Last week’s “mystery photo” showed Rick Staas, an up-and-coming sophomore member of the 1975 Tracy High tennis team. That year, he was named Player of the Week by the Tracy Civic Athletic Club for his two wins in the past week. Staas is now president and chief executive officer of the San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association. He lives south of Tracy with his wife, the former Leanne Costa, and three children. Identifying him in the photo were his wife, Leanne, Carolyn Arnaudo, Bob and Diane Edwards and Kathleen Villela.
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Planning commission members are reviewing plans for the proposed Redbridge subdivision in southwestern Tracy. The project, planned by Les Serpa’s Surland Development, would have 438 homes if approved. (It was.)
Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, has told city officials that the transfer of 200 acres of federally owned land on Schulte Road southwest of town is included in the $15 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill, which has been approved by the Senate.
Ruby Ng and Megan Knize have been named co-valedictorians of Tracy High’s Class of 1999. (Both later graduated from Stanford University, where Ruby was president of the senior class and Megan was editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily.)
City Councilwoman Barbara Matthews has announced she will be a candidate for the 17th Assembly District seat occupied by termed-out Assemblyman Mike Machado, D-Linden. Matthews, a lobbyist for Lucky and Save-On stores, describes herself as a business-friendly Democrat.
Services have been conducted for J.W. Orsmsby, 97, a retired water district employee and longtime Tracy-area resident.
25 years ago — 1984
Lynn Vollbrech, a 17-year-old Tracy High senior, has been crowned Miss Tracy following the Miss Tracy Pageant in the Emma Baumgardner Theater on the Tracy High campus.
Amber Anastasio and Susan Siffing paced the Tracy Tritons swim team to a 591-540 victory against Madera in the first dual meet of the season.
Five candidates are campaigning for two open seats on the Tracy City Council. They are Mayor Pro Tem Don Simpson and Councilman Roy Sissell, both incumbents, and challengers Ray Morelos, Steven Murdock and Ruth Gillette. The election is June 5.
Defense Depot Tracy officials authorized the drilling of more test wells in an effort to locate the source of contaminated groundwater.
Tracy High juniors selected to attend Camp Royal, a Rotary-sponsored leadership camp in the Sierra, are Scott Haslam, Efrain Rios, Mary Silveria and Lori Adams.
50 years ago — 1959
Dr. Melville Jacobson and Guy Scott were elected trustees of Tracy Elementary School. They unseated two incumbents, Manuel Pimentel and Jack Fisher. In the high school election, incumbent trustee A.T. “Ted” Ohlendorf was re-elected to a new term.
The City Council has given its final approval to Tracy’s first general plan. The unanimous vote ended a two-year planning process.
Tracy High senior Future Farmer John Thoming has won a $500 scholarship awarded by C&B Equipment. Dennis Alegre won the tool chest given by Sasser Tractor.
Leslie Joseph Jr. is the name Mr. and Mrs. Les Serpa have given their son, born May 19 at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital.
Vince Vaca scattered five hits to lead the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 4-1 win over Edison of Stockton in Central California Conference baseball play.
75 years ago — 1934
Hard-pressed Tracy residents have been told they can seek debt relief by contacting Carl Knudsen, the county’s debt conciliator, in Stockton.
A 30-year-old San Francisco man drowned in Old River while swimming with friends.
Some 550 students in rural schools attended a special showing at the Grand Theatre.
James Cagney and Bette Davis are appearing in “Jimmy the Gent” at the Grand Theatre.
100 years ago — 1909
Two men were taken into custody after trying to break into the Canale Store on Sixth Street.
Z.L. Von Dack and his son, Les Von Dack, are opening a jewelry store on Central Avenue.
Men’s ready-to-wear suits are selling at the Fabian-Grunauer Co. for prices starting at $10.
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