September 12, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs
Fremont News Briefs
Submitted By Cheryl Golden
Fremont Looking for Two Additional Representatives for Mobility Task Force
The selection of 12 Fremont Mobility Task Force members was approved by the Fremont City Council at the September 5, 2017 Council meeting. A supplemental solicitation is now under way for representatives from District 6 (Irvington area) and the Fremont Unified School District. To view the District map to determine if you live in District 6, visit www.Fremont.gov/DistrictElectionsMap.
Representatives from District 6 (Irvington area) and employees of the Fremont Unified School District are encouraged to apply for the Mobility Task Force. If interested, complete and drop off an application, which can be found at www.Fremont.gov/MobilityTaskForceApplication, to the City ClerkÕs Office, located at City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave., Building A, by 12 p.m. on September 18, 2017. Selection of the two additional Task Force members will be made by Mayor Lily Mei, with consultation from City staff.
The purpose of this community-based Mobility Task Force is to guide the development of a Mobility Action Plan that will help the City address traffic congestion issues and safety, and prepare for future transportation trends such as autonomous vehicles. The Mobility Action Plan will go to the City Council for consideration in May 2018.
The City of Fremont Mobility Task Force is currently comprised of residents from various Council Districts; a representative from the Planning Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and Environmental Sustainability Commission; and local businesses and professionals that are involved with the transportation industry. Representatives from the Irvington area (District 6) and the Fremont Unified School District will bring the total number of task force members from 12 to 14 members. A professional consultant is also planned to assist the Task Force and City staff with navigating relevant issues and plans, exploring transportation improvement ideas, conducting community outreach, interviewing stakeholders and experts, and preparing the Mobility Action Plan.
The Mobility Task Force will meet on the third Thursday of each month from October 2017 through April 2018 at the CityÕs Development Services Center. Planned meeting dates are October 19, November 16, December 21, February 15, March 15, and April 19; meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
For more information, including the names of the current Mobility Task Force representatives, visit www.Fremont.gov/MobilityTaskForce.
Safety Improvements at Schools
With the start of the new school year, nine schools in Fremont have safety improvements in place thanks to the City of FremontÕs 2017 Pavement Rehabilitation Program, Cape and Slurry Seal Project, and Concrete Repair Project. During the summer break work was performed around these schools, which included repaving and resurfacing of roads and the installation of speed lumps and a new sidewalk. HereÕs a recap of the safety improvements implemented at each school:
2017 Pavement Rehabilitation Program
Brier Elementary Ð Parkhurst Drive between Argonaut/Walnut and Sundale Drive
Horner Jr. High Ð Chapel Way between Bay Street and Irvington Avenue
Blacow Elementary Ð Hilo Street between Sundale Drive and Robin Street
Irvington High School Ð Sherwood Street between Carol Avenue and Blacow Road
Grimmer Elementary Ð Delaware Drive between Fremont Boulevard and Newport Drive
Mission San Jose Elementary Ð Four speed lumps installed; two on Bryant Avenue between Dana Street and Cedar Street, and two on Ellsworth Street between Anza Street and Pine Street
Hirsch Elementary Ð Two speed lumps installed between Chapel Way and Fremont Boulevard
2017 Cape and Slurry Seal Project:
Leitch Elementary: Resurfacing and new buffered bike lanes on Warren Avenue between Warm Springs Boulevard and Navajo Road; an enhanced crossing on Warren at Bradley.
2017 Concrete Repair Project:
Niles Elementary: Approximately 350 feet of new sidewalk was installed on Niles Boulevard by Nursery Avenue.
The work began during each schoolÕs summer break and was completed before the start of the new school year. The City thanks the community for its patience as we implemented these safety improvements.
Art Collaborative Ð Serra Center Exhibit and Reception
The Olive Hyde Art Guild, Serra Center, and the City of Fremont are pleased to invite the public to join in the celebration of a group of 21 artists from Serra Center and to recognize their accomplishments at a reception and exhibition of selected paintings created through the Serra Center Art Workshop collaborative. The Art Collaborative Ð Serra Center Exhibit & Reception will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fremont Main Library in the Fukaya Room, located at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. The Serra Center Art Exhibit will continue on the 2nd floor of the Fremont Main Library through October 27.
