Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I don't expect this to go over well

Read this story, published a few weeks ago in the Tracy Press. Then read this story, to be published in print Wednesday in the Tracy Press.

I'm guessing that readers think of the first (which generated a huge amount of negative reader response) when they read the second. I'm also guessing the words that some readers will have for members of the City Council will not be kind.

Perhaps that isn't entirely fair. Investing in downtown is a critical part of spurring a Tracy renaissance, and its merits should be viewed with a certain measure of independence from other council decisions. In other words, judge the business district vote on its own merits, not the merits of a vote that happened three weeks ago.

Still, the council's decision in the current economic climate and on the heels of the paramedic fee OK is liable to really wrankle the general public.

For further reading, Councilman Mike Maciel gave a public accounting for his role in the first story here, and my parsing out of the city's decision in the first story is here.

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