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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City CouncilCity of FremontNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

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Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Fremont City Councilmember
34,649 votes (31.52%)Winning
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Veterinarian/Businessperson/Father
23,391 votes (21.28%)Winning
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  • Traffic congestion is a serious problem facing our community. We have certain pockets all over the city that are facing severe gridlock during commute hours. I will make fighting traffic congestion a top priority and will dedicate more funding for it
  • We need to consider schools in our decision making on city council and planning commission. I believe that great schools and strong neighborhoods are key to a high quality city.
  • I am for responsible growth. We need to control the pace of growth and make sure we slow it down. We also need to keep the growth to areas that are well served by transit.
Profession:Veterinarian, business person, father, Chairperson of Fremont Planning Commission, and Former Fremont City Councilmember
Chairperson, Fremont Planning Commission — Appointed position (2014current)
Fremont City Councilmember, Fremont City Council — Appointed position (20132014)
Vice Chairperson, Oversight Board to the Fremont Successor Agency — Appointed position (20122014)
Planning Commissioner, Fremont Planning Commission — Appointed position (20112013)
Chairperson, Human Relations Commission — Appointed position (20052010)
School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Human-Animal Bond, Compassionate care, and Emergency medicine and critical care (1999)
University of California, Irvine Biological Sciences at University of California Irvine, Biological Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (1995)
Board Member, Abode Services (20102013)
Chairman, Fremont Chamber of Commerce (20102013)
Committee Member, Alameda County Transportation Commission Citizen Watchdog committee (20122013)
Board Member, Kidango (20092011)
  • Fremont Firefighters Local 1689
  • Fremont Police Association
  • Educators and Teachers of the Fremont Unified Teachers Association
  • Congress member Eric Swalwell
  • Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Supervisor Scott Haggerty
  • Alameda County Democratic Party *Sole endorsement
  • Business for Good Government, a Committee of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce *Sole endorsement
  • Alameda County Building Trades Council
  • Tri-Cities Democratic Forum *sole endorsement
  • Sierra Club
  • Linda Wasserman *wife of late Mayor Bob Wasserman
  • Supervisor Richard Valle
  • Councilmember Rick Jones
  • Craig Steckler, Fremont Police Chief Retired
  • Steve and Terri Landon
1.
Affordable Housing

What are your plans for providing more affordable housing?

Answer from Raj Salwan:

Fremont has a serious lack of affordable housing. We need to do more to make it easier for people to stay in our community. My vision for Fremont is a simple one - I want all Fremont residents to have the same opportunities that our city gave me: a home they can afford, a good education from a school near where they live, a job with decent pay, parks to play in, and a safe environment. We need to make sure all Fremont residents and future generations have the same opportunities that Fremont offered me.

As a city we need to build affordable housing and incentivize developers to do so. We also need to have affordability by design by building smaller units and one bedroom apartments, preferably near transit. Currently, housing that is affordable by design is difficult to build due to current building and planning codes. I will make it easier to help build these units in Fremont by asking the city staff to streamline these regulations. I also support the Affordable housing bond which will help provide housing for our teachers, firefighters, police, and people of all vocations and lifestyles. 

2.
Unfunded Liabilities

What is your plan to deal with unfunded liabilities such as pensions and deferred maintenance on roads?

Answer from Raj Salwan:

Unfunded liabilities is one of the issues I want to address. There are two kinds of unfunded liabilities - pension and post-employment health care benefits (OPEB). We need to pay both of these over time like a mortgage over 20-30 years. We have been making regular pension payments, however the OPEB was not being paid fully. Recently, the City of Fremont created a trust to pay the OPEB payments. I will make sure that we continue to pay into that along with our pension payments. Once I am elected, I will also look to my colleagues to see if I can get support to increase the amount of payments we can make to reduce the debt more quicker. If we are able to put more funds into paying down debt, that will result in savings for our city down the road.

As far as road maintenance, with the passage of Measure BB and increased funding by the City of Fremont, the amount being spent on road maintenance is much more than previous years. We have improved the Pavement Condition Index signifiantly over the course of last one year. However, there is more work to do and I will prioritize funding for roads and streets along with public safety and reinvestment in our neighborhoods.

3.
Education & Schools

What do you believe is the responsibility of city council members when it comes to education and schools?

