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July 4, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Rent Control and Just?Cause Eviction
In 2016, the Fremont City Council considered preliminary research and information prepared by City staff regarding rent control and just?cause eviction programs in California and requested additional information about such programs to help inform their policy discussions.

The City retained Management Partners, a consultant with experience in evaluating rent control and just cause eviction options for other cities, to provide more in-depth information regarding rent control, just?cause eviction policies, possible options the City might pursue, and program costs.

Management Partners has completed their research, which is presented in the following report: Rent Control and Just?Cause Eviction: Review of Programs. The report can be viewed online at: It includes background information; a general overview of rent control and just?cause eviction ordinances; information on the costs and staffing requirements to operate rent control programs; and three possible options the Council may pursue as it determines next steps.

The Fremont City Council is scheduled to consider the report and provide further direction to City staff at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 3300 Capitol Ave.

For more information, please contact Deputy Community Development Director Dan Schoenholz at or 510-494-4438; or City Attorney Harvey Levine at or 510-284-4032.

Summer Toy Drive
The City of Fremont Human Services DepartmentÕs Youth and Family Services Division recently hosted its first Summer Toy Drive and it was a success for all those involved.
The Summer Toy Drive was initiated when Youth and Family Services Division counselors noticed that, for a variety of reasons, local families were unable to enroll their children in summer programs or purchase new toys to provide fun and entertainment for their kids during summer vacation.

Thanks to the generous donations and volunteer hours from City of Fremont staff, Fremont Fire Station No. 4, local businesses, and Fire Eye employees, more than 30 local children and their families received bags filled to the brim with toys that will provide them with a summer full of activities and family fun!

Concert Series Returns
The heat of summer marks the return of FremontÕs Central Park Summer Concert Series. The City will be hosting free concerts every Thursday evening between July 6 and August 3, featuring a variety of musical genres and performers, from 80s dance music to soulful R&B classics.

2017 Concert Schedule
July 6 - Caravanserai (The Santana Tribute)
July 13 - Pop Fiction (80s Hits, 70s Disco & more)
July 20 - Aja Vu/StealinÕ Chicago (Hits by Chicago & Steely Dan)
July 27 - Jukebox Heroes (Decades of Billboard Hits)
August 3 - East Bay Mudd (Big Horn Band PlayinÕ R&B Hits)

All concerts will be held at the Central Park Performance Pavilion (next to 40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy.) on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children are also welcome, and can head to the KidsÕ Fun Zone, a kid-friendly environment sponsored by Bay Area Jump. Remember to come hungry since KinderÕs will be serving up a mouthwatering menu that varies from week to week.

This yearÕs Summer Concert Series is presented by Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Republic Services and is sponsored by Niles Rotary, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Bay Area Jump, and KinderÕs.

For more information, please call 510-494-4300 or send an email to
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Fight Crime with National Night Out
National Night Out is happening on Tuesday, August 1. This annual nationwide event is designed to increase awareness around crime and drug prevention and increase participation in local anticrime programs. The event also sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods and cities are organized and serious about battling crime.

Last yearÕs National Night Out campaign brought together citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials across more than 10,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

Interested in participating and bringing awareness this year? Gather your neighborhood and organize, register, and host a block party. The Fremont Police Department, Fremont Fire Department, and other City staff and volunteers will be making the rounds to visit registered parties.

Block party registration is open through July 27. To obtain a permit, please contact Julie Vidad at or 510-494-4475. Permits are $20 and the deadline to file is Friday, July 7.
For additional information, visit

Free Personal Emergency Preparedness Class
The City of FremontÕs Fire Department is offering a free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class, which will teach you how to take care of yourself and your family before, during, and after a disaster.

In just a single three-hour class, you will become an expert in:
¥ Earthquake and Disaster Awareness
¥ Gas, Electric and Water Shut-off
¥ Hazardous Material Awareness
¥ Fire Extinguisher Types
¥ Smoke Detector Placement
¥ Sheltering In-place

Classes are held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 and Wednesday, November 8.
A special Saturday class will be held on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with hands on training starting at 12:15 p.m.

All classes will be located at the Fremont Fire Training Tower, located at 7200 Stevenson Blvd., west of Interstate 880. To register for a free PEP class, please call 510-494-4244 or send an email to If you are part of a group and would like to schedule your own personal group PEP class at your location, please contact Chuck Guaraglia, Public Education with the Fremont Fire Department, at 510-792-3473 or

Habitat Restoration Days for Sabercat Creek
Love nature and serving the community? Join the City of FremontÕs Environmental Services for a day of habitat restoration work on Sabercat Creek on Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will assist with removing invasive plants, sheet mulching, and providing care for native plants. Planting additional native plants may also take place. This work will help increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife. No experience is necessary. A habitat steward will guide you through the projects along Sabercat Creek in Sabercat Historical Park.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome; a signed waiver form is required for each participant. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.

Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty (sturdy, closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirt are recommended). Bring a signed waiver form, a reusable water bottle, and community service hour forms, if applicable. WeÕll provide tools, some gloves, and water to refill bottles. If you wish to bring your own gloves or tools, please label them.

For complete details and to register visit Be sure to check the location on the map, and print the map and waiver form. For more information, or to arrange a large group work day, contact Sabrina at or Barbara at, or call the Environmental Services Division at 510-494-4570.

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