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Just a reminder for Mr. Wolff and his pals, if he thinks he "ran up against vocal opposition from the local community" the last time he tried to come to Fremont, he ain't seen nuthin' yet. Last time we were starting from scratch. This time we're organized, prepared, informed, connected, motivated and even more united than before. It takes a lot to wake up old Fremont, but be advised, when you poke the bear too often, you get bit.
Yes, by all means, respect the town.
Respect Fremont residents and taxpayers, who clearly don't want the A's anywhere within their city limits, and respect Oakland's residents, who do appear to want the team there.
Say anything you want about Fremont, call us the ugly girl at the prom, and Oakland the prom queen, we don't care. Say that we've replaced Oakland as the city where there's "no there there". Call us a "bedroom community", which I guess passes as a civic insult these days. Whatever you do, just do not come to Fremont.
If the A's do try to relocate to Fremont, rest assured that we will do what we have to do to chase them out - again. Defeat the City Council's ballot measure, elect new City Council members, appeal the EIR, protest day and night, attend every city-sponsored meeting whether it has to do with the stadium project or not, ask every question and raise every issue in the book over and over again, overrun your e-mail, voice mail and snail mail. The up-side of the economic downturn is that a lot of us have a lot more time on our hands these days, and citizen participation can be a real pain if you're on the wrong side of a local issue.
Visit the Fremont Citizen's Network site for more information http://community.fremontcitizensnetwork.or…
This proposal is not fiscally responsible. Numerous economic studies have consistently shown that sports stadia are not good economic generators. A baseball stadium is simply not the way to grow a healthy local economy. This project would most likely cost Frmeont's economy in the short and long term.
The proposal is that Alameda County would buy the land for the site and the City of Fremont would spend $62 million on infrastructure improvements. If we are going to give away such a large sum of money, we should put it towards a project that will generate high-paying jobs.
The proposal also suggests using redevelopment money on this project in a way that will hurt our General Fund and our school funding. The proposal is that money from the Redevelopment Agency will be used to pay for the land and needed infrastructure improvements. In general, for every usable dollar of redevelopment money, the General Fund loses about 25 cents and the school districts lose about 75 cents. Since the ballpark would be in a redevelopment area, money from it would not go to Fremont's General Fund. The report says nothing about how this loss to the General Fund would be replaced.
NUMMI indicated publicly that they thought the location of a ballpark right next to their facility would have a significant, negative impact on their operations. Wouldn't a similar company, or any large employer for that matter, have a similar opinion and not want to locate here? Putting a ballpark at this location would limit Fremont's options for the future.
A ballpark would generate significant traffic problems. There would be about 15,000 car trips generated for every game at the park. Our city streets simply can't handle this traffic. This kind of traffic nightmare would be a deterrent to future businesses thinking about locating in Fremont.
Finally, the A's have not shown any interest in this latest proposal. The A’s previous agreement to build the ballpark was dependent on being granted the right to build 3,150 homes. This proposal does not include any homes, so why would the A’s be interested?
Instead of focusing on real economic development that our city desperately needs, Fremont's City Council has directed enormous staff resources towards a project that is not at all likely to go forward. It's quite possible that prospective employers are looking at Fremont and deciding to locate elsewhere because the City seems so obsessed with getting a ballpark.
FREMONT IS NOT A VIABLE SITE - it will require extensive and expensive soil mitigation, it is near an established residential area, and it lacks any of the infrastructure required for a project of this size.
Oakland can have 'em.
And you can read all of the reasons why this is a disasterous idea for Fremont at http://community.fremontcitizensnetwork.or… and http://www.ibabuzz.com/tricitybeat/
We chased them out last winter and we'll chase 'em out again. Fremont's budget is already strapped; we have no money to give away to rich men who play children's games. We cannot afford to give away $100 million in taxpayer money for land purchase and clean-up.
We are not against development, we're just against dumb development.
The City of Fremont needs to cultivate businesses in this location that will provide full-time, skilled, benefitted jobs, not part-time minimum-wage concessionaires, parking attendants and security guards.
Last time we were starting from scratch. This time we're organized, funded and highly motivated.
City Council incumbents will find out what residents think of this on November 2.
Mr. Gammon is providing a valuable public service through his "writting". His articles about Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan, Don Perata, and AC Transit were very important in getting much needed information out to the public. Keep doin' what you do, Bob.
I have lived in Fremont all of my life. Thank you for the lovely article about my home town. However, I must point out that Our Mayor, the same one that you characterize as being so thoughtful to the Ansari family, that same guy called the citizens of our town "a mob" because they disagreed with him about the A's stadium proposal. Our Mayor said that he could not meet with these people, these tax-paying, home-owning, business-owning, voting residents without a flak jacket.
I guess even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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