We need a there there!

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…

Community Meeting on Irvington BART Station

Last night I attended a community meeting about the Irvington BART station. One of the biggest questions asked was why we need a BART station in Irvington since we already have two BART stations that are only five miles apart. The answer provided was that the station has been planned since 1992 and it is already funded. If it doesn’t get built, Fremont would likely lose the $120 million or…

SB 827 is NOT the Way to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

Jane Kim does a post-mortem on the SB 827.  In my opinion, this would have been great for developers as it removes local government control of development. “SB 827 would have upzoned most of The City’s neighborhoods to enable developers to build luxury housing in areas that the bill said met “minimum levels of transit service,” a standard so broadly defined that, according to Planning Department analysis, 96 percent of…

Fruitvale Transit Village Considered Model for TOD Without Displacement

I’m proud to have worked on this project for five years!  This article calls Fruitvale BART Station “A national model for livable communities without gentrifying side effects” “Benjamin Schneider’s most recent piece for City Lab (“How Transit-Oriented Development Can Prevent Displacement”) should be required reading for anyone worried about the effects of residential growth around transportation hubs. The story looks at how Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood gained economic prosperity without losing…

City of Fremont Web Page on District Elections

The City of Fremont has created a website that explains the new districts that will be in effect this November. They have a locator tool that allows you to enter your address and find out what district you’re in. If you’re curious why there is the squiggly line between Districts 2 and 3, that was done despite widespread community opposition because the Council voted 3-2 to draw a line that…

Welcome to My Campaign!!

My name is Jenny Kassan and I’m running for the Fremont City Council in District 3. For far too long, Fremont’s City Council and Planning Commission have been a rubber stamp for developers.  We need Council members who will challenge developers to do what’s right for Fremont, not people who work for developers or take donations from them.  I find it unethical to take money from developers and then make…