The uproar over imposing a landscape maintenance district to pay for the neighborhood park scheduled to be put in place later this year in the Union Ranch neighborhood is the outgrowth of a decision made almost 30 years ago.
Manteca civic and business leaders are lobbying for a redistricting plan that would end Manteca's status as a divided city for the past 20 years when it comes to representation on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?
The pending layoff of six firefighters and taking the 100-foot aerial platform engine company off first-line status will trigger an estimated 10 percent drop off in Manteca meeting its target of getting firefighters on the scene of emergencies within five minutes of being dispatched.
May has turned into the biggest month in six years for private sector construction in Manteca with the issuance of building permits valued at $14.8 million for the 153-unit Belagio apartment complex being built on East Atherton Drive east of Van Ryn Avenue.