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A sure thing set aside to go after Great Wolf deal

How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.

October 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The story of ‘The Good Capitalist’

Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.

October 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does growth or existing Manteca residents ‘pay their own way’?

Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.

October 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School’s out for a week: Let the learning begin

School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.

October 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to kill a federally protected eagle? Place a wind turbine on the Altamont Pass

Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?

October 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal follies: We’re going to pay for bonus vacation time

Federal employees are different from you and I.

October 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Biggest threat to Manteca Kaiser Hospital is quake safety overkill

The clock is ticking for the Manteca Kaiser Permanente Hospital.

October 10, 2013 | | Local Columns


About that fun relative named ‘pain’

Pain is relative.

October 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What rules? City of Manteca has no need to enforce no stinking rules

There is a private firm recycling e-waste Oct. 18-19 in the parking lot near Kohl's.

October 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will CEOs of today undo what Henry Ford help create?

Henry Ford is the man.

October 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maxwell Smart would love the wearable tech

There he was.

October 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What shutdown? We have zombie government

We do not have a federal government shutdown.

October 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam doing its stepchild city named Stockton a big favor

Why does Uncle Sam care more about Detroit than Stockton?

October 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They have the worst handicap of all — no heart

The late model blue Toyota Camry flipped a semi U-turn to take the parking space near the front of the Main Street SaveMart in Manteca.

October 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified Future Ed: Where learning has a purpose

Jason Messer was clear on one point.

October 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Making highway rest stops safer & pay their own way along I-5

Twenty-eight miles south of Lathrop where vehicle speeds start pushing into the 80s and the CHP picks off the low hanging fruit of clueless folks ...

February 21, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


People do vote for people who are like them

Louis DeArcos served as mayor of Lincoln - the Placer County town I grew up in - 27 years before California's Voting Rights Act of 2002 ...

February 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If we want more police it will cost us

It's time we had honest conversations about Manteca, our needs, our wants, and our maddeningly inability to plan and then execute strategies and stick ...

February 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento turns farmers & businessmen into criminals

No one can serve two masters.

February 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Wolf & being crazy like a fox

If you want more services - police, firefighters, street maintenance and such - and don't want to pay more taxes then you'd best root for ...

February 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . ..

Manteca, I love thee for . . .

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They were Googling Manteca last Friday

The Google car was in Manteca on Friday.

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colony Oak update before board tonight

The Ripon Unified school board tonight will receive an update on the Colony Oak Elementary Modernization Project.

February 12, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop decides tonight on how to spend $6,724

The City of Lathrop has $6,724 to give away.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Annexation will allow building of 1,592 homes

Manteca is pushing its city limits further south to Sedan Avenue.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1 MILLION SERVICE CLUB

The annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair is more than just the festival that the City of Manteca is known for every October.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


EU DROP-OFF ZONE BIG CONCERN

East Union High's athletic facilities and the general campus layout get high marks.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA Should worry about quakes at dam & not at levees

Fear of a levee collapse during a major Northern California earthquake from a yet-to-be-found fault in the Delta is hawked as the moral high ground ...

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: A place 78,000 call home

I came home 27 years ago this month.

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop looks to ban parking on Lathrop Road

Now that Lathrop Road has two lanes in each direction, the city has one more small item of business to take care of before the ...

February 10, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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