Fremont mayoral candidate to police: ‘Did I ever admit to drinking? I said I drank three beers’

"You don't want to get arrested for drinking in public, right?" a Fremont police officer asked Fremont mayoral candidate Justin Sha outside a black-tie fundraiser last October for the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. Video of Sha's interaction with Fremont police, a Fremont official who appears to be helping Sha get home safely, and the executive … Continue reading Fremont mayoral candidate to police: ‘Did I ever admit to drinking? I said I drank three beers’

Fremont mayor: ‘Taking the knee is something that I’m not going to be doing’

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei was jeered by protesters on Tuesday after she refused to take a symbolic knee in support of police accountability. Mei, along with Fremont Police Chief Kimberly Petersen, and two police captains, attempted to address the group, which had earlier marched through Fremont in support of George Floyd. After the crowd drowned … Continue reading Fremont mayor: ‘Taking the knee is something that I’m not going to be doing’

Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Tesla founder Elon Musk has tussled with Alameda County officials in an effort to reopen its sprawling Fremont plant on several occasions since a shelter in place was ordered in March. A plan to resume work on Friday afternoon was again rebuffed by local public health officials, leading Musk to escalate the disagreement by filing … Continue reading Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

East Bay park district defies Fremont’s wishes; Mission Peak entrance to reopen in two weeks

The staging area that leads to the popular Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont will stay closed through May 4 while East Bay Regional Park District workers clean up garbage and a bathroom left ransacked by residents escaping home confinement due to covid-19. Robert Doyle, general manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, made … Continue reading East Bay park district defies Fremont’s wishes; Mission Peak entrance to reopen in two weeks

Fremont council member could be looking at censure for proclamation

Fremont elected officials admonished Councilmember Teresa Keng at a meeting Tuesday night for issuing a proclamation without the city and council's knowledge. Fremont Mayor Lily Mei also raised the possibility of censuring Keng. The severity of Keng's actions, meanwhile, were further revealed Tuesday night to be more than just a simple snafu on her part, … Continue reading Fremont council member could be looking at censure for proclamation

Fremont official is alleged to have created an unauthorized city proclamation

Fremont Councilmember Rick Jones is making a shocking allegation against one of his council colleagues, according to a referral on next Tuesday's agenda. "It has come to my attention that a councilmember presented a proclamation of support regarding an international political conflict on behalf of the mayor and council without their knowledge," Jones wrote in … Continue reading Fremont official is alleged to have created an unauthorized city proclamation

Chat shows Keng encouraged homeless center opponents to protest at mayor’s home

Fremont Councilmember Teresa Keng actively encouraged members of a social media chat group to stage protests at Mayor Lily Mei's home, in a series of messages posted in late July. The online conversation on WeChat includes hundreds of members who have used the popular messaging app to discuss and organize opposition to the Fremont City … Continue reading Chat shows Keng encouraged homeless center opponents to protest at mayor’s home

Fremont’s top political prospect becomes a Democrat, party leaders are ambivalent

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei networked and mingled with California Democratic Party officials and activists two weeks ago at its convention in San Francisco. Her appearance turned some heads among the East Bay insiders at the weekend-long event since the first-term Fremont mayor has often been portrayed by critics as a conservative. It's an assertion she … Continue reading Fremont’s top political prospect becomes a Democrat, party leaders are ambivalent

Fremont’s surveillance state expands; Mayor Mei wants to study ban on overnight RV street parking

Fremont Police will ask the City Council Tuesday night to accept a $182,000┬áBay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant for four solar-powered security camera trailers outfitted with 30-foot telescopic cameras. The cameras "will allow the Police Department to provide additional monitoring, investigation and prevention capabilities at public events and public spaces in general," according … Continue reading Fremont’s surveillance state expands; Mayor Mei wants to study ban on overnight RV street parking

Two East Bay educators lead lawsuit against teachers’ union dues

Lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court is based on last year's Janus v. AFSCME ruling.

Fremont minimum wage raises to $15 for all businesses by 2021

The Fremont City Council acquiesced to concerns from small business owners and unanimously approved a two-tier schedule Tuesday night for accelerating an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for all businesses by 2021, with exemptions for non-profits. Fremont businesses with 25 or fewer employees will begin paying their workers $13.50 an … Continue reading Fremont minimum wage raises to $15 for all businesses by 2021

Fremont looks at two-tiered approach for rising minimum wage to $15

When Fremont councilmembers resume a discussion next week for raising the city's minimum wage to $15, they will be presented with a new wrinkle intended to protect small business owners. Under a two-tiered schedule, which the council directed staff to study at its Dec. 4 meeting, Fremont business owners with less than 25 employees would … Continue reading Fremont looks at two-tiered approach for rising minimum wage to $15

FREMONT: Bonaccorsi admits to four FPPC violations, will pay fine

David Bonaccorsi, the former Fremont councilmember who lost his seat during last month's election, admitted to violating the state's Election Code by failing to report income of $10,000 or more to his law firm on four separate occasions. The complaint against Bonaccorsi was lodged on Aug. 31 by his council opponent, Jenny Kassan (pictured below), … Continue reading FREMONT: Bonaccorsi admits to four FPPC violations, will pay fine

Public Comment: Khanna is turning his back on the LGBTQ+ community

Ro Khanna Is Rejecting a LGBTQ+ 'Purity Test' by Endorsing Fremont City Council Candidate Yang Shao, writes Glen Shaffer.

Upset Fremont teachers force school trustee to cancel his City Council kickoff event

Fremont teachers say school board president Yang Shao has repeatedly disrespected its union membership. The teachers' union has been in contract talks with the school district since March 2017. Last week, they fought fire with fire and protested Shao's fundraising event intended to kickoff his campaign for the Fremont City Council this fall. When the … Continue reading Upset Fremont teachers force school trustee to cancel his City Council kickoff event