What's in a name? That's a $6.4 billion question. There is a move afoot to name the western span of the Bay Bridge after Willie Brown. Willie Brown is a former two-term mayor of San Francisco who - unless term limits are dropped - will hold the record in perpetuity of being the longest serving Assembly Speaker in California history. He held that position for 14 years. There are liberal politicians in San Francisco who ...
The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, as some contend, is not a failing shopping complex. Even after a San Jose store opens in the next few years, Bass Pro Shops promises to continue as a retail juggernaut for Orchard Valley as well as for municipal sales tax receipts. To be sure, Orchard Valley got caught in The Great Recession. The last nail in Bass Pro was driven just as the housing crash started in 2006. ...
I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack. I don't hunt. I've never fired a weapon and never intend to do so. With all of that said, I consider attempts to gut the words of the Founding Farmers in the Second Amendment as an assault on our collective freedom. Those 27 well-chosen words are what set us apart from other people. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free ...
Delta sport fishing with its flashy bass tournaments and purses as high as $100,000 is threatening water supplies for South San Joaquin County farms and cities as well as elsewhere in California.
Manteca is on pace for the sixth straight year of 280 plus new homes being built. Builders have finished or started 217 homes through the end of August. Developers are convinced the market is picking up steam as site work is now underway on four new housing projects. It takes between four to six months to go for raw land to be turned into build-able lots. New residential construction - the barometer of Manteca's economic ...
Manteca was booming in 1980. The city built a fire station at 399 West Louise Avenue to cover new neighborhoods along the Louise corridor. The station sat empty, though, when the hammers finally fell silent with the project's completion. Despite the booming economy, Manteca couldn't afford to staff the fire station. It would be a good year before the station was activated. It was the same time when the city's general fund reserves dwindled down ...
Two Manteca buildings - the new city animal shelter and the restored HOPE Family Shelter - have earned architectural design awards.
The best art display in Manteca can be found in the council chambers at the Civic Center. After months of no art work gracing the wall behind the council dais, Bill Barnhart stepped up and arranged for artists residing in Del Webb at Woodbridge to offer up a piece of their work to grace the council chambers. The Manteca City Council led by Mayor Pro Tempore Debby Moorhead showed their appreciation Tuesday by presenting individual ...
Sergio Garcia worked his way through college and law school. The 36-year-old Chico resident passed the California State Bar Exam in 2009. Yet he can't practice law in the Golden State. The reason: The federal government is blocking his admission to the state bar because he is an "illegal" immigrant. At first glance, one might think this is a case of someone not wanting to be a citizen or either being here legally on a ...
There are eight trucks a minute passing any given point on the Highway 99 corridor through Manteca.
State-of-the-art community rooms in Manteca's $8.3 million transit center are sitting unused by the public until the Manteca City Council acts on recommendations by a citizen's panel regarding proposed rents.
Is the San Joaquin County Fair worth saving? Can it be saved at its current location? The San Joaquin County Fair Board posed the first question, but not the second when they sent hundreds of letters out to community members in a bid to get them to attend a Sept. 23 meeting designed to set a course aimed at preventing the 153-year-old county fair from going down for the count. The fairgrounds itself is financially ...
Around a dozen homes could be built on 3.67 acres on South Union Road that was struck four times in the past 80 days by arson fires.
Catching a Yellow Cab in Manteca could start costing a bit more. The Stockton-based firm has a rate increase before the Manteca City Council during Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. The double digit rate increase would take a one-mile taxi ride up from the current $4.25 to 5. That rate would mirror Tracy and Lodi rates and eliminate Manteca's status as the least expensive place to catch a ...
Turn signal? In Manteca? You don't need to use no stinkin' turn signal to drive in Manteca.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
A private lodging tax is the linchpin that financial experts believe is crucial for a complex deal to secure a 500-room Great Wolf Resort Lodge to make sense for the City of Manteca.
It's the $75 ticket that keeps on giving.
"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"
Uncle Sam could put up $3 million to help finance public improvements in the Austin Road Business Park.
Frosty the Snowman would be right at home at this evening's 41st annual Downtown Manteca Twilight Christmas Parade.
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Attending Manteca City Council meetings is about to become easier for handicapped residents.
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