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California is business friendly for ADA lawyers

Sam Guedoir is among at least 21 Manteca merchants and commercial property owners slapped with "drive-by" American with Disability Access compliance lawsuits.

May 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

It’s the Wild, Wild West for copper thieves

Prospectors ravaged California's countryside 165 years ago searching for gold.

May 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The sheriff, false alarms, tickets & distracted driving

Every eighth-tenth of a second it happens.

May 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Everything from Art in the Park to Chocolate & Cherry festivals

The Manteca Junior Women's Club is staging Children's Art in the Park on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library Park in downtown Manteca. There will be free arts and crafts. That is in addition to food vendors, art displays as well as demonstrations, entertainment and merchandise being available for sale. For more info click go to our online Community Calendar at

May 15, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

IRS gives away $13B in taxpayer dollars to crooks

If your company lost $13 billion in one year due to sloppy work you wouldn't expect them to hand out $2.8 million in bonuses plus grant big step pay raises for a job well done.

May 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You’re so vain you probably think this selfie is about you

Warren Beatty has met his match - self-centered selfie snappers.

May 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Mom says she just tries to do her best

Mothers' Day at our house are most days of the year, when that special woman I married 54 years ago witnesses her efforts continuing to bloom after raising three boys and a girl – all leading successful lives in their vocations.

May 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The fantasy of a $26 an hour minimum wage

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is advocating placing California's minimum wage at $26 an hour.

May 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Smartphones & carte blanche government fishing expeditions

I have an iPhone.

May 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fat Cat show tonight for Welcome Home Heroes

Run for Rina! The annual half-marathon run and 5K run/walk held in honor of the late Rina Brocchini and to raise community awareness and funding for the Ripon High Stadium Project, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m. For more info go to or call Stephanie Hobbs at 209.599.6861.

May 08, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Consultant takes Manteca for a ride

What's in a name?

May 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Thank justice: City Council prayers get legal blessing

Somewhere approaching 500 times in the last 23 years Manteca City Council meetings have opened with a prayer.

May 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High tech crackheads & the Seven Deadly Sins

Google the words "pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed" and "sloth."

May 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s new standard for road maintenance: South Main Street

Take a drive down South Main Street between Industrial Park Drive and the 120 Bypass.

May 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Library Park homeless ‘occupation’ has abated

The homeless aren't "occupying" Library Park as they used to do.

January 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The deals: Great Wolf vs. Amazon

The deal of the century - at least from the perspective of the City of Manteca at this point in time - is in what apparently are ...

January 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon cuts water use in December by 15 percent

Wet weather has pelted the area with more rain in the forecast.

January 22, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Truck traffic prompts rehab of Harlan Road

Travelers along Harlan Road over the course of the next two months might be subjected to delays as the city works to repair the extensive ...

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Decision on high schools’ field overhaul next month

The big decision about whether Manteca Unified will go ahead with all-weather tracks and a new Bermuda-hybrid style grass playing surface at each of its ...

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


He always said was just a farm boy from Kansas.

January 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let there be light

Is downtown too dark when it comes to public parking lots after the sun goes down?

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

Gentlemen: We need more of them today

The world needs more gentlemen.

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

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