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How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teeming sidewalks in Sausalito, bare concrete in Manteca

Walking along sidewalks in historic Sausalito you get stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

June 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life has taken us from Neil Hafley & George Murphy Jr. to young couple in Pacific Grove

Life is really what we make it – and being at this point in life and looking back there are many rich moments that have come and gone. For a couple who tied the knot over 50 years ago, we have enjoyed them all to the fullest.

June 25, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Should I get a 10% discount because I’m 56 years old?

I ordered my weekly vice - a medium banana cream pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen - on Sunday.

June 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California curse: The legacy of the 64-lane freeway

Is it six lanes to hell or eight lanes to paradise?

June 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Buyology thinks they found what makes us the party animals that we are

You've probably never heard of Buyology.

June 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why the letters LMD one day may cost you big money living in Manteca

You may yawn when you read about landscape maintenance districts (LMD) and turn the page.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


R.C. Owens and the measure of a man

This oft-quoted statement quickly came to mind Mondayafter I heard about the passing of sports great R.C. Owens. "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

June 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Blaming websites for consequences of our risky behavior

You be the judge.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ll miss RC Owens’ out of the blue calls

My first-ever encounter with R.C. Owens took place during a work assignment at the Crutchfield Center inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop.

June 19, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Want to save the state from disaster? Then go fishing

Want to see an end to California's perennial budget crisis?

June 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can Great Wolf keep proverbial wolf from knocking on Manteca’s door?

Great Wolf Resorts is still interested in building what could be its first California location in Manteca.

June 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A chat with ‘The Father of Manteca’

It's Father's Day on Sunday making this a perfect time to see what the Father of Manteca - Joshua Cowell - thinks about what's going on today.

June 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you can eat code feel free to trash Fresno

President Obama has never visited Fresno.

June 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon school officials should encourage, not discourage student scholarships

Some school officials at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon are reportedly unhappy with the fact that scholarships were awarded to some of its eighth graders by a representative of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

June 14, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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You might want to buckle your seat belt

It doesn't take an economic genius to understand what will happen next in Manteca.

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters

"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory ...

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca?

Big League Dreams won't be the only show in town anymore when it comes to providing a quality indoor soccer facility.

January 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station

Every Manteca City Council candidate says it: Public safety is priority one.

January 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Trump yank high speed funds?

Hanford is a true San Joaquin Valley city.

January 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

Thomas Pogue keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Is better river deal possible?

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see if an amicable solution can be reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and ...

January 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone use in public

It hit me standing in line at Costco last week.

January 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Naming rights for high school sports complexes?

It was great to see the East Union High administration honor the late Peter Dalben at the school's first Valley Oak League boys basketball ...

January 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass

I took an E-ticket ride Thursday morning.

January 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge

Ninety-seven years this May voters in what is now known as the Manteca Unified School District passed a ballot measure to form the Manteca Union ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


Who is at the wheel in Manteca?

Is Manteca breaking its own law and thus imperiling the city by perpetuating a myth that the 3.9 percent growth management ordinance is actually ...

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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