It was ironic that while 45 law enforcement officers from various agencies were tied up near downtown Manteca with two Bank of America bank robbery suspects holed up in a duplex the Manteca City Council was meeting behind closed doors trying to figure a way to avoid laying off 15 Manteca Police officers.
California as a civilized state is a fluke.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District is forging ahead in its bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the goal of reducing rates by 15 percent across the board and enhancing reliability.
There's an extra incentive now for out-of-town residents to drive safely in Manteca.
It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.
Four years ago it wasn't unusual for a mobile home in a park like Manteca's El Rancho Estates to sell for $180,000.
The last dance has taken place at Club Leon – at least for now.
To some, it is just a mound of dirt devoid of grass.
A year ago the City of Manteca would issue 1,000 final notices to cut off water service for non-payment of municipal utility bills. Of those, 200 actually ended up with service turned off.
Morrison Homes went for broke in its lawsuit against the City of Manteca over government facilities fees and lost big.
Sewer gas, the sun's rays, and the power of water are being combined in a package deal to land federal stimulus funds being awarded for renewable energy projects.
The City of Manteca is getting closer to having two code enforcement officers.
How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?
The last time South San Joaquin Irrigation District met to formally air its plans to enter the retail power business, a large contingent of PG&E employees and retirees showed up prompting a move to a nearby church sanctuary.
Days when municipal utility bills are due – including the absolute last day to pay on delinquent bills to avoid a shut off of water service – lines often snake outside the Finance Department at the Manteca Civic Center and down the sidewalk.
Manteca Unified students may soon start growing future jobs.
Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.
Joe Freitas - part of the World War II generation of leaders who returned home from war to lay the ground work for Manteca's future- passed away Thursday. He was 88.
Steve Catalano wants to go home.
Manteca hit a milestone this year when the city's 60th park was completed.
The $159 million school bond on the Nov. 4 ballot isn't just about upgrading aging schools and correcting safety problems.
The emperor has no clothes.
The South San Joaquin Irrigation District is studying a pressurized water system between Woodward Reservoir and the Van Groningen Road reservoir near Escalon that could save enough water to supply all of the current needs of Manteca and Lathrop.
It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.
Bonus bucks - or more precisely a decision to let developers off the hook for as much as $6.9 million they agreed to pay in exchange for the privilege of building homes - has emerged as the first major issue of the Nov. 4 municipal election.
Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.
Next month's community summit on the homeless could end up being much ado about nothing.
A lot has changed in the past 30 years.
Manteca popped up on McWhinney Development's radar for a Great Wolf Resort for the same reason that attracted Bass Pro Shops: Manteca's location at the epicenter of a demographically rich market.
One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.