Answer from Raj Salwan:

We need to consider schools in our decision making on city council and planning commission. 

As a Fremont native, I am a product of Vallejo Mills Elementary, Centerville Junior High School, and Washington High School. As a parent of three kids who now attend our public schools, I am directly affected by the challenges faced by our school district. 

I believe that great schools and strong neighborhoods are key to a high quality city. As your city councilmember, I will not run from my responsibility to make sure Fremont school needs are addressed. 

I had the benefit of education from a good Fremont public school (Go Huskies!). As a parent, I understand how good schools enrich our community. That’s why  I will be a proponent of collaboration between the city and schools. 

Specifically, I will fight for the following:

-more after school and summer programs for our kids

-increasing safety at our schools 

-encouraging programs to educate children and parents to bicycle to school by teaching safety skills and making routes to schools safer

-improving traffic situation around our schools and investing in bike lanes and improved pedestrian pathways.  

 I am open to the city helping build parks (through joint use agreements) next to our public schools so that our school district doesn’t have to spend precious fees for park land. 

 

1.
Trafic Congestion

What are your ideas for reducing traffic congestion on main roads?

Answer from Raj Salwan:

Traffic congestion is a serious problem facing our community. We have certain pockets all over the city that are facing severe gridlock during commute hours.

As the economy has heated up with historic unemployment rates, more people are using our streets than ever before.  I will make fighting traffic congestion a top priority and will dedicate more funding to manage it. We need to reinvest in our infrastructure since it has been overlooked in the economic downturn. Reinvesting in our roads is more important than ever. We need to build the infrastructure so that we can keep our streets moving. 

 I believe that we need to prioritize the traffic patterns of Fremont residents over out of towners who cut through our neighborhoods.

Specific strategies that I would like to implement include:

- creating traffic calming for cut through traffic through our neighborhoods

- no left/right turns during rush hours to deter traffic out of our neighborhoods

- putting more stop signs at strategic locations

- reinvesting in new signal technology for better signal timing which prioritizes local traffic

- working with WAZE App to let them know which streets are our neighborhood streets and to remove traffic from those streets

- consider closing our main streets to through traffic during extreme rush hour on certain days like City of Los Gatos.

I feel your pain as I travel through Fremont and will make managing traffic congestion a top concern!

Administrative Assistant
13,239 votes (12.04%)
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  • I will work with civic leaders and community partners to ensure smart economic growth with consideration to affordable housing, traffic and overcrowded schools.
  • I will work to support small businesses’ needs for stronger economic conditions.
  • I will partner with communities to create safe, inclusive and culturally vibrant neighborhoods.
Profession:Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Fremont Unified School District
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Fremont Unified School District (2004current)

For more than 20 years, Kathy has been a tireless volunteer with many community groups in Fremont and has held multiple high-level leadership positions facilitating positive change to improve the quality of life for Fremont citizens. Her passion for Fremont and its people is undying. Kathy is dedicated to keep the heartbeat of Fremont pulsating throughout every community and neighborhood.

Here’s a quick overview of Kathy’s involvement with Fremont:

  • President Fremont Education Foundation
  • President Centerville Business & Community Association
  • Member Fremont Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee
  • Member Ohlone College President’s Advisory Committee
  • Board member of Stage 1 Community Theatre
  • Member Fremont Rotary Club
  • Commissioner City of Fremont Senior Citizens Commission
  • Founder Family Holiday Reading Night
  • President Glenmoor Gardens Homeowner’s Association
  • President Meadowbrook Homeowners Association
  • Member Cabrillo Neighborhoods Project

Recognitions Kathy has received:

  • California PTA Golden Oak award, the highest honor PTA bestows
  • Recognized by the City of Fremont for her role in the Cabrillo community project
  • Recognized by the American Cancer Leukemia, Lymphoma Society and the local American Cancer Society for her outstanding contribution to Daffodils Days.

Kathy worked with the City of Fremont on neighborhood design guidelines and successfully implemented procedures for smart growth in the Glenmoor neighborhood. She facilitated meetings with the City of Fremont, Centerville community members and business stakeholders on the Centerville Unified Site bringing the “Artist Walk” project to fruition after 15 years of stagnation. Because of Kathy’s contribution to Artist Walk, a multi-use project with retail and residential units incorporating community input is now underway.

