Linda Gonzalez, challenging Ives to hold an elected municipal office for the first time, offers refreshing candor and boundless energy, but Ives has proved over his previous two terms as mayor that he deserves another two years on the City Council.
Yes, Ives was a member of many City Councils that relied far too heavily on residential housing development, zeroing in on single-family rooftops to the detriment of the city’s business fortunes. It’s a black mark on his long record of public service.
But folks looking for change this election cycle should note that Ives is one of the strongest supporters of the city’s recent drive to become more business friendly and set itself up to lead San Joaquin County’s next economic boom. Ives has been a solid leader during a time of economic unrest, both nationally and locally. He also brings experience to a City Council that will welcome two new members to the dais.
The next mayor will face a tough road ahead — how to build Tracy into a bastion of successful business while finding a way to bring the city’s budget into balance, whether the Measure E sales tax increase passes or not.
And we think Ives is the candidate who can best see through our vision of a stronger, more sustainable Tracy.