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Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Don’t forget homeless we don’t notice

The advantage of working past midnight – if you want to call it that – is you become familiar with a Manteca few see.

October 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Plenty of Halloween fun on Friday for kids

Journey Church, 444 Argonaut St., Manteca is having a Trunk or Treat on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or whenever the candy runs out. Admission is free and costumes are OK. If it rains, it will move inside the church. Price: FREE

October 30, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Homeless: Perception is reality

They're everywhere.

October 29, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Measure G backers: The sky is falling down, the sky is falling down

You notice in February that your smoke detector is malfunctioning.

October 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old & new tech co-exist at Library

In the face of computer technology rushing forward faster than lighting speed, it is refreshing to know that reports of the demise of public libraries are extremely exaggerated.

October 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


In defense of Steve DeBrum & Ben Cantu

It's hard not to respect candidates for local elective office, especially in small communities like Manteca.

October 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy $3 a gallon gas while you can

Ready for a flashback?

October 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ghostly haunts in South County

IONE – The premise itself was enough to send chills down my spine.

October 25, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Begging for vacation funds via the Internet

Panhandling has gone high tech.

October 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I now own antiquated iPhone6

Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.

October 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Venture Academy performing arts wine tasting this Friday

Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at dmcdonald@sjcoe.net.

October 23, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


So is your business website ADA compliant?

Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?

October 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ebola or polio: Doesn’t effect us because we’re invincible

My earliest childhood memory is as a 5-year-old being taken to Roseville's Royer Park by my mom back in 1962.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trick or treaters: For bigger haul mimic Manteca panhandlers

Hey kids!

October 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


A ‘no’ vote on Measure I won’t count

Are you ready to give up your right to vote for all seven Manteca Unified School District board members?

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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