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Common sense & code enforcement? Here’s your sign

Make your way down Industrial Park Drive and you may find one of the most egregious examples of illegal sign placement in Manteca.

September 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get money for schools today & short change the future of students

You show up for work for a month without an absence.

September 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting paying customers to do the dirty work

Walter Reuther - a labor leader if there ever was one - was once given a tour of a modernized Ford assembly plant.

September 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Democrats honor labor with exception of farm workers

Honor labor.

September 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Blue moon rising over dairy will soon be just a nostalgic memory

Driving home Thursday evening in rural south Manteca, I was struck by the sight of black foliage atop a pair of tall dead trees in the middle of a field. I noticed the leaves moving, darting to and fro which I found puzzling. As it turned out, they were not leaves at all. They were little black birds looking for a crepuscular place to roost for the night. At least, that's what I thought they were doing.

September 02, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The high cost of building temples at Texas schools

There's high school football and then there is Texas high school football.

September 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gillette likes the fact I’m a living Chia Pet

AskMen did a survey of 4,600 American males earlier this month.

August 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A marquee firm? Give me Simplot any day over Facebook or Apple

Facebook, Apple and the likes of Intel and Oracle are firms that many of us fawn over.

August 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take our water and give us your garbage

Give us your garbage, your hardcore felons, and your air pollution.

August 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The new (high speed rail) dust bowl

High speed rail, we are told, will not pollute our air.

August 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$120,000 question: Why educate part of our future and then deport it?

You invest 15 years educating someone.

August 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Compassionate slaughtering? Give me a break

Central Valley Meat Co. on Hanford has been shut down - at least temporarily - putting 500 employees out of work.

August 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Fiona Ma, I-80 carpool lanes & ‘Animal Farm’

What's wrong with Sacramento?

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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BIA threatens to sue the goose that lays the golden eggs

The Building Industry Association of the Delta protests a bit too much.

August 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prop 47 works for drug users & criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHARGING INTO RE-CHARGE WATER?

The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon may upgrade council AV system

The Ripon Council Chambers could soon have an audio-visual system similar to the one currently used by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

August 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Collision Center plans new complex

The hub of traffic collision repair in Manteca will soon be along East Yosemite Avenue east of Vasconcellos Avenue and across the street from Manteca ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s true. Numbers don’t lie.

My driver's license says I weigh 198 pounds.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


120 Bypass: There aren’t really any ‘accidents’

Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.

August 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


49ers odds of winning Super Bowl better than 200-year flood

Senate Bill 5 - Sacramento's knee jerk reaction to the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans - is supposed to save us all from an ...

August 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bumped by a car jogging & not loving it

It is a fair to say the rules are straight-forward: Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Drivers are supposed to stop behind sidewalks ...

August 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of taxes that bite

I was asked shortly after I moved to Manteca in 1991 what was the most unusual difference between living here and in Lincoln in Placer ...

August 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs even bigger Twin Tunnels plan

Sacramento has issued an edict to roll back greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within four years.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dry levee decision

A proposed alignment for the controversial dry levee in southwest Manteca that is a critical element to meet the state mandate to provide 200-year flood ...

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOMEGROWN CITY MANAGER

Manteca City Manager Elena Reyes recalls her first day in the City Council chambers.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Police arrest 2 for mail theft

Ripon Police - with information provided by two alert residents - arrested two women on suspicion of stealing mail.

August 15, 2016 | | Local Columns


Ripon High grad is now the top Indian

Keith Rangel has experienced his fair share of back-to-school first days at Ripon High.

August 15, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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