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[26 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Career Centers See Wave of New Customers | ]

By Tyler Sipe  — 
East Bay area job centers have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people utilizing their services in the past few months.
Tina Dodson, the director of Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center in Newark, said foot traffic to the location has doubled in the past month, partly reflecting California’s dramatic half a percent increase in unemployment for October. 
The October state unemployment rate was at a 14-year high of 8.2 percent.  In Alameda County, it stood at 7.1 percent.
Dodson said the last big surge of interest in …

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[24 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Karen Weise  —
As Congress passed for now on giving a federal bailout to General Motors and other American automakers, local workers and residents are concerned about what a potential GM bankruptcy might mean for automobile production in the East Bay.

Fremont, Multimedia »

[21 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio Profile: NUMMI Tour Coordinator Sara Rogers | ]

By Tyler Sipe  —
New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) Tour Coordinator Sara Rogers provides tours for several hundred people a week at the 5.3 million square foot facility located in Fremont. NUMMI is a joint-venture plant between General Motors and Toyota.  About 4800 employees produce three vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Tacoma and GM’s Pontiac Vibe.
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Civic Life, Education, Fremont »

[21 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

         
 
By Tyler Sipe  —
 
Officials at the Fremont Adult School hope members of the public take their economic aches and pains into a relaxing new career opportunity at the recenly established Clinical Massage Therapy Certification Course.  
Dr. Robin Buckwalter, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic), director and primary instructor for the program, will provide her three decades of clinical massage therapy experience for the course.
 
Buckwalter said despite the current economic environment, long-term future growth in the massage therapy industry looks promising. She cited a recent report from the California Economic Development Department expecting 11% growth …

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[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont Votes to Join Lawsuits Against Prop 8 | ]

By Linsay Rousseau Burnett —
Update: On November 19th, the California Supreme court agreed to hear the lawsuits but denied a motion for an immediate stay.
Update: Alameda County and the City of San Mateo unanimously voted in closed session to join the lawsuits on November 18th. The city of Oakland voted in closed session to join the lawsuits on November 19th.

In a four to one vote, the Fremont City Council voted on November 18th, to become a party in the now four lawsuits being waged against the state in opposition of …

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[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on City Budgets Straining Under Economic Pressure | ]

By Mateen Kaul  —
NEWARK – In a public forum Monday night, the city managers of Fremont, Newark and Union City detailed the stresses on their budgets because of falling tax revenues and the state budget crisis.

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[18 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on More Veterans Networking Via the Web | ]

By Tyler Sipe  — 
Many soldiers returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly connecting with fellow veterans using the Internet, as evidenced by the launch of social networking Web sites like www.CommunityofVeterans.org and www.myvetwork.org

Fremont, Government »

[17 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Fremont City Council to Discuss Support for Prop 8 Lawsuit | ]

Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
At November 18th’s Fremont City Council meeting, City Attorney Harvey Levine will be presenting his legal brief concerning three lawsuits filed by the city and county of San Francisco and a handful of other city and county governments challenging the legal authority of Proposition 8. According to Mayor Bob Wasserman, the request that the city sign onto the lawsuits did not come from the San Francisco city attorney, but from local residents.
At the meeting, city council members will discuss potential actions the city can take, or …

Education, Fremont, Government »

[17 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Increasing Need for Homeless Student Services | ]

Story by: Linsay Rousseau Burnett
With unemployment reaching new highs and the rate of foreclosures showing no sign of slowing, stability becomes a fleeting concept for families who find themselves out of work and out of a home. For children, this instability and impermanence could potentially jeopardize their education. Since 1987, a federal program has been in place to help assist these children and as their numbers rise, these services have become increasingly pertinent.

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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.