Woman contaminates city hall fountain
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Caution tape blocked access to the large water foundation in front of Tracy City Hall on Wednesday, June 5, because a Tracy woman reportedly contaminated the water.

The local woman was cooling her feet in the fountain, 333 Civic Center Plaza, around 1:30 p.m. but dirtied the water when blisters on her feet began to bleed, according to Ana Contreras, community preservation manager.

Contreras declined to release the woman’s name. She arrived at the fountain after another code enforcement officer, Jim Decker, found the woman in the water

“We asked her why she got into the fountain,” Contreras said, “and she said she needed to cool off her feet and her hair.”

The two city employees notified the public works department that the fountain needed to be drained.

“They will then clean the fountain, disinfect it and refill it by tomorrow afternoon,” Contreras said.

She said it’s common for children to play in the water on warm weather days, but adults typically aren’t caught in the fountain.

Contreras said public works workers will have to determine whether the woman will be billed for the cost of cleaning the fountain.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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backinblack
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June 11, 2013
This seems to back up Shelly's point:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/vomit-blood-contamination.html

However, as an insurance agent the first thing which comes to my mind when reading stories like this is possible liability exposures. Anyone remember a few years ago when a certain whiny Town Crier complained about the city shutting down the fields on 11th due to saturated sod from heavy rains?

I make the same point now as then, from a liability standpoint better safe than sorry. If public works doesn't do enough and some kid gets sick after wading in the water, guess what? Lawsuit. Doesn't matter if the blood from the womans blisters had anythng to do with it, that kids parents would be dragging someone to court or trying to hit the lotto in a settlement. Same goes if the fields were left open and little Johnny breaks his neck while running around.

Exageration? Hardly. Think about the litigious society in which we live where criminals can oft times sue their victims and win. It's actually pretty sad to see people complaining from both sides. Based on the comments here the city is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Let the armchair QB's rule.
shelly13
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June 11, 2013
Yes it is sad that we have to overcompensate for things because of our sue happy society and not what is actually necessary. We have become a money hungry entitled society. We have advanced in many was yet regressed in many others. Common sense, logic, truth and integrity have gone out the door. Its time for parents to start doing their jobs again. Oh the good ole days.
Sueintracy
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June 11, 2013
We all need to be reminded that blood is a contaminant when exposed. Many many viruses can be spread when we bleed including HIV. You can never be too careful. The article stated her blisters bled. The city is doing the right thing.
shelly13
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June 11, 2013
You need to get educated. They need to be educated. They did not need to drain the fountain at all. They only needed needed to add chemicals and kept people away from it for so many hours. There are scientific protocols out there to go by if people actually knew what they were doing.
lastword
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June 11, 2013
So automatically, this lady is scum because she stuck her feet into the fountain? You people are straight out of a, black n white Frankenstein movie.

Its people like you who are scum.... Cyber scum. You probe the news paper and with the noblest intentions bash people wwho have no way b of defending themselves verbally or otherwise. And you view yourselves as decent folk. Sorry decent folk don't call poor women, ego may have a mental issue, scum.

You are the scum.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 11, 2013
Ironic

At present thair is a nation wide advertisement fer a major fast food business extolin th virtues of thair coffee by showin, first one an then a crowd of people from all walks of life an ethnicities all wadin, playin an splashin in a very public fountain located in th downtown area of a major city here in th US an no one seems ta have no negative comments about it.

People have been wadin, playin an splashin, an even soakin thair tired blistered feet that may start ta bleed as th skin tissue gets moistened fer centuries if not thousands of years, as in th public bath houses in ancient Rome, th Middle-east an elsewhere.

But yet let one woman soak her feet an, more than likely, accidentally contaminates th water with her blood in a small fountain located in Tracy an all of a sudden, fer some, it's a very big deal borderin on th scale of an international emergency endangerin millions of lives.

Honestly I hope these folk don't drink thair tap water an only bathe in pure water, either distilled or frum a reverse osmosis water purifier because if they do they should be informed that most of Tracy's water comes frum th Delta Mendota canal which gets its water frum th Delta which we dump our Treated sewage water inta.

An if ya thank that's bad, consider th untreated water that runs out of some of our neighborin dairy farms inta th Delta. Then too, thairs all them fish that live an discharge thair waste inta th very water yer eventually drinkin.

Yet fer some reason, I attribute it ta common sense an a grasp of reality, th majority of th people are unconcerned as this type of activity occurs all over th US an in fact, th world.

Ironic ain't it?
mtrew
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June 11, 2013
So I guess I am an Idiot.LOL At least I commented here with my name. For those who know me...they know I am not an idiot. So go ahead and Luv your life and continue to people bash. The fountain is pretty large. We do not know how much she was bleeding. I doubt it was too bad it it was from some blisters.

Like I said, I would be more worried about a kid in there with a dirty diaper than someone cooling their feet. Growing up around pools my whole life and a family member being an actual pool expert and ran aquatics programs in 3 states I know that fecal matter is more of a risk in a pool than blood. But what can I say..I'm an idiot.

