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December 8, 2021, 10:28 AM
The City of Fremont’s contract with OpenGov, the company that facilitates Fremont Open City Hall, is expiring. As a current subscriber of this platform, as of December 31, 2021, the City will no longer be utilizing this platform to post surveys to solicit community feedback.
We look forward to rolling out a new solution in 2022 that has more robust features to encourage even more community engagement. Unfortunately, due to contract terms we are not able to save or transfer current Open City Hall subscribers to a new platform.
At this time, we’re encouraging all current subscribers of Fremont Open City Hall to sign up to be informed when a new City of Fremont community engagement platform is available. Please visit www.Fremont.gov/CivicEngagementList to enter your email.
We apologize for this inconvenience and want to extend our gratitude for the valuable feedback you have submitted via Fremont Open City Hall, including recent input for the Safe Parking Strategy, Trail Strategy Plan, Fremont Navigation Center, and Engage Fremont.
Your voice matters, and we want to make sure it is captured for future community engagement topics on a new platform. You will still be able to find the most up to date information for current community initiatives at https://fremont.gov/fremontconnect.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 9, 2020, 1:14 AM
The City of Fremont is in the process of developing a Trails Strategy Plan as recommended by the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans. The vision is to encourage the use of trails and pathways as safe, convenient, environmentally friendly, and congestion reducing transportation options to all.
We are inviting the Fremont community to provide input about what they want to see in the Trails Strategy Plan through an online survey via Fremont Open City Hall. In addition to the survey, there is an interactive map available to provide feedback on City's existing trails. The interactive map allows people to drop pins and draw lines at current trail locations or potential trail corridors to indicate where they would like to see connections, improvements or identify issues.
To take the survey and provide comments in the interactive map go to www.fremont.gov/OpenCityHallTrails.
Please visit the Fremont Trails Strategy Plan website to see the project schedule and monitor for future Trail Strategy outreach at www.Fremont.gov/TrailsStrategyPlan.
July 9, 2020, 1:09 AM
Fremont community members are invited to participate in a series of community engagement activities that will take place this summer to assist the City in identifying community priorities and recommended next steps on the topic of policing and race in the City of Fremont. The initiative, Engage Fremont, will be led by City Manager Mark Danaj and will continue to carry out the City’s commitment to fostering an open dialogue with our residents.
The City has hired a third-party contractor, the Public Dialogue Consortium, to facilitate the process, which will include a community survey and several virtual outreach discussions. In addition to the City Manager’s Office, the initiative will involve staff from several departments, including Community Services, Human Services, and Police.
This broader initiative stems from the Town Hall Meeting held on June 10 that featured the topic of policing in Fremont. During the virtual event, more than 800 community members listened in. People commented and asked questions on a wide variety of issues including social services, homeless services, use of force policies, and police accountability and transparency. The Town Hall was recorded and has been posted online along with an FAQ document that answers questions asked during the meeting. City leaders emphasized their desire to continue the dialogue with Fremont community members and their intent to develop a plan for an ongoing conversation.
The first element of the community outreach process is a survey requesting feedback from Fremont residents and business owners. The responses will also help determine discussion topics at the subsequent virtual outreach dialogues. The survey is open now through August 6, 2020 and can be accessed online on Fremont Open City Hall.
The second phase is a series of facilitated virtual dialogues related to policing and racism that will take place between July and August. These conversations will give the City’s leadership an opportunity to listen and work with community stakeholders to discuss the topics our residents and businesses care about most. Stakeholders will represent a broad community base, including faith leaders, youth, non-profit and social service organizations, seniors, businesses, and racial and ethnic groups. These dialogues will help guide the ways the Fremont Police Department will adapt to community interests. Further announcements will be made with instructions for public participation in these discussions on the Engage Fremont webpage.
The third phase will include a City-wide virtual Town Hall meeting in August to summarize the results from the survey and discussion groups, elicit additional feedback, and propose recommendations and possible next steps.
"Fremont has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and does not shy away from difficult conversations. Our Police Department was an early adopter of community policing and that core value has helped to drive the Engage Fremont initiative,” stated Mayor Lily Mei. “In 2018, the Department developed a transparency portal on our website to help communicate these efforts and more recently, we developed an infographic to address our practices outlined by the #8CantWait campaign. Let’s work together to build on this strong foundation as we listen through our Engage Fremont initiative."
