Joining a commission is a great way to get involved with your community. At the end of each year, the City Clerk prepares and posts a list of expiring appointed terms for the coming year, the names of incumbents, and the dates of their appointment. The following is a list for 2016: 

Current Commissions

  1. Human Relations
  2. Park and Recreation
  3. Planning
  4. Public Art Board
  5. Senior Citizens

  • Subru Bhat, Commissioner - Email
  • Jaime Patiño, Commissioner - Email
  • Shamsa Rafay Masood, Commissioner - Email
  • Derrick Richardson, Commissioner - Email
  • Medha Rishi, Alternate Commissioner - Email
  • Nico Tuason, Commissioner - Email
  • Michele Wms-Smith, Commissioner - Email
  • Ann Yap, Commissioner - Email

Current Openings and Recruitment

The City is currently recruiting for upcoming vacancies and term expirations on the Human Relations Commission, Park and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Public Art Board, and Senior Citizens Commission.

Human Relations Commission – Full Seat (2)

The Human Relations Commission consists of seven (7) members whose purpose is to help create an environment in which the human rights of every citizen may live, learn, work and play in harmony and brotherhood, promote people-to-people programs within the Sister Cities, and actively encourage participation of citizens and community organizations in projects involving international friendship and understanding in which each person may realize the highest potential unhampered by discrimination. The Human Relations Commission meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. 

Park and Recreation Commission - Full Seat (1)

The Parks and Recreation Commission helps create a recreation program which will promote physical fitness and stimulate interest in the fine arts, namely: literature, music, dance, drama, painting and sculpture. The Park and Recreation Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Planning Commission – Full Seat (3) and Alternate Seat (1)

The Planning Commission consists of five (5) members whose purpose is to serve as an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to City growth and development, promotes public interest in planning, and encourages citizen participation in the formulation of the General Plan. The Planning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Public Art Board - Artist Position (3) and Citizen-at-Large (1)

The Public Art Board reviews and advises the City Council, City staff, and project applicants on proposed public art installations within Union City. The Public Art Board is also working closely with City staff on implementation of a citywide mural program.

The Public Art Board consists of five members including one resident citizen-at-large position, one resident youth position aged sixteen to twenty-four years, and three artist positions. All members of the Board are required to be residents of the City, except for the artist-members, who shall be either a City resident or who shall operate a studio within the City. Public Art Board members are appointed for a four-year term and may serve for three (3) consecutive terms. The Public Art Board meets on an as-needed basis. Meetings are typically held on weekday evenings beginning at 5:00 pm.

Senior Citizens Commission – Full Seat (1)

The Senior Citizen Commission consists of seven (7) members whose purpose is to help create and maintain a social environment in which all senior citizens can live in an independent, healthful and productive manner. The City recognizes the role that older adults can play in finding meaningful and creative solutions to the problems of the elderly, and values the contributions that they can make to the community at large. The Senior Citizens Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all Boards, Commissions, and Committees and will remain valid 1 year from the date of submission. If you are a resident of the City of Union City and would like to apply for a position on a City board, commission or committee, download the appropriate application, complete the application, print and return it to the City Clerk's office:

Office of the City Clerk
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587

Phone: 510.675.5348

The City Clerk's office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. City Hall is closed every other Friday.