Rep. Swalwell to Host “Ride with your Rep” on Saturday in Union City

A press release sent this afternoon from Congressman Swalwell’s office:

UNION CITY – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) invites constituents to join him on a bike ride through the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Union City on Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 AM.

This is the third “Ride with your Rep” event Congressman Swalwell has hosted since taking office in January. It serves as an opportunity to meet constituents and discuss the most important issues facing the East Bay, while enjoying a bike ride.

This “Ride with your Rep” falls on the Worldwide Day of Play, an annual event sponsored by Nickelodeon and other organizations including the NFL and Let’s Move to encourage kids to get outside and play.  Cyclists of all ages and experience levels are welcome to join this bike ride.

All are invited to meet the Congressman at 10:00 AM. The ride will start at 10:20 AM and last approximately 45 minutes.  In case of rain, the event will be postponed.

Ride with your Rep with Congressman Eric Swalwell

Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
CA-15 constituents

Alameda Creek Regional Trail – Alameda Creek Staging Area

Union City Boulevard at Lowry Road, Union City (MAP)

Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 AM: Meet at the Alameda Creek Staging Area
10:20 AM: Rolling

The ride will last approximately 45 minutes


Save the Bay’s mailer on Newark’s Area 4

Dan Ondrasek posted this in a different thread. I thought I’d bring it up to the top in its own thread, so others don’t miss it. (Hope you don’t mind, Dan.)

Here’s the rest of the press release from Save the Bay:

“The City of Newark plans to fill in one of the largest tracts of restorable, undeveloped baylands in the South Bay to make room for 500 houses and an 18-hole golf course. But you can help stop this project before it’s too late.

The Bay has already lost 90% of its wetlands. We can’t afford to lose more.

Newark’s “Area 4,” as it’s known, is located along the Bay shoreline near Fremont. It’s a massive swathe of open space that lies within the expansion boundaries of the Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge. Area 4 is home to approximately a dozen threatened or endangered species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. And it is directly adjacent to Mowry Slough, a primary breeding ground for San Francisco Bay harbor seals.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife calls the area “critically important to waterfowl and shorebirds which migrate to San Francisco Bay.” The Baylands Habitat Goals Project identified the area as uniquely suited for tidal marsh restoration that is critical to the health of the Bay.

Newark has a choice: Will it go down in history as the city that put a golf course on restorable habitat and built 500 homes at risk of flooding? Or will it be the city that worked to expand one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the country?

Please TAKE ACTION and tell the City of Newark to protect the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

If Newark approves this plan, we could see 2.1 million cubic yards of fill dumped onto rare and restorable wetlands. That’s enough dirt to fill nearly 100 trucks a day for two years. We’ll also lose critical wildlife habitat and expose the Bay to even more runoff pollution from this urbanized area.

Won’t you please take action today? Tell Newark that the days of filling the Bay are over. The city should focus future growth within already developed areas—near transit, shops and services—not on ecologically-sensitive, restorable baylands.”


Missing box of human ashes found by side of Fremont road

Story by colleague Natalie Alund:

FREMONT — When the passer-by spotted the box in the grass on the side of the road and opened it to reveal its contents, police say he got quite the surprise.

Inside the small box: Human remains.

Officers were dispatched at 6 p.m. Sunday to Creekside Village Apartments on the 2900 block of Sequoia Terrace for a report of found property, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

A 41-year-old man there told police that he spotted a small box near Paseo Padre Parkway and when he picked it up, he saw a crematorium’s labeling. Inside appeared to ashes of a dead person.

Upon further inspection of the box, police noticed it was labeled with the decedent’s name, date of death and the crematorium used, Bosques said. The name of the crematorium was not released.

Using the name on the box, police located the decedent’s family member — a 33-year-old man who lived nearby.

The resident told police that earlier that day, someone broke into his car and stole the box of ashes that were later found by the road, Bosques said.

The victim said his car was parked in the 37300 block of Sequoia Road when he noticed someone had broken into it.

Anyone with information about the auto burglary is asked to call Fremont police at 510-790-6800.


Fremont organization offering seminar series to help medical caregivers, it begins Thursday at Stanford

A day after the Center for Investigative Reporting published a story about caregivers abusing patients in California, a Fremont-based organization announced it is sponsoring free seminars to help caregivers deal with stress and other issues.

Here are some details about the seminar:

A free seminar series aimed at helping caregivers of patients battling serious illnesses is scheduled to begin this week at Stanford University.

The Fremont-based Cancer Prevention Institute of California is launching the biweekly series, which will include seven seminars scheduled from Thursday to Jan. 9.

Each session will be held at Stanford University’s Health Library, in Hoover Pavilion, at 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201.

