Friday, January 20, 2017

Union City CityWorks Bootcamp: Housing & Jobs, Traffic, Parks & Public Safety


Learn bootcamp-style about current issues impacting you


Photo of duck flying over pond in Union City, California

Release Date: 01/20/2017

Get Informed, Get Inspired at Union City's CityWorks Bootcamp

Union City invites residents and businesses in town to attend the CityWorks Bootcamp on Saturday, February 25th from 8:30AM to 4:00PM at the Crowne Plaza on Alvarado-Niles Road. The CityWorks Bootcamp is part of a new effort to educate and foster dialogue with the public about issues that affect them the most, like traffic, jobs, housing, parks and public safety.

In previous years, City officials hosted a 9-week program called the City Services Academy to help the public learn about the nuts and bolts of city operations. However, organizers realized the need to modernize and reinvent the City Services Academy to make it more accessible. The new CityWorks Bootcamp requires less of a time commitment and is more tailored to the public’s interest, focusing on issues rather than operations.

City Manager Tony Acosta states, “We are experimenting with a new style of public engagement…one that is consumer-based, more digestible, friendly, and interactive. Thanks to the digital age, we can receive information and news from social media and the web from the comfort of our homes. We see this trend and have invested in growing our digital outreach; however, there is still a lot of benefit in face-to-face engagement. We’re excited to see how our community responds to this new bootcamp.”

Organizers expect participants to leave with a greater knowledge of current issues impacting the community.

The CityWorks Bootcamp is open to all members of the public who live or work in Union City. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register at

Deadline to register is February 15th, or when registration is full.


Contact: Lauren Sugayan / / 510.675.5400

              Finney Burch/ / 510.675.5408


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Thursday, January 19, 2017


Homeownership rates are down across the board, but they're dropping most among millennials, who saw rates plunge from 40 percent in 2006 to 32 percent in 2015.

However, in a few American cities, millennials are bucking the trend, opting to buy over rent, according to a recently released analysis by that looked at homeownership rates among household heads who were less than 35 years old.

Researchers found that in some cities the homeownership rate for millennials is quite high, such as in Elk Grove, Calif. The millennial homeownership rate there was a whopping 60 percent in 2015. That percentage is much higher than other locales that are seeing some of the lowest number of millennials buying at just 11 percent, such as in Orlando, Fla., or Cleveland, Ohio. The Northeast region is also seeing some of the lowest in purchasing from millennials. identified the following 10 cities as where millennials are buying up homes at the fastest rates:

  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Roseville, Calif.
  • Peoria, Ill.
  • Cary, N.C.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Anchorage, Ak.
  • Omaha, Neb.

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Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions — were reported on 933,045 U.S. properties in 2016, down 14 percent from 2015 to the lowest level since 2006, when there were 717,522 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

ATTOM’s year-end foreclosure report is a count of unique properties with a foreclosure filing during the year based on publicly recorded and published foreclosure filings collected in more than 2,500 counties nationwide, with address-level data on more than 23 million foreclosure filings historically also available for license or customized reporting. See full methodology below.

The report also includes new data for December, when there were 85,919 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings, down 1 percent from the previous month and down 17 percent from a year ago — the 15th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity.
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