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July 10, 2018 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Summer Concert Series Returns
The summer heat marks the return of Fremont?s Central Park Summer Concert Series. The City will be hosting free concerts every Thursday evening between July 12 and August 16, featuring a variety of musical genres and performers, from 80s rock and dance music to soulful R&B classics.

2018 Concert Schedule
July 12: Majestic Journey (Journey Tribute)
July 19: Pop Fiction (80s Hits, 70s Disco and more)
July 26: Tortilla Soup (Latin fun and more))
August 2: Rock Skool (80s rock)
August 9: Kenny Metcalf (Elton John Early Years)
August 16: East Bay Mudd (Big Horn Band Playin? 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 Kids? Fun Zone, a kid-friendly environment sponsored by Bay Area Jump. Remember to come hungry! Concert cuisine for purchase will be provided by the Food Truck Mafia with mouthwatering food trucks that vary from week to week.

This year?s Summer Concert Series is presented by Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Fremont Chevrolet and is sponsored by Republic Services, Fremont Bank, Bay Area Jump, Niles Rotary, Campo di Bocce, The PEAK Climbing Gym, Dale Hardware, and the Food Truck Mafia.

For more information, please call (510) 494-4300 or send an email to RegeRec@fremont.gov.

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Warm Springs BART Bridge and Plaza
Construction on the new Warm Springs BART West Access Bridge and Plaza is starting this summer. The project includes a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will cross over the existing Union Pacific railroad tracks and connect the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to a new public plaza west of the station.

The bridge will facilitate access from the BART station to the new residential and commercial development in the area and nearby major employers such as Tesla and Thermo Fisher. The plaza will provide a pleasant space for people to gather, meet, and play. It will include several features, such as seating areas, event space, public art, solar charging stations for mobile devices, and LED column lighting. Both the bridge and plaza are expected to be completed in early 2020. Construction is funded by Measure BB and the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

For more information, including site maps and renderings, please visit www.Fremont.gov/WarmSpringsPlaza.

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Fremont City Council Elections
This November, four Fremont City Council seats will be up for election on the General Municipal Ballot. Under Fremont?s new district-based election system, voters may elect candidates only from the district that they live in. Voters residing in District 1 (Northwest Fremont), District 2 (Central North Fremont), District 3 (Central Fremont), and District 4 (Eastern Fremont) will elect a City Councilmember to represent their district in the upcoming election.

Fremont residents can identify the district they live in by visiting the Council District Locator tool at www.Fremont.gov/CouncilDistrictLocator and plugging in a home address. This tool includes mapping layers of City and public safety facilities, public schools, shopping centers, and Alameda County voter precincts as reference points. In addition, the locator includes a link to designated polling places.

The candidate nomination period opens on Monday, July 16 and ends on Friday, August 10. Information about the preliminary candidates will be available during that nomination period.

To vote in the election, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of Fremont, and neither in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction. Make sure you are registered at least 15 days before the election. Re-registration is required if you have moved since you last registered, changed your name, or changed your political party affiliation. Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6 and close at 8 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about how Fremont launched the process to convert elections from the at-large voting system to a district-based process can read more at www.Fremont.gov/DistrictElectionsBackground. For more information contact the City Clerk?s Office at (510) 284-4060 or cclerk@fremont.gov.

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Fremont Hosts Homelessness Conversations
The City held a Council Study Session on April 17, 2018 to discuss the topic of homelessness, related challenges and opportunities, and possible actions the City can take to improve the current situation in Fremont.

Homelessness is a complex societal issue created by a variety of factors including lack of affordable housing, mental illness, and substance abuse, among others. In recent years, the number of unsheltered or homeless individuals has increased not just in Fremont, but for the entire state of California. As of January 2017, the City?s biennial homeless count indicated there were 479 homeless persons in Fremont and it is estimated the actual number is higher.

Historically, the City has managed its homeless efforts with existing resources but given the growing magnitude of the issue, staff is recommending additional resources and a new, more coordinated approach to mitigate the impact of homelessness on our community and on the homeless individuals within it. The City Council directed staff to analyze the following options for future consideration:
? Increasing staffing to address homeless issues
? Expanding temporary shelter options
? Creating a day center
? Offering temporary safe parking
? Creating a flexible spending fund which can be used to:
1) Offer incentives to landlords to accept residents who have governmental housing subsidies
2) Provide subsidies for rapid rehousing and to help those facing a housing crisis maintain their housing and avoid eviction
? Modify City requirements to allow faith-based organizations to shelter homeless individuals on a temporary and/or seasonal basis, without permit fees/or cost

This is a pressing societal issue and the entire community is encouraged to engage and assist Fremont in identifying solutions. The City will be holding another meeting to discuss homelessness issues at the July 17 Council meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

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National Night Out
The 35th annual Night Out 2018 is right around the corner. This annual event is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and raise crime prevention awareness throughout the nation. Fremont Police will partner with staff from across City departments to visit block parties throughout the community between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Mark the date and visit www.FremontPolice.org/NNO for more information on how to register your block party.

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