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September 27, 2016 > City of Fremont News Briefs

City of Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Rental Housing Options to be discussed at Special Fremont City Council Meeting
On Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m., Fremont City Council will hear a report from City staff on rent control, just cause eviction, and other options for promoting affordability in rental housing in Fremont. The Council will not take any action at this meeting, but will provide direction to staff regarding next steps. The meeting will take place at Fremont City Hall in the Council Chambers, located at 3300 Capitol Ave.

Historic Sites Launch Passport to Adventure Program
It might come as a surprise to some that the City of Fremont is the most historic area in all of Alameda County. Many Fremont visitors and residents are unaware that the city is home to nine major historic sites, including three museums, two historic houses, the only California Mission in Alameda County, an art gallery, and a heritage railway and railroad museum, that have come together to form the Fremont Museum Group (FMG). To raise awareness of FremontÕs rich history, these nine historic locations have banded together as FMG to initiate the Passport to Adventure Program, which launched on September 10.

How does it work? Fremont visitors and residents can pick up a ÒpassportÓ postcard at any of the nine participating locations, take it with them to visit each historical site during regular business hours, and get their passport punched. Participants will have the opportunity to see, touch, and experience life in Fremont as it was up to over a million years ago! Participating historic sites include:

Washington Township Museum of Local History
Niles Depot Historical Foundation
The Patterson House
Olive Hyde Art Center
Niles Canyon Railway
ChildrenÕs Natural History Museum
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Shinn House
Old Mission San Jose

After visiting each location and filling out the entire postcard, participants will not only be more informed on the significance of the historic Fremont area, but they will also receive a personalized certificate designating them as a Passport to Adventure Historian. For additional details, please visit the Passport to Adventure Facebook page at

Pumpkins, spiced apple cider, cable-knit sweaters, andÉOktoberfest!
Once again, the City of Fremont Human Services Department and Niles Main Street Association are co-sponsoring an Oktoberfest celebration to help raise funds for the CityÕs Giving Hope Holiday program, a program dedicated to needy families, children, and senior citizens, and the Niles Main Street Association, who will use their funds for projects and activities in Niles. A ticket includes a 12 oz. beer commemorative glass or wine glass, one full pour of beer or featured wine, music and dancing with two different bands, Funkelweizen and the Newark Sax Quartet, and a free shuttle from Niles. This year the event includes fun games like Toss-the Sausage and Hoist a Full Beer Stein the Longest with prizes for participants and winners. A cornhole bean bag toss game will also be set up for play throughout the day.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Shinn Historic Park, 1251 Peralta Blvd., in Fremont. Tickets are $25 per person and available online at and can be purchased at JoeÕs Corner at 37713 Niles Blvd. Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for fun prizes. Major sponsors for this yearÕs Oktoberfest include Das Brew, The Nile Cafˇ, and Altamont Brewery.

Government Grants for Technology Development Business Workshop
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the federal governmentÕs largest R&D grant programs targeted to the small business community. With $3 billion available annually, the programs are a source of seed capital to help fund the development of promising new technologies. SBIR/STTR funding can also serve as a pathway to equity financing. This workshop will cover the following:
- Overview of the SBIR and STTR programs
- Differences between SBIR and STTR
- Qualifications and eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR funding
- How to determine if your innovation is a good fit for SBIR/STTR funding
- How to search for SBIR/STTR solicitations and topics
- Steps to preparing a SBIR/STTR proposal
- Tips for improving your chances of receiving SBIR/STTR funding

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fremont Main Library, located at 2450 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont. For more information or to register for this free business workshop, visit For questions, please contact the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at (510) 208-0410.

Habitat Restoration Days for Sabercat Creek
Love nature and serving the community? Join the City of FremontÕs Environmental Services for a day of habitat restoration work on Sabercat Creek the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Heavy rain cancels the event.

The next day of work will be held on Saturday, October 1. Volunteers will assist with removing invasive plants, planting new native trees and shrubs, and caring for previously planted ones by refreshing plant basins and installing browse protection cages. This work will help stabilize soils and creek banks, filter pollutants, increase native plant diversity, and improve food and shelter for wildlife.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, and a signed waiver form is required for each participant. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.

Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty (sturdy, closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirt are recommended). Bring a signed waiver form, a reusable water bottle, and community service hour forms, if applicable. WeÕll provide tools, some gloves, and water to refill bottles. If you wish to bring your own gloves or tools, please label them.

For complete details and to register visit Be sure to check the location on the map, and print the map and waiver form. For more information, or to arrange a large group work day, contact Sabrina at or Barbara at, or call the Environmental Services Division at (510) 494-4570.

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