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Will Manteca really back off on sign regulations?

Manteca's municipal leaders and bureaucrats stepped up to the plate when it became clear the economic crisis was going to inundate local government if something wasn't done quickly.

February 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps Brown doesn’t really trust voters

Are you getting any warm and fuzzy feelings about supporting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to extend $12 billion a year in "temporary" tax increases on personal income tax, sales tax, and vehicle license fees?

February 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city saying Bass Pro matters while Weber’s BBQ doesn’t?

Carissa Patton by all accounts is a good cook.

February 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Police, copper wiring thieves & 2,300 marijuana plants

It isn't surprising that there are people ripping into Manteca Police for their superb job of taking out a multi-million pot growing operation in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park.

February 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We must never apologize for dropping the bomb on Japan

Japan's narrative of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for years has painted the Japanese as victims.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth-inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

February 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fly swatters for $6.99? Are they crazy or what?

All I wanted was a simple fly swatter.

February 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deville without Cruella is like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers

There's an empty spot in my heart today.

February 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make McKinley extension Manteca’s DMZ for growth

It's time that Manteca took its scrutiny of ways to deliver government services more efficiently and for less money to the next level.

February 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No truck route for McKinley is sound planning

McKinley Avenue should not under any circumstances be designated as a truck route.

February 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Discriminating against renters simply based on their youth

He's a young man. He works an honest day doing construction work. And he's about as clean-cut as you can get - no sagging pants, fairly well-groomed, polite, and hardworking.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Defining misery by standards that really count

The Central Valley - according to the insightful people at Forbes who pride themselves on catching business trends but somehow were asleep at the wheel when the Wall Street Turks used sleight of hand and unadulterated greed to crash the economy - is hell on earth.

February 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps they thought levee was just a big gopher mound

It was the defining moment of the January 1997 floods.

January 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up even closer to for-profit utilities

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco was the setting for a dinner that brought for-profit California utility company fat cats and the upper crust of bureaucrats together.

January 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fire sprinklers in homes & former Fire Chief Rule

Charlie Rule over 20 years ago pushed to get his bosses on the Manteca City Council to require new home builders to install fire sprinklers in all new single family residential construction.

January 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs user friendly water bills

Reading your City of Manteca water bill is kind of like reading Latin.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle

Want to earn $17 an hour tax free plus get a meal or two each day?

May 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning to love global warming

Thank god for climate change.

May 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack?

Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,

May 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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