Articles Archive for October 2008
Multimedia by Tyler Sipe and Karen Weise
As the sun rises over Fremont’s hills each day, thousands of people come to Central Park for their morning rituals. On fields, in groves, and around the paths, visitors practice tai chi, play soccer, and walk the three-mile loop around Lake Elizabeth.
On a typical summer weekend, more than 10,000 visitors will use the park each day, according to Sue Nogare of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department. Nogare said each year, more than 1 million people visit the park’s 450 acres, almost half the size …
Centerville, Civic Life, Fremont, Immigration »
Story and photos by Tyler Sipe
The tradition of sending funds back home, called remittances, is a longstanding tradition among immigrants living abroad in the U.S. – including in Fremont.
However, faced with a domestic and global economic downturn, foreign-born immigrants have been forced to tighten their wallets and decrease the amount of money they send back to friends and family in their native countries.
By Guo Shipeng
Oakland’s Chinatown has retained a low crime rate in the past three months, but a city official said some residents’ habit of not informing the police about crimes made the community more vulnerable.
Story and photo by Tyler Sipe
The recent precipitous decline of the stock market is hitting Fremont seniors particularly hard.
In the past 15 months alone, Americans’ retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion – or about 20 percent overall, according to Congressional budget analysts and reported by the Associated Press.
Arts & Culture, Berkeley, Civic Life, Faces & Places, On Campus, Wild Card »
Video and story by Angela Kilduff
A team of UC Berkeley undergraduates tried their luck against more than thirty teams at the Red Bull Soap Box Race on October 18. The members of Team Husky spent a week constructing their soap box in the living room of Delta Chi, their fraternity.
Seniors Niket Desai and Matthew Pies and Juniors Kenji Kurita and Daniel Mangels are Team Husky. Watch the video to see how they fared…
Berkeley, Civic Life, Government »
By Will Jason
A ballot measure to end gay marriage in California has attracted money and endorsements from Christian groups around the country, but many local Christians say they are wary of being associated with the campaign.
Groups supporting the gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, have raised more than $25 million, according to data from the California Secretary of State’s Web site. Some of the biggest contributions have come from Christian groups like Focus on the Family, which is evangelical, and the Knights of Columbus, which is Catholic, according to an analysis …
Video by Tyler Sipe
Story and Photos by Tyler Sipe
Copper metal has become the new gold standard in the underground economy.
Fremont and other East Bay cities have seen a dramatic increase in copper theft, especially since the commodity has risen above $3 a pound.
Fremont Police Detective Bill Veteran said the theft of copper and other metals has reached epidemic proportions, and said he believes most of the offenders in the Tri-City area are drug addicts.
By Casey Miner At his talk at UC Berkeley Thursday night, controversial Middle-East scholar Daniel Pipes discussed many threats to the existence of the state of Israel. But the audience was worried about a threat closer to home: whether Israel would be safe under a President Obama.
“I think a lot of us here support Obama,” said Berkeley resident Dan Spitzer, 58. “But we’re worried about his associations.”
Mr. Spitzer, who described himself as pro-Israel, named some people who particularly worried him: William Ayers, a former member of 60’s domestic terror group …