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January 21, 2014 > City of Fremont Briefs

City of Fremont Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont Appoints New Public Works Director
On Jan. 13, the City of Fremont welcomed Bryan Jones as its new Public Works Director. Bryan hails from the City of Carlsbad, Calif. where he had been serving as Deputy Director of their Public Works Department for the past two years. Bryan also brings excellent experience from his work as City Traffic Engineer for the City of Fresno and his position as an Associate Civil Engineer at the City of Auburn.


Nature Learning Center Open House
The City of Fremont is proud to present its newly completed Nature Learning Center! Come out to these free events - Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - and learn all about the newest Central Park amenity. Take a stroll in our new Native Garden and learn how native plants conserve water and attract the birds, the bees, and butterflies. Meet our world famous ranger, Ranger Sandy, and participate in hands-on activities developed to encourage environmental appreciation and safety during any outdoor experience, with an emphasis on natural science, local history, ecology, bio-diversity, and general outdoor concepts. The Nature Learning Center is located in FremontÕs Central Park, 40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., (near the Large Play Area on the backside of the Aqua Adventure Waterpark parking lot). For more information about this event contact the CityÕs Rena Kiehn at rkiehn@fremont.gov or call the Central Park Visitor Center at (510) 790-5541.


LetÕs Horse Around
Take a look at our Horsemanship Programs, and re-connect with the great outdoors. WeÕre teaming up with the cowboys and cowgirls at the Chaparral Ranch to host all kinds of fun with horses. From Breakfast Rides to Trail Rides and Basic Lessons, let Chaparral take you where youÕve never dreamed of on a horse. Classes begin the first weekend in February. Find out more about the Chaparral Ranch by visiting www.ChaparralCorporation.com. For more information about our Horsemanship Program, contact the CityÕs Sheri Smith at ssmith@fremont.gov or (510) 791-4318. Check our Recreation Guide for more classes and details by visiting www.Fremont.gov/RecGuide or register at www.RegeRec.com.


City of Fremont Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan Available
The Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan will guide future development within the approximate 879-acre Community Plan area. The Community Plan area is generally bounded by Interstate 880 on the west, Interstate 680 on the east, Auto Mall Parkway on the north, and Mission Boulevard on the south.

The Community Plan sets the framework for a transformation of the area into an Innovation District and employment center accommodating a mix of compatible uses focused around the synergy of the new Warm Springs/South Fremont Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station and adjacent undeveloped land. The Community Plan would be a transit-oriented development (TOD) around the BART station.

The existing area has a substantial job base of approximately 15,000 industrial and commercial jobs and no residential development. The Community Plan identifies potential new development and redevelopment of properties to accommodate approximately 11.2 to 11.6 million square feet of light industrial, research and development, office, retail and hotel uses that would generate as many as 20,000 jobs. In addition, the Community Plan would provide for approximately 2,700 to 4,000 residential units and an approximate 750-student public elementary school. Most of the new development is expected to be within one half mile of the new BART station to promote high-density residential development between 30 units and 70 units per acre with the potential for mixed-use retail and commercial uses. Development of individual sites would vary in intensity and height, based upon the targeted use and location within the plan area. The Community Plan would also include associated infrastructure improvements and public facility needs, as well as transportation and circulation network improvements.

The Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan and corresponding Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) are available for public review at the following locations:
(1) Fremont City Hall Ð Development Services Center information desk, 39550 Liberty St. during normal business hours between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.
(2) Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd.
(3) The CityÕs website at www.Fremont.gov/WSPlan.

Pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR is from Wednesday, January 15, 2014, through Friday, February 28, 2014. Comments on the Draft EIR must be submitted in writing to the City of Fremont, Community Development Department, 39550 Liberty St., Fremont, CA 94538 by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014, for consideration in the Final EIR.

Please address any questions or written comments regarding the Community Plan or Draft Environmental Impact Report to Nancy Hutar, Project Manager, at (510) 494-4540 or nhutar@fremont.gov.


Volunteer Income Tax AssistanceÑ12 Years Helping Fremont Families
The Fremont Family Resource CenterÕs (FRC) VITA program will begin its 12th year with the 2013 tax season, offering free in-person and/or drop-off tax preparation services. The VITA program falls under SparkPoint Fremont, a one-stop financial center whose mission is to help families become financially self-sufficient.

FRC VITA is the largest site in Northern California and serves residents living in the Tri-City area. All tax returns are prepared and reviewed by trained IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. FRC VITA is a partner with the ÒEarn It! Keep It! Save It!Ó (EKS) Campaign, coordinated by the United Way of the Bay Area.

In addition to tax preparation services, the FRC VITA site connects customers to services, such as financial coaching, financial education, asset building, and credit repair, helping individuals and families improve their financial condition. Since 2002, FRC VITA has served over 13,000 taxpayers returning in excess of $21 million in refunds. Qualified families and individuals making $52,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation and e-filing.

If eligible, please visit the Fremont FRC, located at 39155 Liberty St., Building EFGH, to have your income taxes prepared free of charge. Remote sites are located at Newark Library (6300 Civic Terrace Ave. in Newark), Union City Library (34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. in Union City), Holly Community Center (31600 Alvarado Blvd., in Union City), and Tri City Volunteers (37350 Joseph St. in Fremont) by appointment onlyÑ contact Sara Govea at 793-4583 to schedule.

The FRC VITA will open Wednesday, Jan. 22 and continue every Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 14 (closed Feb. 17 for Presidents Day).

For more information, call the CityÕs Carolyn Robertson at 574-2020, or visit www.Fremont.gov/SparkPointFRC.


Attend the Website Development Business Workshop
Attend the Website Development Business Workshop on Friday, Jan. 31 and learn about best practices for web development for small business owners. This workshop will help you understand the vital role a website plays in promoting your business, as well as provide techniques for optimizing the performance of your website. It will also cover how to build a new website or improve an existing one; web design elements (such as site maps and wire frames); domain registration pitfalls; web hosting options and user experience guidelines; search engine optimization (SEO); Google webmaster tools; and Facebook and Google Places registration.

This free workshop is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31, from either 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Fremont Adult School, located at 4700 Calaveras Ave. The workshop is being held during the Fremont Chamber of CommerceÕs annual Career and Community Resource Fair, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fremont Adult School and is open to the public.

For more information or to register for the business workshop, visit the Alameda County Small Business Development Center website at www.acsbdc.org/events2. For more information about the Fremont Chamber of CommerceÕs annual Career and Community Resource Fair, contact the ChamberÕs Aaron Goldsmith at (510) 795 2244 ext. 107 or agoldsmith@fremontbusiness.com.

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