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January 20, 2010 > City of Union City

City of Union City

January 12, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
Police canine Axl honored upon his retirement from Union City Police Department.

Consent Calendar
Authorized sale of police canine Axl to his handler for a $1.

Accepted and appropriated Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) Program funds from state Housing and Community Development Department. Funds must be spent within three years on financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and to quickly re-house and stabilize the homeless. Program funds are targeted at individuals and families who would be homeless without this assistance. No fiscal impact.

Accepted and appropriated grant award of $72,250 from FIRST 5 Alameda County Grants Initiative for Jan 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2011. The City will fund 10 neighborhood play groups in three languages (Spanish, Chinese and Hindi), parent-education classes and literacy events to prepare children for kindergarten. No fiscal impact.

Authorized City Manager to execute an agreement with the County of Alameda for HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funds. In 2009, Alameda County applied for $11M from HUD's program on behalf of a consortium of jurisdictions, including Union City, within the County. Funds will enable cities to acquire foreclosed properties for use as affordable housing. No cost to the city.

Authorized sole source agreement with Hilton, Farnkopf & Hobson LLC to conduct, prepare and evaluate recommendations for annual rate reviews for Allied Waste Services and Tri-CED Development Corporation for Jul 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2011. Staff and HFH do not expect to exceed the agreement's limit of $86,453. The amount allows for contingencies.

Public Hearings
Amended and added sections to the Municipal Code relating to vehicles and traffic. Parking fees were set, permits established and paid-parking hours created on specified streets and around the Station District. No fiscal impact.

Introduced ordinance for zoning text amendment to regulate distribution of tobacco products and establishment of cigarette/tobacco retail stores and drug paraphernalia establishments/head shops in response to Council direction under an existing moratorium. Staff also included draft language restricting tobacco distribution within 1,000 ft of "sensitive uses" for Council's consideration as suggested by Senator Padilla. No fiscal impact.

Approved site development review for construction of a 17,400 sq ft building on a vacant pad at 31300 Courthouse Drive, Union Landing Shopping Center. Site development approval granted in 2008 will expire on Jan 22, 2010. Pappas Investment LP's re-submittal was granted with additional conditions. The applicant stated that construction will begin July 2010. No fiscal impact.

Authorized annexation of Acacia Creek to a community facilities district and levy of a special tax payable by qualified electors; called a special election and submitted propositions to voters (Acacia Creek) re. special taxes and an appropriations limit; make certain findings certify election results and add property to CFD 2006-01. Acacia Creek will consist of 150 high-density, multi-family residential units and two duplex units by Masonic Homes.

City Manager Reports
Authorized City Manager to terminate the Southern Alameda County Geographical Information Systems Authority (SACGIS) agreement. The GIS workgroup recommends use of CityGIS which meets the City's functional needs. The annual CityGIS subscription is $33,588, $11,883 less than the average cost of SACGIS.

Reported public opinion polling conducted in Nov 2009 for a potential 2010 utility user tax, revenue-enhancement measure and discussed. The study examined support for a potential UUT and tax rate that would be affordable. Any fiscal impact will depend on fiscal demands. More detailed projections will be made based on Council's feedback and direction. According to the staff report for this item, UUT revenue is "... funding that cannot be stolen by the State." Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Vital Services, a coalition supporting the closure of loopholes to prevent the state from appropriating local funds thought to be safe, hope to place a measure on the Nov 2010 ballot that so that such funds remain local.

Discussed redevelopment property bounded by D, E and 2nd Streets and Mission Blvd. Six community members spoke in support of a youth center at the location. Councilmember Dutra-Vernaci noted the RDA has no funds to support the rezoning process and suggested it be delayed. Council agreed to postpone a decision and consider alternative sites.

Redevelopment Agency
Approved $30M tax allocation bond issue for 2010 by the Redevelopment Agency, City of Union City and the Public Financing Authority. Proceeds will be fund construction of 155 affordable housing units by Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition and preliminary architecture and engineering for the BART Phase 2 project. Net fiscal impact: addition of approximately $16M to Project Funds and $4M to Housing Funds with debt repayment over 25 years.

Oral Communications
Sets Amann, League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City, invited Council and the public to a forum on amendments to the California Constitution from 7-9 p.m. at the Fremont Bank Community Conference Center, Ohlone College, Newark, on January 25.

Mayor Mark Green-Yes
Vice Mayor Richard Valle -Yes
Carol Dutra-Vernaci -Yes
Manny Fernandez-Yes
Jim Navarro-Yes

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