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Week in Review: Fremont in Recovery; Islamophobia Still Plagues Bay Area Muslims

Officials Say Fremont is Bouncing Back Economically

Mired with the losses of large companies such as Solyndra and NUMMI in recent years, officials now have a hopeful outlook for the city’s economic future. According to the Fremont Argus, officials presented positive budget news for the second year in a row at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The city projects a balanced $149.9 million budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which will make way for more jobs and the infrastructure for the Warm Springs development and other projects. Click here to learn more.

Islamophobia Still Plagues Muslims Living in Bay Area

The quarter-million Muslims live in the San Francisco Bay Area face ongoing, entrenched Islamophobia more than a decade after 9/11, according to a new study. “The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Community and Identity”  found 40 percent of Muslims in the region have experienced personal discrimination and 23 percent have been victims of a hate crime. The discrimination against Muslims was particularly pronounced in school-aged children, the study found. See the full story here.

150-Acre Site May Be Home to Retail, Office and Manufacturing

According to media reports, the latest in Fremont’s recent growth spurt will come in the form of a 150-acre site near Interstate 880 and Auto Mall Parkway, not far from the Pacific Commons Shopping Center. Though nothing is yet set in stone, the massive chunk of undeveloped land will become home to office buildings, manufacturing plants and retail centers, the Mercury News reports. 

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