All seminars, being offered at no cost, will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required for each session. To register, call 650-498-7826 or send an email to education@cpic.org.

For more of the story, click here.


Police station to be renamed Robert Wasserman Fremont Police Center

A press release from the city of Fremont:

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. the Fremont Police building will be dedicated and re-named as the Robert Wasserman Fremont Police Center.

Robert Wasserman began his civil service career in 1954.  In 1976 he was hired as Fremont’s Chief of Police and served until his retirement in 1992.  Later that same year he became a Fremont City Council member and in 2004 was elected as Mayor.  He was re-elected as Mayor in 2008 and served until December 28, 2011, when he passed away.  Robert Wasserman was a compassionate leader who was dedicated to serving our community.

The dedication and unveiling ceremony will be held in the front parking lot of the Fremont Police Department, located at 2000 Stevenson Blvd.  Guest speakers will include Mayor Bill Harrison, City Manager Fred Diaz, Chief of Police Richard Lucero, Retired Police Captain Michael Lanam, Retired Police Captain Sandra Cortez and members of the Wasserman family.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The Fremont Police Department front lobby will close at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the event.  Citizens may obtain vehicle releases between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Fremont Police Property Storage Facility, located at 1980 Stevenson Blvd., directly behind the main Police Building and adjacent to the Jail Facility.


Another Day, Another Reported Scam: Fremont PD says be on the lookout

Fremont and Newark police have released this message to the public, via their Nixle pages:

Over the weekend and into the early part of this week, several Fremont residents have contacted us regarding a new telephone scam. Based on the profile of the victims, it appears that suspects may be targeting our South Asian Indian community. We ask that you please read this crime alert bulletin and share it with your friends and neighbors.

In all of our recently reported cases, suspects contact the victims via a telephone number that begins with a 202 area code. They suspects identify themselves as being with the IRS. The suspects tell the victim that they owe approximately $9,000 to the IRS and if they don’t pay the money, their Visa or passport may be revoked. In some cases, the suspects call back stating that they are with the Sheriff’s Office and that they may get arrested.

The suspects instruct the victims to obtain a money exchange service to immediately wire them money. In all of the recent reports, the money service being requested is Greencard and it can be obtained at stores like Walmart. On June 13th and July 24th we issued a similar crime alert bulletin regarding a PG&E and IRS scam that was almost identical. In those cases victims were asked to obtain a “Money Pak” to complete the transaction. The money exchange cards allow an individual to deposit money on a special credit. The suspect then asks for the code number on the back of the card when they call back.

The Fremont Police Department is not aware of any company or agency that demands payment in this manner, nor do we have the practice of dispatching officers to arrest people who have an outstanding financial debt with the IRS.

We recommend that you not send any money to companies or persons you do not know or recognize without first verifying that it’s accurate information. Should you receive such a call, you can complete a simple internet check on the phone number provided to you by the suspects, as it will usually display in your caller ID. You can also call the company directly to verify if you have an outstanding debt. Always use a verified company phone number that can be found on an official document such as a uttility bill, statement or via an official website. If you are available to screen your calls, this may help indicate to the caller that no one is home and they may stop calling. Many of these calls are placed over VOIP (voice over internet protocol) services and are difficult to trace after a crime has occurred.

Please help spread the word and prevent this from occurring to other members of our community.
Stay Safe!

Fremont Police Department (CA)
2000 Stevenson Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-790-6800


Fremont creates a new position: “Small Business Ally”

A press release from the city of Fremont:

Fremont has always valued its small businesses. That’s why the City has created a new point of contact for everything small-business related.

Enter Jackie Hall, the City’s new Small Business Ally.

Jackie will be serving as the City’s Development Services “concierge.” With more than 17 years of experience serving the City of Fremont, she is certainly an excellent fit for the position.

In her new role as the City’s Small Business Ally, Jackie will assist small businesses with the following:

•           Facilitating project reviews and permits

•           Helping businesses with internal City/outside agency contacts and resources

•           Tailoring and streamlining permit processes

•           Coordinating with the City’s Office of Economic Development, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations

The Small Business Ally programs will commence with a series of meetings and events hosted by the City and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. These meetings will be with the Irvington, Centerville, Niles, Mission San Jose, Warm Springs and other Business Associations to introduce both Jackie and the program. Feel free to share any suggestions and ideas on how to best meet the needs of businesses.

If you’d like to reach Jackie Hall, you can contact her at (510) 494-4487 orjhall@fremont.gov.


FYI … Hall’s new position will pay her $87,500 per year, according to Fremont spokeswoman Cheryl Golden. Her previous annual salary was $81,780, Golden said.