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Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soviets didn’t play football all that well

In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.

March 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bonus bucks: It is time to stop crying wolf

Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.

February 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a change

Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.

February 28, 2010 | By Steve Anthony San Joaquin County campaign manager for Meg Whitman | Local Columns


You’ve got to love those #%&•@! state lawmakers

California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.

February 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The homeless problem we don’t want to address

"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s bid to amend constitution to guarantee higher power costs

Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.

February 26, 2010 | By JEFF SHIELDS South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager | Local Columns


Discount pricing to build homes in Manteca? No way

Developers are playing with fire – literally.

February 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


East Yosemite needs a chance to flourish

Let's stop kidding ourselves.

February 23, 2010 | Doreen Wynn | Local Columns


The civic duty sweepstakes known as jury duty

Jury duty is a civic responsibility.

February 23, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Joseph & Maria: A great love story

The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.

February 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


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Pet adoption, Outdoorsman’s Expo & fitness open house this Saturday

Come out to the Petsmart in Manteca and find your new furry friend on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. because the Stockton Animal Shelter will be displaying adoptable dogs of all sizes, color, and breeds. If you've been looking for your purrrrfect snuggle buddy, now is your chance, plus this weekend ALL adoptions are free.

October 02, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca schools byte off more than they can afford

They're sleek. They're cutting edge. They're today.

October 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THE VOICE

Roem Baur had it all on Tuesday night.

October 01, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Stockton Police: Gambling with Sam Fant’s reputation?

Stockton Police are alleging Manteca Unified School District board member Sam Fant is a person of interest in an Internet café gambling operation.

September 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two types of water: Let the suing begin

Water is water, right?

September 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to change course at city hall

There is no delicate way to put this. The folks who run the City of Manteca day-to-day are out of touch with the people they serve.

September 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Apple takes a bite out of the forbidden fruit of privacy

"People have a right to privacy."

September 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GECAC casino night Saturday

What are you doing this weekend?

September 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


A good bet to fight crime is happening this Saturday

I plan on fighting crime Saturday night.

September 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are you happy with police, fire protection or do you want more?

People, they say, get the government they ask for.

September 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to council: It’s a drought emergency

Manteca's municipal staff - based on the reality of budget cuts not to mention the City Council's own narrative - is doing a Herculean job of keeping things going.

September 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can their neighborhood be saved?

A group of moms are demanding changes in their central east Manteca neighborhood after what happened to 11-year-old Hunter Davis and his sibling. They want it cleaned up and they are looking to the Manteca Police and City of Manteca to make that happen.

September 22, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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