The reception will include a silent auction of framed paintings and sale of matted artwork. There will be a program to introduce the Serra Center artists and present them with certificates and awards. Please come meet and congratulate the artists, view their artwork, and enjoy refreshments.
The 21 artists from Serra Center include: Roger Anglin, Cary Bell, Patrick Carleton, Robert Cross, Donald Dimenco, Donald Fields, Karen Goldberg, Sophia Halsey, Gary Heuer, Maryann Jerde, Maurice Kaasa, Todd Lorenzo, Lisa Mungin, Kelly Rommelfanger, Lori Santos, Terry Shiman, Marsha Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Tracy, Bill Turner, and Ryan Vevoda.
Serra Center is a local nonprofit agency providing housing, independent and supported living services, and compassionate care to adult individuals with developmental disabilities living in Fremont and Bay Area locations. Founded in 1975, the mission of Serra Center has been to provide dignity, respect, and choice for persons with developmental disabilities.
The Serra Center Art Workshop is a 16-week special art instruction program for developmentally disabled individuals from Serra Center. The art workshop has been funded and sponsored for seven years by the Olive Hyde Art Guild and represents a successful collaboration with the City of Fremont and Serra Center.
Serra Center artists will participate in the City of FremontÕs boxART! program with a collage of their paintings from the Art Workshop on the traffic signal control box at the Paseo Padre Parkway/Sailway Drive location. What a wonderful greeting this will be as you turn into Central Park! On behalf of Olive Hyde Art Guild, Serra Center, and City of Fremont, thank you to the Fremont Main Library for this wonderful opportunity to showcase the artwork of Serra Center artists.
California Coastal Cleanup Day
In honor of the California Coastal Cleanup Day, the City of Fremont will be hosting creek cleanup events at six different locations on Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please join families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals as they come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of CaliforniaÕs fabulous coast and waterways.
If you are interested in participating, please pre-register at www.Fremont.gov/CoastalCleanupDay to guarantee a spot. Please note the City does not allow anyone under the age of 6 to participate in this event. For more information please contact the Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 494-4570.
Movie Under the Stars
The City of Fremont Recreation Services Division is teaming up with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce at Fremont Street Eats on Friday, September 22 for the final Movie Night of the summer in Downtown Fremont. Join us we go retro with Ô80s flick Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG, 1981). Grab your low beach chairs for a fun night of film and food. The movie will begin after sundown, so come on by and visit Fremont Street Eats and the Food Truck Mafia for dinner prior to the movie.
The event is a partnership between the City of Fremont and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Fremont Christian School. DonÕt miss the last Fremont outdoor movie of the summer! For more information, visit www.Fremont.gov/MovieNight or call (510) 494-4300.
2017-2018 Tiny Tots Preschool Program
The City of Fremont is now enrolling participants for the 2017-2018 Tiny Tots preschool program. Tiny Tots is an enrichment-based preschool program operated by the City of Fremont Recreation Services Division. The program serves children 1 to 6 years of age. All classes focus on fun-filled activities seeking to enhance a childÕs social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development. For more information on specific classes, visit www.Fremont.gov/TinyTots.
Downtown Fremont Block Party
Weigh in on future programming for Downtown Community Center plaza
Downtown Fremont is on the rise! The former Town Fair Shopping Center buildings are scheduled to be demolished in mid-September in preparation for the development of the future Downtown Community Center (Phase 1 of the Civic Center project). The demolition will take approximately three months; however, construction for the Downtown Community Center is not anticipated to begin until summer 2019. Therefore, to contribute toward creating an active and vibrant Downtown for residents to enjoy and connect with, the site will be transformed into a temporary plaza by the placemaking curators, Public Space Authority (PSA). PSA will work with the City to create a temporary plaza that will include food trucks, outdoor games, public art and music, a beer garden, maker space, and regularly scheduled community events. The plaza will open in April 2018 and pilot concepts that can later be integrated into the permanent plaza designed for the new Downtown Community Center.
The first event hosted by PSA is the Future Fremont Block Party on Saturday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Capitol Avenue, between State and Liberty streets. The family-friendly block party will feature live music, food, local makers and artist vendors, and interactive exhibits designed to gather community input on the vision for the future Downtown Community Center plaza. For more information visit www.Fremont.gov/Downtown or www.sanjosemade.com/future-fremont-block-party.