Our Voice: Need for jobs plain to see
by Press Editorial Board
Feb 08, 2013 | 5631 views | 9 9 comments | 499 499 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If a 14.5 percent January unemployment rate didn’t make it obvious enough, the past few weeks have driven home the need for jobs in San Joaquin County.

Since publishing the story on Jan. 25 that Amazon.com will officially locate a distribution center in Tracy, newsroom phones have rung every day with people asking how they can apply to work for the giant Internet retailer.

The person who wrote the story has received phone calls, emails, even resumes — proof positive that people in Tracy are eager and excited to work.

We understand why many are antsy.

Beyond the obvious need for jobs in our area, there are still many details to learn about Amazon’s project, including when the hiring process will begin and how many jobs the distribution center will actually create.

Early estimates suggest 1,000 jobs will come to Tracy, but initial guesses don’t always pan out. City of Patterson officials said at one time that a center slated for that valley city could create 1,500 jobs, a figure that’s been revised to about 350 by the governor’s office.

No matter how many new positions Amazon ultimately brings to Tracy, they are a boon to our community, and every effort should be made to give local residents a chance to fill them.

City leaders have clearly recognized the importance of creating these types of opportunities. Their deal with Amazon shows City Hall is working to make Tracy less of a Bay Area bedroom and more of a self-sustaining city.

Despite a recession, city leaders foresaw the need to have land ready for large projects and committed to strengthening the Northeast Industrial Area and Cordes Ranch to the west.

Tracy landed Amazon thanks in part to that commitment, in part because staff was accommodating, and in part because of the City Council’s decision to pass sales tax reduction incentives that can benefit companies such as Amazon.

The decision could pay off in more ways than just jobs and tax revenue. Amazon could well be the first domino that tips other companies toward locating in Tracy.

City staff and elected officials have hinted that more big announcements should come before year’s end, suggesting the dominoes are already falling.

Let’s hope they topple in several directions, because business diversity is a key to long-term economic success.

Tracy needs an economy that doesn’t rely on a single industry, as was made clear by the devastating impact of the housing market crash five years ago.

We welcome Amazon with open and excited arms, and would gladly welcome more distribution centers if they promise to provide good-paying jobs and stabilize city tax revenues.

But in the long run, it will take more than one type of business to make Tracy’s economy flourish.
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HenrySends
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March 09, 2013
TP. I thinks U should do Yur homework before writing any more articles on this topic.

In the closing sentence U ruined the entire article. The last sentence sounds like an attempt to pummel our city for having what U R referring to as "one type of business". I assume by that U mean warehousing business?

If that B the case, U R wrong. Amazon doesn't call it a warehouse center, instead they call it a fulfillment center.

If I recall, U been anti growth for like 20 years. What's your glitch?

victor_jm
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February 11, 2013
Perhaps your notion of what an economy ought to be is antiquated and trapped inside a triangle.

By mid-century, the population in this state will be 50 million.

Our idea of growth is a cancer.

What does this--"stabilize city tax revenues--mean?

But, I realize, the viability of the Press is predicated on providing propaganda to a larger number of people within the city.
LocalMotion
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February 08, 2013
Note. I don't work for amazon. But I just got sick of articles always griping and bemoaning. It seems like all these newspaper types do is regurgitate the same old carp. When I read the Tracy Press I get a mental picture of those two old geezers on The Muppet Show. Waldorf and What's his face. Off my soap box now.
LocalMotion
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February 08, 2013
Sneaky,

The number of jobs you are complaining about is irrelevant except at election time. The governor ain't the wizard of oz. The number of jobs will actually depend on economic factors. As an example, stores generally hire more people during the holidays because of demand. Amazon jobs will also generate other jobs. You can't put a number on that really. But you also can't use it against the governor who is creating jobs. Anything is better than nothing. And amazon is not out to get anyone. And they're not in cahoots with the devil. Some people with masters degrees are out there applying at fast food restaurants. If you were in their shoes you would certainly be thankful for an amazon job.
LocalMotion
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February 08, 2013
fortheunderdog,

The business you are complaining about are consumer driven. If people don't eat at a local restaurant it ain't the fault of big brother. It can more realistically be attributed to the restruant owner not doing her or his homework. As an example there was a pizzahut, a hula hut and a beer hut on the same corner. I think it was Sixth and Central if I remember correctly. Another one comes to mind was Amores. Business comes and business goes. Instead of harpin on what you don't like in your community get involved. Open your own tea house or brew ha ha. Don't let big brother dictate what you can and cannot do. Or you will always be crying in your ale.
Sneaky
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February 08, 2013
"Early estimates suggest 1,000 jobs will come to Tracy, but initial guesses don’t always pan out. City of Patterson officials said at one time that a center slated for that valley city could create 1,500 jobs, a figure that’s been revised to about 350 by the governor’s office."

That right thar just confirmed exactly what I said after another one of these articles came out a few weeks ago. Whenever a corporation wants into a town they come in with grossly over-inflated figures on how many jobs they will bring in. If Patterson only got 350 jobs when told they would get 1500 that would indicate that we will get approximately 233 jobs out of the 1000 stated.

I guess for some a job is a job and in that sense a tiny bit of good will come of it. Overall though, given the nature of the jobs, I would rather just not have them here and have that many fewer folks crowded into town.
fortheunderdog
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February 08, 2013
What the City of Tracy really needs to focus on is KEEPING businesses from closing in this city or moving on to greener pasteurs. It has occurred to me that residents of Tracy don't want to associate with businesses in town, whether big or small. Sure, they'll do their grocery shopping in town but most all other purchases are made out-of-the-city. Why is that? Probably because city government allows redundancy in approving businesses to open. Too many of the same thing. If you want to keep Tracy residents from going elsewhere you're going to have to cater to their needs and wants. This is something Tracy has never gotten around to do.
Sneaky
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February 08, 2013
What makes you think Tracy residents down shop in town? Is it just a hunch or do you have actual data?

The only reason I am questioning is that I do most of my shopping here. We have everything we need already. Clothes - I have Penny's. Computer/TV/Electronics - Costco, walmart, target, best buy. General crap - all of the aforementions except best buy. Cars - no shortage of dealers. Groceries - no shortage. Tires/car repair - got that too. The list could go on quite a while but I will stop there.

I must concede I have seen a few other people in the comments sections of TP claiming there is not enough shopping here, or enough to do, but I just dont get it. Previously I lived in San Jose and I have yet to find anything I could get there that I cant find here.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 14, 2013
FTUD

In yer comment regardin th city government an it allowin redundancy in approvin businesses ta open, yer too many of th same thang if ya will, can ya really do anythang else unless other business are tryin ta come here? While thair are some business lookin ta relocate inta our area I am not aware of th high tech high payin job type of businesses that are interested in relocatin here much less anywhare else. An even supposin thair are some unless thair a megacorp how many of them high payin jobs would they have fer th people of Tracy an how many of them jobs would they fill from employees already workin fer them that wanted ta relocate with th company.

It's pretty easy ta say th city ain't doin much but ya also have ta have a group of businesses that are even interested in th possibility ta come here.


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