Friends of Coyote Hills Endorses Bacon and McDonald
for Fremont City Council 2010
Fremont, CA, September 23, 2010 - Friends of Coyote
Hills, a group of concerned citizens working since 2001
to protect open space around Coyote Hills Regional Park,
has voted to endorse Kathy McDonald and Vinnie Bacon for
Fremont City Council in 2010.
Vinnie Bacon and Kathy McDonald have the intelligence,
background, and courage to stand up to the special
interests that so often drive decisions in Fremont.
Vinnie has been a leader in the fight to stop the
massive development at Patterson Ranch next to Coyote
Hills, and Kathy was a key player in the successful
effort to stop the financially unsound stadium project.
The City Council is still discussing a change to the
Fremont General Plan that would allow up to 520 houses
to be built near the ecologically fragile areas of
Coyote Hills, at the edge of the city, adding 1.8
million car trips per year to Fremont's city streets and
contributing close to 10,000 tons of CO2 per year to the
problem of global warming.
There is no additional capacity at the already
overcrowded Ardenwood schools for the children that
would be added by this development, and the only
concession the landowners have made is to propose
donating land in a dangerous earthquake zone to a school
system that has no funds for building new classrooms.
Why would Fremont City Council members approve a project
that would hurt our environment and our schools? Perhaps
because the City's own campaign funding reports show
that four members of the current city council (including
the mayor) have received generous campaign contributions
from the Patterson family, the landowners seeking
permission to build this massive development. If
elected, Vinnie Bacon and Kathy McDonald would vote to
oppose the current Patterson development plan.
Vinnie Bacon and Kathy McDonald have pledged to run
clean money campaigns by not taking contributions from
big developers or their agents. They represent a future
for Fremont that is honest, fair, and dedicated to
making decisions based on the best interests of all the
people of Fremont.