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John Doyle bringing youth soccer club effort to River Islands

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POSTED November 7, 2017 12:49 a.m.

Does the name John Doyle ring a bell?
It does if you’re into soccer big time.
Doyle’s storied playing history includes the Olympics, historic firsts for the United States in the World Cup, and a distinguished Major Soccer League career that included five years as the San Jose Earthquakes team captain as well as a stint as general manager.
Doyle is also the director of the coaching staff for the highly-regarded Mustang Soccer League that’s based in Danville and is known for their elite club play.
Long story short, the Mustangs are coming to the South County or more precisely River Islands at Lathrop.
Doyle and the Mustang Soccer Club have made arrangement to build a six-field soccer complex on River Islands at the base of the Bradshaw Crossing Bridge once you cross the San Joaquin River from the Mossdale Landing neighborhoods in Lathrop.
The fields are being put in place in an area that eventually will serve as the town center of the planned community of 11,000 homes. When retail is developed — still a number of years down the road — the fields will be removed.
The Mustang program — when it is up and running on River Islands — will be open to youth players throughout the area.
It also underscores Cambay Group’s relentless commitment to create and build a strong family-orientated community. The firm’s willingness to open its pocketbooks to launch the highly successfully and highly regarded River Islands Tech Academy charter school that’s located near the soccer fields’ site is another indication of that commitment.
Danville is in the same neck-of-the-woods of Cambay Group’s last 20-year transformative development — the 11,000 home Dougherty Valley project.
Information on the soccer program now operating in Danville can be found at

Manteca looking to
“buy up” Moffat
corridor land
The Manteca City Council is meeting behind closed doors today at 5:30 p.m. to talk about price and terms involving land they want to sell/lease and land they want to buy.
The buy land is along Moffat Boulevard — 336, 346, 372, 392, 420 and 460 Moffat Boulevard. It is essentially all of the property between the Manteca Transit Center and the city’s water treatment plant at Garfield Avenue.
It includes an old gas station site, vacant property, a recycling center, and a house.
The agenda posting the closed session items does not indicate what the city would use the property for if it was able to buy it.
One obvious use is to expand the parking for the Transit Center that will have Altamont Corridor Express service start by 2025 at the latest although the San Joaquin Rail Commission said service could start even sooner. State funding from gas tax receipts requires service extended to Ceres by 2025 but the double tracking to downtown Manteca could happen quicker given its proximity to existing ACE service and a major bridge won’t have to be built over a river. Two rivers — the Stanislaus and Tuolumne — have to be crossed before tracks can reach Ceres.
The parcels are also across the street from the southern side of the Manteca High campus the district may orientate to face Moffat Boulevard
The other items is the second closed door council discussion in the past five days  about direct negotiations with Great Wolf Resorts for a waterpark resort  since McWhinney Development’s role as a middle man was ended.

91 firms take a look
at bringing jobs to SJ
County during 3rd quarter
So just how optimistic is American business and how bullish are they when it comes to looking at South San Joaquin County — Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop, and Manteca — when it comes to expanding.
Based on the third quarter activity the short answer to both questions is “very”.
According to the San Joaquin Partnership’s client hot list of businesses looking to expand for the third quarter (July 1 through Sept. 30), there were 91 firms giving the area a serious look for their operations. Of those, 49 were manufacturing concerns, 27 were logistics operations, 9 were service industries, 2 were back room operations, and 3 were classified as others.
Not only do quasi-public entities such as the San Joaquin Partnership actively market areas they represent, but they also work with “clients” — those firms that are in the active hunt for new locations — to quickly and efficient assess what is available for their needs. Without the Partnership many of the firms may not give the area a first look let alone the extremely important second look.
The Partnership provides hard data plus a detailed list of options that might fit a firm’s needs saving them time while at the same time making sure San Joaquin County gets a look. Because time is money, firms will make extensive use of organizations such as the San Joaquin Partnership in their hunt for new digs.
The prospects range from a firm that will create 5 to 10 jobs to a back room operation looking for up to 8 million square feet and could create upwards of 50,000 jobs (does that sound like Amazon?).
While 50,000 jobs in an office-like setting may sound a tad out of the area’s reach what isn’t is a long list of prospects in manufacturing and logistic generating between 25 and 1,500 jobs.
What’s helping is a slew of spec construction either under way or moving toward ground breaking in Tracy, Lathrop, Stockton, and now Manteca.
Of those 91 firms, only two gave Manteca properties a look. One was a logistics firm seeking 2,000 to 5,000 square feet in Spreckels Park off DuPont Court and the other looking for 200,000 square feet that was shown at the CenterPoint Business Park at Roth Road and Airport Way.
As two projects near ground breaking — one on Pacific Business Park where an Amazon Prime distribution center is opening next to the Manteca Unified School District complex on Louise Avenue  and the other in CenterPoint that will have a combined 1.7 million square feet — expect interest in Manteca to pick up significantly.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email

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