The City of Fremont has long been a leader in progressive policing practices and is committed to responding to this pivotal moment in our nation by working with the local community to establish a shared vision of public safety that serves everyone equitably. More information can be found at FremontPolice.gov/Engage, including the results of the survey, status of the engagement activities, and highlights from each meeting when available.
July 31, 2019, 11:38 AM
The City of Fremont is working to update Fremont’s Climate Action Plan to align with our new 2045 carbon neutrality goal. We want help from our community to identify actions that will make Fremont a cleaner and healthier place for everyone. You can play an active role in helping design what a sustainable Fremont community could look like in the future!
To learn more and take our community survey, visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallClimate.
We appreciate your time and feedback in helping Fremont become a greener community!
June 19, 2019, 11:28 PM
The Fremont City Council will be voting on whether to establish a Tobacco Retail License Program for all tobacco retailers in the City of Fremont. The Tobacco Retail License program would require tobacco retailers to acquire and renew a Tobacco Retail License from the City annually; there may be a fee. Policies associated with the Tobacco Retail License may include a ban on all flavored tobacco products including menthol, and a set minimum pack size and/or set minimum price per pack of 20 cigarettes, 20 little cigars or 5 cigars, to discourage young adults from making these purchases.
To assist the City Council in its deliberations, the City of Fremont is asking for input from residents and other community stakeholders via Fremont Open City Hall.
June 17, 2019, 1:48 PM
In an ongoing effort to engage with the Fremont community and gain valuable input on various topics of interest, the City is launching a streamlined re-design of Fremont Open City Hall.
The revamped version of this forum will enable subscribers to interact with a sleeker interface to learn more about each new topic the City posts and participate in online survey exercises to share feedback.
Our new topic will be posted in the next few days on the newly designed forum. We encourage you to check it out then. Thanks for helping us continue to create a better Fremont!
February 21, 2019, 5:25 PM
Homelessness is a complex societal issue created by factors including lack of affordable housing, mental illness, and substance abuse, among others. In recent years, the number of unsheltered or homeless individuals has increased not just in Fremont, but in the entire state of California. For someone experiencing homelessness, keeping yourself and your clothes clean can be incredibly challenging, and can greatly impact your ability to get and keep a job, or simply participate in society.
To meet this need, the City of Fremont, City of Newark, and several community partners are launching a new Mobile Hygiene unit (a 50-foot truck and trailer) to provided much-needed shower and laundry services to our homeless neighbors.
Help us name our new Mobile Hygiene unit and/or submit a design idea for the exterior of the unit.
Click here to read more, download the design form and submit your idea.
August 29, 2018, 12:25 PM
The statewide minimum wage will reach $15 per hour in January 2022 for employers with more than 25 employees and January 2023 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
The Fremont City Council is considering whether or not to establish a local minimum wage ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour more rapidly than the State.
One possible approach the City Council could consider is the following schedule that would increase the local minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for all employers in two steps:
Proposed Effective Date Proposed Minimum Wage
- July 1, 2019 $13.50
- January 1, 2020 $15.00
Fremont residents and stakeholders can provide feedback and share their perspectives via Fremont Open City Hall.
June 26, 2018, 4:14 PM
The City of Fremont is starting to research the usage of plastic in our city and looking for feedback from the community. The goal is to improve local waste reduction efforts and create a more sustainable future for Fremont.
Your honest and thoughtful feedback will help to inform outreach and education activities, local programs, and future policy-making efforts.
Visit Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallPlastic to take the survey, which runs until July 16. There are 16 questions in the survey, and it should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
We appreciate your time and feedback in helping Fremont become a healthier and greener community!
April 20, 2018, 3:26 PM
The City of Fremont recently formed a Mobility Task Force to guide development of a Mobility Action Plan that will address traffic congestion, local travel options, traffic safety, and emerging transportation technology.
To effectively create the Plan and prioritize solutions to Fremont’s transportation challenges, the Task Force needs your help! We invite you to share your ideas via our 16-question online survey.
The survey provides information about Fremont’s transportation challenges, what the City is already doing to address them, and what is planned for the future. After each topic, you will be able to provide input through a series of priority rankings and fill-in answers.
Visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallMobility to take the survey, which will run from April 20 to June 20. There are 16 questions in the survey and it should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
For more information about the Mobility Action Plan, please visit www.Fremont.gov/MobilityActionPlan.
We appreciate your time and feedback in helping us make Fremont streets safer and less congested.
January 29, 2018, 1:47 PM
The City of Fremont Mid-Year Budget Review is an opportunity for City staff to update the City Council on Fiscal Year 2017/18 budget performance based on actual operating results through the end of December (fiscal years run between July 1 and June 30). To the extent that one-time funds are available to address priority needs, the City Council may consider mid-year adjustments to the FY 2017/18 Adopted Operating Budget.
To assist the City Council in considering how best to allocate available resources, the City of Fremont would like your input through Fremont Open City Hall, our online civic engagement forum. Visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallBudget to evaluate the importance of a variety of investment categories.
November 1, 2017, 11:23 AM
Planning is underway for the future Irvington BART Station, which will be located in the Irvington District at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Osgood Road, approximately halfway between the existing Fremont BART Station and the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station.
As the City of Fremont and BART plan the new station, we want to involve our community. Please answer the following question.
We look forward to hearing from you!
May 26, 2017, 2:54 PM
Currently, at-large elections in Fremont allow registered voters to vote for any candidate. In 2018, registered Fremont voters may only vote for candidates who live in and represent their District. The mayoral candidate will remain at-large. The City would like to know which draft district map Fremont residents prefer.
Please take our online survey and share your opinion with us.
We look forward to hearing from you!
December 1, 2016, 4:36 PM
The City of Fremont has begun the process of updating the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), our five-year blueprint for maintaining and improving the City’s physical infrastructure. Projects include improvements to streets, parks, bike paths, pedestrian trails, public buildings and technology assets. The plan allocates money for capital projects and the maintenance of existing infrastructure for two years, but it defines a plan that looks forward five years. The structure of this process provides the opportunity to finance capital infrastructure and maintenance, balance the City’s needs and priorities for a five-year period, and develop a plan that is strategic, comprehensive, and flexible.
To assist the City Council in considering how best to allocate the limited available resources, the City of Fremont would like your input through Fremont Open City Hall, our online civic engagement forum. Visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallCIP to review a brief summary of our capital improvement program and then evaluate the importance of a variety of capital investment categories.
July 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
Voting for the Movies Under the Stars series has closed on Fremont Open City Hall.
Votes received will be combined with votes received through the Fremont Recreation Services Facebook page. You can continue to vote for the August and September movies on Fremont Recreation Service’s Facebook page. For more details on how to cast your vote on Facebook, visit www.Fremont.gov/MovieNight
Voting for the August 19 film will close August 1, voting for the September 23 film will close September 1.
May 20, 2016, 4:39 PM
Fremont’s annual Movies in the Park series is back for the 2016 summer season! This year the City’s Recreation Services Division wants the community’s input on which movies to feature for the July 22 and August 19 showings at the Central Park Performance Pavilion as well as the September 23 Street Eats Date Night showing in Downtown. Visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallMovies now through July 1 to vote for your movie choices.
April 28, 2016, 9:10 AM
The Fremont Open City Hall topic regarding the General Plan Amendment for the property at 10 East Las Palmas Avenue is closed. We have shared comments received with the Fremont Planning Commission, City Council and City staff. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on April 14, 2016 and recommended that the City Council adopt the “Private Open Space” land use designation. The next public hearing regarding the property will be at the June 7, 2016 City Council meeting during which they will consider a General Plan Amendment for the subject parcel.
March 18, 2016, 10:21 AM
The City of Fremont has initiated a General Plan Amendment process to redesignate the property at 10 East Las Palmas Avenue from the “Kimber Study Area” to an appropriate General Plan land use designation. Currently located within an existing low-density residential neighborhood, the redesignation will govern what future development will occur.
The City of Fremont would like your input on which of the possible land use designations you would like the property to be redesignated to during the General Plan Amendment process.
To share your input, please visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallKimber.
March 16, 2016, 4:34 PM
The Fremont Open City Hall forum regarding the type of independent retailers and restaurants for the State Street mixed-use project has closed. The feedback received has been shared with City staff and the developer’s brokerage team who are identifying independent retailers and restaurants that would be a good fit with the community.
