I write in response to the letter of Michele Loomis in the June 22 edition of the Tracy Press, “Thanks for nothing.”
Ms. Loomis laments the lengthy delays in constructing Tracy’s proposed aquatics park because of a lawsuit by attorney Mark Connolly challenging the legality of the city of Tracy’s developer agreement authorizing the park. She implies Connolly’s action is frivolous and filed merely for the purpose of “having fun and making money by filing lawsuits.”
But frivolous or not, his suit appears to have merit. The trial court has ruled in his favor and held the city’s authorization of the park was illegal. Also, although the case is on appeal, it seems the city is so fearful Connolly’s position will be upheld by the appellate court that the council and staff are now scrambling to rewrite the park contract to remove the illegal provisions in the hope it will pass judicial muster the second time around, should Connolly challenge the revised version.
In any case, it appears this litigation is far from over, and completion of the aquatics park lies far in the future.
In view of this, if Ms. Loomis and her friends want a swimming pool anytime soon, they should seriously consider raising the money and building their own. I’m sure they could obtain much helpful advice and assistance from the many individuals and civic organizations that helped raise the funds to build the Tracy Boys and Girls Club.