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March 29, 2011 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

March 22, 2011

Proclamations and Presentations:
The American Lung Association Awarded Union City the top grade in Alameda County for having the most smoke-free protections against second-hand smoke, controlling tobacco products and reducing sales to minors. The Council also passed a resolution in support of 100 percent smoke-free indoor workplaces in California.

March 2011 proclaimed as "Knights of Columbus Month" in the City of Union City.

Consent Calendar:
Cancelled August 9, 2011 City Council meeting.

Authorized "BART Phase 2" cooperative agreement between Union City, the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and BART for the start of the Union City Intermodal Station District Phase 2 Project.

Approved the use of Federal Transit Administration and Transportation Development Act funds for the city's Transit Bus Parking Pad Improvement Project.

Public Hearings:
Approved the use of $100K in grant funds from the State of California through the Citizens' Option for Public Safety (COPS) program for the purchase of area-wide P25 compliant handheld radios.

City Manager Reports:
Rejected the 'Pool Proposal' - a resolution which would have authorized use of the city's $3.35M allocation of East Bay Regional Park District's 2008 Measure WW funding for the construction of an Aquatic Facility and Liberty Park renovation at 31224 Union City Boulevard and Liberty Park. Measure WW funds are intended to preserve open space for recreation and wildlife habitat, shoreline and to provide funding to cities and special park districts for community park projects. (2 YES votes, 3 NO votes (Duncan, Ellis, Gacoscos)).

Endorsed the Union City Intermodal Station Alternative for the Altamont Corridor Rail Project and authorized comments on the Preliminary Alternatives Analysis.

Appointed a required quorum of three members to the Measure AA Sales Tax Commission - alternate planning commissioner Harpal Mann and former City Council members Carol Dutra-Vernaci and Richard Valle. Two more will be appointed by the end of June.

Approved a $9M loan agreement between the City and RDA from the RDA's Project Fund to the Housing Fund. The monies will meet Mid-Peninsula Affordable Housing Coalition's obligations arising from unsuccessful grant bids. The Project Fund will be replenished from 2011 Tax Allocation Housing Bond funds.

Public Comments:
The City's Recycling Coordinator Roberto Munoz announced that Tri-CED Community Recycling, the City of Union City and Allied Waste will give away free bags of compost at Tri-CED's facility on April 9. There will also be an Earth Day event at Washington Hospital on April 23.

Richard Valle and Charmaine Kawaguchi spoke in favor of voting for Measure B on April 4, saying it would save various programs at James Logan High School, such as sports, music and smaller class sizes.

John Repar expressed concern that reduced city lighting will affect public safety.

Fifteen speakers spoke against the "Pool Proposal." The Police Officers Association, Save Our Hills, and Neighborhood Watch groups wish to avoid jeopardizing public safety funding, want the city's EBRPD Measure WW funding allocation to be spent on more than one project and pointed to the poor economy citing the annual operating cost of $70,000 as a big concern. For some, park maintenance is a priority.

Mayor Mark Green - Yes
Vice Mayor Jim Navarro - Yes
Emily Duncan - Yes
Lorrin Ellis - Yes
Pat Gacoscos - Yes

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