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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Anu Natarajan

Candidate Anu Natarajan

For Mayor, City of Fremont

I am running for Mayor to move Fremont forward and lead our city to a brighter future.

As your Vice-Mayor, and Councilmember for the past eight years, an architect and professional planner, I have the vision, experience, energy and know-how to make Fremont a thriving, healthy, creative and inclusive city.

As your Mayor, I will ensure that we continue to build on Fremont's greatest economic assets: our highly educated workforce, our fine public schools and our terrific access to local and regional transit. I will ensure that we are a leader in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area as we attract businesses from across the world. I will work to strengthen Fremont's position as a regional hub for green and clean technology and as a place for innovation.

As your Mayor, I will drive economic development by attracting high-tech, green-tech and innovative companies around our future Warm Springs BART Station. On the City Council, I initiated a national panel of development and planning experts to study the potential of the area. They were as excited about the potential for Warm Springs and its role in the economic growth of Fremont - and the region - as I am. I was part of the team that met with the President of Union Pacific in Omaha to tell them about the community's vision for the NUMMI site.

I will also focus on creating a vibrant Downtown and strengthening our existing local businesses. We now have housing under construction, Whole Foods approved and a development partner that is ready to launch the first phase of Capitol Avenue.

It is not enough to attract new businesses to Fremont - it is equally important to continue to work with our existing businesses to ensure they survive and thrive in Fremont. The Council extended and expanded a local stimulus package to help businesses through the economic downturn. We have heard loud and clear that the City's permitting process needs to be improved and that will be an on-going process.

As Mayor, I will continue our City's commitment to bringing more entertainment, restaurant and retail options to the City and developing more recreational opportunities for all generations to enjoy.

I believe the foundation of our great City is our neighborhoods with thriving community parks and playgrounds, well-maintained streets, great schools, a focus on arts and culture and strengthened community pride. I will protect our strong neighborhoods by ensuring that police and fire have the resources needed to keep us safe.

As Mayor, I will nurture a climate of civic engagement that is authentic. I believe we need to bring back the Office of Neighborhoods that is focused on building a civic infrastructure and building a network of community leaders and social entrepreneurs.

As a mother of a young child, I want to create the best Fremont possible for the next generation.

Together, we can achieve all of which we dream for our community. I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6, 2012.

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