Twice-Told Tales: New City Hall approved, one decade ago
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10 years ago — 2002

The Tracy City Council has approved plans for a new City Hall in Tracy Civic Center. The project is expected to cost $16.3 million.

Tracyites, headed by Mayor Dan Bilbrey, are among San Joaquin County residents who have flown to Washington, D.C., seeking funding for local transportation projects.

A mid-March storm has brought rain in the valley and a dusting of snow on the Altamont Hills.

Former Mayor Clyde Bland has been appointed to a four-year term on the city planning commission. He was on the City Council for six years and mayor for four more years.

West High’s varsity baseball team blanked Oakdale, 10-0, in opening Valley Oak League action on the home diamond. Steven Wichman threw a four-hitter for the ’Pack.



25 years ago — 1987

The Tracy Savings & Loan Association has offered to match any donations up to $2,500 to help Good Samaritan Community Services repay a loan from the city of Tracy.

Tracy High seniors failed to post scores within the range for similar-background schools in California Assessment Program tests.

Marguerite “Peg” James has retired from Defense Depot Tracy after 35 years as a federal employee, including 24 at the local depot.

Vonnie Erb has retired after a 19-year career as a rehabilitation specialist with the state’s Stockton Developmental Center.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office has sued Atlantic-Pacific of Tracy for dumping hazardous waste into the city’s sewer system. The firm manufactures computer circuit boards.



50 years ago — 1962

Members of the city planning commission voted unanimously to stick with their earlier decision to deny changing Grant Line Road zoning for a shopping center proposed by Tom Hintz.

Members of the Road Deacons auto club are sponsoring a fundraising car wash. Members washing cars in the Safeway parking lot included Henry Tosta, Don Morris, Leroy Ornellas and Larry Marshbank.

Nick Eddy ran the 100-yard dash in 10.2 seconds to lead Tracy High’s track team to a 58-46 win over Ceres.

Tracy Community Players are presenting “Death of a Salesman” at the Little Theatre on West Ninth Street.



75 years ago — 1937

Work is scheduled to begin soon on a road project connecting Maze Road in the Modesto area to Highway 33 southeast of Tracy. (The link became Highway 132.)

Heavy rains have delayed work on piping the West Side Irrigation District ditch through Tracy.

Cecil Rich is opening a barber shop on Central Avenue next to Tracy Grocery.



100 years ago — 1912

Final campaigning is under way for the municipal election. All five members of the Board of Trustees (City Council) are up for re-election.

T.O. Moore, the Southern Pacific agent, is featuring fares to Chicago beginning at $33.

— Tracy Press archives
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