So hear from the InterNACHI: Though mucus, blood, saliva and skin from infected swimmers may pose a risk feces are a particular danger in pools, as the pathogens they contain are typically present in enormous numbers, approaching a million per gram of feces. A single fecal release in a pool could contaminate millions of gallons of water, according to the University of Arizona's College of Public Health. Usually public fountains use treated water also to help prevent contaminates from not just people but from the environment such as birds.
mtrew
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June 11, 2013
Yes Ornley it happens all over the world. I don't see a thing wrong with it. To the lady at the fountain. Bless you. Don't listen to the negative people here. Enjoy your life and I hope your feet feel better.
mtrew
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June 10, 2013
Also so kids play in the fountain? Germ city especially if the are not potty trained. I would be more worried about that then the poor womans feet. Regarding the political comments i could not help to jump in to that convo as i have had many discussions on FB with those on both sides. I have found that topic can sure get ugly. Never talk about religion and politics? Ok. Good idea. I said my peace. Going to go for a walk downtown and "cool off" my feet.
mtrew
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June 10, 2013
First, when did this accident happen on Schulte? Second, I don't see a problem with the woman sticking her feet in the fountain. Put some pool chemicals in it and let it go. Third, as far as the political conversation..Politicians as a lot are mostly dishonest. The Republicans whine about Obama, the Democrats whine about Bush. What's funny is that they are whining about the same/similar things. Hypocrites on each side. We all know what has gone on with Obama. Some which has been stated here. But please Republicans do not forget about Bush. He had Intel on 9/11 before it happened. He took us into Iraq under false pretenses. We are still there. His response to Katrina was disgusting. They are still suffering there. There were 7 attacks on US Consulates and US Embassy's around the world while he was in office. The list goes on....If you want to impeach Obama go ahead but please do the same for Dubya. Until everyone realizes that the two party tyranny of our country needs to end we will not be able to move forward. Back to the article, this was totally blown out of proportion while other more important things go unnoticed. In the end it all comes down common sense.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 11, 2013
"The Tracy Press should just close down.Their reporting sucks."

Since ya seem ta be th only one that's really unhappy with th press, an can't seem ta understand thair providin th equipment an pay ta run a website fer open commentary, perhaps it would just be cheaper an a better service ta th community if they simply banned you an what ever future names they find ya operating on THEIR comment board.

Frankly I find it tirein an saddenin that virtually everythang ya comment on is negative.

That type of continual negativity isn't good fer ya an most certainly not good fer th entire community as an it's overall negative effects spread through th population like a virulent disease with no cure in sight.

Note: Tracy Press is under no obligation ta provide an internet based comment section fer anyone an most especially one that continually takes virtually every opportunity to denigrate them, th city an th people th Press CHOOSES ta report on.

Th old timers here have endured yer scathin remarks towards others fer several years now. Th press has even blocked ya but allowed ya ta start postin yer litany of vitriolic remarks, thus effectually attempting ta show ya yer errant

Cont.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 11, 2013
Cont. ways an it’s glaringly apparent ya didn’t comprehend thair message.

Commentin on an article is one thang but ya consistently make yer judgmental posts that most, in a civilized society, would find objectionable. Ya can have an opinion an share it with others without personally attackin people ya don’t like fer one reason or other or those that disagree with ya.

Prepairin fer th onslaught attack about what I have written.

OG

RmeOf12mnkys
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June 10, 2013
So where is the story on the accident that happened on Schulte Road? I don't see the story reported in the Stockton Record either.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 11, 2013
LMLM

Perhaps that suckin sound ya hear is caused by th vacuum between yer ears.

OK TP, that was over th edge so ya can remove if it's yer desire an I won't be offended.

Consider this, someone had ta say it so I said it am prepared fer th consequences an won't hold ya ta blame.
backinblack
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June 06, 2013
Hey Ornley, I agree straight down the board with you. What I find amusing is libs crucified Bush for the Patriot Act, yaked day & night about how he was walking all over the Constitution, yet other than a relative few they remain silent while Obama is basically burning the First Amendment to the ground.

Let's also not forget about the recent revelation about not quite knowing for sure how many or who we've killed with drone strikes. Personally I don't care all that much and think the drone program is one thing our king has done right, but if it were Bush libs would be going nuts. I give credit to the ones who are starting to question our king but it's still a far cry from the attention which should be paid to what's going on.

This seems to be wishful thinking at this point considering the dumbing down of our society but until more people start paying attention to true reality rather than ridiculous & rigged "reality" shows we are going to see inept politicians like our king continue to be elected.

I guess we're both in trouble for going off subject but this is more fun than yaking about someone's blistered feet.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 06, 2013
BIB

At least, like I did, ya mentioned something contained in th article; "blistered feet." Hopefully th press won't take umberage ta our editorialized comments on other thangs.
backinblack
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June 06, 2013
LMLM, Please enlighten the rest of us on what qualifies as "important stuff".

Let me help, I don't consider much of this dinky doo stuff and all the subsequent complaining which goes on around here as important stuff.

