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April 21, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Support Mission Pass Tow

Letter to the editor: Support Mission Pass Tow

Walt White and Mission Pass Tow have been responsible for contributions not only to a wide variety of community events including the Festival of the Arts and Fremont in general. Walt and Sherry White never say "No." Besides taking part in every 4th of July and Christmas event, they are active in many other ways. Recently, Walt, along with Fremont Rotary, produced and provided benches to American High School. This generosity is made possible, in large part, due to their longtime, successful business, Mission Pass Tow.

Our City's "Shop Fremont" campaign encourages us to patronize local businesses because "their success is vital to the quality of life in our community." The ability to give back to our community is based on business success IN our community!

Recently, a tow yard from Hayward opened a branch yard on Boyce Road to gain strategic advantage over Mission Pass and other local tow companies. We have three such local tow businesses whose owners live in Fremont and employ Fremont residents. Each has traditionally shared the contract with the city. Each has a different geographic area within the City of Fremont that they serve. The owner of this new tow company does not live in Fremont; his main office is in Hayward. To my knowledge, he does not have a vested interest in Fremont or a faint shadow of commitment to the City that the Whites have proven over the last 36 years.

Walt and Sherry employ 12 individuals -10 live in Fremont. According to Walt, seven will lose their jobs if this contract goes elsewhere.

This tow contract comes up for renewal every five years. Walt has successfully performed these duties without complaints for over 26 years. This contract does not have any monetary impact on the city; no money is paid to or received from the City of Fremont. The CHP sets tow rates so all fees are regulated by that agency. The other two local tow companies received renewals, yet Walt did not. This new company's geographic location was situated near Walt's existing yard. As geographic location is one of the considering factors, Walt's yard is the yard this company was aiming to replace.

In the criteria the Fremont Police Department considered - equipment, background checks of employees, etc. - Walt's employees had the highest score The scores had less than a 10% variance... minor, to say the least. What was not considered was Walt's knowledge of the community, years of experience in the industry, dedication to the community, number of years actually living in Fremont, where the employees live and spend their money and a proven track record on financial and personal contributions to Fremont.

I have made a decision to personally stand with Walt and Sherry White and fight for this contract on their behalf! It is businesses like Mission Pass tow that have not only helped pay salaries of our police, fire and maintenance, but have brought so much more to our city. The Whites are truly community heroes in my book. Contract check lists don't take that fact into consideration!


Dirk Lorenz
Fremont

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