September 11, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Response to graffiti removal letter (Larry Borges, TCV Sept 4)
Letter to the Editor: Response to graffiti removal letter (Larry Borges, TCV Sept 4)
Larry, don't hold your breath until you receive a response from Fremont City Council members. I firmly believe you will just expire from lack of oxygen! Our City Council members have given away their authority to contact City departments directly. Fremont's City Manager, not our elected representatives, holds the power in Fremont according to Fremont Municipal Code:
Sec. 2-2107. Duties and powers
The city manager shall be the administrative head of the government of the city under the direction and control of the city council, . . . and he shall have the powers set forth in the following subsections:
(a) Enforcement of laws. To see that all laws and ordinances of the city are duly enforced and that all franchises, permits and privileges granted by the city are faithfully observed.
(b) Control, etc., of officers and employees. To control, order and give directions to all heads of departments, and to subordinate officers and employees of the city through their department head;
Sec. 2-2108. Council to deal through city manager.
The city council and its members shall deal with the administrative services of the city only through the city manager, except for the purpose of inquiry; and neither the city council nor any member thereof shall give orders to subordinates of the city manager.
Fred Diaz, Fremont City Manager, also had a letter to the editor in that same September 4 issue of the TCV, stating Fremont has outsourced some maintenance and landscaping to the private sector. This transition may be part of your graffiti removal problem. Personally, I think park administration instead of maintenance should have been outsourced. I believe maintenance was doing a terrific job on a reduced budget while administration continued to create neighborhood nuisances, turning neighborhood streets and streets near schools under Fremont City Recreation Department oversight when used for recreational purposes into recreational-use parking lots.
Although our City Manager's annual salary could be compared to President Obama's and he rather recently hired an Assistant City Manager, my experience is that he resides in an almost impenetrable ivory tower. Fremont Planning Department's Code Enforcement Unit probably won't do you much good either.
Please vote in the November election. It's a jungle out here!