Important stuff would be things which it seems most Americans don't pay enough attention to because they are more worried about some woman putting her blistered feet in a fountain, or how loud two housewives from wherever can yell at each other on TV.

Here's what qualifies as important stuff.

Finding out who gave the stand down order which kept our forces from trying to save Amercians under attack in Benghazi and why our government is lying to us.

Holding what was supposed to be the most transparent admin in history accountable for it's all out assault on the First Amendment and getting answers on the actions of the IRS, DOJ, and seeing if all roads lead to our king.

Let's review.

A womans feet in a fountain and no police log - not important

Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservative groups, secret orders to obtain phone records from Verizon & news organizations, a government offical lobbying for money to help implement the ACA - important.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 06, 2013
BIB

As long as our charismatic POTUS an FLOTUS can smile an look good on camera, for some, all is right with th world an thair ain't no serious world problems; right?

I am often amazed how comparatively insignificant things get blown all out of proportion in our society while th really significant an important stuff is largely ignored.

While it's nice ta know what local crimes are bein committed in our area, bleedin, blistered feet on a woman soakin em in a public fountain ain't really all that big a deal and virtually impacts no one except th city workers that have ta clean it up.

Frankly, other than size, it's not any more important than cleanin a public restroom in one of our parks. But strangely enough no one seems much concerned about cleanin public toilets now are they?

Fer instance, now that we have larned about th subpena of "META DATA" cellular telephone records from Verizon (secretly done this last April) I am forced ta wonder, why just Verizon an not all cellular telephone service providers?

Nope, knowing how these thangs work an th obfuscation that's been going on in our "Transparent" White House administration, I wouldn't be surprised at all ta larn thay are intentionally "bendin" th law ta monitor thair governmental political adversaries an who they spend thair time talkin ta.

Hey, I do fault just th GOP an previous administration fer settin this up but I have ta be honest that I blame th current Administration fer continuin it an makin it more severe than what was intended.

In this age of modern computer technology, coupled with th digital technology employed by all cell phones taday, it would be easy ta monitor th conversations of lawful political adversaries, ta see what thair political plans are, and if caught simply say it was an accident, similar ta th IRS fiasco we are witnessin right now.

Look, POTUS is th elected "Captain" of our ship. As such, he is directly accountable fer those he appoints ta run th various departments that make up our government. If they make a mistake he's still accountable. If he doesn't know anythang, it don't make any difference, he's till accountable. Why? Because he should know what is going on in th departments under him an if one of th department leaders step out of line they should be brought ta justice an trounced out of government fer th rest of thair lives. But they don't do that now do they? Nope, this administration, as in previous administrations, DNC an GOP alike, simply waffle by shrugin thair shoulders an claimin ignorance.

Well ignorance is an operative word ain't it? We live in intentional ignorance of what is going on in our government because we are not payin attention an holdin these people accountable fer thair actions an accept thair lie that, "I intend to have the most transparent administration in US history."

In short, until we wake up an start electin people based on knowledge of thair past performances an not things pertaining to ethnicity, religion or how good they look an sound on TV, we deserve th government, local an national, that we elect.

Start electin people based on knowledge an not charisma an we will be on th road ta recovery. Unfortunately I don't see that happenin an have doubts it will ever happen or really recover. Sad for a nation that once cherished it's freedom away from th tyranny of oppressive government.
me-here
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June 10, 2013
Don't forget the original government scandal....Fast & Furious. All four are on my target list.
ChrisRoberts
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June 05, 2013
Stuff like this, is why Tracy has the reputation it does.

Oh yea and that accident on shulte was nuts. Thank god no one got killed. I saw the swerve marks, and the sound wall. Some one was either going 80mph down shulte, or was drunk, or both.
mthouseman
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June 05, 2013
I hope they send her the bill for cleaning...
alecm9311
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June 05, 2013
So... you'll write about this, but nothing about the hash house that was found a couple days ago? Or the accident on Schulte?

Why do I have to read the Contra Costa Times and the Stockton Record to get news on my hometown?
LovelyTracy
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June 05, 2013
And this is news because.......

Oh Tracy Press how far you have fallen.
WalkietLkie
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June 06, 2013
I think it happened years ago. The previous editor wasn't bad, but after TRAQC I think the latest editor got tangled (financially) in a lost lawsuit with the TRAQC lawyer leading the charge. I'd guess that it ended in a bad way too, with the newspaper giving free advertisement space on the front page to pay their legal fees. But before they had to pay with advertisement space, I think the TRAQC lawyer was their golden boy, and could do no wrong. They stopped reporting what he did and what he is doing. Parks close around Tracy, but I feel most of the citizens are unaware that TRAQC is bent on closing any park that will bring them financial gain. I think it's sad that our newspaper, in a few generations of family business, frittered into a tabloid advertisement for Measure A. And now I'm afraid the newspaper will eventually be bought by an outside company and disappear altogether.
WalkietLkie
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June 06, 2013
Maybe the new owner will see the benefit of staying out of the pockets of developer's special interests and political Measures that serve to line the pockets of developers like TRAQC? We can only hope.


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