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Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial backside when it comes to the issue that drives everything and was captured so precisely in three words uttered repeatedly by former Mayor Carlon Perry: "Jobs, jobs, jobs."

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed is diverted at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: Reliance on SSJID water growing

Manteca's municipal water fortunes will become more and more reliant on how well the South San Joaquin Irrigation District protects and manages its water rights to the middle fork of the Stanislaus River watershed.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rules proposed for Manteca’s new dog park

Manteca's dog park - due to open by the end of November - won't be a free-for-all.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon ups water saving goal to 30%

Ripon will set its water conservation goals at 30 percent.

September 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto but even so . . .

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

September 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca has less than stellar record of being water visionaries

Manteca municipal bureaucrats like to point with pride of the city being farsighted enough to secure surface water supplies to blend with well water to support an ultimate population base of between 130,000 and 150,000 people.

September 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Accusing Brown of ‘mansplaining’ when he’s acting like the only adult

Can we stop the political posturing for one day and act like adults?

September 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colleges don’t need coddling, indoctrination

I remember Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975 well.

September 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Too far to walk? Don’t complain to Joshua Cowell

Joshua Cowell - the man who was called "The Father of Manteca" by his peers - would likely be amazed if he were to stand on his one-time front porch on Yosemite Avenue at 2:40 p.m. on a school day and surveyed what was in front of him.

September 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GETTING IN SHAPE

The days of getting home, grabbing two bags of chips to snack on while playing video games, and downing a 12-pack of soda a day are long gone for Tyler Beckham.

September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may buy $577K in wetland credits

Manteca is posed to buy $577,000 worth of wetlands credits in the Consumnes River floodplain in Sacramento County in order to develop the proposed 210-acre family entertainment zone.

September 12, 2016 | 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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