Union City got its first Filipina City Council member — the latest in a series of firsts for the body.
Filipino-American Pat Gacoscos, a longtime community advocate and city leader, was sworn in as the first Filipina on the City Council.

Gacoscos replaces Manny Fernandez, the first Filipino to be elected to the body (and in Alameda County as a whole) — and perhaps the longest-serving Filipino on any City Council on the American mainland — who was termed out last year, reports Cherie Querol Moreno of the Philippine News.

Gacoscos joins Vice Mayor Jim Navarro, also Filipino-American, whose term expires in 2012. Emily Duncan, the first African-American woman on the council, and Lorrin Ellis complete the body. Filipino voters make up 13 percent of the city's 28,765 registered voters.