Manteca on Saturday cleared out at least a dozen makeshift homeless encampments on private property in Spreckels Park where it backs up to the transition ramp from southbound Highway 99 to the westbound 120 Bypass.
Levee protection may not play as big a role in deciding the next elementary campus to be built in Manteca Unified as opposed to whether Manteca has a Mello-Roos district in place to finance new school construction.
The demise of the redevelopment agency as part of Gov. Jerry Brown's solution to plug years of overspending by Sacramento deprived local governments such as Manteca of a viable tool to spur economic development.
Industrious homeless hauled a TV set, microwave and even a chair up a secured ladder and strung electric cords to an outside outlet to cook meals and watch episodes of their favorite shows on the roof of the Manteca Marketplace shopping center on West Yosemite Avenue.