March 16, 2016, 10:17 AM
Every five years, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires Fremont to update its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which seeks to identify and alleviate hazards proactively before natural and human-induced disasters take place. To develop this report, Fremont is asking for your input. Please check out Fremont Open City Hall, the City’s online civic engagement forum and share your thoughts on the below questions.
- What actions would you like to see Fremont take in the next five years to reduce the risks associated with a natural or human-induced disaster?
- How can Fremont help community members prepare for and mitigate risks associated with a disaster?
March 14, 2016, 9:19 AM
Thank you for your feedback regarding programming for the future Civic Center Plaza.
Comments received will be shared with the Fremont City Council and City staff. The next Civic Center work session will be held on March 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave. The Council will discuss the Civic Center architecture and design at the work session. Final City Council approval for the Civic Center will occur in June 2016.
February 22, 2016, 1:49 PM
With the belief that every community deserves to have a central downtown place where people come to connect, communicate, and celebrate, the Fremont City Council and staff continue to work toward implementing the Downtown Community Plan. As the City of Fremont continues to develop our downtown and construction of the new Civic Center begins, more events and activities will take place in the district. Let us know what type of programming and events you would like to see in the plaza area of the new Civic Center in Downtown. The Civic Center plaza will be approximately the size of Union Square in San Francisco and will provide the opportunity for the City to create a vibrant public space for the community to enjoy.
October 8, 2015, 2:58 PM
On November 4, 2014, the Fremont City Council approved the State Street project, Downtown Fremont’s first mixed-use development. The project will break ground summer 2016 and will include 157 multi-family residential units and approximately 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space directly along Capitol Avenue.
What independent retailers and restaurants would you like to see along Capitol Avenue in Downtown’s first mixed-use development, the State Street project? Your suggestions via Fremont Open City Hall will be shared with the brokerage team.
April 10, 2015, 3:05 PM
With a new wave of artwork approved for traffic signal control boxes, expect to see more boxART! murals popping up all over the city. The boxART! Program helps deter unsightly vandalism and creates inviting spaces for residents and visitors alike. Traffic signal control boxes, typically painted gray or olive green, are placed on or near street corners where there are traffic signals, and are visible to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The location of the traffic signal control boxes are selected based on their visibility and their susceptibility to graffiti.
Response to the initial boxes, launched in 2014, has been met with enthusiastic support from the Fremont community. As a result, the program expanded, recently launching a Phase 2 Call for Artists. Themes for boxART! include sustainability, green energy, community, education, technology, innovation, ecology, arts, humor, and human relations.
As the popularity of this program grows and expands, the City is looking to the public for design ideas for future phases. Please take a moment to answer the following question in regard to the City’s boxART! program:
What future designs would you like to see included on utility boxes as part of boxART!?
You can voice your opinion on Fremont Open City Hall.
November 19, 2014, 2:58 PM
We’re excited to announce that the next topic we’re covering on Fremont Open City Hall is the following:
What kinds of acts of compassion best reflect your idea of a compassionate city?
The International Campaign for Compassionate Communities and its accompanying Charter for Compassion have made it their mission to inspire communities of all sizes to embrace and encourage compassion – and the City of Fremont is exploring joining the movement!
The City’s Human Relations Commission, along with the Tri-City Interfaith Council, is currently seeking feedback from the Fremont community and would like to know how you would define the actions of a compassion community. Ultimately, your feedback could lead to the adoption of a Charter for Compassion by the Fremont City Council, or ongoing efforts to promote acts of compassion by the City’s residents, businesses and organizations.
Fremont residents, businesses, community organizations and City staff already carry out thousands of compassionate acts every year, including:
- A neighbor helping another neighbor in need
- Giving to local services agencies
- Being open and accepting of different religions and faiths and cultural groups
- Volunteering in the community
- The City providing a social safety net for low-income families and individuals
Have you encountered an act of compassion? Don’t keep it all to yourself! Please share your story with us and provide examples of acts of compassion you have seen, benefited from, or participated in within our community. To submit a response, visit www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallCompassion.
October 23, 2014, 12:25 PM
As a Reminder, the City of Fremont has been selected as one of only 52 small and medium-sized cities and counties from across the nation to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption! To move ahead into the competition, Fremont must develop a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Plan that details specific strategies to reduce community-wide energy usage.
