In announcing his intention to run for mayor of the city of Tracy on July 22, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Maciel said he did so because people kept asking him whether he was going to run or not. Well, now we know he plans on running.
The next question of Mr. Maciel: Will he keep past promises he made in running for City Council in his run for mayor?
For example, when he was running for council in 2012, at a candidate forum hosted by the Tracy Airport Association in October (at which I was present and which follows I heard with my own ears), Mr. Maciel, along with current council members Nancy Young and Charles Manne, promised to protect the Tracy airport, as they all agreed it was a magnet and engine for economic growth and development. They all agreed with the steps that had been taken by the city just a few days earlier to have Runway 12/30 remeasured and extended to 4,000 feet from the 3,997 feet it had been reduced to months earlier.
Fast-forward to the City Council meeting of June 18: Mr. Maciel agreed — along with Ms. Young and Mr. Manne, as well as Mayor Brent Ives and Councilman Robert Rickman — to have Runway 12/30 reduced to 3,997 feet.
I ask Mr. Maciel, what happened between October and June 18 to change your mind and not keep your original promise to the airport folks when you were looking for their votes in 2012? (The same could be asked of Mr. Manne and Ms. Young.) It appears that the only immediate beneficiary of the decrease in the length of Runway 12/30 would be the Ellis project, as my letter to the editor printed in the July 26 edition of this paper tried to show.
So, the question begs itself again — will Mr. Maciel keep his original promise made back in October 2012 to protect the airport by keeping the length of runway 12/30 at its then (and still current) 4,000 feet when the runway length comes for another crucial vote in the next 30-60 days? Or has he made a new promise to a person or persons that would benefit from an airport with a smaller runway length? And, if a new promise has been made, to whom?
Steve Nicolaou, Tracy