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February 4, 2014 > City of Fremont news briefs

City of Fremont news briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont has over 55,000 public trees in the urban forest and has earned the designation of ÒTree City USAÓ by the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees can live from 50 to 150 years and when planted, are an investment for future generations. A list of specimen or ÒLandmark TreesÓ was published in 1973 and has recently been updated. The new publication is available online by visiting

In the interest of public health, safety and welfare, it is necessary to regulate the removal and/or damage to trees within our Òurban forest.Ó Information regarding Tree Permits is available online by visiting

We have prepared guidelines for tree care for residents to better understand the maintenance needs of their trees. These guidelines are available online by visiting

Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of street trees adjacent to their property. To ensure that street trees receive proper care, the City requires property owners to obtain a no-fee permit to plant, prune or remove street trees. Street tree work must be performed by trained tree workers under the supervision of a certified arborist. For more information about street tree permits, visit

Senior Peer Counseling
The Tri-City Senior Peer Counseling Program has a 22-year history of helping seniors who are going through Òa rough patch.Ó The program helps seniors who are 55 years of age or older and live in Fremont, Newark or Union City. Seniors receive emotional support for stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, loss and grief.

Seniors and their families can contact the Tri-City program through the City of Fremont Senior Help Line at (510) 574-2041. This donation-only service is confidential and no one is turned away for lack of funds. The program has counselors from many backgrounds and can often make a match with the primary language spoken.

The Senior Peer Counseling Program is now interviewing for its yearly training. Trainees should be 50 years of age or older and interested in a meaningful opportunity to give back. To learn more about how to become a Senior Peer Counselor, contact the CityÕs Lis Cox LMFT at or (510) 574-2064.

Tennis Play Days
Tennis Play Days are events designed to introduce kids to competition in a low pressure setting where results are not documented. For both novices and experienced players, Play Days are a welcoming way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.

For more information about the Fremont Tennis Center and Play Days, contact Nigel Pugh at or (510) 790-5510. Also, check out our Recreation Guide for more classes and details at or register at

United States Tennis Association (USTA) Play Days are held on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, Mar. 7, Mar. 28, Apr. 11, May 2, May 16, and June 6.

Feedback Requested: Fremont Housing Element 2015 Ð 2023
What are the key housing issues facing the City of Fremont, and how should they be addressed? These are questions we will consider as we update the CityÕs Housing Element for the planning period 2015 to 2023. The Housing Element is part of FremontÕs General Plan and outlines the policies and programs the City will implement to meet the housing needs of current and future Fremont residents. Our goal is to conserve the CityÕs existing housing stock as well as provide opportunities for new housing for a variety of income groups. WeÕd love to hear your thoughts regarding FremontÕs housing issues. Please submit your feedback at

To learn more about the Housing Element, please visit: To view the current 2007-2014 Housing Element, check out

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