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CPUC getting tough with PG&E two years later

Hiram Johnson - the reform minded governor from the early 20th century - would be disgusted with what the government oversight commission he helped create to keep corrupt railroads in line has morphed into.

November 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dirty air isn’t just a problem for ‘red’ California

Earthjustice is pressing the federal government to enforce its rules when it comes to clean air attainment for the San Joaquin Valley.

November 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Something to keep in mind during season of thanks

"God must really love poor people because, otherwise, he would not have made so many." - Fifteen words that Abraham Lincoln scholars contend the Great Emancipator never said but are attributed anyway by many to the 16th President of the United States

November 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids Zone fallout may up the ante for cost recovery

Cost recovery could quickly become the Pandora's Box of Manteca politics.

November 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government 101: City Council earns ‘A+’ for Kids Zone

Everything you need to know about government you can learn at Kids Zone.

November 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal follies: $2 million tree planting projects

Joe DeAngelis can be entertaining.

November 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Charter school proposal before Manteca Unified

One size does not fit all.

November 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Austin Road: Platinum standard for SJ Valley?

Spreckels Avenue is Manteca's street of the future.

November 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


75 years of success making fine wine with humility, family, & strong character

The family running Delicato Winery is the epitome of character demonstrating what is right in our world – specifically what is right in Manteca – quietly setting a high standard in their everyday operations that other firms could well emulate.

November 14, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Any traffic stop can mean death for an officer

During jury selections, I always respond that I think the police are probably right 90 percent of the time, 9 percent of the time there may be a gray area and the last one percent they may have made a wrong call. Police officers are human just like everyone else.

November 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thank Meg for state unions ignoring Prop. 22

Sorry to spoil the party, Arnold.

November 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Smoking may kill you physically but government edicts can kill free will

Would seeing a photo of a corpse covered with a white sheet and identification tag hanging from the big toe make you give up the habit if you smoke?

November 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


John Boore, the YMCA & memories of healthy fun

Once upon a time, the YMCA was the No. 1 fitness club.

November 12, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Is there a Great Wolf knocking at Manteca’s door?

It definitely isn't your father's water park.

November 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In the long haul California will do OK economically

I was walking through the Kankakee Daily-Journal offices during a visit with friends in Illinois back in 1989.

November 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters

It reduces identity theft.

January 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Someone should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015

Manteca Unified School District's much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district's upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Game changer: ‘Free’ education at Delta & MJC

California community colleges once were free when it came to class units.

January 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The emerging reality: Manteca & ‘tiny’ houses

My 21-year-old granddaughter is a realist.

January 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Low gas price open door for higher gas tax

Gas prices at the Sinclair station and Quick-Kleen Car Wash on East Yosemite Avenue at noon Friday matched the Manteca Costco for the lowest prices in town – a $2.27 a gallon.

January 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raindrops aren’t falling on your head

How real is the drought?

January 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brown says not a word about his Twin Tunnels

Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.

January 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’ve all been given licenses to kill based on the way we drive

What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thoughts of a migratory Mantecan

I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).

January 06, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Local Columns


Government dictating food choices: Let them eat bread

There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More homes will save money in Lathrop, Manteca floods zones

If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.

January 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t like the police? Then let’s have a ‘Purge’ 24/7

Just how thin is the thin blue line?

January 03, 2015 | | Local Columns


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.

January 03, 2015 | By BOB ELLIOTT San Joaquin County Supervisor | Local Columns


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