Kirk Dall's lips made it clear: No new taxes. Dall was the messenger at Tuesday's City Council meeting and he was there to kill any talk of a new municipal utility tax. "This is the straw that will break (our backs)," Dall said of the proposed utility tax trial balloon floated by municipal staff as a possible way to help cover a part of a projected $11.3 million deficit expected to materialize in the fiscal ...
Business is booming at Manteca's Big League Dreams sports complex. The management has just hired 11 new employees and plans to do another wave of hiring in the coming months after ending 2008 with a record 355,000 paying visitors who passed through the turnstiles. The firm leasing and operating the six-field complex that also has two restaurants and an indoor soccer arena reported that in first quarter comparisons there are: •257 adults softball teams this ...
The old walled city of Manteca was a forbidding place. It was a place where asphalt and concrete was king as nothing broke up monotonous corridors of asphalt, concrete and masonry walls save for a few stunted trees doing their best to avenge their treatment by having their roots push up nearby sidewalk. The sound walls attracted graffiti, hemmed in dust and debris, and served as a passive reservoir for the oppressive sun of summer ...
Can the Del Webb homeowners association that already maintains two internal parks, the community's recreation complex and landscaping along sound walls meet " city standards"?
Hollywood productions such as "Driving Miss Daisy", "Ghostbusters II", and "Back to the Future II" were packing them in at movie houses the last time ticket prices were $3.
The use and sale of safe and sane fireworks in Manteca will be legal through at least 2014.
It's too bad President Obama didn't pick Jim Muthart as the architect of his stimulus plan to get the economy rolling again instead of Tim Geithner.
The landscape is changing. Four years ago, not a single protest was heard when the City of Manteca formed landscape maintenance districts to keep the cost of upkeep on sound wall landscaping and associated improvements on the back of home owners in specific subdivisions instead of shifting the expense to taxpayers. Now an attempt to form a landscape maintenance district (LMD) at Del Webb at Woodbridge post-mortem – a council policy adopted years ago requires ...
The City of Manteca won't decree that dog owners get their animals fixed. Pits bulls and related breeds will remain as the only dogs facing mandatory spaying and neutering in Manteca after the council Tuesday rejected a plan to extend that requirement to all dogs. Mayor Willie Weatherford believes such an ordinance would only penalize responsible pet owners who license their dogs while allowing those that create the problem to avoid any consequences. If an ...
It's organized chaos. And it's a Manteca spring tradition. Some 1,500 to 2,000 kids are expected to descend on Northgate Park Saturday for the free Manteca Noon Kiwanis annual Easter egg hunt. They start arriving at 9:30 a.m., even though the actual gates to the softball complex won't open until well over an hour later. They will come with rabbit ears, in their Easter casual or just plain every day clothes carrying baskets, buckets and ...
Transparency is now all the rage at all levels of government. It is easy to understand why. The well is going dry in terms of options on how many ways are left to skin a taxpayer. It's about time transparency is more than mere lip service although a lot of folks in government still have one heck of a ways to go before they are crystal clear about what they are doing with our money. ...
The typical Manteca homeless family helped by HOPE Ministries isn't battling substance abuse or living off the system. They are clean and gainfully employed.
You've got to love some newspaper reporters. It is against their nature to report on anything unless they can show there is conflict. Such is the case with the Almond Court subsidized low-income senior apartment complex dedicated on Monday on North Union Road in Manteca. The Modesto Bee had to give the story "tension" so they found a real estate agent who brokers apartments in the Northern San Joaquin Valley – 100 complexes in the ...
The curtain is about to go up on four months of community entertainment designed to help foster kids, honor America's servicemen, and provide a family-style setting for live music and movies.
There was a time when stubborn landowners who owned vacant lots had weeds abated by the city at taxpayer expense and then have a lien placed against their property to recoup the money.
Sacramento made it clear to Manteca: Pay back a $1.7 million redevelopment agency loan now or risk having local sales and property taxes seized.
Editor's note: This is the second of a six-part series taking a look back at Manteca's first 95 years as an incorporated city. Voters approved incorporation on May 28, 1918.
God and country.
Everything from Ripon schools and roads to fire service will feel the impacts of the Austin Road Business Park - the largest development ever approved in Manteca.
Editor's note: This is the first of a six-part series taking a look back at Manteca's first 95 years as an incorporated city. Voters approved incorporation on May 28, 1918.
Lie to the federal government and you'd better get you affairs in order.
By DENNIS WYATT
Get ready for the invasion of the Barneys.
Nearly 100 acres of city-owned wastewater treatment plant land could end up as the premier family entertainment hub for the Northern San Joaquin Valley while tapping into the Bay Area market as well.
Manteca, Ripon and Lathrop could become more than just neighboring communities at least when it comes to wastewater.
A handful of kids are going to get a chance to think out of the box when it comes to perceptions about the homeless.
It was the white lie of the last decade.
Federal authorities are intentionally flooding low land along the Stanislaus River in a test to see whether it will help increase the chances of salmon fingerlings making it to the Delta.
Shame on you, Tim Cook.