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Tracy in same boat as Manteca when it comes to homeless issues

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POSTED August 28, 2017 12:30 a.m.

Homeless problems. Illegal  camping. Trespassing on private property and in vacant buildings. Panhandling. Blight. Traffic safety.

The city’s police department is planning to stage two town hall meetings next month to gather community input on those concerns.

The city, however, isn’t Manteca. It’s Tracy. The Sept. 12 and 14 town halls in Tracy underscore a point that Manteca officials keep making when some hammer Manteca for supposedly being the only place with such issues. The point is that almost every California city from desert communities such as Ridgecrest and high Sierra towns like Bishop to exclusive oceanfront communities in Orange County is dealing with similar problems.

The Tracy town hall meetings will also include representatives from that city’s code enforcement division and public works department along with Police Chief Larry Esquivel. A City of Tracy issued press release notes that the Tracy Police Department’s vision statement is to “Preserve the safety and high quality of life in Tracy through values-based policing.”

Manteca Police have conducted similar meetings minus public works and code enforcement representatives.

Perhaps when the Manteca City Council meets Tuesday, Sept. 5, to share ways they could step up current efforts to address homeless and vagrancy issues in partnership with the community they might pursue a similar effort that involves early evening meetings to accommodate residents rather than the daytime endeavors they conducted to get a handle on what they were dealing with when it came to the homeless and how non-profits and the city could work together.

Involving code enforcement and other departments in a similar evening town hall meeting in Manteca might get the city an earful about vacant and burned out buildings and other code enforcement issues that a growing number of Manteca residents see as a correlation to the city’s homeless and vagrant problems.


Manteca Fire Department

saying  thanks to volunteers

& four retiring firefighters

Four retiring/or recently retired longtime members of the Manteca Fire Department are being recognized during a banquet on Friday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at Chez Shari at the Manteca Golf Course.

The firefighters are Jeff Barr, Marvin Mears, Steve Burrows and Dave Breitenbucher.

The social hour is at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Formal Class A uniforms are being encouraged for firefighters attending the event. Dinner will include tri-tip, chicken and sides with special diet plates if requested. Tickets are $25 a person and must be purchased by Sept. 1.

 It is the second annual event hosted by Local 1874 of the Firefighters Union 

The Manteca Fire Department will honor the members of the Seniors Aiding Fire Effort (SAFE) volunteer on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at noon  with a pizza lunch at Round Table Pizza on Daniels Street in appreciation for their support . 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email

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