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Elon Musk nails what’s ails high speed rail

"Why do we want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn't leave where you want it to leave, doesn't start where you want it to start, doesn't end where you want it to end? And it doesn't go all the time . . . That's why everyone doesn't like (public transit) . . . . That's why people like individualized transport, that goes where you want, when you want." - Elon Musk commenting on public transit

December 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Granny flat 2.0 affordable housing solution

It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

December 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old traditions, cough drops & DHM volunteers

There is something about old traditions in families including health care remedies. Last year when winter was approaching and I was grocery shopping in Ripon's Save Mart, I couldn't help but notice the lack of the old tried and true Vicks cough drops on their shelves amid countless other brands.

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


St. Vincent de Paul Society delivering 300 food baskets

Fresh from helping needing families for this past Thanksgiving, the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Manteca is gearing up to do likewise once again.

December 18, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Farmer beaten in rural Manteca home invasion

Retired Manteca area dairyman Arnold Rothlin survived a severe beating in a 2 a.m. Saturday home invasion robbery at his home on South Airport Way.

December 18, 2017 | | Local Columns


Lathrop may impose temp ban on pot sales in city

The pending arrival of legalized marijuana has left many California cities unprepared to deal with the potential impacts of commercialized cannabis.

December 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Chiek served 26 years as Manteca officer

After serving nearly 26 years as a Manteca Police officer, Randy Chiek got the traditional send off Saturday morning with a police escort from his home to the department marking his last day on the job.

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SANTA NEEDS HELP

Santa's helpers need a little help this year.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$731,690 to get lead out

The plan to transform municipal land once used to grow corn for dairy cows using reclaimed wastewater into a family recreation mecca required the city to remove the Manteca Police Department's firing range.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big tax hit on way so spend $1B on Medi-Cal for illegals

Assemblyman Phil Ting says he's concerned about how the federal tax cut proposal will end up being a tax increase for middle-class and working-class Californians.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Andy Taylor results better than Robo Cop

Perhaps the most effective initiative undertaken by the city in the past decade to improve Manteca was the council decision 18 months ago to hire community resource officers to address homeless issues and start chipping away at quality of life issues.

December 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Climate change & the myth it is increasing number, intensity of wildfires

Christmas is 10 days away and California is burning.

December 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Social media grumblings perplexing

People are a funny bunch sometimes.

December 15, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Thirteen months & no movement on city crosswalk

Imagine, if you will, if the traffic signals at Union Road and Center Street did not function for 13 months.

December 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead: Manteca is not just surviving

The last 10 years have been good for Manteca from where Debby Moorhead sits.

December 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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People do vote for people who are like them

Louis DeArcos served as mayor of Lincoln - the Placer County town I grew up in - 27 years before California's Voting Rights Act of 2002 ...

February 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If we want more police it will cost us

It's time we had honest conversations about Manteca, our needs, our wants, and our maddeningly inability to plan and then execute strategies and stick ...

February 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento turns farmers & businessmen into criminals

No one can serve two masters.

February 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Wolf & being crazy like a fox

If you want more services - police, firefighters, street maintenance and such - and don't want to pay more taxes then you'd best root for ...

February 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . ..

Manteca, I love thee for . . .

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They were Googling Manteca last Friday

The Google car was in Manteca on Friday.

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colony Oak update before board tonight

The Ripon Unified school board tonight will receive an update on the Colony Oak Elementary Modernization Project.

February 12, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop decides tonight on how to spend $6,724

The City of Lathrop has $6,724 to give away.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Annexation will allow building of 1,592 homes

Manteca is pushing its city limits further south to Sedan Avenue.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1 MILLION SERVICE CLUB

The annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair is more than just the festival that the City of Manteca is known for every October.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


EU DROP-OFF ZONE BIG CONCERN

East Union High's athletic facilities and the general campus layout get high marks.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA Should worry about quakes at dam & not at levees

Fear of a levee collapse during a major Northern California earthquake from a yet-to-be-found fault in the Delta is hawked as the moral high ground ...

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: A place 78,000 call home

I came home 27 years ago this month.

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop looks to ban parking on Lathrop Road

Now that Lathrop Road has two lanes in each direction, the city has one more small item of business to take care of before the ...

February 10, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca water use up 25% as weather forces ski resort closure

Manteca's water use shot up 25 percent last month compared to January 2017 as much of the state including the Northern San Joaquin Valley ...

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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