Kathy has a passion for cultural arts and its importance to children and adults. As President of the Fremont Education Foundation, she supports and continually grows the After School Band program, making music lessons available to all 4th-6th grade students in the Fremont Unified School District. As a board member and co-producer with Stage 1 Community Theatre, she produces vibrant musical theatre for Tri-City audiences.

My Pledge to You

  • I will work with civic leaders and community partners to ensure smart economic growth with consideration to affordable housing, traffic and overcrowded schools.
  • I will work to support small businesses’ needs for stronger economic conditions.
  • I will partner with communities to create safe, inclusive and culturally vibrant neighborhoods.

I am running for council to help the citizens of Fremont have the best quality of life possible. This means real solutions for public safety, traffic, healthcare, parks and recreation, business, development, and education.

Growth in Fremont should be positive for our residents and neighborhoods, so we must manage it in smart ways. As a community volunteer for more than 20 years, I helped make improvements in our 5 historic districts. As President of the Centerville Business and Community Association, I partnered with stakeholders to finalize a smart growth plan for the new Artist Walk development. This is an achievement I am sincerely proud to have accomplished for our community. As your councilmember, I will build on my experience to work with small business and residents in growing rich culture while creating economic development and innovative strategies for projects in Warm Springs, Downtown, and throughout Fremont.

Fremont is a city of vibrant cultures which need to be a part of our plan. I will work to shape inclusive communities that celebrate Fremont’s diversity. I will look for opportunities to partner with the schools and neighborhoods to support education and grow future leaders to help our communities succeed for future generations.

I respectfully ask for your vote to confirm our partnership in creating a positive future for Fremont.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kimberlin

http://www.kathykimberlin.com

President/Ceo Non-Profit
12,650 votes (11.51%)
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  • • I will work to control uncontrolled growth in Fremont that is affecting our quality of life including traffic and schools. I will accept no money from Developers.
  • • I will Support economic developments in our Historic Districts. It is time to hire Economic development coordinators wholly responsible to improve each district.
  • • I will find ways to create more quality affordable housing
Profession:President CEO, Non-Profit

Fremont has been my family’s home for 28 years. My wife is a family physician in Fremont, and we have two wonderful daughters. Having grown up in India, I am a proud product of the public education system. Prior to working as cancer researcher at Stanford University for 18 years, I lived and worked in Japan, the Caribbean, and Texas.

During my tenure as a Fremont Planning Commissioner, I participated in developing the General Plan 2030, supported businesses and affordable housing and helped revitalize our historic districts.

I have served my community as President of the Niles Rotary Club, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Currently, I have the honor to serve as:

·         President and CEO, Indo-ABC, a non-profit organization

·         Chair, Ohlone College Foundation

·         Chair, Ohlone College Bond Oversight Committee

·         Board Member, Life ElderCare and The Salvation Army

 

I understand how our local government works. I’m an independent thinker and a good listener. Furthermore, I am not aligned with any special interests, businesses, or organizations that would preclude me from voting on issues that are important to our city and community. If elected, as your Councilmember:

·        I will work to control uncontrolled growth in Fremont that is affecting our quality of life including traffic and schools. I will accept no money from Developers.

·        I will Support economic developments in our Historic Districts. It is time to hire Economic development coordinators wholly responsible to improve each district.

·        I will find ways to create more quality affordable housing., and

·        I will work to improve public safety.

 

As an avid marathon runner, I know what it takes to set goals, make plans, remain dedicated, and effectively accomplish tasks. I am committed to serve Fremont residents with integrity and dedication. I would be honored to have your support and vote. Thank you!!

 

 

