fremont’s Business Vision

FREMONT, Calif. – August 7, 2013 – Today, the City of Fremont has launched a new website dedicated to Fremont’s business stakeholders. The new site,www.thinkSiliconValley.com, and blog, Takes from Silicon Valley East, offer a platform for real estate brokers, investors, developers, entrepreneurs, and the community at large to share points-of-view and engage in discussion.

Fremont strives to take a high-touch approach in attracting new business. Yet, the typical city government website must be all things to all people, which makes it difficult to tailor communications. The City chose to create this new digital property to better serve business needs.

It’s no coincidence that the website’s URL includes the “Silicon Valley” designation. “Many still perceive Fremont sitting on the edge of Silicon Valley,” said Kelly Kline, economic development director for the City. “We want to share with the world that Fremont is a vibrant part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem.”

According to the Silicon Valley Index, the Silicon Valley region is defined as covering Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, plus adjacent parts of Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties, which include Fremont, Newark, Union City and Scotts Valley.

“The old-world view that limits Silicon Valley to the San Francisco Bay peninsula is not today’s reality,” said Kline.

Fremont has evolved into a manufacturing hub, boasting more than 110 industrial businesses, including 30 working in clean technologies. Since the dark days of the recession, the City has made a remarkable comeback – attracting new businesses to its 40 million square feet of space and positioning itself to be a hotbed of innovation.

To learn more, please visit the new digital property at www.thinkSiliconValley.com.

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Here’s a photo that accompanied the press release, showing how Fremont would like the global business community to imagine the Bay Area’s borderlines:

fremont_silicon valley


Bus strike averted: AC Transit/Bus drivers’ union reach agreement

There are times when a government employee really, really earns that salary and benefits. And a post-midnight press release is one of those times. Here’s a release sent late last night by AC Transit spokeman Clarence Johnson, sent at 12:05 a.m. He is announcing that a bus strike has been averted as AC Transit and the bus drivers’ union reached a late deal. Now if we could only get that BART thing settled. Here’s the release:

AC Transit management and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 (ATU), which represents the agency’s bus operators and mechanics, have tentatively agreed to terms of a new labor contract for the 1,625 bus operators and mechanics.

The new agreement provides for a wage increase of 9.5% that will be phased in over the three years of the contract.  On the more troubling matter of ATU employees making contributions toward health care costs, the District and ATU agreed on monthly contributions of $70, $140 and $180, respectively, for each of the three years.

The agreement heads off a threatened strike that could have begun within less than an hour from the time the tentative contract was announced.  A walkout by operators would have halted AC Transit bus service for 181,000 daily riders who depend on buses for transportation throughout the East Bay and onto the Peninsula and San Francisco.

AC Transit began bargaining with the ATU in March and has repeatedly re-adjusted its proposals to keep negotiations on track and minimize the chances for an employee work stoppage.

“This was a long and often intense negotiation and there are no winners or losers in its outcome,” said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo. “We are happy we were able to get through process without any disruption in service. Clearly both sides focused on what was best for the riders and taxpayers of this District and what is in the long-term interest of maintaining public transit for the communities we serve.”





Fremont school officials warn of worse overcrowding if Patterson Ranch housing is built

This story ran yesterday (Sunday) in The Argus and our sister papers. James Morris, superintendent of Fremont’s schools, said he has not had substantive talks with city officials about the district’s overcrowding problem in nearly three years. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

… Student enrollment in the district’s 41 schools is 33,000, and steadily rising. Last year alone, Fremont Unified increased by 600 students, district officials said. That was a sharp spike from the past half decade, when enrollment grew 300 students each year. Rising enrollment can be “a good problem,” Morris said, but it also poses severe challenges to north Fremont parents.

The overcrowding, along with the impending Patterson Ranch development, prompted the school board to take the “unprecedented action of saying we’re not going to assign (Patterson Ranch) to a school,” Morris said. “We’re going to place those students wherever there is space in the city.”

For more, click here.


Retired Newark woman wins $1 million lotto ticket bought in Fremont

Story by colleague Natalie Alund:

FREMONT — A Newark woman is $1 million richer after claiming the top prize in the California Lottery’s $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers game, lottery officials said Monday.

Carolyn Rodriguez, a retired catering employee, bought her winning ticket on Friday at Kwik & Convenient Food Liquor & Wine, 3157 Walnut Ave. in Fremont, according to a California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso.

“I’m still overwhelmed,” Rodriguez said after claiming her prize. “I love cats and plan to adopt as many as possible.”

For more, click here.