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[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 …

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, Faces & Places, Fremont, Niles »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Preserving the Niles Canyon Railway | ]

Photos and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Since 1961, the mission of the all-volunteer Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA) has been to operate a working railroad museum that preserves the physical aspects and atmosphere of Pacific Coast railroading from 1910 to 1960. Starting in 1984, the organization opened the Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum.

Arts & Culture, Faces & Places, Fremont, Multimedia, Niles »

[21 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Audio and Photos by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Ed Frakes has been painting for over 50 years. Now 71, Frakes describes his life as an artist and explains the meaning behind some of his paintings in this audio slideshow.

Arts & Culture, Faces & Places, Fremont, Niles »

[19 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Etch-a-Sketch Art is Not Just for Children | ]

Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Since the age of 14, when he first picked up a guitar, Michael McNevin knew he wanted to be a musician. During his career, this singer-songwriter has opened for artists such as Johnny Cash and Richie Havens and produced four albums. But McNevin’s music is not his only form of artistic expression. When he’s not busy writing songs, he’s drawing detailed scenes of the events he sings about on…an Etch-a-Sketch.

Business, Crime, Fremont, Niles »

[17 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Copper theft on the rise | ]

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.

Business, Faces & Places, Fremont, Government, Multimedia, Niles »

[7 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Dinner and Debate at Fremont’s Essanay Café | ]

Radio and print stories by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
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[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/dinnerdebate.larb.101508.mp3]
In the heart of Fremont’s historic Niles District, the Essanay Café is a go-to place for fine dining and good wine. But on the first Tuesday of each month, the café swaps out its china with paper plates, for what owner Bruce Cates has themed, the “Recession Dinner.”

Arts & Culture, Civic Life, Faces & Places, Fremont, Niles »

[5 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Pee-Wee Golf Tournament Raises Money for the Niles Historic District | ]

Photos, Video and Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Fremont’s Niles community — a historic, quaint and close-knit neighborhood — proved once again that it is not afraid to show some flare, after residents held the 10th annual Pink Flamingo Pee-Wee Golf Classic. The “wacky and tacky” event raised over $2,000 for the Niles Main Street non-profit association.