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[16 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Karen Weise — As General Motors told Congress this week that it needed federal aid to stay afloat, the 510Report looks back at General Motors’ presence in Fremont. This timeline pulls together research from historic press coverage of New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), the joint-venture plant between GM and Toyota.
NUMMI has long been held as a one of the best plants in the country, with relatively collaborative labor relations, a highly efficient production process, and some of the lowest default rates in the industry.

Business, Civic Life, Faces & Places, Fremont, Government, Multimedia »

[15 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Falling Gas Prices Just a Drop In the Bucket | ]

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Gas prices dropped by one third in the past month, from $3.52 to $2.37.  But with the economy in convulsions, does anyone even notice?

Business, Chinatown »

[8 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Guo Shipeng
Barack Obama’s historic win has moved many Chinatown residents, who saw the election of a black President as an inspiration and also a potential blessing for the community, but some business owners are pessimistic about an imminent recovery from the current economic hardships.

Business, Eastlake, Government, Multimedia, Oakland »

[8 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fourth Generation Family Business Builds Cars | ]

By Adelaide Chen
Four generations of the Moal family have had an auto business on East 12th Street since 1946. Since then, two major changes have taken place. The company now specializes in building custom cars, and the area is no longer zoned for industrial use.

Business, Civic Life, Fremont, Government, Multimedia »

[7 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Reported by Tyler Sipe and Karen Weise using Federal Election Commission filings database between Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2008.
Graphic by Weise
Biographies by Sipe
Fremont residents donated about $739,809 to various political campaigns during 2008, according to newsmeat.com.  Fremont zip code 94539 contributed the most to political campaigns, amounting to $337,610, according to the Web site.  Below is a list of short biographies of Fremont’s top 10 political campaign contributors, in addition to where their money flowed.

Business, Eastlake, Oakland »

[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Clinic Expansion Helps More Uninsured and Low-Income | ]

By Adelaide Chen
As health care costs continue to rise, the expansion of the largest clinic in Oakland’s San Antonio area for uninsured and low-income patients has come at a needed time.

The San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center that once operated out of a house in the late ‘70s is expanding into a development that will cost altogether $9.85 million.

The renovated two-story warehouse on International Blvd. is located next to the building that housed the health center for the past three decades. The old building will be under construction until June. …

Business, Fremont »

[5 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont Thrift Stores Seeing Mixed Bag From Spendthrift Customers Stressed in Economic Slowdown | ]

Photos and Story by Tyler Sipe
The local thrift store industry typically says Christmas comes in October, when sales are buoyed by Halloween.
But area thrift stores have seen a mixed bag of tricks and treats as a result of the nation’s economic woes.
Two Fremont stores, locally owned Jack’s Army Navy Surplus and the national organization Society of St. Vincent De Paul, both said sales have declined compared to 2007.

Business, Fremont, Mission San Jose, Niles »

[5 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

Story by Tyler Sipe
California’s unemployment numbers continue to show teenagers are among the hardest hit in the flailing economy.
The state’s Employment Development Department reported in August that teenage unemployment rate — among 16 to 19 year olds — was 21.9 percent, an increase of more than 4 percent from the same time last year.
Fremont resident Phuong Nguyen, 18, said she has been actively looking for a job since she graduated high school in June.  She said she no longer wants to depend on her parents, and needs extra income …

Arts & Culture, Business, Wild Card »

[4 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Photos and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Robert Wesner, 39, sat hunched over his sewing machine, his waist-long hair pulled back in a half ponytail, while a topless woman laced up a leather corset behind him. Wesner, owner of Leather Mystics, began stitching together his sixth leather choker of the night. Laughing, he said that he never would have believed this is where his life would end up: “It’s not like you grow up thinking, ‘Geez, I think I’ll be a bondage leather specialist.”

Business, Fremont, Immigration, Mission San Jose »

[3 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Karen Weise
As the economic downturn moved through Silicon Valley, Fremont’s East Indian community struggled with the possibility of returning to India.
Job cuts started hitting Silicon Valley in September, with layoffs from large mainstays like Yahoo and startups like YouSendit emailing services, according to TechCrunch’s Layoff Tracker.