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Manteca council barking up wrong tree on dog fee

The Manteca City Council on Aug. 3 will have the second reading of an ordinance for the municipal license fees for unfixed dogs that will reduce them from $100 to $50 a year.

July 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trash talk: A way to enhance city’s ‘business’ image

There is a trash enclosure behind the Manteca Bulletin with so-called privacy slats.

July 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two true public servants: Richard Bull & Charlie Halford

public servant n. 1. a person who works for the state or local government. 2. Ripon Police Chief Richard Bull.

July 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s big myth of a dying downtown district

One of the political givens is that downtown is dying and that it is on the verge of turning into blight hell and will strip Manteca of its cultural and moral soul so therefore the city needs to pump in truckloads of money to save it from becoming Fort Apache as in the South Bronx.

July 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A look at crime in Manteca today

One of the biggest concerns of our citizens is crime in their community. We read the newspaper stories about gang activity and then see an article that says crime is down. It makes you wonder how both can be true. I thought it might help to know how and why the Police Department tracks crime in Manteca.

July 20, 2010 | DAVE BRICKER Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns


Hot times? Water is still the one

I grew up during a time when coaches believed that taking a salt tablet was effective in dealing with dehydration.

July 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Meg Whitman’s cash & the threat it poses to California’s democracy

There is a 900-pound-gorilla in the governor's race for California, but contrary to assertions by the Manteca Bulletin, it is hardly unions representing California workers.

July 20, 2010 | DEBORAH BURGER, RN Co-President California Nurses Association | Local Columns


City manager for whom the cash ‘Bell’ tolls

Is anybody worth $6.41 a minute?

July 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop feeding more taxes to bloated & lethargic bureaucracy up in Sacramento

Getting Californians back to work won't happen in significant numbers until Sacramento finally comes to grips with the basic lesson of the Great Recession: Economic health can't be sustained from spending beyond your means.

July 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does Meg have anything to offer besides attacks on Jerry Brown?

Meg Whitman is definitely getting the best produced political hit commercials money can buy.

July 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gotcha! politics & fuss over Palin’s Turlock payday

"Why did they try to keep it a secret for so long, and now release the figure out of nowhere? Our schools are hurting, students are hurting, and to charge that kind of money for a speech I still feel is a bit absurd." - Ashli Briggs, a 23-year-old California State University at Stanislaus political science major as quoted by the Associated Press concerning the release of how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak in Turlock.

July 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That old house was our home

The house of my youth is currently on the market.

July 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Council needs to rethink Manteca LMDs

Richard Behling believes government has no business being in landscape maintenance.

July 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An interesting encounter with a “homing” pigeon

There was something about the bird that stopped me in my tracks.

July 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Nurses union makes case for Whitman’s election

The 900-pound gorilla in the Nov. 2 race for governor isn't Meg Whitman.

July 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack?

Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,

May 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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