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The fallacy of minimum wage & rising the tide

Forty-six years ago I was flipping burgers at the Squirrel Cage in Lincoln. I was making $1.65 an hour. It was California's minimum wage at the time. The United States Department of Labor placed the median hourly pay in California in 1972 at $4.50. That reflected a difference of 2.72 times between median and minimum hourly wages.

May 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you realize the latest solution for congestion woes is woefully inadequate.

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My favorite song? Try ‘California’ by Sinatra

My taste in music runs the gamut from rock to jazz as well as country to western.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Is it the next stoner state?

Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It was almost worth losing the pepper tree

My neighbors have probably been wondering if I was ever going to top Christmas Eve 2010.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead and tell me to take a hike

The mountains call.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The criminal homeless 2: Manteca: 0

Manteca is about to lose another round to the criminal homeless.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Credits for MUSD students

College prep is a big component of secondary education.

April 25, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Workshop on MUSD budget on Tuesday

The Manteca Unified board will conduct a study session Tuesday on the proposed preliminary budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ELECTION FRAUD CHARGE

The third Manteca Unified school board trustee to be charged with election fraud in the last 12 months is claiming that it's an attempt to push him out of the race for Stockton City Council.

April 23, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


PLANET PARTY ROCKS

Planet Party Day offered up some mixed blessing on Friday.

April 23, 2016 | Vicky Norman-Eddy | Local Columns


Waters is ending fire chief career

Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters is leaving city employment to work as a respiratory therapist helping with sick newborns at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

April 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop High conducts mass evacuation

It took all of 20 minutes for students, teachers and staff at Lathrop High Wednesday to file into the stadium from their place on campus in a safe and orderly manner.

April 23, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca city property rules: Much ado about nothing

Drive by the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue.

April 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to take back Library Park

Has the City of Manteca abandoned Downtown Manteca?

April 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Go ahead & roll the dice at $750 a toss

The grumblings have already started.

July 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you vote to send California to pot . . . .

It sounds like a pothead's nirvana.

June 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca does not need to pay wizards $475K

So what are Manteca taxpayers' getting for the $475,000 investment in a parks and recreation master plan produced by the RJM Design Group that ...

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ve yet to see a bear with a smartphone

It's a question I'm constantly asked: Isn't it dangerous to hike by myself in the Sierra or Death Valley?

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future Manteca park needs

It is costing Manteca taxpayers $475,000 so the city can have a plan for the next 20 years about what they should do to ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 percent Chromebooks by end of 2017

Every Ripon Unified student from kindergarten through 12th grade will be using Chromebooks by the end of 2017.

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New police chief plans coffee series

Lathrop's new police chief Captain James Hood is conducting coffees to hear citizens' concerns at the Starbucks on Harlan Road.

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Teens gradate from junior police academy

A cadre of Manteca teens graduated from a week-long junior police academy in Ceres that taught the cadets everything from basic first-aid to the proper ...

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca saves $140K a year by shedding PG&E

Is the epic struggle the South San Joaquin Irrigation District has undertaken to replace PG&E as the retail power supplier for Manteca, Ripon, and ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The next step: Preventing homelessness

Mike Kelly is a wise man.

June 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frosted flakes, sin taxes & North Korea

It was a Saturday morning ritual for way too many years.

June 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council is clear: Manteca must deal with the homeless

The message Tuesday was clear: No more fooling around when it comes to the homeless.

June 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for Sacramento ‘magic’ to deal with homeless

Get ready for the big lie - or at least being misled whether it is intentional or not.

June 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ultimately Ford did have a better idea

I love top 10 lists. You know the ones. The 10 best places to live. The 10 weirdest places to hang glide. The 10 proven ...

June 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Widening Airport Way

Those who travel Airport Way for commuting or head down it to shop at Costco on the weekend know that navigating the stretch between Daniels ...

June 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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