Your Voice: Abrupt change of council opinion
by Marvin Rothschild, Tracy
Dec 14, 2012 | 839 views | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

In 2006, Michael Maciel and I were discussing the appointment of Steve Abercrombie to the City Council. Maciel was miffed. Since he was the next-highest vote-getter in the race for two open seats that year, he said that the council seat should go to him.

Now it is 2012, and in his recent letter to the editor (“Unique perspective on open council seat,” Nov. 30 Tracy Press), his opinion on this point has changed. Why? Has he all of a sudden had an epiphany of intellectual discernment, or is there another reason, such as self-interest?

Maciel and Mayor Brent Ives vote the same way on many important issues facing the city. It is in their self-interest to get a third vote they can count on. They should have supported a third candidate during the recent campaigns, but they didn’t, and it is not right to circumvent the results of the election.

Ray Morelos had the third-highest vote total and has excellent qualifications. That should be the end of the story. But my guess is it won’t be.

Maciel and the mayor have more aces up their sleeves. They are going to try to get through the council a citywide nominating process of some sort and a questionnaire for the nominees to fill out with a point-scoring system.

What happens next hasn’t been determined. Should there be a subcommittee to interview the applicants? Or should the whole City Council do it, and the applicant with the highest points be given the seat?

Councilman Robert Rickman and Councilwoman Nancy Young would want to interview the three candidates who didn’t win a seat in the election, Morelos, Charles Manne and Roger Birdsall, right now, in public, without a superfluous questionnaire, and make a decision.

At this point, the council is deadlocked 2-2. If this can’t be solved, Maciel and the mayor can just hold out for an election in June, or later. It won’t be their fault if the city has to spend $250,000 for the election. I think they would rather spend the money and let the City Council’s work limp along for six months than get someone on the council they don’t want.

The people have spoken. Ray Morelos earned the third-highest vote total, and should get the third City Council seat. End of story.

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December 19, 2012
Maciel, he should've really thought before he had that personal article printed in the newspaper. What good does this do to have our community hear you pick sides. You clearly state you are not even in close favor of Ray Morelos. This is what he must do in his free time. Now, he can say he is not in favor of giving the seat to Morelos because he's on the council Now and doesn't care even though he was in this situation years ago. Ive heard in our community that back in 2006 when he came in third to take a seat that opened up, he felt that the seat should automatically go to him and was expressing grief! Undoubtly, he wants one his buddies to get the seat instead. TRACY NEEDS DIVERSITY ON THE COUNCIL. We have an educated black woman, and could use an educated Hispanic man on the council, not another Ives or Maciel! PUT MIRELOS ON THE COUNCIL because he is more than qualified for the job.

December 15, 2012
How do we stop Ives and Maciel from their strong agenda for what they want for Tracy? That's why they fear Morelos. With Ives and Maciel on their agenda, and Rickman and Young possibly preventing disaster, Ives and Maciel are determined to put a patsy on the council to further their control.

We still have the developer agreements pending which could bring further lawsuits against the City. We don't need that! But Ives and Maciel march on to the beat of their own interests.

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