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Manteca saves $140K a year by shedding PG&E

Is the epic struggle the South San Joaquin Irrigation District has undertaken to replace PG&E as the retail power supplier for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon worth it?

June 26, 2013 | | Local Columns


Rain? Summer? What do you do with the kids?

When I left the house this morning, my son was still in his PJs and our living room had been transformed into a Lego fun factory.

June 25, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Immigration reform: The full employment act for the Defense Industry

Get ready for the next surge.

June 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Paul & Ruth Becker, WWII soldiers being buried together at Santa Nella

I have always admired them from a distance. A couple with a quiet demeanor; there was nothing in their movements or action that looked calculated to call attention to themselves.

June 22, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


It’s heaven on earth: Summer time in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Illegal fireworks & neighborhood- based government

It was an incessant noise.

June 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who do you trust? Farmers or bottom line corporations?

Bob Cabral, Walter Woodward, Nick DeGroot, and Dave Phippen all share two common threads.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lying liars & the state’s $97B spending plan

There are liars, damned liars and then there are Sacramento politicians.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parenting 2013: Kids go wild & how stopping them is child endangerment

It's night time.

June 18, 2013 | | Local Columns


‘Cool’ car colors, gas powered lawn mowers & air quality

Do you drive a black car?

June 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Watch out, I’ve got an excuse to use chainsaw

I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.

June 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands’ epic 24-year journey to build the first home

The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job.

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tribute to the fallen at the new transit station & expanding library

Why are we free?

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming up next: Pre-Crime Police using wholesale mining of data

So you have no problem with government data mining.

June 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fracking vote jolts political alignments in Sacramento

Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month?

June 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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HELP FOR unCERTain TIMES

Your neighbor might one day save your life.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S GREEN INITIATIVE

Manteca - under a Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013 - must reduce its per capita greenhouse gases by 21.7 percent by the time 2020 roll ...

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sunlight for the Stockton mentality

There's something called the law of diminishing returns.

March 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


San Joaquin Valley ground zero for latest Trump effort

Remember Bakersfield in 1992?

March 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making George Jetson pay taxes on Rosie robot

Bet you George and Jane Jetson are wishing they hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper instead of hiring Rosie the robot maid.

March 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


College cost not student debt is the real problem

"California is taking the boldest step in the nation toward making college debt-free." - California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon speaking about a plan to create a ...

March 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Northern SJ holding bag for Bay Area

Why do poor people struggling to make ends meet leave job rich Bay Area to head east over the Altamont Pass?

March 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How Manteca can be a good neighbor

Marty Harris is right.

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon plan for parent involvement

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will receive information on the Parent Involvement Plan for the District-level English Learner Advisory Committee.

March 13, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 retire from MPD after combined 50 years

Two members of the Manteca Police Department retired with more than 50 years of combined service on Friday – Dispatcher Kim Thomas and Detective Armen Avakian.

March 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon council looks at fee waiver policy for city facilities

The City of Ripon has an established rental fee schedule for its facilities.

March 13, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop steps up to protect groundwater

Lathrop officials as they kept a watchful eye on too much water in the San Joaquin River took a step last week toward making sure ...

March 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CONSERVE IS THE WORD

A record Sierra snowpack and above normal rainfall on the valley floor is unlikely to ease the need for the City of Manteca - and most ...

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA IN 2040

General plans - state mandated planning documents designed to serve as a blueprint for a community's growth - are viewed by critics often times as merely ...

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Be sweet’: Two words easy to Tweet

They've got a nice fancy term now for what inconsiderate, self-righteous, vicious and insecure jerks do - body shaming.

March 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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