Veterans parking only
by TP staff
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Reserved for veterans
New parking stalls for military veterans use only are at West Valley Mall on Wednesday, Nov 7.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Veterans may have an easier time finding a place to park at West Valley Mall with new spaces reserved for their use in honor of their military service.

The five military veteran parking stalls are marked with red, white and blue signs. Three are near the front mall entrance off Naglee Road, and the other two are at the back entrance off Corral Hollow Road.

West Valley Mall general manager Mike Donaghy said the signs were proposed by former Councilwoman Evelyn Tolbert as a way to honor military service.

“It was a good way to honor veterans,” Donaghy said. “There is a lot of military in Tracy with the depot, and it seemed to make sense.”

Use of the veteran parking stalls will be on the honor system, he said.

The mall had the signs installed in early November, in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The spaces for veterans are a permanent addition to the lots, joining reserved parking for senior citizens and expectant mothers. The mall’s lots have space for 3,500 vehicles.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.
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Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 09, 2012
While I believe its a nice gesture I can see how easily it will be abused by those who seem ta thank they have more rights than others; an I am not speakin about th Veterans who choose ta use these spaces.

Speakin as a veteran, I shall not be using these stalls but rather will leave them empty fer my fellow veterans who are not as ambulatory as I am fortunate ta be.

If we have current problems enforcin laws that prevent people frum unlawfully parkin in handicap parkin spaces just imagine how an honor system with veteran parkin spaces is going ta be abused?

I do believe it's a nice gesture to honor those who have served in our military but fer me, at least at this point in time, I won't use them as I can easily park somewhare else an leave th space open hopefully fer someone else that really needs it.
oldleathers
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November 09, 2012
As will this old Vet O_G.
doors17
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November 09, 2012
I read this that I feel is appropriate for this story…

Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have.

Veterans Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have.

108MW
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November 08, 2012
Best thing Tracy has done.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 08, 2012
doors17,

I really do think this was a great idea. Like yourself, I'm also just now looking into it this evening, check out this website.

http://www.veteransparking.org/

The more businesses get involved. The more awareness.

doors17
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November 08, 2012
RHCP, I also hope this catches on across our nation.

Since this will be the honor system I hope others will respect and give our veterans the honor they deserve.

Thank you to all of our veterans.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 08, 2012
That is really nice. Great idea!

Should sweep the nation.


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