Harrison discusses Fremont’s lessons learned from Solyndra debacle

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison penned a guest column published on Pandodaily.com, a Silicon Valley news website. Here’s an excerpt:

As a Fremont, California, Councilmember (and a CPA), I remember seeing the message flash across my computer screen: Solyndra employees were being escorted into the parking lot. The company, which just months earlier had opened a gleaming, massive factory in our city to build its cylindrical solar tubes was experiencing a total eclipse from which it would never recover.

But Fremont did. In fact, almost two years later, the logo of disk drive maker Seagate Technologies has finally replaced the disgraced Solyndra sign.

For more of the column, click here.



Jimmy Kimmel chimes in on Fremont’s “Pay to Stay” jail program

Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, has done a comedy bit about Fremont’s new “Pay to Stay” Jail program. For this armchair TV critic, I’ve seen Kimmel do funnier work, but it’s not every day he mentions “Fremont, up in Northern California” on his show. In fact, I bet it’s the first time.

My favorite Kimmel line:  “It’s like Shawshank Redemption meets Travelocity.”

Click here for our story on the program.

Here’s the link to the Kimmel video:

Jimmy Kimmel on Fremont’s Pay to Stay jail program


Fremont PD’s volunteer program is accepting new recruits

For those with the time, energy and interest … here’s the latest announcement from the Fremont PD:

The Fremont Police Department is currently accepting applications in an effort to recruit 20-30 new participants for our Volunteers in Police Services (V.I.P.S.) program (formerly CARE and HAPP, now combined).

The Fremont Police V.I.P.S. program helps support the goals and mission of the department by developing and strengthening partnerships and relationships with the community. Similar to a “Citizens on Patrol” program, it began in 2006 with the purpose of being a highly visible support function of the Patrol Division.

Our program, which began with 25 dedicated community members, has grown to more than 75 volunteers.  We hope that this current recruitment will allow us to finally reach our goal of having 100 volunteers in patrol!

Some of the volunteer duties include conducting security checks in neighborhoods and commercial business centers, distributing crime alert bulletins, conducting vacation home security checks, working at special events, participating in the child safety seat program, enforcing handicapped parking violations, and helping the department with a variety of other tasks.  We are especially interested in volunteers to work patrol as the “eyes and ears” for the department as well as volunteers for our You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program where volunteers make telephone calls to check in on the elderly or disabled in the mornings.

There will be considerable training (60 hours over two months) and a background investigation to ensure we have the best fit to join our Fremont Police Department team.

The recruitment will close on Sept. 1, 2013 or when we get a sufficient number of responses.

For more information visit our website atwww.fremontpolice.org or go directly to the volunteer page at http://www.fremontpolice.org/index.aspx?nid=132. If you would like to speak with someone about the recruitment, please call Volunteer Administrator CSO Kristen Escamilla at 790-6691.