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Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Why you never see talking Geckos on Manteca’s streets

Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.

September 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bad things can lead to good things

My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book.

September 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


I wrote the book on first date disasters

First dates and disasters are one in the same for me.

September 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future school sites = fiscal mismanagement

Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.

September 19, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Meth for Clunkers: It could be fed’s next big giveaway

NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID retail power will help agriculture survive & thrive

Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.

September 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead puts greater good above emotions

Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.

September 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growing into high school & new friends

The high school experience can be tough on freshmen.

September 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When the pigeons come home to roost you’d better watch out

Gina M. Roos had every right to be upset after her recent experience at the East Yosemite Avenue McDonald's in Manteca.

September 14, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


REFLECTING ON SEPT. 11, 2001

With Friday's eighth anniversary of 9/11, it was time once again to ask the annual question: where would we be, had the attacks never taken place?

September 14, 2009 | FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Temple of Doom takes $2B away & gives us 17,000 convicts in return

In a twist on standard benevolence from those in a superior position the California Legislature taketh away and the California Legislature giveth.

September 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We all pay a big price for brazen shoplifting & even soda thievery

I always thought I would make a good loss prevention officer in a retail store, because everything seems to happen right in front of me.

September 13, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ethics? They don’t need no stinkin’ ethics to follow in Sacramento

Isn't the name "California Assembly Ethics Commission" an oxymoron?

September 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca memories & musings

Thinking of events, times and places led to some of those people in my past that deserve a little recognition, so here goes.

September 12, 2009 | By JACK SNYDER Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


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THE COACH

Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

March 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

March 30, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now.

March 28, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

March 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

March 26, 2015 | | Local Columns


THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

March 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

March 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.

March 24, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca City Council needs to show water use leadership

Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.

March 23, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Squeezing Manteca’s vulnerable young moms

The young mom was elated.

March 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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