I have taken part in every community event that the city of Tracy Parks and Community Services Department has hosted for the past couple of years now. In the past, these events have been awesome, thought out and well coordinated. However, this year I have noticed a drastic change in these city events. What happened?
I am a local Barista’s coffee shop customer; I and other regulars who attend Barista’s every morning were having a conversation about these events. According to another regular, the reason for these events flourishing was due to a special young lady. From my understanding, the parks department has unfortunately lost one of its key players this summer who successfully ran all of these events.
I was not fortunate to meet this young lady personally.
I was not able to make it to the last two Movies on the Plaza. However, I did manage to make it to Taste of Tracy. And what a disaster that was!
The two Taste of Tracy events, October wine stroll and December holiday parade have all been atrocious. I began poking around to get more information about why the city events have taken such a horrible fall. I asked around local downtown merchants, City Councilmen, and city department heads.
To sum up everyone’s response: Julia is no longer working for the Parks and Recreation Department. The past two years, the city events were phenomenal, and each year kept getting better and better. Now they are getting worse and worse.
I personally ask our city to find this young woman and bring her back. Or hire someone who can at least do half of her job. Do whatever needs to get done to make sure the city of Tracy has great events.
Tracy community members deserve to have stupendous events. Let’s not have fall 2011 be like fall 2010.
Jo Garcia, Tracy
• Editor’s note: According to city officials, Julia Soto was a part-time staffer who worked on special events but who is no longer employed with the Parks and Recreation Department.