Director Business Operations
11,309 votes (10.29%)
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  • Solutions for traffic gridlock: Laurie will take advantage of the innovation and intellectual capitol that surrounds us to create long-term solutions for traffic gridlock.
  • The housing options we need: Laurie will work to create a variety of sustainable, transit oriented housing options so our youth, workforce and seniors who have built their lives in Fremont can afford to stay in Fremont.
  • A strong voice for our region: Laurie will work with leaders across the Bay Area partnering with other municipalities, businesses, organizations and schools to create a comprehensive approach focused on regional solutions
Profession:Business Operations Manager
Business Operations Manager, Alternative Mortgage Sources (1986current)
Art Review Boardmember, City of Fremont — Appointed position (2006current)
Founding Member, Niles Main Street, City of Fremont — Appointed position (1994current)
General Plan Update, City of Fremont — Appointed position (2010current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Fremont — Appointed position (19902002)
University of California at Berkeley BA, History (1979)
Committee Member, City of Fremont General Plan Update (not availanot availa)
Founding Member, Niles Main Street (not availanot availa)
Chair, City of Fremont Art Review Board (20052016)
Task Force Member , Fremont Downtown Community Plan and Design Guidelines (20122012)
Commissioner, and Chair, CIty of Fremont Planning Commission (19912002)
  • California Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Fmr. Vice Mayor Judy Zlatnik, City of Fremont
  • South Alameda County Young Dems
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Fmr. Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan, City of Fremont
Communications Specialist
10,110 votes (9.2%)
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  • Focusing on sustainable development and keeping the influence of developers off of the Council by not accepting contributions from developers.
  • Supporting green energy initiatives and working toward having every public building using 100% renewable energy.
  • Getting new voices in Fremont government and focusing on a city government that listens to, learns from and is loyal to the community.
Profession:Communications Specialist
University of Virginia Bachelor of Arts , English Literature (2013)
  • Margarita Lacabe – Alameda County Central Committee
  • Ro Khanna – Congressional Candidate
  • Vinnie Bacon – Fremont City Councilmember
  • Alan Haffa – Monterey Councilmember
  • Maria “Sucy” Collazo – Newark Councilmember
  • Rishi Kumar – Saratoga Councilmember
  • Lenny Siegel – Mountain View Councilmember
  • FUN (Fremont, Union City, Newark) Progressives
  • In Solidarity
  • Bernie Sanders Brigade
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • John Muir Greens
  • Jeffrey Carson – Veteran, Former Congressional Candidate
Software Developer
4,289 votes (3.9%)
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  • Fiscal Reponsibility
  • Traffic
  • Branding
Profession:Software Developer
Software Developer, Oracle Corp (2000current)
San Jose State University Master of Business Administration, MBA (current)
San Jose State University Master of Science, System Engineering (current)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (current)
Club Director, Fremont Cribbage Club (2014current)
President, Mission Villa Homeowners Association (2014current)

I have worked a variety of jobs and earned related degrees that make qualify me to represent the interests of the community.

1.
Affordable Housing

What are your plans for providing more affordable housing?

Answer from Marty Froomin:

We have to work with developers to provide affordable housing. Be aware that many people think that this may make things easier for the people who work for the City. Unfortunately, there are two things to consider. First, do people who work for the City want to live in the city? There are many who would prefer to live else where. Second, do people who work for the city qualify for affordable housing? Probably not. There are some that believe that the city can build housing for city employees to live. What they are not considering is that if we, as a city, are providing housing, what happens to that persons wages. Providing housing would certainly be a benenfit that they should pay for. I do not believe the City Council should get into the real estate market. Our focus should be on maintaining the city services for all of its residents.

2.
Unfunded Liabilities

What is your plan to deal with unfunded liabilities such as pensions and deferred maintenance on roads?

Answer from Marty Froomin:

The Finance Director for the city, in conjunction with an Actuary, have devised a plan to pay off the undunded liability over the next 20 years. I would like to see if there is a way to find money in the budget that can be saved in other areas and moved to pay off this debt faster.

3.
Education & Schools

What do you believe is the responsibility of city council members when it comes to education and schools?

Answer from Marty Froomin:

The responsibility of education and schools belongs to the school district. We should definitely work with the school district to address issues that affect our community.

1.
Trafic Congestion

What are your ideas for reducing traffic congestion on main roads?

Answer from Marty Froomin:

Traffic flows like water, when there is congestion, it will find a way to flow. Unfortunately, the problem is not with residents of our city but rather people who live elsewhere that are passing through. We should work with regional entities to find a way to relive traffic congestion on 880 and 680.  One thought is to try and get those people who are commuting from other cities to move to our city to shorten their commute.

I am a local resident interested in participating in my City government. I am qualified for the position and am interested in representing the interests of the residents.

 

Please remember that there are two seats open for Fremont City Council. Do not throw your second vote away by not using it. Vote for me.

Email marty.froomin@gmail.com

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