Twice-Told Tales: Costco opens 10 years ago
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Jim Sinegal, the president and CEO of Costco, was on hand for the opening of the Costco store off Grant Line Road. Scores of Tracyites toured the 148,000-square-foot facility.

Services have been conducted for Anthony C. “Tony” Traina, 79, a retired Carbona-area orchardist and longtime trustee of the Jefferson School District. (Traina School is named for him.)

County supervisors have set Dec. 17 as the date of a special election for voters within the Mountain House Community Services District to vote on a specific development plan. No homes have yet been built in the planned residential community, which has a potential for 15,000 homes.

Opposition has been surfacing to the $103 million school bond issue placed on the November ballot.

The city of Tracy has hired a designer to prepare plans for a proposed sports park on the 200-acre former site of the “antenna farm” on Schulte Road.

Lewis M. Jost, 85, former public affairs officer at Defense Depot Tracy, has died in Modesto.

25 years ago — 1987

Wayne and Bill Duckworth have appeared before the City Council to complain about city delays in approving permits for the brothers to open Duck’s Pool Hall in Terrace Court on West 11th Street.

Parishioners of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church were among the faithful who traveled to Monterey to see Pope John Paul II celebrate Mass at Laguna Seca Raceway.

A city ordinance requiring every restaurant to set aside 70 percent of its seating capacity as a no-smoking area has gone into effect.

The Tracy High Bulldogs wasted scoring opportunities in losing to the Antioch Panthers, 20-14, at Antioch in their second game of the 1987 season.

50 years ago — 1962

Hilda Herrera was queen of the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Tracy Ballroom.

The Tracy High Bulldogs lost their 1962 season opener to Downey of Modesto, 13-0.

Tracy voters helped gain final approval of the formation of the San Joaquin Delta Community College District. The Tracy-area vote was 1,302 “yes” and 214 “no.”

Prospects of Tracy gaining a National Guard armory have brightened after a meeting of city and Guard officials. An Army National Guard artillery battery is based in temporary quarters in Wainwright Village.

Bill Swenson, Tracy High athletic director, is the new president of the Tracy Teachers Association.

75 years ago — 1937

Robert T. Cochran Co. plans to establish a year-around operation of shipping fresh vegetables from an expanded Southern Pacific packing shed on Sixth Street.

Trustees of the Tracy Elementary School District have scheduled a special election for a vote on a $50,000 bond issue to finance construction of a new Central School on Eaton Avenue.

Gary Cooper and George Raft are starring in “Stars at Sea” at the Grand Theatre.

100 years ago — 1912

Edward Banta has purchased the operations of the newly opened Hotel Western. C.W. Goodwin, who had operated it briefly with Dennis Looney, is leaving Tracy.

Tracy residents have been urged to lock doors and windows while a carnival is in town.

— Tracy Press archives
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September 26, 2012
Ten years ago taday.

"The city of Tracy has hired a designer to prepare plans for a proposed sports park on the 200-acre former site of the “antenna farm” on Schulte Road."

Yep, that's true an th sports park ten years ago is still not built. An th water facility, known as a new community swimmin pool, predates that an still is not built or even close ta bein built.

See a trend here?

If yer kid was 8 when th sports park was initially envisioned he or she is 18 now an playin ball as a child is now nothin more than a memory of childhood. An frum th looks of it, th way thangs go around here, a child of 8 taday will have th same childhood memory an th sports park will be in th same condition it is in taday.

But hey, at least it's been cussed an discussed adnausium with little bein done in th way of gettin it completed.

Yep, when it comes ta providin important recreational facilities fer our children th citizens of Tracy shore have done a fine job. NOT!

Well at least these facilities are not built where ya don't want em. Unfortunately that means thair not built at all, th cost of thair construction has increased exponentially an another group of children go without.
September 26, 2012
Funny thing is this for the NIMBY's that opposed the swim center and the sports park... They don't even live in Tracy. But they sure stirred up enough people in Tracy to accomplish their goals for them.

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