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April 23, 2008 > Letter to the Editor: Mayor Wasserman sings the same old song

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Wasserman sings the same old song

During the fourth State of the City address, Mayor Wasserman said Fremont needs to boost revenue if it is to provide services that residents expect. It seems to me I've heard this song before and it's getting a little old.

Doesn't this sound familiar? Last time the State of California was blamed for withholding funds. This time it's the sagging property sales.

Prior to the rejection of the Utility Tax, we heard the same tale of woe. Guess what...shortly thereafter $12 million was "found" that Fremont didn't know they had. With this windfall and all additional revenue from sales tax, finances were in good shape.

Then came negotiations with Fremont employee unions; most received a 6% raise. Again they have the same old financial problems. It seems the unions have the upper hand and with the exorbitant salaries, benefits and pensions, this city will always be crying the blues.

Wasserman says the Centerville project is a work in progress. However, millions of dollars have been spent and they're back to square one.

The Oakland A's seem to be the high priority. The traffic on Auto Mall Parkway is now so horrendous; imagine what it will be with the ballpark, shopping center, theater, restaurants and 3,200 condos.

Perhaps we need a change at city hall.

Peggy Gerling

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