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The $144,690 question & other thoughts on pay

Is being city manager of Manteca worth paying someone $144,690 a year?

September 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Orchard Valley foray proves downtown can win people’s hearts

You don't need a crystal ball to see what direction downtown Manteca needs to take.

September 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a ‘reasonable time’ to get rid of residency rule for city manager

At least once - if not twice a month - for over 30 months Richard Hansen made his way to the City Council podium to ask basically the same question: When is City Manager Steve Pinkerton going to move to Manteca?

September 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To those who have a cow over meat production

It is one of the greatest mysterious of our time.

August 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A realistic step to enhance the Manteca Library

You need wheels.

August 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Profit Gouging & Exploitation is at it again

PG&E is not a business.

August 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The apple’s not rotten so Steve’s departure won’t make a difference

The world is not going to fall apart because Steve is departing.

August 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Alan Thomas has helped keep Manteca golf course in the green

Alan Thomas' critics will likely never give him his due.

August 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commerce, as propane rail car fire underscores, comes with risks

Life isn't without risk.

August 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teachers helping others one quilt at a time

RIPON - Elementary school teachers definitely have heart – especially when they see a need. It's amazing how many adults I have interviewed who clearly remember their kindergarten through second grade teachers when they were youngsters in the primary grades.

August 24, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can get case of the shakes anywhere in US

Why do you live in California?

August 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps there’s a reason for the moniker ‘starving vendors’

"They had no money. They all traded in their clunkers and bought new wheels and now they got their cars repossessed. Some of them just walked around and got fatter while others socialized or played with vendor's items. What else are they going to do? No money here or anyplace else in the valley. Economy is completely shot along 99 from Marysville to the Grapevine. Economically disadvantaged area and people just go through the motions. Tire-kickers, teenagers pushing strollers, overweight welfare moochers.... they're all there."

August 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Where land ends and the future starts

Land's End is aptly named.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Southside residents, police are both getting frustrated

He served his country for 30 years.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Duplicating a small miracle on Locust Avenue

There is no entitlement mentality at 314 Locust Avenue.

August 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Homeless: ‘They’re human and I’m human’

Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community ...

August 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Smoking ballast at movie ends with a marriage

You may have seen the AT&T ad campaign for its Internet service. Some of the pieces are pretty funny, and I saw one this ...

August 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," as "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New housing, the American Dream & young Mantecans

As we were driving down Main Street Monday talking about things in general including people who commute to the Bay Area for bigger paychecks, Ashley ...

August 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA threatens to sue the goose that lays the golden eggs

The Building Industry Association of the Delta protests a bit too much.

August 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prop 47 works for drug users & criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHARGING INTO RE-CHARGE WATER?

The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon may upgrade council AV system

The Ripon Council Chambers could soon have an audio-visual system similar to the one currently used by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

August 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Collision Center plans new complex

The hub of traffic collision repair in Manteca will soon be along East Yosemite Avenue east of Vasconcellos Avenue and across the street from Manteca ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s true. Numbers don’t lie.

My driver's license says I weigh 198 pounds.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


120 Bypass: There aren’t really any ‘accidents’

Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.

August 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


49ers odds of winning Super Bowl better than 200-year flood

Senate Bill 5 - Sacramento's knee jerk reaction to the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans - is supposed to save us all from an ...

August 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bumped by a car jogging & not loving it

It is a fair to say the rules are straight-forward: Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Drivers are supposed to stop behind sidewalks ...

August 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of taxes that bite

I was asked shortly after I moved to Manteca in 1991 what was the most unusual difference between living here and in Lincoln in Placer ...

August 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs even bigger Twin Tunnels plan

Sacramento has issued an edict to roll back greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within four years.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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