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March 2, 2004 > Council Meeting, City of Union City

Council Meeting, City of Union City

February 24, 2004

Minutes from the January 27 and February 10 meetings were approved. During Oral Communications, Lonny Amaya, spoke against the election of Union City Police Officer Woodward as the new President of the Union City Police Officers Association.

Concerns were voiced about wasteful practices of the city without securing additional revenue. The public's main concern was the cost of safety at Union Landing.

The Treasurer of Citizens for Yes on K reminded the council and public that Union City that Measure K was vital in order to maintain current levels of police, fire departments and paramedic service in Union City.

City staff organized several community meetings to discuss problems in the Contempo neighborhood which fell into four categories: social, physical, governance, and management. Problems range from theft and vandalism to litter, poor parking, inconsistent landscaping and reduced police presence. Staff requested six months to formulate a plan with input from the Contempo Home Owner's Association. Dave Larson, General Council for the board of Contempo Homeowners, said that the board of directors was willing to work in partnership with the city to fix the problems in Contempo. Public comment raised further concerns and some praise for the area. The President of the Contempo Homeowners Association pointed out that the community was already trying to better itself with newsletters and communications adding "these aren't just little blocks on a map; this is where people live and die."

Staff recommended continuing to March 23 a hearing regarding cost recovery for demolition of an abandoned bowling alley at 14 Union Square. Passed.

Motion to issue ABAG finance authority for nonprofit corporations insured revenue bonds (Elder Care Alliance of Union City). No fiscal impact on city. Passed.

Motion to provide $150,000 adjustment in housing funds, a result of a need and demand for senior housing paid with redevelopment funds. Passed.

Motion to Amend the Zoning Text to modify the CLU (Union Landing Commercial) zoning district to conditionally permit medical and dental uses in stand alone buildings. Passed.

Report on Union City's Crisis Intervention Counseling Program established in 1999 to strengthen families in crisis and prevent juvenile crime. It was established as a result of the Woodward/Amaya incident. Program supervisor, Patricia Abadesco described the goals as crisis counseling, death notification, witness counseling, and emotional support. The program has provided 3,286 counseling services. A number of community members who have been helped by the program told their stories. Abadesco closed by saying "Everybody deals with grief and death in a different way. Our job is to make sure families have the resources."

The Amaya family raised concerns that the program was not fulfilling its initial intent - that it is supposed prevent crisis situations, not cope with them after the fact. Chief Ulibarri said that it was never the intent of the program to hire police as crisis intervention counselors, and that they would never send counselors into harms way. There are 12 hostage negotiators these situations.

A resolution to support Measure A was passed.

Passed a resolution of the City Council of Union City and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of authorized the city manager to sign a cooperative agreement between the City of Union City, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Union City, and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District for the implementation of the Union City intermodal station district phase 1 project.

 
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