What's Happenning in Union City October 2016

UCPD Respond To James Logan Fight

Stadium PicLast Friday night, during a James Logan Football game, two groups got into a fight in the snack bar area. Four on-duty UCPD officers were able to break up the fight, but had to call for backup when the crowd surrounded them and became unruly. As officers started to gain control of the situation, school administrators told officers that another fight was happening nearby outside the school grounds. As officers headed out to the second fight, one gunshot was heard coming from the area of Tulane and Syracuse Ave.

Officers attempted to detain one group of individuals running down Tulane. Everyone listened to instructions from officers and stopped running, but one person broke off from the group and fled into a backyard.

Not knowing if the person who ran was armed, officers quickly set up a perimeter. Contra Costa Sheriff's Office sent a helicopter (hopefully this addresses people's questions about a helicopter on Friday night!). Within a minute or two of arriving, those in the helicopter saw someone hiding on top of a shed. Officers entered the yard to apprehend the subject, but he jumped a fence to escape. Fortunately, officers were prepared on the other side of the fence and the 18-year-old former James Logan student was taken into custody for resisting arrest.

Hayward Police responded with a canine to help UCPD officers search for a gun (including in the yard where the subject was hiding), but only a shell casing was located on Tulane. Thankfully, nobody was injured, but it is still unknown at this time if the one shot was fired at a person, into the air, or accidentally.

Measure QQ: Enhancing Public School Safety

Don’t forget to get informed about the upcoming election. After months of community feedback, City Council voted unanimously to place Measure QQ on the November ballot.  Measure QQ is a local measure that, if enacted, will extend existing, voter-approved local funding to maintain and prevent cuts to public safety services in Union City – without raising tax rates. If Measure QQ is not approved by voters, reductions are likely to be made to specialized police services, like school resource officers, traffic officers and community policing officers. To read the City's latest information on Measure QQ, visit: www.unioncity/org/measureqq

Wine! Beer! Pumpkin Patch! Live Music and Dance! It's the Arts and Wine Fest!


Union City’s Arts and Wine Fest is Saturday, October 8, from 11 am to 6 pm! This free and family-friendly event, presented by the Alvarado Historic District Merchants' Association, is a great way to ring in autumn. Here’s your itinerary for Saturday:

  • Sip on wine from Bishop’s Vineyard, Paradox, Fenestra, and Vino Latino while you admire the work of local artists from Tita’s, Oakland’s Inc., Kial Photography, James Logan High School, and more
  • Pair beer from Chaplin’s Sports Bistro, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, and more with munchies from your favorite food trucks, including Mexico Tipico, Kenny’s Heart and Soul, Roll Revolution, Mustache Mike’s and other food vendors from the Farmers’ Market
  • Bring your kids to the pumpkin patch, where they can get their face painted and take a free pumpkin home
  • Get into the groove with entertainment from Record Rocker Solo, Alvarado Elementary School Ballet Folklorico, Trudance, Aztec Dance, Tehani Hula, Latin Expressions, Mas Mojo
  • Drool over the vintage cars showcased by Bay Bombs
  • Enjoy an awesome, leisurely autumn afternoon with your friends, family, and community at this awesome Union City event!

Although there is no entry fee, we recommend bringing cash for the vendors. Parking is available on the street, in the public parking lot at Vallejo and Smith, and at the Alvarado Middle School parking lot. 

Presales for wine and beer tastings: www.ahdfest.org

Wanna be in the room where it happens?

Children on swings at parkPassionate about parks? Care about our community? Join a commission and be in the room where it happens!

Two commissions, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission, are both currently recruiting members to serve and represent the community's best interest. Commissions meet once or twice a month and focus on specific topics (like parks and rec or city planning) and make recommendations to City Council that they think would benefit the community. Think you'd be great at it?

Go to our website to apply or learn more. You must be a Union City resident to apply (sorry, Leslie Odom, Jr.).

Manufacturing Success

Students learn about manufacturing in Union CityOctober 6 is National Manufacturing Day, so Union City partnered up with local manufacturing businesses and James Logan High School to show students how hands-on manufacturing works. Students visited different manufacturing plants in Union City and got to learn about the careers available in this field.

The event was a huge success, and our local businesses were excited to showcase their work to the next generation. Thank you to JLHS and our manufacturers for coming together!

What to do in Union City? Tons!

Mark your calendars - October is going to be a busy month! Here are some activities coming up in Union City:

  • The Arts & Wine Fest is on Saturday, October 8th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
  • We are hosting a Spooky Family Movie Night at Kennedy Community Park on Friday, October 14th from 6 PM - 9 PM. Bring family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs for a spooktacular night of entertainment!
  • Make a Difference Day is on October 22nd. This is a great opportunity to give back to you community and the environment. Check here to find out how you can volunteer!
  • The Running Dead 5k/10k Fun Run (or walk!) is back! It will be held on October 23rd from 9 AM - 12 PM starting at the Civic Center parking lot. Check here for more info.

Plenty of individual, family and group exercises available at the Sports Center. Check them out here.


- Sunil Sethi


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