But did you know that Tracy, as a college intern in 1977 for California’s U.S. Senator S.I. (Sam) Hayakawa, helped draft legislation that helped San Diego’s tuna fishing industry stay competitive with fishing fleets in other countries and later, while completing her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at San Diego State University, she worked to implement those policy recommendations.
Tracy grew up in the East County and attended Flying Hills Elementary School in El Cajon and Cajon Valley Junior High. Her grandfather moved with his family from Illinois to the Bostonia part of El Cajon in 1911 so her East County roots run deep. She graduated from Santana High School in Santee. At Santana, she organized school assemblies and served as a peer counselor, confidentially assisting other students with counseling problems ranging from family issues to drug addiction.
As a summer job, she worked in the Kings Canyon National Park where she met actors Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, who were traveling with their families through the Sequoia parks. She and fellow workers heard Korman tell his own kids to “awe shut up” -- the same line that drew laughter for millions of TV viewers of “The Carol Burnett Show.”
After that summer, she was awarded a scholarship and attended Mount Vernon College, a women’s college in northwestern Washington, D.C., where she attended in 1976 and 1977. There, she studied international law and worked alongside with professors who helped craft legislation for members of Congress and the Senate. For her “Comparative Politics” course, she traveled to Rome and London to meet with national lawmakers in those countries.
Also, while attending Mount Vernon, Tracy traveled to Philadelphia and stopped by a restaurant where someone invited her to attend the Phil Donohue TV show. Appearing on the show on that day were actor Gabe Kaplan (“Welcome Back Kotter”) and former TV player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola. After the show, Tracy returned to the same restaurant and there, sitting and eating, were Donohue, Kaplan and Garagiola. “I walked up to them and told them I was in the studio audience that day,” she said.
Tracy returned to San Diego as the anti-tax movement heated up before the passage of Proposition 13. An economics professor encouraged her to join an internship program in the state Capitol in Sacramento where she earned a master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. She spent 10 years working in the state Capitol for members of the California State Assembly, the League of California Cities and other agencies.
While working in the state Assembly, Tracy worked with key policy staff to develop pieces of legislation that created the California Welfare to Work Program, the first and only tax surplus rebate to state taxpayers and other key legislation. She also helped the California Association of REALTORS® carry a bill that expanded the C.A.R. Legal Action Fund.
Tracy met her husband Andrew Hollingworth while both were working late hours to analyze committee bills to be heard the next day in policy hearings. Prior to PC computers, the state had developed a clunky computer network that Andy had mastered. He helped Tracy understand how to find key bill information to help legislators learn what special interest groups were quietly supporting legislation and what organizations supported or opposed legislation. They dated for four years before Andy finally proposed on one knee in the snow during a trip to Lake Tahoe.
Tracy’s work in the Legislature led to a career that has spanned 27 years working with local REALTORS®. She has the current longevity record in California for government affairs service among REALTOR® associations.
Tracy enjoys spending time at her Point Loma home with Andy (current business partner) and their yellow nape Amazon parrot “Buster”. The talkative Buster can reply, “You be good,” “Be careful out there,” “How are you” and “Rock and roll.”
“I’ve very excited about the opportunity to continue to grow PSAR’s government affairs program this year,” said Tracy. “After so many tough economic years in the real estate market, it’s especially important that PSAR members communicate with their local government officials and help stop government agencies from finding ways to tax and regulate real estate transactions. We are here for PSAR members as a strong advocate to protect their business through representation at the local, state and national levels.”
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Don’t forget to read next week’s story. Hint: She has no dogs or cats. Instead, she has about 70 snakes in cages in the garage at her El Cajon home. Her husband breeds the snakes, including emerald tree and Dominican red boas and green tree pythons.