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Legislature pays the price for their poor performance

"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time

June 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Impressed with postal worker & post office tour

On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.

June 21, 2011 | | Local Columns


Rumor has it: The truth about pull tabs from aluminum cans

About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.

June 20, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

A tip is a gratuity, right?

June 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Police officers on LA to Sacramento run

Raising funds for officers killed in the line of duty across the country is the goal of two Los Angeles Police officers who are running ...

December 05, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


City Council condemns ‘genocide’ against Sikhs

The passage of a resolution by a government entity, be it a city, state or national level, is usually a cause for jubilation by all ...

December 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Moorhead, Singh take oath today

Newcomer Gary Singh and incumbent Debby Moorhead will take the oath of office during a special Manteca City Council meeting set for 4 o'clock ...

December 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


75 YEARS OF LOVE

George and Violet Perry's smiles are brighter than usual these days. And there's a very good reason for it. They have just arrived ...

December 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


TRASH TALK THIS TUESDAY

Manteca is moving to level the playing field when it comes to fees charged - or not charged - to collect garbage.

December 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning about life in Death Valley

I was near the top of Thimble Peak some 6,381 feet above the floor of Death Valley. What I saw before me was a ...

December 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


All I Want For Christmas Is “A Few Kind Words And A Place To Lay My Weary Head”

When I was younger I used to ask my father what it is he wanted for Christmas, and his answer was always simple:

December 02, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Acosta family picks up Marty’s Christmas Trees long tradition

Marty's Christmas Trees is back.

November 29, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Lathrop approves plan to build 6,800 homes

LATHROP - Big changes are on the horizon for the City of Lathrop.

November 29, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca tree lighting set for Thursday

Manteca's traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree on Thursday kicks off an evening of holiday fun at the Civic Center.

November 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA HAS MAIL

Manteca's Post Office on Maple Avenue was built 77 years ago.

November 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


de Graaf leads in race for council seats

According to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, Daniel de Graaf, Leo Zuber and Jake Parks continue as the leaders for three seats on ...

November 29, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


3-mile pursuit called off for safety of the public

A three-mile-long police pursuit was called off about 10:30 Monday morning as it was going over the Highway 120 Bypass when the red Dodge ...

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Detectives investigating drowning in home swimming pool

Manteca police detectives are investigating the 1 p.m. Monday drowning of a 54-year-old woman in a backyard swimming pool while family members were away.

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon Chamber, Hospice of San Joaquin join forces for tree lighting

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce shared its annual Christmas tree lighting event with San Joaquin Hospice at 6 p.m. Monday evening at the Veteran ...

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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