FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is facing a challenge from first-term Councilmember Lily Mei.MEET THE CANDIDATESFremont Mayor BILL HARRISON was elected four years ago in a tough three-way race with Republican Steve Cho and his then-City Council colleague Anu Natarajan. The choices fractured the electorate in three-ways with Harrison coming out on top. Economic growth over … Continue reading FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

Fremont’s Questionable Plan For Security Cameras In Low-Income Areas

FREMONT CITY COUNCIL//ANALYSIS | If there ever was an issue that screamed potential Alameda County grand jury investigation, it's Fremont’s scheme to use money set aside for housing the poor to purchase 20 surveillance cameras effectively to keep an eye on how poor they remain.While other cities in Alameda County feed off federal Homeland Security … Continue reading Fremont’s Questionable Plan For Security Cameras In Low-Income Areas

Salwan Appointed To Fremont City Council; Fills Out Mayor Harrison’s Term

Dr. Raj SalwanFREMONT | For the third time in two years, the Fremont City Council has appointed a new member to its brethren. The five-member council chose local Democratic stalwart Raj Salwan Monday night to serve the remaining two years of newly-elected Mayor Bill Harrison’s council seat.Salwan, a Fremont planning commissioner and chair of the … Continue reading Salwan Appointed To Fremont City Council; Fills Out Mayor Harrison’s Term

Hayashi, Cassidy, Natarajan Had A Bad Election Night

MARY HAYASHI The historians will have to sort out which fall from grace was more precipitous. In terms of their personal life, it’s the sad tale of Nadia Lockyer, but politically it’s Mary Hayashi. In just one year’s time, Hayashi went from chair of the Assembly’s powerful business committee and likely state senator in 2014 … Continue reading Hayashi, Cassidy, Natarajan Had A Bad Election Night

Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

ELECTION '12//DEMOCRATS | The blessing of the local Democratic Party is an important tool for any campaign, not only for the seal of approval it bestows, but access to the party's purse strings and significant electoral amenities. This weekend, comments by various party committee members, made during the deliberations for a slew of Alameda County races provided telling insights … Continue reading Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

Intriguing Council Races Shaping Up In San Leandro; Harrison For Mayor In Fremont

ELECTION '12//SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The appeal of running for political office in San Leandro has not exactly been robust over the past few years. Two current council members, Diana Souza and Michael Gregory, both in their second terms, have nary had viable challengers, let alone warm bodies. With three separate seats for the City Council on … Continue reading Intriguing Council Races Shaping Up In San Leandro; Harrison For Mayor In Fremont

Dutra Ends Speculation He Will Run For Fremont Mayor

Feb. 8, 2012 | Just as the Fremont City Council returns to full-strength following the passing of Bob Wasserman, the list of potential mayor candidates begins to shrink.Councilman Dominic Dutra removed his name from the race for mayor this fall now likely to include his council colleagues Anu Natarajan and Bill Harrison."I'm not going to be running … Continue reading Dutra Ends Speculation He Will Run For Fremont Mayor

Fremont City Council Unanimously Appoints Morrison Interim Mayor

Gus MorrisonJan. 31, 2012 | After eight years in exile, Gus Morrison is back in the mayor's office in Fremont. The City Council, short one member after Mayor Bob Wasserman's death last December, unanimously approved the appointment of Morrison as interim mayor Monday evening.Morrison was, by a distance, the most qualified candidate among the six remaining … Continue reading Fremont City Council Unanimously Appoints Morrison Interim Mayor

Political Maneuvering in Fremont Portends For Ruthless Campaign For Mayor

FREMONTJan. 13, 2012 | Just minutes after a musician performed the last bars of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" last Tuesday, a touching two-hour tribute for the recently deceased Fremont mayor Bob Wasserman devolved into the makings of what may be an epic battle to become his replacement.Three of the four remaining councilmembers have unofficial designs on running this fall, while a fourth is … Continue reading Political Maneuvering in Fremont Portends For Ruthless Campaign For Mayor

Fremont Hits Pause On Affordable Housing Bonds

FINANCE DIRECTOR BELIEVES GUV IS LEANING AGAINST SHUTDOWN OF REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIESBy Steven TavaresCity officials in Fremont moved quickly to secure millions by issuing tax-exempt bonds last month for a menu of public improvement projects in the days after Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial proposal to end redevelopment agencies across the state, but when it comes to … Continue reading Fremont Hits Pause On Affordable Housing Bonds

Why Afforbable Housing Is Taking A Hit In Fremont

GOVERNOR'S PLAN, OAKLAND-CENTRIC THINKING MAKES FREMONT NERVOUS ABOUT HOUSING DOLLARSBy Steven TavaresIrvington Village on Grimmer Rd.in Fremont would contain 100 affordable rental homes.Fremont never gets any love from the county. That’s a common refrain from those in the county’s second largest city. It may also be part of the impetus for Fremont’s bold move to protect … Continue reading Why Afforbable Housing Is Taking A Hit In Fremont