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Hasta la vista, bonus bucks?

The days of free-flowing bonus bucks – up to $17,000 charged on each new tract home built in Manteca – may be ending.

February 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Crime continues going down in Manteca

Manteca's crime rate has dropped for the 21st consecutive month.

February 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Crime


Second senior brown bag starting up on March 3

Low-income seniors can get help with their groceries.

February 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Wastewater among state’s cleanest

Manteca's wastewater treatment plant seven years ago was under intense scrutiny from state water quality control inspectors.

February 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Cable, energy taxes remain stable revenue sources for city

Property and sales taxes may have taken a dive in terms of revenue to pay for Manteca municipal operations but there are four taxes that have actually brought more money into municipal coffers.

February 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Get ready for surcharge on your homeowners insurance policy

If you live in Manteca, you pay property taxes to support the Manteca Fire Department.

February 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION


Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An $11,800 bounce in prices

No category of housing in Manteca has dropped farther in value than the Cherry Lane condos.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


SSJID ponders opposing PG&E ballot measure

Language in PG&E's $6.5 million gambit to prevent local jurisdictions from entering the retail power business under a ballot measure the company embraced in 2002 may make it difficult in the future for South San Joaquin Irrigation District to add additional power load should they secure the ability to sell power directly to customers in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Manteca new car sales lunge 60%

Manteca new car sales are down 60 percent in a year-to-year comparison between July, September, and October of 2007 and the same three months of 2009.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | BUSINESS


Two more weekends left for snow tubing

LATHROP - The weekend forecast? Look for a lot of snow down to 23 feet with dry snow tubing conditions.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Bankruptcy brush led to growth cap

Home after home seemed to pop up overnight in the mid 1980s in Manteca putting a strain on services.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


RDA: A community development tool that’s here to stay

I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Typical payment drops $2,500 a month

The first-time homebuyer story of four years ago in Manteca now seems like ancient history.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buyers of homes with deep value cuts will reap tax advantages for years to come

Call it the Darwin Proposition 13 effect.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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Emergency response times drop

Average response time to Manteca medical emergencies and fire calls were 27 seconds quicker in 2014.

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Homeless man helps protect rentals

Karin Meyer has come up with a novel way to combat problems caused by homeless that don't respect private property laws while lending a helping hand to at least one homeless person at the same time.

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


Quality of life crimes being targeted by DA

Prosecution of quality of life crimes ranging from graffiti to residential burglaries are being targeted now that funding is being restored to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sewer going solar to save $$$

The second largest single solar installation operated by a South County government agency could start reducing wastewater treatment power costs for Manteca ratepayers by 2016.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


THE FALLEN

The ruffling of an America flag was the only other audible sound Monday as Bill Jones firmly and deliberately read the names of the fallen.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$7M outpatient surgical center

Doctors Hospital of Manteca broke ground Friday for a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center that promises to "change the face of care" for the Manteca-Ripon-Lathrop community.

May 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic . . . and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office that I am about to enter, so help me God."

May 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Drought goes from very bad to simply bad

Things have gone from very bad to bad on the Stanislaus River watershed that's critical for South County farms and cities,

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Opportunity in fast growing SE Manteca

It is arguably the hottest small parcel zoned neighborhood commercial as well as for other uses that's available in Manteca - five acres at the corner of Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue.

May 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Turning food waste into fuel

Spoiled food and table scraps you toss into your brown Toter will eventually help fuel the City of Manteca refuse trucks that collect your garbage, recyclables and yard waste.

May 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Silverman pans $2M freeway landscaping

It is safe to say Councilman Richard Silverman isn't impressed with the just completed $2 million landscaping project along the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 corridors through Manteca.

May 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


‘FILL THE HELMET’

Vietnam veteran George Terry is on a mission.

May 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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