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Manteca tries to end CHP ‘poaching’

California Highway Patrol officers have ceased what one city official termed "poaching" – at least for now – in writing tickets to trucks pulling the largest allowed cargo trailers onto Commerce Drive and DuPont Court in Spreckels Park.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca centralizing city yards

Centralizing Manteca's public works operations from streets and water to vehicle maintenance in one location could save the city $620,000 a year.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Effort made to minimize impact on current pay of city workers

The bottom line for Manteca municipal employees who faced layoffs or compensation cuts was how the city crafted the reduction.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The new Manteca numbers game

Now that it is clear the tsunami known as the mortgage meltdown has swept through the Manteca housing market it is safe to start thinking about long-term recovery.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Dell’Osso farms: It’s corny but tons of fun

LATHROP – Dell'Osso Farms is arguably the happiest place in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | BUSINESS


Del Webb fire station next

Manteca's next fire station is now targeted for Airport Way on the northwest corner of the 1,420-home Del Webb at Woodbridge neighborhood.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can 16 cops be saved by Saturday?

A behind-the-scenes effort is quietly underway to avoid 16 layoffs of Manteca Police officers this Saturday.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What goes up must come down

A commitment to helping municipal employees have competitive pay with comparable jurisdictions when the job market and economy was hot was one of the major factors setting up Manteca's $14 million deficit.

October 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Takin’ it to the Streets Sunday

Mike Moore equates it to doing Jesus Christ's work outside of the box as in the four walls of a church.

October 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Groundbreaking Oct. 15 on outlet stores in Manteca

Get ready for the Lifestyle Outlets at Manteca.

October 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | BUSINESS


Going for broke means never fixing what’s broken

All or nothing at all is an approach that those on the left and those on the right should use sparingly.

October 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION


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A ‘no’ vote on Measure I won’t count

Are you ready to give up your right to vote for all seven Manteca Unified School District board members?

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Metering for Austin Road ramp to 99

Manteca's first ramp metering - red and green lights that control the flow of traffic onto a freeway - will be installed on the onramps to Highway 99 at Austin Road.

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Proposed law targets public urination

There is a state law against urination and defecation in public.

October 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Timberwolves definitely something to howl about

The howling was real Friday night in the Timberwolves' den.

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the price of a Starbucks cappuccino once a week

Are you willing to throw away $159 million on a gambit?

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Another marijuana grow bust

Manteca Police seized 180 pounds of marijuana and a small arsenal of 16 weapons that included three illegal assault rifles during a raid Thursday morning in the Raymus Village neighborhood.

October 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Crime


Curse all of Manteca’s greedy developers

Those crafty, sneaky, and sinister developers.

October 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thompson retiring as HOPE shelters exec

Dave Thompson has spent the past 14 years helping struggling families and single moms get off the streets.

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Another option for kids

Antone Raymus would be pleased.

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


Cantu fundraiser includes 20-minute primer on why city never has enough money

Manteca mayoral candidate Ben Cantu is conducting a fundraiser Friday with a slight twist.

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


Men’s shelter: It’s OK if you want it in your neighborhood

There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New look for Highway 99

Sometime in 2015 the Highway 99 corridor's transformation through Manteca will be complete.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


The marvelous tech invention known as books

Books are more powerful than computers.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Conversion to baseball costs $549K

It will cost $549,510 to convert Morenzone Field that was created originally for adult softball to accommodate 13- to 15-year-old Little League baseball play.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


It’s been a blast for Dell’Osso

Some thought Ron Dell'Osso was out of his gourd.

October 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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