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July 17, 2012 > Protect Fremont Private Open Space Initiative qualifies for ballot

Protect Fremont Private Open Space Initiative qualifies for ballot

Submitted By Protect Private Open Space committee

The "Protect Fremont Private Open Space Initiative of 2012" was certified by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters on July 10th. After a line-by-line examination of more than 10,000 submitted signatures, the Registrar of Voters verified 9,969 as qualified registered voters in the City of Fremont.

Petition advocates were required to submit signatures from 10% of Fremont's total registered voters at the last Report of Registration to the Secretary of State. The minimum requirement to qualify for the ballot was 9,366. The Registrar of Voters verified that 106 percent of the requirement was met.

"We are thrilled!" said Christina Broadwin on behalf of the Protect Fremont Open Space Committee. "Collecting over 10,000 signatures in eight weeks was a herculean task and required the work of hundreds of volunteers. We weren't sure if we would have enough time to collect the required number but once we started collecting we were overwhelmed by the support we received from the community. Fremont voters, young and old, from every neighborhood in Fremont, want to see the character of our city and our open space areas protected."

Broadwin stated that, "The Protect Fremont Open Space Committee is extremely grateful to the dedicated volunteers who gave so much of their time and energy to ensure the petition initiative qualified. We are proud of this passionate community that cares enough to get involved and make a difference in our community."

On Tuesday, July 17th the Fremont City Council will hold a public hearing on the petition initiative. At that meeting the City Council will decide whether to adopt the measure as written or place it before voters on the upcoming November 6 ballot.

Protect Fremont Open Space is a grassroots organization - a group of over 600 long-term Fremont residents from all across the city who have joined together to ensure Fremont open space remains protected from development. The full wording of the initiative and more information is available at www.ProtectFremontOpenSpace.com.

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