October 9, 2012 > Candidate Vinnie Bacon
Candidate Vinnie Bacon
For City Council, City of Fremont
My long involvement in Fremont civic affairs has always been as a representative of Fremont's citizens. I am an independent candidate that will not owe favors to special interests. I have been involved in trying to scale back the development at Patterson Ranch, fighting against the idea of a ballpark by Warm Springs BART, protecting Niles Canyon roadway from widening and preventing residential development in the Kimber Park area.
I have made the ethical decision not to accept campaign contributions from developers. I am the only major Council candidate to do so. I do not believe it is right to accept contributions from people that stand to benefit financially from the decisions that the City Council makes. I can honestly say I have no financial stake in the decisions that City Council makes, ensuring that I can make decisions based solely on what is at stake for Fremont as a whole.
Below are my top three priorities for Fremont.
Economic Development - This is clearly our top priority. There are so many public services; police and fire services, street maintenance, etc. that depend on our City's economic state. In order to restore City services to the levels at which they were not long ago, we must improve our City's economy. In short, we need to stop thinking like a small, bedroom community and work on bringing large and small employers to Fremont. We need more high-tech and manufacturing positions as opposed to zoning more and more areas for high-density housing. We need to make Fremont an interesting City where entrepreneurs feel welcome. We need to work WITH small businesses and make it easier for them to get established.
Development of Pedestrian Friendly Retail Areas - Many nearby cities such as Mountain View, Pleasanton and Livermore have pleasant 'Downtown' areas to shop. Fremont has failed to develop such an area. Instead, the City is touting the auto-oriented Pacific Commons as the place to shop, failing to realize that it only serves to create more competition for the historic Downtown areas that we should be promoting.
Working to Reduce School Overcrowding - While schools are technically under the direction of the School Board, City Council does make many decisions that affect our schools. One such action is approving development even when there are no schools to accommodate the students from this new development. Of course, this results in overcrowding. This happened at the 600-unit Patterson Ranch development in 2010 and more recently in the Hackamore development in the Warm Springs area. I have stated that I will not approve new residential development unless we are assured that we have the necessary nearby schools ready to accommodate these students.
With Masters degrees in City Planning and Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley, 14 years of high-tech management experience and as Vice-Chair of the Fremont Economic Development Advisory Commission, I have the experience needed to make Fremont successful. Please consider voting for me on November 6, 2012.
Detailed position papers available at www.Bacon4Fremont.com.
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