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March 7, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

By Cheryl Golden

Top teams in ÒKilowatt SmackdownÓ competition
Last month, the City of Fremont was proud to recognize 17 high school students for their efforts in ÒKilowatt Smackdown,Ó an energy savings program sponsored in partnership with the nonprofit organization Green Impact Campaign (GIC) and organized by Mission San Jose High School student Anika Sharma.

Through the program, Fremont high school students visited local businesses to conduct energy assessments and identify energy saving opportunities. The students formed teams, competing to complete the most energy assessments. GIC provided the students with the training and tools they needed to complete the assessments; students gained real world leadership skills to create a more sustainable environment. Business owners were provided with customized savings reports, referrals to utility rebates, and information on how to become a certified Bay Area Green Business. In addition, the top teams earned prizes, and all participants earned official certificates and service hours for their schools.

Between October 2 and November 23, 2016, students assessed a total of 481 local businesses. Savings identified through the assessments include 3,162,000 kilowatts of energy, 260,000 gallons of water, and $637,000 in utility bill reductions.

Top student teams were:
Life Hertz (226 assessments): Students Hubert Chen, Christopher Ho, Vivian Lin, and Clayton Tran from Washington High School Winner of $1,000 scholarship (sponsored by City of Fremont) and Tesla-branded apparel
Team Watts Up (210 assessments): Students Neeti Dhomsa, Nikki Sisodia, and Thiviya Sri Indran from Mission San Jose High School Winner of $500 scholarship (sponsored by Opterra Energy Services) and Tesla-branded apparel
Team Adventure (28 assessments): Students Shriya Rana, Sahana Sridhar, and Sachi Tolani from Mission San Jose High School Winner of $250 scholarship (sponsored by California Environmental Solutions, LLC) and Tesla-branded apparel

ÒThe City would like to congratulate the winning teams and thank all of the students who participated in the Kilowatt Smackdown competition. Assessing nearly 500 businesses within just a seven-week time period was an amazing feat, demonstrating the considerable impact that motivated Fremont youth can have on our climate,Ó said City of Fremont Sustainability Coordinator Rachel DiFranco. ÒI look forward to seeing additional student-driven sustainability initiatives such as these in the future, and encourage all Fremont residents to act on climate by visitingÓ

The Road to Zero: Vision Zero 2016 Accomplishments
Fremont Vision Zero 2020 has wrapped up Year 1 of its four-year initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and reduce severe injuries caused by traffic collisions to zero by 2020. In 2016, the rate of fatalities caused by traffic collisions was reduced by 50 percent and severe injuries by 32 percent in Fremont.

Highlights of Vision Zero 2016 Accomplishments include:
1. Brightened citywide streetlights with LED for better night?time visibility.
2. Retrofitted all traffic signals citywide with pedestrian countdown timers to display the amount of time remaining to cross the street.
3. Focused enforcement efforts on top primary collision factorsÑspeeding and DUIs.
4. Built better bikewaysÑadded more buffered lanes, striped the first green bike lanes, and installed the first protected bikeway in Fremont.
5. Rapidly responded to Òhot spotÓ safety issues (Grimmer curve, Niles stop sign, Starr speed lumps, Paseo Padre Parkway stop signs, Fremont Boulevard/Old Warm Springs signal).
6. Constructed new multi-modal streetscapes which enhanced pedestrian and bicycle paths (Capitol Avenue, Warm Springs Boulevard)
7. Installed speed lumps to slow down speeding in priority neighborhood locations.
8. Reduced commuter traffic through neighborhoods by implementing turn restrictions and partnering with WAZE (a community-based traffic and navigation app) to eliminate navigation cut-through routes.
9. Robust community engagement through presence at community events, use of social media, educational videos, and presentations to community groups.
10. Partnered with Girls Scouts volunteer who received over 2000+ pledges for ÒDonÕt Drive DistractedÓ campaign.
11. Coordinated ÒLook for SafetyÓ street marking safety campaign at crosswalks to remind walkers to ÒLookÓ before crossing the street.
12. Prepared educational messages and videos to showcase on the CityÕs website, Channel 27 Government Channel, and social media channels.
13. Completed school access safety assessments to identify improvements that will encourage students to walk and bike to school and improve overall school traffic operations (expanded partnership with Fremont Unified School District).
14. Adopted new Pedestrian Master Plan with safety improvement goals.
15. Gained recognition for safety leadership through local/national media outlets and U.S. Department of Transportation MayorÕs Challenge.

For more information about the initiative, visit

Apply to be a City of Fremont Commissioner or Advisory Board Member
Looking for a way to make a difference in the community? Consider serving as a commissioner or an advisory board member! The City of Fremont currently has vacancies on its Environmental Sustainability Commission, Library Advisory Commission, and SeniorÊCitizens Commission.

Current boards and commission vacancies include the following:
Environmental Sustainability Commission Ð One vacancy. (Business Community Representative) Term to expire December 31, 2020.
Library Advisory Commission Ð One vacancy. Term to expire December 31, 2018.
Senior Citizens Commission Ð One vacancy. Term to expire December 31, 2020.

To download an Advisory Body application, visit and review the Resources section at the bottom of the page. You may also obtain an application from the City ClerkÕs Office at 3300 Capitol Ave, Building A. Please note that the City ClerkÕs Office accepts applications throughout the year, not just when there are vacancies. For more information call 510-284-4060.

Applications are kept on file through the end of the calendar year and are reviewed by the Mayor and Council when a vacancy occurs. A current list of applicants is established each year. Applications may be submitted to the City Clerk at any time between JanuaryÊ1 and DecemberÊ31. These applications may be considered for various vacancies throughout the year; however, on DecemberÊ31, any remaining applications of these persons not appointed will be void.ÊIn order to be considered this year, a new application will need to be submitted.

Women in Business - Learn from Successful Bay Area CEOs
A panel of four Bay Area businesswomen will share their experiences in the corporate world at an upcoming seminar on March 20. Attend this interactive discussion and hear from women who are entrepreneurs starting a business, growing a startup into a multi-million-dollar company, or having a leadership role at a Fortune 500 company. These CEOs will discuss what they learned that can help you launch and manage a thriving business.

The seminar will be held on Monday, March 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fremont Main Library, located at 2450 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont. Workshop sponsors include the City of Fremont, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and the Fremont Main Library.

For more information or to register for this free business seminar, visit For questions, pleaseÊcontact the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 510-208-0410.

Fremont Senior Center to Offer Tax Assistance for Seniors
The Fremont Senior Center is a welcoming community for local seniors to gather, learn, and simply enjoy life through a full range of social and health services, leisure activities, and events. If you are a senior in need of help with your taxes, stop by the Senior Center. AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be on hand Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, April 14 to help seniors with their 2016 Federal and State Income Tax Returns. Call the Fremont Senior Center at 510-790-6600 to schedule your appointment.

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