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San Joaquin One Voice trip

Every year officials from county, cities, agencies and community leaders embark on a journey to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials and elected representatives to advocate for funding for local transportation and infrastructure projects.

June 02, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns


Deport honors student, cuddle drug dealers

Before the federal government starts suing Arizona over immigration law, maybe Uncle Sam should get his own house in order.

May 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What greater purpose is served knowing details of 8-year-old’s death in light of guilty plea?

Do we really need to know the sordid details of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu's death?

May 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


5,800 crosses: A solemn reminder of freedom’s price

A slight drizzle had turned into a steady rain following the cracking of thunder while I was on an early afternoon run down Wellington Avenue on Thursday.

May 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop School gets A+ for its eighth grade promotion

Lathrop Elementary Principal David Silveira gets extra credit for going against the grain.

May 28, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon Farmers’ Market: Working together

Last year, the Ripon City Council explored the idea of developing a farmers' market in our historical downtown sector. The plan was to collaborate with downtown businesses, farmers' market vendors and the community to revitalize our downtown businesses. Unfortunately, due the multitude of regulations and to a late start, it was decided to postpone it until this year.

May 28, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


If that is what a hippie Republican is, then I‘m guilty as charged

The caller didn't waste any time.

May 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here is a bit of unsolicited advice for Class of 2010

It's pomp and circumstance time again.

May 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A day in Manteca: Me & my shadow on various assignments

It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.

May 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SSJID: 101 years of making the right moves

Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.

May 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandlers: When do you trust them?

Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run

May 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growth fees & those who keep crying wolf

Should growth pay its own way?

May 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fisher masters public speaking

One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.

May 21, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Backing off on environmental perfection

It will go down as a landmark decision.

May 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing wheelies wasting time?

Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.

May 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta to hose down LA sidewalks

The lifeblood of Delta farmers, towns, and fish drains into two series of pumps northwest of Tracy - one feeding the Delta-Mendota Canal and the other ...

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will signs slow Bypass carnage?

Caltrans is apparently working on a way to try and enhance safety on what has become the deadliest mile in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

July 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a Lyft & why cities shouldn’t care

Steve DeBrum is no Bill de Blasio.

July 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget 5 o’clock shadows, I’m four hours ahead of time

Fred Flinstone is a rank amateur.

July 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

July 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thunder Valley & Great Wolf: 2 peas in pod

Who in their right mind we book a room at a resort hotel not near any tourist attractions that is located south of a major ...

July 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: High mark for prudent financials

They wish they were Manteca.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to assess traffic safety & flow on existing streets

Efficient and safer traffic movements on existing streets need to be a higher priority with Manteca's elected leaders.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting edge banks would frustrate Bonnie & Clyde

Bank tellers - and bank robbers for that matter - could soon circulate as often as $2 bills.

July 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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