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Why PG&E fears SSJID as well as Marin County

It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.

February 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Law & Disorder: The shape of things to come

Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.

February 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA pushing double suicide pact with city

If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?

February 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Calling plans would befuddle even Nostradamus

There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.

February 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Science camp’s $260 price tag worth the price for 6th graders

I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.

February 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Did PG&E learn anything from Hinkley disaster?

How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?

January 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca lives by the code (The code of anything goes)

Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.

January 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A high speed future possible for downtown

Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.

January 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca challenge: Blight in newer neighborhoods

It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.

January 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck parking and quality of life in Lathrop

I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.

January 25, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Bonus bucks in abeyance? Only with some strings

It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.

January 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California mulling its own single payer health care plan

Would you entrust the folks who can't balance a budget, won't make the hard decisions to cut expenses by whittling down bloated bureaucracies, and steal from cities and counties to cover up their own fiscal irresponsibility to take over your health insurance?

January 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extending vote to 14-year-olds isn’t way to change things

Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Power outage makes you realize just how much we rely on electricity

No power, no problem?

January 22, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca golf course bucks trend, sees increased play

The poor economy is finally catching up to golf courses and California is definitely one of the hardest hit states with many closures. Locally we have seen several public golf courses close their doors with others up for serious consideration.

January 22, 2010 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


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Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to lodieasterrun.com.

April 17, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


ONE OF A KIND

Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BELL RINGER

For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.

April 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Every dog getting his day in court?

Cruella and Dante are dogs.

April 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trains: Can’t we just wait a few minutes?

The debate over trains irritates me.

April 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More water for fish could lead to ecological Armageddon

The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUI victim struggles to get life back on course

Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.

April 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


How about death penalty for ignoring constitution?

Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.

April 10, 2014 | | Local Columns


BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.

April 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does not being color blind hurt some minorities?

Do "minorities" need protection in California?

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A quick memo on how to build a better Manteca

In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steinberg not happy with low gas prices

"Higher prices discourage demand."

April 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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