Union City briefs | City gets money for more bus shelters, New Haven Unified searches for new boardmember

Bus shelters by James Logan High School

Union City receives almost $400K to expand bus shelters

Union City is set to get more bus shelters.

On Monday, Oct. 9, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the UC Transit bus shelter expansion project was one of 60 projects to receive a Clean California grant, with a collective $114.5 million in grants intended to remove litter, beautify and transform public spaces distributed throughout the state. Union City received $396,818.

The Clean California initiative, launched in July 2021, is primarily focused on reducing litter, but also funds projects that have goals like enhancing transit stations and bus stops, building micromobility infrastructure and protecting vulnerable populations.

New Haven Unified school board accepting applications

The New Haven Unified School District is losing one of the members of its Board of Education at the end of October and is working on appointing someone new.

Boardmember Mel Shuen-Mallory is set to officially resign on Oct. 31 because of a relocation. The board has 60 days to fill the vacancy from the official resignation date, but the board chose to move swiftly, with hopes of interviewing candidates by early November.

At its meeting Oct. 3, the board decided it will screen candidates before the end of October.

Members of the school board are responsible for setting local policies, approving the budget and evaluating the performance of the superintendent, among other things.

If you are interested in applying, you can fill out an application here.

Rental fees to change for New Haven Unified school facilities

If you rent facilities from New Have Unified School District, you may be paying different fees soon.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, the Board of Education is set to hold a public hearing on its move toward four different fee structures based on whether the facility is being rented out to a school program, school partner, a nonprofit or a business.

Businesses will be expected to pay the most of the three groups because market-rate fees include utilities. The other groups are not expected to be charged for utilities.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Annette Heldman, chief business officer, showed the board a chart illustrating how facilities use dropped dramatically after the start of the pandemic, resulting in similarly dramatic drops in revenue. Facilities’ revenue has recovered some since then, but it hasn’t bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

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