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City residency law in violation of California constitution

Manteca can't legally require any city employee – including City Manager Steve Pinkerton - to live within the city limits.

October 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Forget the magic pill: its veggies, fruit & exercise

The lady turned around, glanced at the items I had placed on the conveyor belt late Saturday afternoon at a cash register at the North Main Street Save Mart, and asked "are you a vegetarian?"

October 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION


Council violated Manteca law

Steve Pinkerton still lives in Stockton some 15 months after taking over as Manteca's city manager.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


State may financially cripple city by taking even more

The State of California could nickel and dime cities such as Manteca if not to death then at least make them hemorrhage more financially.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


400 more Mantecans find jobs

Manteca's unemployment picture – as well as that of every other community in San Joaquin County – bucked the statewide trend for the second straight month in September as more people went back to work.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s 1st workforce housing

Fifty-eight more homes – including 40 being touted as Manteca's first workforce housing neighborhood – are being presented to the City Council Tuesday for initial approval and annexation by declared Manteca mayoral candidate Ben Cantu.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Golf course now owes general fund $1.3 million

The $2.2 million Manteca Golf Course Clubhouse – dubbed the Taj Mahal by critics when the project moved forward in the early 1990s – will be the city's free and clear in 2010.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Parents & kids: See what it’s all about

Kids and parents alike can get a free taste of what the Boys & Girls Club is all about during the Lights after School Event this Thursday, Oct, 22, from 4 to 8 p.m.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Biggest drop since Depression

The biggest municipal budget decrease since the Great Depression is before the Manteca City Council Tuesday night for adoption.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Laid-off officers will receive pay for any court appearances

Manteca Police's 12 officers who were laid off Saturday as the result of the city's budget crisis will be compensated if they are called into court to testify on cases that they investigated.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Free shredding this Saturday for records & documents

It's trash to you but to criminals it is a gold mine.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What goes down will also go back up

Fifteen years ago, the average home on the resale market in Manteca closed escrow at $125,000. It was $390,000 in 2005. The market peaked at $413,000 in 2006. Today the average closing price in the Manteca resale market is $178,044.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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Manteca’s goal: 5th fire station, new police office

Manteca needs to restore police and firefighting staffing to prerecession levels.

April 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Cemeteries, growing up, death & life

I'd venture to say that I view cemeteries a bit differently than most people.

April 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID taking delivery of federal power

Electricity generated at federal facilities will start powering the South San Joaquin Irrigation District offices and a portion of the agency's pumps starting in 2015.

April 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


SJ agency protecting PG&E profits

A lot has happened since June 2009 when South San Joaquin Irrigation District filed its current application before the San Joaquin Local Area Formation Commission to become the retail electricity provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.

April 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steve Winter joining Hall of Fame

Steve Winter - a Manteca High Buffalo through and through for 40 years first as a student, then as a teacher and coach, next as an administrator, and then five years as principal - is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

April 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


California may soon be ablaze in orange, red & black hues

California's countryside green is fading fast to gold.

April 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID water outlook is improving

You can go jump into the lake today.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill out

The homeowner was miffed.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


UNION RANCH APPEAL

There are various yardsticks to judge a neighborhood before you buy - the overall cleanliness, low crime rates, and amenities such as plenty of walking paths.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Felonies still going down in Manteca

Felony crimes continue to drop in Manteca.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Crime


Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tidewater crossing Lathrop Road

There's another traffic signal going up in Manteca.

April 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Recycled city water for farms?

Water Manteca residents send down the drain could one day help irrigate South County crops.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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