Manne appointed to City Council
by Jon Mendelson
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Councilman sworn in
Mayor Brent Ives (left) swears in Charles Manne as the new member of the Tracy City Council during a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15, at City Hall. Manne takes the seat that was vacated by Bob Elliott, who was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in the November election.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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After two deadlocked decisions, City Councilman Robert Rickman changed his vote to appoint Charles Manne to a vacant council seat during a special meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Bob Elliott, who was elected in November to the 5th District of the San Joaquin County Board for Supervisors, resigned from the seat on Dec. 18 to begin his newly elected office.

Rickman and Councilwoman Nancy Young had first voted to appoint Ray Morelos, who was also vying for the vacated seat.

Mayor Brent Ives and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel voted in favor of Manne, who has served since 2009 on the Tracy Planning Commission.

But the deadlock convinced Rickman to change his vote, as the remaining options were to open the application process to all eligible Tracy residents, host a special election in June that could cost the city as much as $250,000, or have another meeting and hope one council member’s mind changed.

After the meeting, Rickman said he switched his vote for “the good of the city,” explaining a council that lacked a potential tie-breaking vote could stall economic development.

“We have a lot of things coming to this town and we can’t risk a deadlock,” Rickman said.

He added that either Manne or Morelos would have served ably.

“It was a very, very tough thing to do,” he said. “You’re talking about two excellent candidates.”

The council agreed during its Dec. 18 meeting that the pool of candidates would be limited to the three unsuccessful council candidates during the Nov. 6 general election.

Roger Birdsall, however, withdrew his name for consideration earlier in the meeting.

Before taking his seat behind the dais, Manne said he was surprised by the outcome.

“I’m grateful that Mr. Rickman decided to choose his next-best candidate, as opposed to spending the money on a special election,” he said.

Manne said he would have considered not running if a special election were conducted.

“I’ve seriously considered not running in a special election (had it happened), because of the cost associated,” he said. “It’s not being a good steward of city funds to compete in a special election.”

Morelos was also glad a special election wasn’t necessary.

“Bringing it to a special election is not the right thing to do,” Morelos said. “As I was sitting there (during council discussion), I was considering stepping up and saying ‘I withdraw.’”

Morelos, who served on the City Council in the late 1980s, also said he understood the council did what was “best for the city.”

“I’m not disappointed,” he said. “I understand the process — I’ve been there before.”

The council arrived at its decision after Manne and Morelos answered 10 questions that were formulated by a subcommittee of Rickman and Maciel and approved by the entire council.

Both candidates stressed their experience in the answers they have council members.

Manne focused on his past four years on the city’s planning commission, time dealing with the San Joaquin Council of Governments and financial background as a New York Life agent.

Morelos pointed to his time on the council, business experience and stints as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital board member, and Tracy City Center Association board member.

Each council member said the two were both well-qualified.

“They’re pretty much identical,” Rickman said during the meeting. “They both are for public safety, quality of life, budget, both want to bring jobs here in town.”

One of the few places they appeared to differ was regarding Measure E, the city’s half-cent sales tax increase which was passed by voters in 2010 and enacted in April 2011. It expires in 2016.

Manne said the city should work diligently to avoid needing Measure E’s revenue beyond its five-year lifespan.

Morelos, however, said it would be an “easy decision” to ask voters to renew the tax if it meant protecting services such as police staffing, fire protection and public works.

Young said she disagreed with Morelos regarding Measure E, but said that his experience and forward-thinking convinced her to support him even after Rickman changed his vote.

“There’s some experience that just comes with living,” Young said during the council’s discussion.

Rickman originally supported Morelos in part because he took on various volunteer positions after he departed the City Council.

“He kept on working with the community. That shows to me a lot,” Rickman said. “I believe that’s what separates him, and what gives the nod to Mr. Morelos.”

Maciel and Ives both said Manne’s more recent experience with the city was a reason they supported him.

“I think he has had the opportunity to have much greater exposure much more recently, than probably most of us in town,” Maciel said.

Manne was sworn in by Ives and was seated for the regular council meeting, which immediately followed the special meeting.

His first action was to resign his seat on the planning commission, which will be filled by City Council appointment.

