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April 2, 2013 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

March 26, 2013

Proclamations and Presentations:
The Union City Chamber of Commerce introduced board of directors. They stated that active participation is increasing and paid membership has almost doubled in the last 90 days.

David Stark, Bay East Association of REALTORS presented the state of the real estate market in Fremont, Newark and Union City. According to an analysis of the Multiple Listing Service, there has been a huge decline in inventory between May 2011 and February 2013 and an increase in sales prices. Distressed properties accounted for a quarter of sales in Fremont and for more than half of all sales in Newark and Union City, notably in moderately priced homes.

Consent Calendar:
Filed applications with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Alameda County Transportation Commission for allocation of funds for the operation of Union City Transit and Paratransit for fiscal year (FY) 2013-14.

Extended the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, allowing vehicles to be towed if abandoned on the street or on private property if subject to a nuisance complaint and inoperable. The City is reimbursed approximately $30,000 per year for this service.

Appropriated Used Oil Payment Program (OPP3) grant funds f or FY 2012-13.

Rescinded Resolution No. 4390-12 and approved a new Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement creating the Energy Council and agreeing to become a member of the Alameda County Energy Council that seeks to expand renewable energy.

Committed to obesity prevention and support of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) cities campaign. The organization's sponsors include Kaiser-Permanente and the San Francisco Community Foundation.

City Manager Reports
Update on the Climate Action Plan. Local emissions have declined by 23 percent since the 2010 update, which is largely due to reductions in transit emissions.

In 2012, the City floated a $207,000 grant for schools and a $350,000 grant for pedestrian upgrades along Alvarado-Niles Boulevard between Decoto Road and Mann Avenue, which will see crosswalks added to the thoroughfare.

Good of the order
Vice Mayor Emily Duncan expressed concern over a large dip on the south side of Whipple Road and Huntwood Avenue. According to the City Engineer, it will cost $200,000 to remedy the problem.

Oral Communications
Barry Ferrier called for more openness on the part of the Dumbarton Bridge Regional Operations Consortium, requested a presentation at a future Council meeting and a forum for citizens to voice their opposition since the public meetings ceased.

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci - Yes
Vice Mayor Emily Duncan - Yes
Lorrin Ellis - Yes
Pat Gacoscos - Yes
Jim Navarro - Yes

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