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May 31, 2011 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

May 24, 2011

Proclamations and Presentations
Proclaimed May 24, 2011 as Arbor Day.

Safe Routes to School presentation by Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC).

Consent Calendar
Authorized execution of certifications and assurances for the use of Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement and Service Efficiency Account (PTMISEA) Bond Program funds by transit operators. The city anticipates $300,000 of PTMISEA funds from Caltrans and $950,000 from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to be used as local matches for federal funding to replace vehicles.

Declared intent to renew the Union Landing Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) and to levy and collect assessments over a three-year period (FY2011-12, FY 2012-13 and FY 2013-14), called an assessment ballot proceeding and established a public hearing for July 26. If approved, the assessments are expected to raise $584,175, $607,542 and $631,843 in the first, second and third years, respectively.

Appropriated $23,860 of Used Oil Payment Program Funds for FY 2010-11 to the Public Works Used Oil Recycling Program Fund for public education and outreach activities to encourage the community to recycle used oil.

City Manager Reports
Reviewed Union City project applications submitted to Plan Bay Area (Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy): Intermodal Station (Phase 1); Intermodal Station Infrastructure Improvements (Phase 2); bicycle/pedestrian connector over Union Pacific Railroad tracks to job center; Union City passenger rail station and Dumbarton Rail Segment G improvements; grade separation in Decoto neighborhood; Union City Blvd. widening; I-880/Whipple Rd. interchange improvement; Union City Whipple Rd. from I-880 to Mission Blvd. widening and enhancement. N.B. The East-West Connector and Dumbarton Rail projects are sponsored by ACTC and included in Plan Bay Area.

Accepted one-year status report on Station District Parking Program, which was implemented in April 2010, designated Galliano Way, Berger Way and sections of Cheeves Way as no-parking areas, authorized purchase of four parking meters and established parking fees for the public parking garage.

Presentation of Northern Silicon Valley Partnership Program by Union City Economic Development Coordinator, Christine Friday.

City Commission/Committee Reports
Parks & Recreation Commission recommendations for use of Measure WW Park Bond Funds for park renovation and improvement projects.

Oral Communications
Andrae Macapinlac, Senior Field Representative for Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, mentioned the Assemblyman's first annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Leadership Awards luncheon, held on May 13, 2011, at the Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and honor 10 Asian American leaders in the 20th Assembly District, including former Union City Councilman Manny Fernandez for his decades-long commitment to the community.

Ted Heinz, representing Congregations Organizing for Renewal, supports youth violence intervention and prevention programs and urged Council to continue funding two counselors to maintain the program's efficacy. Mary Schlarb echoed his sentiments. Karen Yifru expressed concern about the call-out process of counselors and outreach workers when their meeting with the victims' families was delayed following two recent homicides.

A Searles Elementary School teacher supports the possibility of a Farm-to-Schools project for the flatlands at the base of the Union City hills along Mission Blvd. This would entail the Masonic Homes of California selling part of the land which it had previously planned to develop between May Rd. and O'Connell Ln. The matter has not been broached with the Masonic Homes of California.

Richard Valle encouraged attendance and input at the Citizens' Redistricting Commission hearings. A decade ago, hearings were held in private by elected officials in Sacramento and new boundaries would have split Union City between the 18th and 20th Assembly Districts. Meetings with Senator Ellen Corbett helped ensure Union City's inclusion in the 20th District in its entirety. The Commission needs to hear from cities and elected officials about their preferences on June 10. Indications are that cities, south of Union City, are willing to split Union City, again, so they themselves remain intact and enjoy good representation in the state Assembly, US Congress and Senate. Valle urged Council to express its desire, in writing to the Commission, that the city remains in single Assembly, Congressional and Senate Districts. For more information and hearing dates, visit

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

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