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July 3, 2018 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

June 26, 2018

Ceremonial Items:
? Proclaim June 2018 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2018 as World Elder
Abuse Awareness Day. Only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to Adult Protective Services and other law enforcement agencies. Proclamation accepted by Alameda County District Attorney?s office.
? Recognize John Hsieh, known for signing the nation?s first Asian American Heritage
month proclamation in May 5, 1991. Hsieh founded the Asian American Federation of California and the Asian American Heritage festival. He organized the Bay Area festival for 25 years. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle also gives Hsieh a proclamation on behalf of Alameda County.

Consent Agenda:
? Adopt a resolution to renew an agreement with Alameda County Library to continue
current operating hours at Union City Library for the upcoming year, starting on July 1, 2018. Budget cuts for the year 2018-2019 may reduce library hours.
? Extend the contract with RBC enterprises for $340,928.05 to provide custodial services
for the city?s facilities. The amount would cover ?full-scope? work instead of the ?reduced scope? work that was established on September 2017 because of budget cuts.
? Approve engineering consultant agreements with Mott MacDonald and CSG consultants.
Both firms would provide engineering support for the City?s Public Works department. The engineer and former Public Works city engineer of San Bruno would fill the vacant city engineer and Public works superintendent positions for Union City until November 15, 2018.

Public Hearings:
? Conduct a public hearing to adopt a resolution with intent to award a commercial permit
to Jiva Life for a medical cannabis dispensary. There was a public hearing on April 24 for the same purpose but parking and other concerns were raised. City staff presented a parking study that concluded there will still be plenty of vacant spots during Jiva Life?s busiest hour. Jiva Life said they chose to have air monitoring equipment to make sure there won?t be any odor coming from the business. They have also shared security will make sure patients don?t stay around the business to smoke. Opponents of the business say they are concerned about the possible selling of marijuana to minors by adults who have a medical cannabis card, how cannabis can lead to harder drugs, and traffic. PASSED 4-1 (Nay, Singh)

Public Comments:
? Resident shared how certain businesses should follow the city?s noise ordinance.

City Reports:
? Staff shared a report on the city?s revenue. On July 24 the council will decide if they will
put the cannabis business tax and the property transfer tax on the November ballot. Both taxes would generate revenue for the city. If the taxes don?t get on the ballot there will be severe city cuts. Recommended program and service cuts include traffic complaints, DUI checkpoints, elimination of the school resource officer, reduction in hours for community recreation centers, counseling, and crisis intervention centers.
? Human Relations Commission presented revisions to the Make A Difference in the
Community award guidelines. Award goes to someone who has helped the community in a big way, made the city a better place to live, and has made a future impact on residents. Revisions include notification of the nominees to all city departments and presentation of the award during a council meeting.

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci Aye
Vice Mayor Lorrin Ellis Aye
Emily Duncan Aye
Pat Gacoscos Aye
Gary Singh Aye, 1 Nay

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