How can the City of Fremont rethink our community-wide energy use and increase energy efficiency? Tell us today! Only two weeks left till the deadline - Tuesday, November 5th.
October 10, 2014, 9:58 AM
The City of Fremont has been selected as one of only 52 small and medium-sized cities and counties from across the nation to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption! To move ahead into the competition, Fremont must develop a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Plan that details specific strategies to reduce community-wide energy usage.
How can the City of Fremont rethink our community-wide energy use and increase energy efficiency?
June 20, 2014, 11:35 AM
In early 2014, the City sought input on housing issues as part of the outreach strategy for the 2015-2023 Housing Element Update. The City has prepared a draft Housing Element for public review, and plans to hold study sessions with the Planning Commission on June 26, 2014 and with the City Council on July 15, 2014, prior to submitting the document to the State for their review.
As the project enters its next phase, the City continues to seek written feedback on the Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element. For more information, visit the City’s website at http://www.fremont.gov/housingelement or contact Senior Planner Joel Pullen at (510) 494-4436, email@example.com or Principal Planner Ingrid Rademaker at (510) 494-4543, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28, 2014, 1:38 PM
Thank you Fremont for voting for your favorite “Downtown Fremont – On the Rise” logo! We are pleased to announce that the logo selected is Option B. You will soon see the Downtown Fremont-On the Rise logo on the City of Fremont’s marketing materials!
May 27, 2014, 5:03 PM
Do you think community-based video surveillance cameras would enhance public safety and make our community safer?
May 23, 2014, 6:18 PM
The Fremont Police Department is committed to preventing criminals from impacting our City and keeping residents safe.
Fremont's residential burglary rate decreased by 27 percent from 2012 to 2013 and, while this reduction is significant and makes our community safer, we believe we can do more.
In order to make a bigger impact in protecting our community, the Fremont Police Department is constantly looking for ways to fully utilize helpful technology to aid in this effort.
On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Police Department will ask the Fremont City Council to allocate funds for a community-based video surveillance camera project within the City of Fremont at their regularly scheduled Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Fremont City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave., in the Council Chambers. You can also watch the Council meeting on the City’s website or Cable TV Channel 27 if you are a Comcast subscriber.
The initial phase would involve installing 10 to 12 community-based video surveillance cameras and license plate readers at some of the City’s most commonly frequented entry and/or exit points.
In preparation of this request, the City of Fremont and its Police Department is asking its residents to provide input and feedback on this specific project.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a moment to answer the following question in regard to the newly anticipated technology:
Do you think community-based video surveillance cameras would enhance public safety and make our community safer?
Everyone’s feedback is extremely valuable to us and will be considered as we propose the request to the Council on June 17.
April 30, 2014, 4:33 PM
Making Fremont History, you, our community members, will decide downtown Fremont’s logo. For the first time ever, community members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite logo to represent Downtown Fremont. We announced the arrival of the first phase of development in the downtown by unveiling three logos at Downtown Fremont Street Eats on Friday, April 25. Community members were able to vote for their favorite logo using iPads at the event on Fremont Open City Hall.
If you were unable to attend the Street Eats event, you can still vote online at Fremont Open City Hall through May 16. The logo with the most votes will be used in the City’s marketing materials and will symbolize the excitement and imagination of our up and coming Downtown.
The Downtown is a 110-acre area bounded by Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Paseo Padre Parkway, and Walnut Avenue. The Downtown Community Plan was approved by the Fremont City Council in 2012 and provides the blueprint for the transformation of the current auto-oriented downtown area into an urban core with shopping, retail, entertainment, housing and nightlife all within walking distance and close proximity to public transportation. Implementation efforts have begun with the award of a $5.8 million One Bay Area Grant.
For more information on the downtown, visit www.fremont.gov/downtown.
March 21, 2014, 11:04 AM
Dear Open City Hall Subscribers,
The City of Fremont is seeking feedback from its residents on permanently banning electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) retailers, lounges, and vapor bars within city limits. On Feb. 11, the Fremont City Council established a temporary ban on e-cigarette retailers, lounges, and vapor bars. The City would like input as to whether this temporary ban should be permanent. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that may resemble smoking a cigarette. It is only minimally regulated by state law and the health risks of inhaling the vapors are unknown.
Please click on the link below to submit your feedback.