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September 27, 2005 > Union City Council meeting

Union City Council meeting

September 13, 2005

by Jeremy Inman

A resolution was made which recognized Union City's Third Annual Public Safety Appreciation Day as presented by the Human Relations Commission in observance of the events of 9/11 and the heroes and victims of the attack as well as Union City's own local heroes.

A representative of the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County made a presentation regarding the introduction of a bill which would address certain "unintended consequences" of Megan's Law as it pertains to rental housing owners. According to the presentation, rental housing owners face a "Catch-22," as a result of the Megan's Law Database, a list of convicted sex-offenders produced for the purpose of public information.

The catch is that rental housing owners cannot discriminate against convicted sex-offenders without being vulnerable to lawsuits, but they must also make an effort to ensure the safety of their tenants. Some would argue that if a landlord were to allow a convicted and registered sex-offender to take up tenancy, that the landlord would be putting his other tenants at potential risk, which would then be sufficient cause for lawsuit as well. The bill, AB 438 would allow rental housing owners to take "decisive action" against registered sex-offenders using the Megan's Law Database. This item of the agenda was for information purposes only.

An ordinance was created to establish the Union City Youth Commission. Using input from the Youth Committee, the ordinance creates a 15-member Commission composed of five members nominated one each by the members of the city council and 10 members chosen by an appointed nominating committee. The ordinance requires an age limit of 12 - 19 years for members, each of which would serve a one year term with the possibility of re-appointment for up to four terms. The duties of the Commission include but are not limited to sponsoring, conducting, organizing and promoting youth events in Union City, recommending youth policy to the City Council, managing the Youth Commission trust fund and representing Union City in national youth events. Membership is open to Union City citizens within the specified age group. The city will be posting recruitment fliers in community centers, city hall, school sites, and on the city website. They will also be accepting teacher referrals. The Commission is expected to meet as early as November.

A resolution was passed appropriating funds from the city's Import Mitigation Fee Fund for the purpose of constructing an educational center at the Tri-CED recycling center, as well as several recycling enhancement programs, including a multi-family recycling program, electronic waste drop-off events, a residential food-scrap program, new collection route designs, an small business and community recycling programs.

Among the items passed on the agenda's consent calendar were a resolution authorizing funds to install a signal system at Hartnell Street and Alvarado-Niles Road to facilitate movement at the left turn into a school site, and a resolution designating councilmembers Dutra-Vernaci and Navarro as Union City's official voting delegate and alternate, respectively, to the 2005 league of California Cities Annual Conference.

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