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September 9, 2009 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

September 1, 2009

Consent Calendar:

BART extension to Warm Springs is fully funded. Council is asked to acknowledge and concur with agreement between BART and the City including roles, responsibilities and reimbursement to City for elements of work. Authorize City's share of new fire hydrant in Central Park of $88,000. BART will be constructed over Walnut Avenue and under Stevenson Boulevard to Central Park. A subway will direct tracks under Lake Elizabeth toward Warm Springs. Approximately two acres of Sabercat Creek will be the site of mitigation efforts for loss of riparian habitat by the Warm Springs Extension project.

Scheduled Items:

Appeal of Site Plan and Architectual Approval of Wang Residence was denied although conditions of tree planting and the possible use of a trellis above an existing fence was suggested to mitigate privacy concerns of appellant. Councilmember Chan absent for discussion and vote due to financial link to appellant.

Mayor Bob Wasserman Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Absent
Bob Wieckowski Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye*

*Recused on Wang appeal

State Budget Update:

Discussion of the impact and alternatives to provide interim General Fund monies lost to involuntary State take-away loans. Options include intra-city loans or securitization of Property Tax receivables. Redevelopment Agency take-aways will be litigated over whether repayment of these monies is required. The State of California has taken the position that these funds will be forfeited by Redevelopment agencies.

NUMMI discussion:

Council held a brief conversation about Toyota's decision to terminate production at the Fremont NUMMI plant at the end of March 2010. A "Red Flag" team of national, state, regional and local partners presented a package of incentives to Toyota, but to date, these have been rejected. State legislation to create a state tax advantaged "enterprise zone" at the NUMMI location is being introduced to create incentives for Toyota or other auto manufacturers to use the facility.

Appointments to Youth Advisory Commission:

Mayor Wasserman appointed Alankrita Dayal (Hopkins Jr. High), Neha Pal (MSJ District Rep) and Sloka Gundala (MSJ District Rep) to the Youth Advisory Commission.

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