G-d bless us all

This one goes out to the folks who malign The Arugs for supposedly being chummy with the cities it covers. It’s the TCV’s coverage of the second coming … oops I mean Union City’s 50th birthday parade.

God Bless America, God Bless Union City

By Simon Wong
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Union City displayed all that is good about America on May 16. The City’s 50th Anniversary Parade, the Classic Car Show at Charles F. Kennedy Park and the 16th Annual Asian-American Heritage Festival, an affiliated event sponsored by the Asian American Federation of California, were celebrations of civic pride, diversity and unity.

UC50 Chair Helen Kennedy and her team of volunteers have donated countless hours to plan the year’s calendar of 50th Anniversary events, backed by sponsors and donors who pledged their support more two years ago and honored them despite the subsequent economic downturn. They brought the City’s community, neighbors and friends together.

The Parade, which seemed to be over so quickly, lasted for 90 minutes. The Island Thunder Motorcycle Club opened proceedings as they roared past the review stand occupied by City Manager Larry Cheeves and Deputy City Manager and Leisure Services Director Tony Acosta, the event’s announcers.


Dead Infant Found in Union City Dumpster

By Ben Aguirre Jr.

Staff Writer

UNION CITY — The body of an newborn was found inside a dumpster at an apartment complex late Monday by a person who was digging through the trash for recyclables, Lt. Ben Horner said.

The body was discovered about 8:40 p.m. at the Parkside Apartments on Decoto Road, and a citizen immediaterly called police. When officers arrived, they could see that there was a dead baby in the trash, but they were not immediately able to tell if it was a boy or a girl, Horner said.

“It was not in a position where we could tell its gender,” the lieutenant said.

By 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, authorities were still at the complex waiting for the coroner to arrive and remove the body.

The deceased newborn is the second dead baby found in a trash can in the Tri-City Area in the last three years.

In January 2006, a boy less than five days old was discovered dead inside a trash can outside a Jack In The Box restaurant in Newark.

Horner said he cannot recall another case in Union City where a dead baby was found in the garbage.

“I’ve worked here for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, speaking about the type of case. He aknowledged that he personally did not see the baby.




Union City plant sued

Union International Food Co., the spice manufacturing and packaging plant whose black and white pepper products have been linked to 60 salmonella cases in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, is being sued by a So Cal man.

David Navarrette, of San Pedro, is suing the Union City plant for negligence and claims in the lawsuit that the company did not fulfill its “duty to take reasonable measures” to protect consumers. Specifically, the company failed to monitor adequately the safety and sanitary conditions of its premises and to follow federal guidelines, among other allegations cited in the suit.

The company has recalled many of its spices, sauces and oils. More info can be found on the state’s health department Web site.

To view the lawsuit, click here.


Spice recall update

Here’s an update on the voluntary recall of white and black peppers and other spices packaged by Union International Food Co. in Union City. The first blog entry was posted Monday.

In addition to the “Lian How” brand, health officials are warning consumers not to eat spices packaged under the “Uncle Chen” label, which were sold to retail stores. Four supermarkets in the Tri-City area have been identified as receiving the spices. For the full list, click here.

For a list of restaurants that purchased spices from the Union City plant, click here. Twenty-seven Tri-City restaurants made the list.

For updates, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Web site.


RECALL: Spices from Union City plant

Health officials are warning people people not to eat spices manufactured by Union International Food Company, a plant based in Union City.

White and black pepper products made by the company have been linked to Salmonella poisoning, affecting 42 people in four states, including 33 in California. Many who became ill had eaten at Asian resataurants that used the peppers, according to various media reports. No deaths have been reported.

For more details from the California Department of Public Health and a list of the voluntarily recalled products, click here.

I’m working on a follow-up article, hopefully for tomorrow’s paper.


Union City cops receive thanks; host tip-a-cop event for Special Olympics

Got a bit of information worth passing on:

1: A woman walked up to a member of the Union City Police Department’s community oriented policing unit in the last day or two and gave them a card, a token of appreciation for all law enforcement officers in light of the killings in Oakland over the weekend. The card is now being shown to officers at the police department.  According to a different officer, others in the community have been verbally showing their appreciation over the last few days.

2: Police are hosting a tip-a-cop event at Applebees from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Match 24) to benefit the Special Olympics of Northern California. Applebees is located at 30980 Dyer St.


Jailed pastor may be from Union City

Our company has an online story about the Rev. Walter Hoye deciding today to spend a month in jail. Hoye, a Berkeley pastor, became the first person convicted of violating an Oakland law to prevent anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients visiting clinics.

Hoye is a Union City resident, according to other media reports.


(No) tax break for Stark?

A number of news organizations have reported that Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, had received a tax break for his Maryland home the past two years, but it turns out he may be ineligible.

To qualify, a person must live in Maryland at least six months of the year, own a Maryland driver’s license, be registered to vote there and file Maryland state taxes.

Although Stark lives in Maryland most of the year, he has a California license and votes in California. The congressman, a senior member of the House’s tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, has told reporters that he was not aware that he might not be eligible for the tax break.

To read the full story, click here. Stark is quoted in the story as saying he guesses he’ll find out this weekend how his constituents feel about this. He’s scheduled to hold three town hall meetings in Alameda County on Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

* 9-10 a.m.: Council Chamber at City Hall, 37101 Newark Blvd., Newark

* 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Adult School auditorium, 820 Bockman Road, San Lorenzo

* Noon to 1 p.m.: Earhart Elementary School multipurpose room, 400 Packet Landing Road, Alameda.



Want to know who’s donated to President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural event?

Usua Amanam, who’s listed as coming from both Fremont and Union City, has donated a total of $550.

Another Fremont donor, Kofi Tawiah, has contributed $250.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has a Web page listing all donors who have given at least $200. Top donors forked over $50K. Click here to check out the site.