Council Agenda: THS student street parking & city financial controls
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This is the preliminary agenda for the regular meeting of the Tracy City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive.

Discussion items

• Public hearing to consider the allocation of Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Program funds for fiscal year 2014-15

• Authorize the establishment of preferential parking on 12th Street and Berverdor Avenue between Mae Avenue and East Street as pilot program

• Accept a report regarding the city’s financial controls and reporting practices

• Consider a request by the City Council to discuss complaints by Brian Van Lehn regarding concerns about noise from the Leprino Foods processing plant at 2401 N. MacArthur Drive.

Consent calendar

• Accept the Sidewalk Repair Fiscal Year 2013-1414: Phase 1A and 11th Street sidewalk improvement, completed by Extreme Excavation of Tracy

• Approve professional services agreements with TJKM Transportation Consultants, West Yost and Associates, Storm Water Consulting Inc., CH2MHill and Harris and Associates for completion of various technical analyses related to the industrial development of Interstate 205 parcels

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tommybahamaisahater
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March 06, 2014
When the Mountain House high school is built with a parking garage, I will move there. Either that or send my children off to boarding school.

Will the TUSD bond help fund a parking lot?
rosa62
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March 05, 2014
I am curious about where Mr. Gumfudgen has been for the past two days? It's clear the people have spoken in regard to Churchill.

I wonder how he likes the taste of humble pie?
bobrod
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March 05, 2014
Rosa, I really doesn't matter does it? He is just like everyone else.
rosa62
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March 05, 2014
You're right bobrod.
bobrod
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March 05, 2014
It is a crying shame to censor comment for the article. If I was able to comment, I would also comment on the group of Tracy High students who got up in front of city counsel, presented a valid case, presented themselves in a respectful manner in an attempt to work out the parking issue at their high school. These students should be proud of their part in bringing the issue to the meeting and should be commended for it. It's always a shame when young people are not give credit for acomplishments. Oh well, it's not their fault the TP put special relationships with city hall before their efforts. Kudos to all the students who spoke, and thank you for a job well done. I didn't get their names, but they know who they are.
PublicCitizen
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March 05, 2014
Way to go Tracy Press by not allowing any comments on Churchill's firing. I guess you don't want to hear what the public really thinks.

Restricting public comments because you know they will not be in lock step with your opinion, is the same as restricting freedom of speech in my opinion.

Welcome to the new world people.
tracyresdnt
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March 05, 2014
Agreed! I thought my computer wasn't working correctly, but checked to see that other articles could be commented on. Can't believe they've restricted comments!!! wtf?
tracyresdnt
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March 05, 2014
Agreed! I thought my computer wasn't working correctly, but checked to see that other articles could be commented on. Can't believe they've restricted comments!!! wtf?
bobrod
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March 05, 2014
PC-It's obvious why they blocked comment. Its a conflict of interest when they publicly supported the city manager in the "Leave Churchill alone" article written by the editorial staff. It's also difficult to eat humble pie without teeth.
rosa62
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March 05, 2014
In my humble opinion; I think the TP is restricting access to public comments regarding Churchill's firing because they can't believe Mayor Ives and Councilman Maciel were over ridden in their support for Churchill.

Yes they both voted to terminate him but that was only after they realized they couldn't protect him anymore. They should have fired him after his first indiscretion with the city credit card. How can a City Manager clearly violate a city policy, multiple times, and then have the gall to think he should not be punished to the full extent of the policy.

It was clear from the start of this there was no way for Ives and Maciel to save face and they obviously couldn't bully one of the other Council People to be their third vote to keep Churchill.

Way to go Councilperson's Mann, Young and Rickman. Way to stand your ground and look out for the best interests of the citizens and taxpayers of Tracy.
bobrod
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March 05, 2014
Rosa, I agree. All one would have to do is compare the names on the Grand theater list to the TP staff list. Follow the $$$, and you will see the connection.
rosa62
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March 02, 2014
"The Tracy City Council will discuss whether to take up the issue of restoring faith in city government during its next regular meeting March 4."

So where is Councilman Maciel's item requesting a discussion about restoring faith in city government? Apparently we can't even trust city government enough to put an item on the agenda that was requested by a City Councilman during an open meeting.

It seems to me like this is a good example of why the City Council and City Staff are not trusted by the public. You can't even depend on them to follow through on something they asked for, how can we count on them to look out for our best interests?

rosa62
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March 02, 2014
Here is the web url for the March 4th Agenda Mr. Gumfudgen. Just in case you want to try discredit what I said in my comment.

http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/documents/20140304_Regular_Agenda.pdf
Tracyite4life
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March 03, 2014
You do know they have to decide whether they want to put it on an agenda before it goes on agenda, right? They call it a two step process ... talk about whether they can talk about it first. that's the part that's this week. please do research before indignation.

*sigh*

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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March 02, 2014
"Consider a request by the City Council to discuss complaints by Brian Van Lehn regarding concerns about noise from the Leprino Foods processing plant at 2401 N. MacArthur Drive."

