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More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable wage."

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here's a novel idea.

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment

Manteca has spent close to $12 million since 2004 cleaning up Moffat Boulevard as well as pumping new life into the corridor.

July 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Cap-and-trade vote gives new life to California high speed rail

California high speed rail will not die.

July 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes

The 10-year foot dragging over the major road fee component of the Public Facilities Implementation Fee (PFIP) is becoming a bit overwrought even for City of Manteca standards.

July 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

So why is Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop cleaning Manteca's clock when it comes to landing distribution jobs?

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being served their ham, eggs and pancakes by Manteca Rotarians.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of West Yosemite and the Subway sandwich shop in the 1200 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take over golf pro services and making a recommendation to go with Jeff and Geanna DeBenedetti - a couple that currently holds a similar position at the City of Livermore's Las Positas Golf Course.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City violates Manteca rules on water; will city manager live in Manteca?

Manteca's municipal ordinance is clear that if you discover water leaks, breaks, or malfunctions in your plumbing and irrigation system that it "shall be repaired" within 24 hours.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are Manteca’s housing plans out of synch?

Single family neighborhoods.

July 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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As California Aqueduct sinks Sacramento fiddles with Twin Tunnels

It is 131 miles from Never Never Land to Chowchilla.

September 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop honors city’s police & fire responders

When Michelle Anderson set out to come up with an impromptu way to thank local law enforcement and first responders for their dedication and their ...

September 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Proposal may save Manteca $2.6 million

Oakwood Lake Shores - the gated 480-home community built where the Manteca Waterslides once stood - is overtaxing the Oakwood Lake Water district's ability to treat ...

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified saves taxpayers $1.5 million

The refinancing of a portion of the Ripon Unified School District's general obligation bonds by taking advantage of historically low interest rates is saving ...

September 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


LEGION AIMS TO GROW

American Legion Post 249 Commander Bob Gonzales is on a mission.

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teen saves boy’s life

Lathrop High student Valerie Villanueva saved the life of an 11-year-old Manteca boy on Saturday drawing on the CPR training she learned in her ROP ...

September 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca High, downtown & the chance of a lifetime

What are some of the biggest challenges facing the City of Manteca?

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When firms know more about you than you remember about yourself

It stopped me in my tracks.

September 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city workers should no longer do LMD work

It is time for the City of Manteca to get out of the landscape maintenance district business when it comes to the manual labor aspects.

September 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam Fant: Mug shots & head shots

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words.

September 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Historical Society backers gather for summer social

It was a congenial mix of 220 plus Mantecans attending the Manteca Historical Society and Museum Sunday afternoon during the organization's annual barbecue and ...

September 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Idling, drive thru windows & SJ air quality

On a billboard heading east on 11th Street outside Tracy toward Interstate 5 you will see a larger-than-life photo of San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob ...

September 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, where the streets are lined with mattresses (& couches)

uDARTS TO WHOEVER is leaving large pieces of furniture such as couches or mattresses in front of their homes available for others to "take for ...

September 12, 2017 | | Local Columns


Fighting crime in Manteca: Enforce property upkeep

Do you want to see a lasting reduction in drug-related crimes, property crimes, and blight?

September 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon VFW Auxiliary rolling out glamour ‘girls’

A comic fashion show is part of the Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary evening gala on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Ripon Post located ...

September 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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