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November 30, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

November 23, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
Union City Climate Protection Task Force honored for its efforts to fight climate change.

Captain Kevin C. Finnerty honored upon his retirement from the Union City Police Department.

Consent Calendar
Approved zoning text amendments for the 11th Street Mixed-Use Development project to address various issues including permitted uses, residential densities and the site area per dwelling unit.

Modified smoking and tobacco regulations concerning business licenses and regulations for tobacco retailers. The amendments address changes in the smoke-free outdoor air and housing policy areas and retail license requirements. It will cost $15,000 to bring parks and recreation areas into compliance.

Accepted and appropriated a grant from the Kaiser community Foundation for $18,000 for Youth Services.

Approved an updated Union City Vehicle and Municipal Code fine schedule to implement California state surcharges. State mandated surcharges on all parking citations will be $12.50 as of December 7, 2010. The city's increase of $3 per parking citation will meet the amount being taken by the state.

Accepted a report on traffic data for residential collector streets: accident rates on Royal Ann Drive are relatively low when compared to other road segments in the city.

Approved a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to provide $353M of financial support to close funding gaps for Regional Measure 2 projects.

Public Hearings
Amended municipal code to implement the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) "Unified Program" and consolidate hazardous materials regulations.

Updated the General Plan Housing Element.

City Manager Reports
Consideration of Top Grade Construction and US Pipe's proposal to establish a recycling facility at 1295 Whipple Road. Item moved to next meeting.

Approved FY 2010-11 first quarter report for July 1 through September 30, 2010. General Fund revenues are slightly lower than expected but expenditures are within budget.

Amended contract between the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) to provide 2 percent at age 60 Full Formula for miscellaneous members and 3 percent at age 55 Full Formula for safety members. A two-tier retirement formula was adopted for employees hired following the adoption of this ordinance. Immediate fiscal impact is unknown but the city will experience savings over time.

Approved informational report on passage of Measure AA, half-cent sales tax increase and considerations for evaluation and uses for the additional revenue.

Approved informational report on the Union City Farmer's Market and summer concert series.

Items referred By Council
Vice Mayor Valle noted that the library was making a number of improvements to its infrastructure as well as its terrace.

Mayor Green has been appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and will begin as of February.

Both Richard Valle and Carol Dutra-Vernaci commented on the automated phone menu that has replaced the Police Department Office Specialist. "Dispatch" is not one of the options. City Manager Larry Cheeves pointed out that pressing 1 will reach the dispatcher. UCPD has been asked to change its unclear instructions.

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

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