Union City

Union City is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area in Alameda County,California, United States approximately 30 miles from San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose. Incorporated on January 13, 1959, combining the communities of Alvarado, New Haven, and Decoto, the city has over 71,000 residents today. [4] Alvarado is a California Historical Landmark(#503).[5] The city celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009.



Union City is the location of the American Licorice Company’s West Coast operations, having moved there in 1971 fromSan Francisco.[12]

Union City is home to three major health care providers: a Kaiser Permanente facility, a Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, and Washington Hospital’s Nakamura Clinic.

Union City also has a large number of industrial and shipping companies including R&S Manufacturing, RCD Concrete, Jatco, and EntirelyPets.

Local Shopping

Union Landing Shopping Center is a 33-acre shopping center, adjacent to Interstate 880[13] The mall was completed in 1999 after several of debate on the land once Union city Drive in closed .[14] One year later, a nearby Target shopping center was built near Hayward/Union city border near Interstate 880 on Whipple Road, with Home Depot and Circuit City around.

Top employers

According to Union City’s June 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Southern Wine & Spirits 1,150
2 New Haven Unified School District 998
3 Wal-Mart 780
4 Axygen Scientific, Inc 370
5 Abaxis, Inc 370
6 Kaiser Permanante 330
7 City of Union City 322
8 Ajax Custom Manufacturing 300
9 OSI, Inc. 300
10 Blommer Chocolate, Inc. 290


New Haven Unified School District serves 12,873 students from the cities of Union City and Hayward(south)The district consists of seven(K-5)elementary schools, two (6-8) middle schools,one comprehensive high school James Logan High School and adult school/ K-12 independent study at former Decoto school .[16] In 2015, the New Haven Unified School District will renam Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in honor of Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong in September 2015[17][18][19][20]

Cornerstone International College, located at 725 Whipple Rd., is the first post-secondary institution established in Union City.

Purple Lotus Buddhist School is a K-12 school in Union City.

[21] Union City lies within the Ohlone Community College District and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District . [22]


Several transit systems service Union City. AC Transit, the Dumbarton Express, and the city’s own Union City Transit which started in 1974 runs 9 bus lines throughout Union City and parts of Hayward.[23] The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail system came to Union City when the system opened in 1972.In 2007 the Union City Bart station was rebuilt and developed into Union City Intermodal Transit Station a second entrance planned to open in late 2016 that will provide future connections to Multimodal trains . Union City is also served by a network of high-capacity streets, with 4 exits on Interstate 880 (Nimitz Freeway) and Highway 238 also serves the city.(Mission Boulevard)

Station downtown district

Main article: Union City Intermodal Transit Station

Union City has invested $100 million into an expansion of the downtown district, including development surrounding the existing BART station, which is itself under construction to link BART with passenger rail services: Capitol Corridor, Dumbarton Rail and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE). The city expects the project will add jobs and revenue.[24]


Union City runs a council–manager government,The City Council consists of five representatives, the Mayor and four Council members, each elected city-wide (no district elections).Mayor and elected Councilmembers serve a 4-year term, with a full 3-term limit.Carol Dutra-Vernaci is first female Mayor of Union City she took office on December 11, 2012.The two story William Cann Memorial Civic Center built in 1970 houses the City hall,Police Station headquarters and a separate Alameda County Branch Library building, located at the corner of Alvarado-Niles Road and Royal Ann Drive .


Union City, Fremont, Newark (the Tri-Cities) has a daily newspaper called The Argus, which is part of the Bay Area News Group of newspapers.Union City Patch also serves the community and is part of the Patch.com a network community news websites that provide residents and visitors city news.

Cultural landmarks

Site of the first county courthouse
First courthouse in Alameda.jpg
The center, two-story building, is the original courthouse
Location 30977 Union City Blvd., Union City, California
Coordinates 37.596667°N 122.0811°W
California Historical Landmark
Reference no. 503[5]

The Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial is in Sugar Mill Landing Park. It was the first monument completed in the United States which was designed specifically to honor the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco, but was hijacked and crashed in rural Pennsylvania onSeptember 11, 2001.[25] The first sugar beet factory in the United States was located in Union City, called the California Beet Sugar Company.[5]

The Eden Landing Ecological Reserve is located at the bay shore of Union City and Hayward. Periodic waterfowl hunting is permitted.

Site of the first county courthouse

Alameda County’s first courthouse was located in Union City, starting on June 6, 1853. The original courthouse was a two-story wooden building that was originally a mercantile that included a post office.[5][26] It was built by A.M. Church and Henry C. Smith. In 1865 the county seat was moved to San Leandro.[5] With the widening of Union City Blvd., the original site has since been paved over.[27] The site is listed on the California Historical Landmarkslist.[5]

Masonic homes

Masonic Homes, a senior living community, has as its centerpiece a large brick building, built in the 1930s, visible from Mission Boulevard.[28] The building was identified as a significant historic property in the 1974 Historic Resource Inventory of Washington Township.[29]


Climate data for Union City, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 58
Average low °F (°C) 42
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.95
Source: The Weather Channel[30]

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