Felony crimes dropped almost 11 percent in Manteca during March. There were 203 Part One Crime reports – the most serious crimes as identified by the FBI – in March of this year compared to 228 in March of 2008. The drop in various categories of felonies from March 2008 to March 2009 is as follows: •Residential burglaries down 13.04 percent from 23 to 20. •Auto burglary down 48.1 percent from 79 to 41. •Commercial ...
Has Manteca's crime rate gone down because some of the "right" people are losing their homes?
There is only a large enough supply of homes Manteca to satisfy the current buying pace of 121 homes a month for the next six weeks.
A court decision last week improved Manteca's budget outlook and made the state's woes – and that of local school districts - a bit bleaker.
Fleener Richards – a vocal critic of City Hall – believes for his money the Manteca City Council might be better off gambling with $89,000 instead of hiring a lobbying firm to press for federal stimulus funds.
Weeping willows take on more water than the Titanic. They also create great wildlife habitats for birds and other creatures. If Mayor Willie Weatherford has his druthers, they'd be some 200 acres of willow trees in a floodplain on the southwest part of the city. They would literally drink up treated wastewater while at the same time recharging the water tables allowing nature – via the trees – to remove nitrates and ammonia. "Weatherford Woods" ...
Non-native minnows so small that you can literally see through them almost sent Manteca's monthly wastewater treatment bills up to $100 per household.
You've been warned. Manteca's weed cops hit the streets on May 15. The nine-day warning gives you time to avoid getting a citation for everything from weeds and rubbish to excessive dirt those firefighters can see in your yard from riding on a fire truck. Firefighters issued 1,272 citations in 2008 down from 1,093 citations in 2007. Of those issued, almost all were cleared by the residents of the property cleaning up the mess and ...
Where else do you celebrate the "Best of Manteca" except in the business that literally put the Mann-teee -kaa! in Manteca – Manteca Trailer & RV.
Remember Purpletie.com? It was the idea of high-tech Turks from the Silicon Valley to do a web-based dry cleaning service. They were seeking capital to build a massive dry cleaning plant in Manteca next door to where Frito-Lay is on Moffat Boulevard. Routes would go into the Bay Area and Sacramento with pickups and deliveries opposite of the commute. They thought they were brilliant. After all, busy people don't have time to go to the ...
Some people abide by the 10-second rule. Personally, mine is more like 30 seconds. I guess it comes from being out in the middle of nowhere on long bicycle rides and having to eat only what I bring with me. I have no problem with picking most food I drop up off the floor – or from the ground – and eating it. I don't exactly have a phobia about dirt and germs. Having said ...
Federal dollars may help assure that the Manteca Police have top-notch functioning equipment while at the same time avoiding dipping into general fund receipts. The Manteca City Council tonight is expected to seek its share - $147,000 to be exact – of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds' component aimed at providing funds through the federal Department of Justice to assist state and local law enforcement combat crime. Police Chief Dave Bricker ...
The creation of a one-stop permit center at the Manteca Civic Center is also setting in motion improved efficiencies for other municipal departments as well as improving public access. The $430,000 project – less than a third of the cost that was originally envisioned – requires shifting personnel around and remodeling other offices. As a result when work being handled by city employees is completed there will be: •American Disabilities Act access for the handicapped ...
Staging a major "thank-you" for war veterans who returned home and those who didn't this Memorial Day Weekend will incur $5,923 in Manteca municipal costs. In the current austere times, the City Council has directed staff to provide exact details of what various endeavors are going to cost whether it is construction, ongoing maintenance or specific costs tied to a specific event and determine if there is a way to recoup the money. That is ...
Manteca – despite the mortgage meltdown that sent nearly 1,000 single family homes into foreclosure during 2008 - experienced its second highest year in terms of the number of new housing units that were built within the city limits since a growth cap was imposed in 1987.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
A private lodging tax is the linchpin that financial experts believe is crucial for a complex deal to secure a 500-room Great Wolf Resort Lodge to make sense for the City of Manteca.
It's the $75 ticket that keeps on giving.
"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"
Uncle Sam could put up $3 million to help finance public improvements in the Austin Road Business Park.
Frosty the Snowman would be right at home at this evening's 41st annual Downtown Manteca Twilight Christmas Parade.
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