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Dave Macedo: The 25-gallon donor man

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POSTED July 28, 2009 1:03 a.m.

How many pints are in 25 gallons?

Ask Manteca businessman Dave Macedo.

Like clockwork since November 1977 the former Manteca City Councilman has faithfully followed the eight week cycle as close as possible to give blood. On Monday, Macedo reached an impressive milestone– 25 gallons or 200 pints of blood – with a donation at Delta Blood Bank’s Manteca location next to Rite Aid on North Main Street

“They told me I’ve given enough to fill up 8 people,” Macedo quipped.

Macedo started giving back in November 1977 when his father came down with cancer.

He says it makes him feel good knowing he is helping others.

It goes beyond that. Macedo has a relatively rare blood type – “O negative” – making his donations all the more important.

For the record, blood bank personnel report that donations are actually up although blood tends to be something that is always in short supply.
If you’re interested in donating blood to help save lives, the blood bank is open Mondays from 1 to 7 p.m.


Manteca Councilwoman Debby Moorhead has no problem stepping forward with a 10 percent reduction in the $500 a month she receives as a stipend.

She is the latest city council member to make a commitment to give up part of her stipend.

Moorhead said going with the 3.8 percent city employees were taking as a pay cut that it didn’t seem right for the council not to follow suit and give up even more.

“I didn’t run for council for the $500 a month,” Moorhead said.

Even though the $600 that would be turned back to the city coffers doesn’t seem like much, it does add up.

Councilman John Harris set the bar several months ago by quietly returning $150 a month or 30 percent of his stipend. Mayor Willie Weatherford has indicated that he plans to turn back 10 percent while both Vince Hernandez and Steve DeBrum are on board to do whatever the rest of the council does.

DeBrum has suggested formalizing the reduction – what every minimum level the council decides is right – to show that they are willing to work right alongside municipal workers to help Manteca weather the storm.

Moorhead couldn’t be reached when the original story on council members turning back a part of their stipends first` ran on Saturday.


The first signs of reduced park maintenance due to the City of Manteca budget crisis are showing up in neighborhood parks.

One way of reducing costs was going from once a week mowing in neighborhood parks to every two weeks. The result is you are now seeing dried lawn clippings as the longer grass blades are making it harder for it to mulch quickly.

Woodward Park, Lincoln Park, and Northgate Park – plus a few heavier used neighborhood parks – will still see a mowing schedule that is closer to once a week.

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