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[8 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Youth Vote Improves, But Still Has Far To Go | ]

By Karen Weise
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Splashed across headlines and news channels, this was to be the year of the youth vote.
CBS clip: “On Tuesday, the election could very well come down to young voters.”
Low and behold, young voters did turn out in droves. Researchers at Tufts University estimated that 52 percent of eligible youth voted this year, rivaling previous record highs from 1992 and 1972.

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.

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[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Economy Exposes Adult Entertainment Industry To Downturn | ]

By Karen Weise
Even for S&M fans, the pain of the current economy can be too much.
At last weekend’s Exotic Erotic Expo and Ball, a tradeshow and party billed as a “Celebration of Flesh, Fetish, and Fantasy,” small adult entertainment businesses said they are facing bleak balance sheets, with declines in customer spending and decreased access to credit for their own businesses.
Sitting behind a display of vacuum pumps for penis enlargement and erectile dysfunction, Dr. Joel Kaplan bemoaned the downturn his business has faced this past year. Kaplan said his regular …

Civic Life, Education, Faces & Places, Fremont, Government, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles »

[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont Mayor’s Campaign Apparently Violated State Education Law By Recruiting Students at Schools | ]

High School Junior Andrea Shyu did not even know who the mayor of Fremont was before signing up to volunteer for his re-election campaign. Now, the 16-year-old spends up to eight hours a week canvassing door-to-door and putting up lawn signs.
Shyu is one of 130 students Mayor Bob Wasserman’s campaign recruited from high school classrooms and at school activities fairs. The campaign offered students like Shyu community service credit, an “intern” title for their resumes and college recommendation letters. While this all seemed like simply offering students campaign experience and …

Chinatown, Civic Life »

[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Equal access act gives more say, services to Chinatown residents | ]

By Guo Shipeng
Ho Ming’s first experience with the Oakland police was far from pleasant.
He still remembers the frustration he felt, trying to explain to an officer in broken English, how someone broke into this car and stole $2,000 worth of equipment he used for his business. That was in 1985, when Ho was an immigrant fresh from Hong Kong.

Civic Life, Government »

[6 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on A Long Inconclusive Night for Brown and McClintock | ]

By Angela Kilduff
The results of the highly contested fourth district congressional race between State Senator Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown remained too close to call as of Thursday and may face a recount.

Crime, Fremont »

[6 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Photos and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
April 1st, 2008. The 911 call came at 2:30am from a woman reporting that she had been raped and robbed inside her apartment. Fremont patrol officers quickly located the suspect in an adjacent apartment where he had barricaded himself inside. It was time to call in the SWAT team. The team quickly surrounded and locked down the building. But after nine hours of failed negotiations, SWAT officers fired tear gas into the apartment. The suspect immediately surrendered was taken into custody without injury.

Arts & Culture, Civic Life, Oakland »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Election Day in Downtown Oakland: Enthusiasm and Enterprise | ]

Story by Angela Kilduff and photos by Casey Miner
Even before the polls closed on November 4, excitement – mixed with a bit of anxiety – permeated the streets of downtown Oakland.

Eastlake, Government, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland’s Older Vietnamese Supporting McCain | ]

By Adelaide Chen
An older generation of Vietnamese Americans is leaning toward Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain–while their younger counterparts are favoring Barack Obama.
Among Asians in California, Vietnamese are most likely to support McCain, at 53 percent, according to the National Asian American Survey conducted by professors from three universities.