Named after railroad director J.J. Tracy, the second most populated town in San Joaquin County started up as a Central Pacific Railroad stop between from Stockton to the San Francisco Bay. Today, it’s defined by another mode of transportation, located inside the “triangle” formed by three interstate freeways: the 205, 5 and 580. The city’s Economic Development Division fully embraces this geography with, which pitches the benefits of living, working and learning in this town of 93,000. Sprawl is the issue that dominates the political landscape in Tracy, where even pro-growth politicians argue that construction of huge warehouse complexes and sprawling residential developments has outstripped spending on transportation infrastructure and amenities for residents. This growth contributed to a contentious climate at City Hall, with a revolving door for city managers and a council that was chided by the 2018-2019 San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury for an “open disregard” for Tracy’s council-manager form of government. There has been significant turnover on the council since that report, but notably there was a tussle over firing a city manager as recently as May of 2023.

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City Council

Regular council meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Special meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza.

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Planning Commission

The Tracy Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 333 Civic Center Drive. During November and December, meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month due to the holidays.

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City of Tracy Offers Free Tracer Fixed Route Bus Service this Winter
Tracy, Calif. – Take advantage of free TRACER Fixed Route bus rides to your holiday and winter Tracy destinations beginning December 1, 2023, through February 29, 2024. The TRACER Public Transit System’s Fixed Routes serve all major holiday shopping...

City of Tracy Makes History by Becoming Home to America’s First Commercial Direct Air Capture Facility
Tracy, Calif. – The Tracy City Council proudly welcomed Heirloom, the country’s first commercial Direct Air Capture facility, to the Tracy community at their ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier today. Located at 4750 South Holly Drive in Tracy, the...

Notice of Open Public Comment Period and Hybrid Public Meeting: City of Tracy Draft Housing Element
Tracy, Calif. – The City of Tracy Draft Housing Element is now available for public review and comment through November 6, 2023. Physical copies of the Draft Housing Element are available at Tracy City Hall (333 Civic Center Plaza) and the Tracy...

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The Tracy City Council voted to reject a proposed annexation of 191 acres for an industrial project on the northeast side of town.

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A four-hour discussion showed that the city still has a complex process ahead of it to create a plan for how new housing should develop in Tracy.

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Tracy’s Planning Commission renewed permits for two prospective cannabis dispensaries at their meeting on Oct. 25.

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Tracy Mayor Nancy Young has declared her next run for elected office, gathering supporters to talk about her campaign for San Joaquin County’s Fifth District supervisorial seat.

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Over the next eight years the city of Tracy must add nearly 9,000 new homes and apartments, most of them for low and very-low-income residents, if the city is to comply with state expectations for regional housing needs.
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