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.
A dry levee - as well as a proposed expressway - might bode well for future Manteca residents buying homes yet to be built that the two projects will protect and serve but it may be the death knell for farming.