One of the things I hear the most when talking to Fremont residents is “there’s nothing to do in Fremont!”
I agree that Fremont would be a much better place to live if we had walkable attractive retail areas with nice restaurants, shops, upscale bars, and other forms of entertainment.
Sadly, our city decided to invest a lot of resources in Pacific Commons, an auto-oriented giant mall full of chain stores. Meanwhile, our small businesses in our historic commercial districts are struggling.
When I first graduated from law school, I got a job at a nonprofit community development organization. That nonprofit understood that a healthy small business sector provides a huge amount of benefits to the local community, so they secured funding for programs like façade improvement grants, safety patrols, sidewalk cleaning, streetscape beautification, free business assistance consulting, etc. My job was to oversee all of these programs.
I believe strongly that these kinds of investments in small business are essential for a thriving city. Fremont has so many great assets already, but instead of supporting and investing in those, the City puts its efforts into attracting more big box retail chain stores.
One of my top priorities as a councilmember will be revitalizing our neighborhood commercial districts and bringing more thriving retail and entertainment opportunities to our city.