Sorry Brian, Leprino was thair long before any of th surroundin houses were. If ya got a problem with th noise ya shouldn't have moved thair.

Note: Not just ignorin yer plight. Quite th contrary, I'd say th same thang about anyone livin adjacent ta th airport, th flyin box, th rail road tracks all over th place, an any of th other "noise" sources that were thair long before any of th residential housin encroached on em.

In short, don't expect me an th rest of th taxpayers in th community ta pay fer yer oversight when ya purchased yer property. It's yer mess ya made so rightfully ya should bear all th expense ta make it right. If that means ya gotta move, well it's been nice knowin ya.

Believe it or not we got people who moved in adjacent ta pre existin schools an complain about th noise th children make when thair in attendance.

Sorry ta upset someone's delicate sensitivities but th truth is th truth an sometimes it's hard ta swallow. Deal with it!

rosa62
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March 02, 2014
"Sorry ta upset someone's delicate sensitivities but th truth is th truth an sometimes it's hard ta swallow. Deal with it!"

Mr. Gumfudgen, it sounds like you should take some of your own advice regarding the truth surrounding Churchill's theft of taxpayer funds.

victor_jm
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March 02, 2014
We don't know whether the noise affecting Brian has always been present at Leprino. To simply say something was here first doesn't give this "something" the "right" to operate as they please.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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March 03, 2014
Rosa

An ya probably insist that all th woes affectin America taday are Bush's fault.

First of all, Leprino factually was their before th housin encroached on it. But I suppose that's th City's fault at th planning/permit stage fer allowin them houses ta be built so close ta Leprino.

Second, it's an established fact that people move adjacent ta schools an then complain about th noise frum th children in th playground.

With Leon, even with his public confession, ya still haven't established a fact that th issue wasn't dealt with correctly because th only way that can be legally done is ta take it ta th State Attorney General an have her decide on th matter.

You deal with supposed facts gleaned from your reality, which seems ta be very narrow ta me.

I deal with th facts as they ae legally determined by our society before makin any type of judgment about what needs ta be done.

If you have th facts, use th legal process ta bring em ta light a take em ta th State Attorney General.

Th noise issues of Leprino are long standin an have been scrutinized by th courts. If they have additional noise, yes, do something about it. If not, it's a moot point an my statement stands.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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March 03, 2014
victor,

I do agree. But I highly doubt thair's any increase in th noise their. Could be wrong, Leprino ain't above th law anymore than anyone else. That bein said though, their has been a long string of noise complaints against Leprino frum th neighborin community of houses just across th tracks frum Leprino an since that effort has been tried an failed many times before at this time I don't believe thair's much interest in "studyin" th matter any further.

Or do you not remember th monies th City spent ta research th matter with onsite testin of sound levels?

As we frequently see in these comment sections, complainers abound and, as we see, their complaints are usually without any merit.
rosa62
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March 05, 2014
"With Leon, even with his public confession, ya still haven't established a fact that th issue wasn't dealt with correctly because th only way that can be legally done is ta take it ta th State Attorney General an have her decide on th matter."

"You deal with supposed facts gleaned from your reality, which seems ta be very narrow ta me."

Mr. Gumfudgen it looks like you were wrong. We The People are the ones who are dealing with the facts and that is apparent from the unanimous City Council action early this morning.

Apparently, Mayor Ives and Councilman Maciel caved to the pressure created by those who are willing to voice their opinions both here and at the City Council meeting. It is nice to know, however, that the will of the people is still being represented by three City Councilpersons; Mann, Young and Rickman.
victor_jm
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March 06, 2014
Ornley,

I understand about the Leprino noise. I am an advocate of green belts. I think there ought to be green belts around all future cities; I think cities ought to restrict their populations to one-hundred thousand; but I also understand why some of these provisions or restrictions would be problematic. I suppose I detest high-density living, though I understand many people enjoy it and experience personal validation with it. But I never lose sight of the fact we--humans--decide which arrangements will mediate our lives.

Many of our cultural memes are accepted without counter-cultural thought. I enjoy examining the cultural constructs we seem to accept because we are sleepwalking. In spite of the politician's balderdash, we aren't as smart as we think we are--and politicians know this.

Rosa's "humble pie" comment was an example of our confusion and ignorance about what is really going on.



Ornley_Gumfudgen
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March 02, 2014
"Authorize the establishment of preferential parking on 12th Street and Berverdor Avenue between Mae Avenue and East Street as pilot program"

Residential preferred parking by permit only?

That's what it should be cus student parkin is a school board related issue an not th issue fer th City ta deal with.

If they need additional on-campus parkin, why not th disused ag areas that could be utilized fer parkin?

Gettin a little tired of th district foistin th problems onta th back of th City ta recon with an pay fer. It's a school district problem, let them solve it.

me-here
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March 04, 2014
Why should every highschool student have a right to drive to school. Just because "times have changed" doesn't mean they are entitled.


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