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At a glance

WHAT: Tracy City Council special meeting

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15

WHERE: City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza

DETAILS: Mayor Brent Ives, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel, council members Robert Rickman and Nancy Young were present.
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January 18, 2013
I would like to know why a few people below are repeating themselves and trying to make it look complaining is a pastime. First, nobody complained when Tracy Unified appointed someone. Second, the council appointed Steve in the same manner and nobody complained except one dude who lied about his driving record and later apologized over the phone. Third, we only voted for two people. Not three. Carry on.
January 18, 2013
Hats off to both Manne and Morelos. They both did an excellent job answering the Council's questions on Tuesday evening. Very little serperation between them aside from Measure E.

Council Member Rickman acted in the interest of the community...and arguably, so did Young.

Next order of business - defining a process in the case a 3rd council memeber is needed in the future!
January 18, 2013
I would sure like to know what Maciel and Ives had so strongly against Ray Morelos. They were real bullies on that score. On Measure E, it saved us when implemented and would only have been implemented again if/when nothing else would work... not that it SHOULD be extended. Com'mon use your head. If Manne isn't careful about some of his decisions coinciding with the bullies, the money save ($250K) for having a new election, could well be spent on attorney's fees again. The city's attorneys don't seem to be a match for Connolly.

Again, does anyone know why Maciel and Ives are so against Morelos?

January 17, 2013
Congrats to Mr. Charles Manne. I hope he does well and changed since high school. I recall him being mean and bully like to some. With that said,I truly hope he has changed his ways since then. Good luck Mr. Manne!
January 18, 2013
You didn't know Charlie in high school.
January 16, 2013
We all voted for our Council and I hope they made the right decision. I hope they continue to grow the City, bring more businesses and jobs! I hope Charlie can use his experience in the planning commission and revitalize and beautify our downtown. That will be my measure in the next election.
January 16, 2013
manne is taking over a position that the former chair person didn't carry out his sentence he was elected for. Manne is put into position by his buddies palmer and rickman. It is about who you know more than it is being qualified. Looks fishy seeing these tools get together during lunch in downtown to go over how they can scheme their ways into positions. Manne is about is useful as a fart in a gas mask.
January 16, 2013
THE residents of tracy went to vote and the one that had the most votes is supposed to be appointed to the seat Manne came in third not second or even first he dose not have the right to hold that position he came third.thats why we vote it's are right as citizens of the united states of america.Changing your mind Mr.Rickman is just wrong.for the rest of you it shows that you can't be trusted to allow Mr Rickman to change his vote after he voted one way.and if any of you think for a minute that we as citzens of tracy will put up with the way the town as been run or another 2years your mistaken because we won't not even for a minute.
January 16, 2013
Kele - please show me any where in the city code, ordinances, etc. that says Rey should have gotten appointed.

This process was a cluster from the start. They should have allowed anyone to apply and just made a selection. It was embarrassing to watch. However Rickman did what he had to so we can now move on
January 16, 2013
Hey, maybe someone can answer me this question - Mr. Manne, prior to taking his oath of office for City Council, failed to resign his position from the City Planning Commission. He was sworn in, the special meeting appointing him was adjourned, and only at the commencement of the regular meeting did he formally resign - so, for a period of time, he held two public offices, one as city councilman, and one as a Planning Commissioner. Is that legal? What say you Mr. Sodergren and Mayor Ives?
January 16, 2013
Mr. Maciel and Mr. Ives bullying at its best!!
January 16, 2013
Bullying? By doing what they were elected to do? I don't get it.
January 16, 2013
Congrats Charlie!!!!
January 16, 2013
No, I felt cheated because Maciel and Ives so did NOT want Ray Morelos, I thought he was the better choise. If Manne is a pawn for Maciel and Ives, $250K would have been better spent on an election. Now, it may be spent on paying attorneys fees again to Mark Connolly for fighting favoritism to special developers....

I felt Rickman caved against the council bullies.
January 16, 2013
Did not his wife try to run for office so they could get paid by direct deposit? You really think one person on the council with intestinal fortitude can stop the dynamic dou? I would just like to hear your logic regarding that one. Did you ask the guys at the motocross park if they believe any of that will go away any time soon. Forgive me if I am skeptical of your logic.
January 16, 2013
Kudos to Mr. Rickman. It is unfortunate that in this, and other matters, Mr. Ives and Mr. Maciel seem unable to consider the greater good of the city
January 16, 2013
pcmiles...very well said!!!

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