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Facts >> Will History Repeat Itself?

Fremont City Hall

Fremont City Hall, built for tens of millions of dollars in the 1960's, was abandoned and demolished in 2004 by the city due to earthquake safety concerns.

Will the planning commission and city council repeat the same expensive mistake by approving the proposed Patterson Ranch development? The proposed 520 housing units (double the number allowed in the General Plan, 266) are situated on land with too many constraints, including high risk of soil liquefaction in an earthquake, location near one of the two riskiest natural gas pipelines in the Bay Area, and flooding due to sea level rise (see maps below). Aren’t the lives of potentially thousands residents and children just as important as those of employees, who vacated City Hall?

Don’t you think it is the moral responsibility of the Fremont City Council and Planning Commission to ensure public safety rather than approve a high-density housing development that would jeopardize lives? 

Developers would like to diffuse the problem by saying they would do whatever they can to minimize the dangers. What technology is a match for the strong forces of nature?

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey 2006; http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/qmap/

As the map shows, Ardenwood/Forest Park is highly susceptible to liquefaction in a strong earthquake.

As shown in the Sea Level Rise: Flood Risk Hazard Map, the majority of the project area is at risk of flood inundation as a result of sea level rise. With the state unable to balance its budget and city of Fremont dealing with budget cuts, taxpayers will be responsible for building and maintaining expensive flood control channels and levees and any liabilities for any failures of such measures.

 

 

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