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Does downtown matter as much as the big deals?

Is the future of downtown Manteca - or any part of the existing city for that matter - worth the resources, time, and money that has been invested chasing the family entertainment zone?

June 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon cuts May water use 26.4%

The drought isn't quite over.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


$136M worth of building in Manteca through May

Tactical 5.11 - the most expensive structure ever built in Manteca - along with a housing surge could make 2017 a record setting year for new construction.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROBOTIC SUMMER

Doug Obrigawitch had high praises for the seventh- through 10th-grade students in his Robotics and Electronics summer camp.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Temporary McKinley Ave. closure needed for new building

A 622,000 square-foot warehouse is going in along Louise Avenue.

June 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


SIX FIGURE DEPARTING CHECK

Elena Reyes walked away from her 38-week stint as city manager - including 19 weeks she was paid for not working - with at least an additional $145,000, if not more than $250,000.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sweet summer sweat: Embrace the heat instead of fighting it

Back in August of 1965 when the mercury in Lincoln flirted with 120 degrees after several back-to-back 115 degree days I was complaining to my grandmother about the heat as only a 9-year-old can.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To this day I wonder how he slept at night

In 1982 after the boy came along, I had to find a job. College was done for the time being and I ended up working at Lawrence Livermore National Labs for a contractor.

June 19, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Single payer pill: It requires only one to overdose

No one has ever mistaken the California Legislature for the Hoover Institute think tank at Stanford University.

June 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


114 degrees? Time to buy an ice ax

The high is supposed to hit 114 degrees in the coming few days.

June 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I knew I had seen her before – only it wasn’t same person

A few weeks ago, I again went out with Mike Kelly to take a look at how the Manteca Police are handling the homeless situation in Manteca – an effort that is praised by pragmatists that recognize this is a way towards lasting change and panned by short-sighed critics that think bussing them somewhere else is the way to go.

June 16, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca needs to abandon Garfield section for MHS safety

The Manteca City Council has taken steps to improve the security of the Manteca Library.

June 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning less about world with access to World Wide Web

A teen boy. A matronly lady. A graying guy perhaps in his 50s with a man bun. Two women in their early 30s. One guy who looked like the quintessential college student. A couple that looks like they are well into their Golden Years. And a teen girl.

June 14, 2017 | | Local Columns


Manteca’s goal: Avoid Kmart closing from lapsing into cancerous blight

Kmart's future may seem dicey but not as much as the building the retailer will leave behind when it closes its Manteca store sometime after September.

June 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified recognized retiring staff

Mona Ogden is one of 10 Ripon Unified School District retirees.

June 12, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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I-5 do-si-do & high speed parking lots

Friday's colossal back-up on northbound Interstate 5 offered a peek of what lies ahead for the Tracy-Lathrop-Manteca region.

August 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca on verge of major economic splash

The Hyatt Regency in San Francisco has 802 rooms.

August 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time is long overdue to take back Manteca

If you go by Lincoln Park around 9 o'clock in the evening, there will sometimes be a small gathering under the picnic shelter. There ...

August 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Regulating America to death

You don't need to look far to see the regulatory chokehold the federal bureaucracy has on the economy, public safety, and even attempts to ...

August 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A solution for future downtown parking needs

The Altamont Corridor Express train is coming down the track.

August 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Look around, Caltrans isn’t the problem

I made a 319 mile loop trip Saturday.

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Streamlined permit for charging stations

If you want you install an electric vehicle charging station in Manteca - either in your home or for public use - you can apply to do ...

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Timelines before board for work at Colony Oak

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will review the preliminary timelines for the Colony Oak Elementary School reconstruction project at tonight's 7 p ...

August 14, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop firm adds 95-foot tall crane

The nearly 100-foot tall crane that is on the corner of D'Arcy and Murphy Parkways?

August 14, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MANTECA MEANS BUSINESS

Tim Ogden means business.

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


St. Patrick’s church set for $200,000 plus remodel

Ripon's St. Patrick's Catholic Church on East Highway 120 at Carrolton Road is planning a major interior remodeling at a cost in excess ...

August 14, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Doctors Hospital CEO departing Manteca

Editor's note: This is Glenn Kahl's column " Thru Kahl's Kaleidoscope", A look at people & things in the South County

August 14, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Bet you China won’t push back school start times

Education elitist experts like to point out repeatedly how they believe China is cleaning our collective clock when it comes to public education.

August 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Complaining isn’t going to solve the problem

Okay – I get it.

August 11, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Would SJ leaders jump at chance for legal brothels?

Let's say California voters in their infinite wisdom legalized prostitution.

August 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


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