Tracy leaders share 2013 resolutions
by TP staff
Jan 01, 2013 | 5526 views | 14 14 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leon Churchill, city manager
Leon Churchill, city manager
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Brent Ives, mayor
Brent Ives, mayor
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Al Nero, Tracy Fire Department chief
Al Nero, Tracy Fire Department chief
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James Franco, Tracy Unified School District superintendent
James Franco, Tracy Unified School District superintendent
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Michael Maciel, mayor pro tem
Michael Maciel, mayor pro tem
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We asked city officials their New Year’s resolutions for 2013. Officials were given the choice of providing a personal or professional resolution.

“My resolution for the community is that we have more shopping and dining options.” — Leon Churchill, city manager

“To remain steadfast on attracting jobs to Tracy all year next year.” — Brent Ives, mayor

“Personally, I will try to lose some weight in the New Year. Professionally, the main thing I am looking forward to is not necessarily a resolution, (but) for the city to keep moving forward with job growth and new businesses coming to town and existing businesses expanding.” — Michael Maciel, mayor pro tem

“To ensure that the community is aware of all the services that are provided by our fire department.” — Al Nero, Tracy Fire Department chief

“To continue to provide high quality and safe learning environments where students and staff can do their best, maximizing their learning opportunities.” — James Franco, Tracy Unified School District superintendent

“I don’t typically make those. My New Year’s resolution is try to make it to the next one.” — Greg Silva, Tracy Unified School District board president

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landingapproach
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January 02, 2013
What a wasteful, garbage article. And the responses from our so called officials are really valueless. Really - who cares what their resolutions are.
rayderfan
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January 02, 2013
Spoken like true career government officials. Three bureaucrats and two elected officials, none of whom understand the realities of working for a living, having to meet a payroll, or profit and loss statements.
rayderfan
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January 02, 2013
Remember that more shopping and dining options are only beneficial to those (government employees) who still have jobs and raises, and excessive benefit packages; like the City Manager.

For the rest of us, we are hopeful the New Year brings a reduction in taxes, smaller government, reduced government salaries and retirement packages for government employees that are more in tune with those in the private sector.
victor_jm
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January 02, 2013
First, let us acknowledge there is a difference between “growth” and “progress.” Second, let us acknowledge city officials are “true believers” shackled by the growth paradigm.

I don’t care about the growth paradigm; I care about the “spiritual” progress paradigm.

Third, growth for a city means an increase in volume and density of its derelict residents and extortionist bureaucrats.

Last, the growth paradigm is propagation, propagation, propagation, but don’t worry, we can take from the responsible and give to the irresponsible.

lovin'life
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January 01, 2013
doorsc,

Tracy is racist. So it's no surprise the the major employers here still are. They keep old folks in there as long as they can to keep tradition alive. I would encourage you to do your own thing and grow big but those old timers will just shoot it down if it isn't quit white enough. Good luck in 2013 anyhow.
doorsc
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January 01, 2013
I worked for the TUSD for many decades. It took an arm and a leg for a minority to make it to the top while all the white ones got in easily. TUSD is a very racist employer. Just look at the predominantly while senior administrators.
Sneaky
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January 01, 2013
To ensure that the community is aware of all the services that are provided by our fire department.” — Al Nero, Tracy Fire Department chief

As long as you guys still fight fires I am good. Anything beyond that is scope creep and I would rather not pay for it. Actually I cant think of any good reason that fire services could not be privatized. As a homeowner it would be great to have a half dozen fire response companies to chose from for a reasonable yearly fee (along with an expected drop in related taxes). I suspect the private market could supply the same services much cheaper.

I don’t typically make those. My New Year’s resolution is try to make it to the next one.” — Greg Silva, Tracy Unified School District board president

Amen.
Sneaky
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January 01, 2013
Happy New Year everyone. It is good to see that our city leaders think of what to do to improve the city even when making resolutions. That said, I have a few comments on their comments.

“My resolution for the community is that we have more shopping and dining options.” — Leon Churchill, city manager

As a citizen this is hardly my biggest concern. We have more than enough shopping and dining. Plus this is not really the role of government. If for some reason we do want to increase the number of such places the best thing government can do is get out of the way. Once a business owner has bought or rented a piece of property the city should just do everything it can to eliminate as many fees, inspections, lisencing requirements and such as possible.

"To remain steadfast on attracting jobs to Tracy all year next year.” — Brent Ives, mayor

Sounds great, as long as they are professional jobs and not more dead end retail, fast food and warehouse jobs. Again, not the role of government to concern itself with this but it could be facilitated by eliminating unnecessary regulation and taxes.

whoareyoukidding
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January 01, 2013
Maciel's resolution should be to stop writing letters to the editor and listening to the community.
Point_of_order
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January 01, 2013
Dr. Franco's resolution is admirable, and well stated, however he failed to acknowledge that TUSD is also one of the largest employers of Tracy.

How about throwing a nod to making TUSD a place that will attract and retain great employees?
LAM75
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January 01, 2013
Same to you doors17! Hope to see you again in 2013!
doors17
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January 01, 2013
I'm sure many of you are aware of the fact that I'm already perfect, so it's not necessary for me to make any New Years resolutions to improve myself. I do hope to stop writing 2012 by mid-February.

I would like to wish all of you a 2013 that will be filled with much happiness and most importantly, good health.
Sneaky
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January 01, 2013
I am similarly gifted with perfection. The only time I ever made a mistake is one time when I thought I did but it turned out that I really had not.
dd95376
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January 01, 2013
doors 17:

Your lighthearted and constructive comments are always appreciated. Thank you.


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