Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A stimulating idea

This morning, Mayor Brent Ives unveiled a stimulus proposal to better position Tracy for when the economy rebounds from its current slump — and to bolster business during the meantime.

When the press release was first handed out Friday, I thought the "Tracy Investment Plan" sounded a lot like Richard Nixon's secret plan to end the war in Vietnam.

But on first glance, the city's proposal to seriously support the Tracy economy without simply building more houses gets a thumbs up. This space has said before that the slumping economy could be an opportunity for Tracy, and this ambitious plan at least makes it look like the city and mayor agree.

Of course, with a plan like this, the devil could be in the details. We're still sorting through it all at the moment, so stay tuned for more in-depth analysis and commentary in the coming days.

1 comment:

Mike McLellan, D. Min. said...

Jon:
The initial reaction sounds good, with the emphasis not being on housing starts -- although the area to West is looking for housing development because of the Williamson Act kimits to the East. The problem with the plan was that it cost $35 to hear it, even if you were a city employee, and it started when the communters had all left town. Let's hope that our optimism is rewarded. I think we are all willing to help.