Union City Public Safety Funding

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Local Funding for Local Public Safety

For nearly 16 years, local voters have supported a dedicated source of local funding to keep Union City safe. These local funds have addressed local needs by keeping police patrolling the streets, ensuring fast response time to 911 calls, and supporting youth violence prevention programs.

Public Safety Funding Set to Expire

Over $4 million in annual funding dedicated to public safety and youth violence prevention in Union City is set to automatically expire next year unless renewed by voters. The potential loss in funding would be on top of recent cuts to public safety services resulting from the City’s ongoing structural deficit. Some examples of these cuts are:

  • Millions have already been cut from the Union City Police Department
  • At times, only four on-duty police officers are patrolling our City of about 75,000 residents
  • Recently, City Council voted to close the fire station that receives the fewest calls for service

Expiration of these funds would result in further reductions to the number of on-duty firefighters, paramedics and slower emergency response times.

Renewing Public Safety Funding

To prevent further cuts to public safety services in Union City, the City Council is considering placing a measure on the March 3, 2020 Primary Election ballot to renew the local public safety funding set to expire next year. Funds from this measure would continue to be used to:

  • Preserve rapid 911 emergency response and disaster preparedness
  • Maintain school safety programs
  • Continue youth violence prevention and gang intervention programs
  • Maintain neighborhood police patrols
  • Prevent additional fire station closures and reduction in on-duty firefighters and paramedics

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For More Information

Contact Lauren Sugayan, Communications Manager, at 510-675-5327 or email: LaurenS@unioncity.org

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