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Proposition 30: The new math, Jerry Brown style

Pity the governor. The money is not there. The man is dealing with a legislature that's controlled by his own party but is suffering from full-scale denial. Special interest groups are doing full-court presses to protest cuts. And the general population wants more services but doesn't want to pay for them.

August 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to four SJ supervisors: Eight is enough

Odds are you don't know who Steve Bestolarides, Larry Rushstaller, Carlos Villapudua, and Ken Vogel are.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take it from the lopsided kid - I’m definitely not athletic

It was one of those twilight zone moments.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why reflect when you can just push the send button?

Remember the good old days when silence was golden?

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our university & what hangs in the balance on Nov. 6

Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to point out that you can't see the forest for the trees.

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LMD proposal: Saving face by causing more woe

It's time for the Manteca City Council to take charge of the train wreck that the landscape maintenance district (LMD) concept has become of late.

August 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Money: The Mother’s Milk of politics

News alert: Mitt Romney is raising a lot of money. A whole lot. So much that in the past three months, he's been out-raising the incumbent president, which is no easy feat. So much that the chattering class is beginning to wonder whether the president's team has been spending too much too early, as opposed to saving it for later.

August 11, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Columnist | Local Columns


Woodward Park: One dollar goes a long, long way

It was 52 acres of old almonds.

August 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise, surprise! Gasoline already up 10 cents a gallon

You'd think Chevron would have the decency to at least be subtle.

August 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns




SWEET MUSIC

I really didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to the Lindsey Pavao concert.

August 07, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Neighborhoods kept SHARP in bid to fight crime

Walk down a street in Manteca.

August 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A reminder that I’m half the man I used to be

A picture - they say - is worth a thousand words.

August 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Facebook stock value part of California budget house of cards

Facebook stock closed at $21.09 a share on Friday.

August 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inland California’s woes The Neil Diamond factor

The concert that cost taxpayers $1 million to book Neil Diamond to christen the Stockton Arena back in 2006 has been used as a punch line in numerous stories chronicling the city's bankruptcy.

August 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Fix family van before buying the Ferrari

What would your spouse think if the plumbing was leaking from your second floor bathroom and your home's aging sewer pipes were corroded to ...

March 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parking lots & living in civilization

What ails America can be found in a parking lot.

March 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for $2,000 a month apartment rent

This is going to sound a tad blasphemous, but here goes: But why does Sacramento worry about affordable housing to the point they mandate cities ...

March 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Park projects don’t have to take 99 years

Manteca's new dog park and adjoining sidewalk along Eucalyptus Street might have been built for at least 20 percent less than the $235,000 ...

March 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why are things the way they are in Manteca?

"People get the neighborhood they want."

March 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They may call 2017 pickups primitive 52 years from now

Remember the good old days when pickup trucks were cheaper than cars and defined the terms "basic" and "Spartan"?

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop council may cut $24,000 a year deal with chamber

The City of Lathrop has long positioned itself as a "business friendly" community.

March 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Water battle is now going underground

There are over 500 wells pumping water from the same source - the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Sub-Basin.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High teens spread safety word

They took their message of promoting safe driving Thursday to Sequoia Elementary School.

March 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


HELP FOR unCERTain TIMES

Your neighbor might one day save your life.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S GREEN INITIATIVE

Manteca - under a Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013 - must reduce its per capita greenhouse gases by 21.7 percent by the time 2020 roll ...

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sunlight for the Stockton mentality

There's something called the law of diminishing returns.

March 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


San Joaquin Valley ground zero for latest Trump effort

Remember Bakersfield in 1992?

March 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making George Jetson pay taxes on Rosie robot

Bet you George and Jane Jetson are wishing they hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper instead of hiring Rosie the robot maid.

March 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


College cost not student debt is the real problem

"California is taking the boldest step in the nation toward making college debt-free." - California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon speaking about a plan to create a ...

March 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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