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The fallacy of minimum wage & rising the tide

Forty-six years ago I was flipping burgers at the Squirrel Cage in Lincoln. I was making $1.65 an hour. It was California's minimum wage at the time. The United States Department of Labor placed the median hourly pay in California in 1972 at $4.50. That reflected a difference of 2.72 times between median and minimum hourly wages.

May 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you realize the latest solution for congestion woes is woefully inadequate.

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Minimum wage, maximum pain

California's minimum wage laws are already having severe impacts on Manteca's two leading non-profits - Give Every Child a Chance and the Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club.

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Homes may soon border Sedan Ave.

Manteca's first residential project aimed at serving four distinct income brackets of home buyers is being proposed on 339 acres stretching from a point north of Woodward Avenue south to Sedan Avenue bordering the west side of South Main Street/South Manteca Road.

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


My favorite song? Try ‘California’ by Sinatra

My taste in music runs the gamut from rock to jazz as well as country to western.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fireworks on 4th at Woodward?

Manteca's Independence Day celebration at Big League Dreams sports complex has been a dud of sorts when it comes to attendance to the activities prior to the aerial fireworks display.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Waterford joining Manteca Hall of Fame

Phil Waterford - a businessman driven to serve the less fortunate in the community - is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


California: Is it the next stoner state?

Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ACE coming down the tracks?

Altamont Corridor Express trains will start running down the tracks to downtown Manteca, Ripon and Modesto if the California High Speed Rail Authority votes to earmark $200 million in state bond money to the project.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


South County Savior

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, the Delta, innovations and the weather that play a key role in supplying Manteca, Ripon and Lathrop with water.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


NEW WATER SOURCE FOR COURSE

Menlo Park's exclusive Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club knows the value of reclaimed wastewater.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


$500 fines possible for water abuse

Stricter water rules are now in place for Manteca residents and businesses.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Ex-Lathrop chamber CEO hosts book release event

Former Lathrop Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Kennedy-Bracken is conducting a book release party on Thursday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the River Islands at Lathrop Welcome Center, 301 Stewart Road.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


PITCHER PERFECT

Most of the time, a three-hitter with eight strikeouts will yield a win for a pitcher.

April 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


It was almost worth losing the pepper tree

My neighbors have probably been wondering if I was ever going to top Christmas Eve 2010.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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THIEVES STEALING OLDIES

Manteca is sandwiched between Stockton and Modesto - the No. 3 and No. 5 worst cities in the nation for vehicle theft.

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Manteca may need to look at money for Ripon schools

Growth is coming to Ripon Unified.

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Volunteers sought to place 7,000 crosses

As we go about our daily lives it is easy to forget we are secure today after more than 7,000 American soldiers gave their ...

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Mike Mallory is part of Class of 2016

Mike Mallory - who has forged a team approach to transform Second Harvest Food Bank into a major player in the battle against hunger throughout the ...

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Manteca’s war on weeds

Letters are going out this week to property owners that are creating a serious fire hazard because they have failed to abate weeds and other ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SWIM OF THINGS

Interested in scuba diving? Curious about what lifeguard training involves? Want to swim laps for exercise? Need to learn how to swim? Or do you ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Partial cloverleaf envisioned for new interchange

Plans call for Manteca's fourth interchange on the 120 Bypass being pursued at McKinley Avenue to be the city's first partial cloverleaf.

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dalben earns nod for government service

The late Peter Dalben- a French Camp resident who had a combined 33 years of service on various government agency boards - is being inducted into ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandling: A sign of The times?

It's a legitimate question from a reader: Why does Manteca allow panhandling at freeway off-ramps?

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Around Town


More money doesn’t mean better outcome for our schools

Sixty-two percent of us - according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California - favor a 12-year extension on temporary taxes imposed on those ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: We never should apologize

The President's plan to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 is prompting some to call for Obama to apologize for the ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dick Durham led EU Lancers for 18 years

Editor's note: This story appeared 10 years ago when East Union marked its 40th anniversary.

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Leaving a Lancer legacy

A Circle of Honor centered around a metal sculpture of a knight armed with a lance atop a pedestal ready to do battle is proposed ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


MUSD restores 2nd deputy spot

Manteca Unified has a new deputy superintendent

May 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


$10.4M project precursor to resort proposal

A contract for infrastructure that could set the stage for recycled wastewater use in Manteca as well as open up nearly 120 acres for a ...

May 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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