Twice Told Tales: Growth battle looms
by Our Town staff
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10 years ago — 1999

Councilwoman Barbara Matthews declared that it is time to stop constant wrangling about Tracy’s rate of growth and temporarily cut Tracy’s building allotments to 750 per year. The growth ordinance allows an average of 1,200 units a year.

Jerry Wright, a retired high school music teacher, has taken over as director of the Tracy Community Band.

Tracy High golfers finished fourth in the Valley Oak League tournament at Tracy Golf & Country Club. Robbie Minner was the low score for Tracy with an 83.

A short time after the Columbine school massacre in Colorado, two West High students were held on weapons charges for bringing a rifle to the school. The weapon turned out to be an air rifle.

Both boys and girls swim teams at Tracy High have finished Valley Oak League competition with perfect 7-0 records.

25 years ago — 1984

After losing several appeals before the city planning commission, developers of the proposed Casa de Oro cardroom have withdrawn their application.

Craig Phillips, 37, has come to Tracy from Lompoc to be Tracy’s new assistant city manager. He succeeds Bruce Bannerman, now city administrator of Oakdale.

Livermore-based Wind Energy Specialties is planning to build the first wind farm in San Joaquin County. All other wind turbines in the Altamont Pass are in either Alameda or Contra Costa counties.

Sixty-five school bands marched on 11th Street in the seventh annual Tracy Band Festival.

Former Mi Ranchito Saints shortstop Tom “Pac Man” Avila Jr. is now starring for the Sacramento State Hornets.

50 years ago — 1959

Ron Slaughter has been named valedictorian of Tracy High’s Class of 1959. Salutatorians are Judy Madfes and Dennis Chadeayne.

Tracy High juniors Ed Kaiser and Jo Ann Kudo will attend Boys State and Girls State this summer.

Harvesting of spring lettuce is under way in an Alvarez Bros. field east of town. Joe Arnolfo is representing shippers Fudenna Bros. of Fremont in the harvest.

Press Publisher Laura Matthews has been named “Boss of the Year” by the National Secretaries Association’s local unit at the Pig Pen restaurant.

Donna Rickman has been installed as president of the Theta Rho Girls Club at the IOOF Hall.

The Tracy Elks have raised $20,000 to make the down payment on the Ebell property on 11th Street as a lodge home.

75 years ago — 1934

Superintendent W.H. Hudson has been given a new four-year contract to head the Tracy Union High School District. The vote on the board of trustees was 3-2.

Trustees of the Tracy Elementary School District have agreed to lease the Tracy Plunge on Holly Drive for three months, from May through July, to teach swimming and for recreational use.

The Catholic Youth Organization is planning a boxing tournament in June, according to Jim McDonald, adviser.

100 years ago — 1909

Plans have arrived in Tracy for the construction of a clubhouse for Southern Pacific crew members from Oakland. Cost of the two-story structure is estimated at $14,000.

Banta merchant Ben Canale said Banta residents would support a high school in Tracy if Tracy residents provided financial support for the building.

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