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Manteca code enforcement framed by the ‘Ghost Ship’

Manteca may never have a "Ghost Ship" disaster - the warehouse in Oakland converted illegally into living quarters and an underground music party venue where 36 people died - but it has its share of property misuse issues.

December 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In defense of many pollution regulations

The other day someone was ranting - it definitely wasn't a discussion - about how the state's mandates for air quality and what we should not landfill - were useless and created expenses for no reason at all.

December 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ll have the salmon, please – extra dry

So apparently the State of California has the perfect idea on how to repopulate the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers with the salmon that they say have been depleted more in those locations than anywhere else in the entire State.

December 22, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sacrificing Northern SJV for LA Basin

We are all one California.

December 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Play and work but don’t live in downtown

It's safe to say there are more than a few merchants in the heart of downtown that don't like the idea there is housing above stores.

December 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SNAP decision: Food stamp rules keep firms healthy

In what world are pork rinds classified as meat, Twinkies as bread, potato chips as a vegetable, and ice cream as the nutritional equivalent of milk?

December 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Zoning change aims for downtown core

Manteca may create two distinct zones in downtown in a bid to make it easier to encourage private sector investment.

December 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mistlin giving Ripon indoor soccer facility

Over the years, Tony Mistlin has donated well over $9 million towards the park named in his honor.

December 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


McDonald’s offers true blue respect

The McDonald's Restaurant at the corner of West Yosemite and Union Road presented a show of respect for Manteca Police officers and the "thin blue line" that trumpets a big thank you for the men and women in blue that serve and protect the community.

December 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CARING ABOUT KIDS

It was the dream of the late Antone Raymus, an immigrant home builder whose relentless drive and $300,000 bankroll got it started.

December 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The wild streets of Manteca

It is 2:20 p.m. Friday.

December 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘High Speed Rail Engine That Could’

It's coming down the track whether you like it or not.

December 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raiders get good as they’re ready to leave

If you're a fan of the Oakland Raiders, you should probably stop reading this right now.

December 16, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What if OID & SSJID had built New Melones?

Is New Melones Reservoir as completed in 1980 bureaucratic overkill?

December 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tweet this: ‘The sky is falling down’

If Chicken Little was real and alive today he'd be dead from a massive coronary within 15 minutes of surfing the Internet as cable TV news programs blare in the background.

December 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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More rooftops & paving means more flooding

No sooner had Coyote Creek overflowed in San Jose on Monday forcing 225 residents to flee knee deep water that the buzz started about how ...

February 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We are turning smartphones into dumbphones

Smartphones are getting less and less expensive.

February 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The problem with California conceit

How high's the water, mama?

February 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fears mislead us to focus on burglaries

If you have a home security system you are likely spending $360 a year or so to guard against financial loss.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


55th annual Grange Breakfast Saturday

The 55th annual Ripon Grange Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 10 a.m., at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona ...

February 20, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon reduces water use 33% during 2016

More rain may be in the forecast but water conservation efforts are still in effect.

February 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tree crushes pickup truck & workshop

What are friends for? They can ease a heavy burden that crushed and crumpled to the ground destroying valuable properties.

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


ALMONDS TAKE SHELLING

Richard Phillips has lost nearly a hundred blooming almond trees just in the last three days. He is hoping that today and the rest of ...

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


WILL DON PEDRO SPILL?

The big test is coming.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Levee upgrades need to go forward first

California as a civilized state is a fluke.

February 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting Lathrop Road onto the right path

Lathrop Road is a mess and is likely to get a loss worse.

February 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Greed: Is it factor for river flows?

Is it all a cash grab gone terribly wrong?

February 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


UC’s problem isn’t its police force as much as its culture

Pity a University of California peace officer, especially those assigned to double-standard campuses such as Berkeley and Davis where unrestrained free speech is reserved for ...

February 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Oroville Dam: Honestly, what do we expect?

Want to see California's future?

February 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember when boycotts meant something?

The good old days. That's when you shopped for items based on prices and what they were selling you and not the political views ...

February 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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