Archive | November, 2012

Kimber Park compromise struck

21 Nov


Approximately a year after the Fremont City Council made Kimber Park a study area, the two sides finally reached some sort of compromise at yesterday’s city council meeting. Although the residents of Kimber Park had somewhat of a disjointed message, the bottom line was that they were willing to agree to a smaller size facility as long as the there was a deed restriction to prevent future residential development and the facility was designated as private open space in perpetuity.

The city council unanimously agreed (5-0) to approve the preliminary planned district, certify the EIR, and look at language to redefine private open space so that the recreational uses as they exist today could be classified as private open space.

Some of the compromises made were rooted in the previous planning commission meeting where the developer agreed to concessions to remove the business center, commercial center, and lodging. Although trust was a big issue by the Kimber residents, this movement demonstrated some good faith effort by the developer to allow Kimber Park residents to agree to some of the compromises.

The meeting turned ugly when a resident of Kimber Park started attacking Councilmember Sue Chan for her decision to vote on this project when in the past she had recused herself. According to Chan, the conflict she had previously was no longer an issue. Mayoral Candidate Steve Cho also took a jab at Chan, but was stopped by Mayor Gus Morrison.

Plan on seeing Save Kimber Park return with big numbers once the precise plan is developed. Stay tuned…

Bacon and Chan win

7 Nov

Vinnie Bacon lead the way in the city council election Tuesday night at 18,517 voted. City Councilmember Sue Chan was a close second with 16,245 votes.

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Bill Harrison wins for Fremont Mayor

7 Nov

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Fremont Councilmember Bill Harrison wins with 35% of the vote. Steve Cho came in second place with 30% of the vote, while Anu Natarajan came in third place with 25% of the vote.