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Kids Zone: $40K in the hole?

Closer cost accounting of the Kids Zone program following concerns voiced by private sector day care providers that the city was unfairly competing against them shows the after school offering might actually be a drain this fiscal year on the distressed Manteca municipal general fund.

February 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Measure M saving jobs of 4 officers

Measure M when July of 2012 rolls around will support the salaries and benefits of 15 Manteca Police officers or 27 percent of the force.

February 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Thanks PG&E for proving SSJID can lower rates 15%

Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon should be eternally grateful to PG&E.

February 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Goal: No more police layoffs

City Manager Steve Pinkerton has his marching orders: The goal is to make $4.5 million in budget cuts by June 30 without cutting the ranks of Manteca's 55 sworn police officers.

February 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Exercise does indeed enhance quality of your life

I didn't know it at the time but it was one of the smartest decisions of my life.

February 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homes selling almost 7 times faster than they did back in 2007

There is a 3.4-month supply of available resale homes in the Manteca market based on available property on the Multiple Listing Service.

February 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Lower power with $5.1M leftover

An independent analysis by a highly respected consulting firm that PG&E helped select has determined that South San Joaquin Irrigation District would have to pump in $15 million a year to purchase the retail power system in Manteca Ripon, and Escalon and deliver on its promise to reduce electrical rates 15 percent across the board.

February 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Would you vote to tax yourself for better public worker benefits?

The party is over.

February 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca faces $4M gap

Manteca has to come up with a way to save $4 million in order to make expenses match anticipated revenue for the fiscal year starting July 1.

February 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Dry levee is southwest Manteca’s last defense

It was a surreal scene.

February 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


The right way to protect rural south Manteca

There's no nice way to put this.

February 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pitting neighbor against neighbor?

Opposition to any form of a McKinley Expressway continued to mount Tuesday as city residents joined the growing chorus against a roadway they believe will induce growth and destroy prime farmland.

February 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Budget cop Florez takes aim at use of food stamps for fast food

You can use food stamp cards in the counties of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento to buy food at places like Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut.

February 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McKinley: The new bypass?

There is a fear by many who live today among dairies and almond orchards south of Manteca that the proposed extension of McKinley Avenue to provide an expressway connection between the Highway 120 and Highway 99 freeways will end up becoming what residents have called "a bypass of the bypass."

February 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Mother Nature’s gift to the senses: Almond blossoms

The days of the stench from sugar pulp recycled through cattle in the Moffat Feed Lot are gone.

February 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Articles By Author - Dennis Wyatt


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Minimum wage, maximum pain

California's minimum wage laws are already having severe impacts on Manteca's two leading non-profits - Give Every Child a Chance and the Manteca-Lathrop Boys ...

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Homes may soon border Sedan Ave.

Manteca's first residential project aimed at serving four distinct income brackets of home buyers is being proposed on 339 acres stretching from a point ...

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


My favorite song? Try ‘California’ by Sinatra

My taste in music runs the gamut from rock to jazz as well as country to western.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fireworks on 4th at Woodward?

Manteca's Independence Day celebration at Big League Dreams sports complex has been a dud of sorts when it comes to attendance to the activities ...

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Waterford joining Manteca Hall of Fame

Phil Waterford - a businessman driven to serve the less fortunate in the community - is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


California: Is it the next stoner state?

Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ACE coming down the tracks?

Altamont Corridor Express trains will start running down the tracks to downtown Manteca, Ripon and Modesto if the California High Speed Rail Authority votes to ...

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


South County Savior

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, the Delta, innovations and the weather that play a key role ...

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


NEW WATER SOURCE FOR COURSE

Menlo Park's exclusive Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club knows the value of reclaimed wastewater.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


$500 fines possible for water abuse

Stricter water rules are now in place for Manteca residents and businesses.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Ex-Lathrop chamber CEO hosts book release event

Former Lathrop Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Kennedy-Bracken is conducting a book release party on Thursday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m ...

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


PITCHER PERFECT

Most of the time, a three-hitter with eight strikeouts will yield a win for a pitcher.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


It was almost worth losing the pepper tree

My neighbors have probably been wondering if I was ever going to top Christmas Eve 2010.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grassroots downtown plan

A low-key proposal to establish a partnership between the city, businesses, and property owners to breathe new life into downtown has been outlined by the ...

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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