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September 2, 2014 > City of Fremont News Briefs

City of Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont Ranks No. 4 of Most Family Friendly Cities in California

Over the last few decades, itÕs become more important to parents to choose the safest, best-quality cities to raise their families. Which brings us to an important question Ð just how family friendly are CaliforniaÕs biggest cities?

Luckily, Estately did the work for us and measured the family friendliness of CaliforniaÕs 20 most populated cities. WeÕre happy to report that Fremont came in at No. 4 on the list! With the second highest number of preschools per capita, second highest ranking schools, second lowest crime rate, and highest number of daycares per capita, weÕre not really surprised that Fremont tops the list.

If youÕre curious to see what factors Estately took into consideration, check out the criteria below:
1. Youth population:The population of persons under 18 as a percentage of the overall population
2. Commute time: The mean travel time to work for workers 16 and up
3. Preschools: The number of preschools per capita for the population of people 5 years and under
4. Public education: The average school rating for public elementary, middle and high schools
5. Crime: The composite crime rate for violent crime, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson per capita
6. Libraries: Public libraries per capita
7. Open space: Public parks per capita (each cityÕs department of Parks and Recreation)
8. Housing affordability: The number of houses on the market affordable to a family earning the median household income for that city.
9. Daycare: The number of daycare centers per capita.
10. Cost of living: The yearly salary a family needs to earn to be considered earning a living wage.

To see the full results of this study, visit www.Fremont.gov/FamilyFriendly


The CityÕs Community Alert System

The recent earthquake in Napa is reminder to be prepared. One step you can take is to enroll in the CityÕs Community Alert system, CodeRED¨, to receive voice calls, text messages, or emails for emergency and non-emergency notifications. The City of FremontÕs Community Alert System, CodeRED¨, is provided by Emergency Communications Network. CodeRED¨ is a high-speed notification system that gives City officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency alerts and non-emergency notifications to targeted geographic areas or the entire city.

CodeRED¨ is a Òreverse 911Ó system that currently contains land-line phone numbers for most residents and businesses. The City of Fremont strongly encourages all residents and businesses, as well as people who send their children to school in Fremont or work in Fremont, to register their contact information into the secure CodeRED¨ database to receive notifications by email, SMS (text), and cell or work numbers.

To add your information to the CodeRED¨ system, you will be asked to provide the following information: First and last name; Fremont street address (physical address only, no P.O. Boxes); and telephone number (land-line and/or cell phone), e-mail and/or text addresses. Your contact information remains private and will only be used for community alerts. There is no fee to register.

The Police and Fire departments may use the system to notify homes and businesses of situations that pose imminent threat to life or health, such as:
¥ Evacuation
¥ Hazardous materials releases or spills
¥ Barricaded criminal suspects
¥ Floods and fires in an immediate area

The City also uses the system for non-emergency, time-sensitive information, such as:
¥ Road closures
¥ Scheduled major maintenance work
¥ Planned traffic impacts
¥ Missing persons
¥ Criminal descriptions
¥ City events

There are two phone numbers used when the City activates the Community Alert system. When you see (866) 419-5000 displayed, you will know the call is from the City of Fremont and it is designated as an ÒemergencyÓ call. When you see (855) 969-4636 displayed, that call is also from the City of Fremont and it is a Ònon-emergencyÓ call. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back. Add these numbers to your phone address book so you know the City is calling.

For more information, or to enroll, please visit www.Fremont.gov/CommunityAlert.


California Coastal Cleanup Day

In honor of the California Coastal Cleanup Day, the City of Fremont will be hosting creek cleanup events at eight different locations on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Every year, on the third Saturday in September, citizens throughout Alameda Country gear up to join volunteers worldwide for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day event. Last year the international event drew close to 650,000 participants in 92 countries, who picked up more than 12.3 million pounds of trash, according to the Ocean Conservancy, who is the International Coastal Cleanup organizer.

In most of California, including Alameda County, storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. That means that litter and pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the Bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals and birds. The vast majority of marine debrisÑup to 80 percentÑoriginates inland. Plastic bags and other lightweight plastic litter items are particularly hazardous because they float, entangling and poisoning marine wildlife that mistakes the items for food.

Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers not only prevent litter from entering the ocean, but they also help gather valuable data on types of litter and its distribution. According to a 2013 report by the California Coastal Commission, cigarette butts and plastic litter, such as fast food wrappers and plastic bags, are the most commonly littered items. An estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean every year and has been known to impact more than 600 species of marine life. Recent Environmental Protection Agency estimates of the cost of marine litter to CaliforniaÕs economy range in the $500 million a year rangeÑan average cost of over $13 per person per year.

Please join families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals as they come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of CaliforniaÕs fabulous coast and waterways. If you are interested in participating, please pre-register at www.Fremont.gov/CoastalCleanupDay to guarantee a spot. Please note the City does not allow anyone under the age of six to participate in this event.

For more information please contact the Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator at environment@fremont.gov or 510-494-4570.


Downtown on the Rise Demolition Celebration

On September 9 at 9 a.m., the City of Fremont invites the community to attend our ÒDowntown on the Rise Demolition Celebration.Ó The event will include speakers, refreshments, music, and the start of the demolition of a three-story building located at 39138 Fremont Blvd. The demolition will allow for the full extension of Capitol Avenue to Fremont Boulevard.

The demolition follows on the heels of the Capitol Avenue Extension Groundbreaking Event in July and is part of the extension project that is the first phase of Downtown implementation efforts, and a catalyst for future development. The journey to extend Capitol Avenue to Fremont Boulevard involved the acquisition of the building located on Fremont Boulevard. The demolition of 39138 Fremont Blvd. is a milestone in this development as the extension of Capitol Avenue to Fremont Boulevard will be the thread that knits together transit options, regional shopping centers, major employment centers and surrounding neighborhoods into an area that will galvanize as a community focal point.

For more information, including how to sign up for future updates about the Downtown, please visit www.Fremont.gov/Downtown.


Now Accepting Applications for Fremont Police Citizens Academy

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Fremont Police Department? Now is your opportunity! Beginning Monday, October 13, the Fremont Police Department will start its 35th Citizens Police Academy session.

The free program is 42 hours long and will take place over the course of approximately 10 weeks. The class will generally meet one night a week from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and one or two Saturday classes may be scheduled to accommodate specialized training. Participants will learn about topics such as police selection and training, internal investigations, criminal law, patrol operations, communications, crime prevention, crime analysis, firearms training, critical incidents, narcotics, gangs, traffic enforcement, and much more.

Space is limited to approximately 25 students. To learn more about the academy and to sign up, please visit www.FremontPolice.org/CitizensAcademy. For more information, contact Lt. John Harnett at jharnett@fremont.gov or 510-790-6705.

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