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Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminals benefit from Sacramento’s theft of local money

Catch and release.

September 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Why you never see talking Geckos on Manteca’s streets

Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.

September 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bad things can lead to good things

My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book.

September 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


I wrote the book on first date disasters

First dates and disasters are one in the same for me.

September 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future school sites = fiscal mismanagement

Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.

September 19, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Meth for Clunkers: It could be fed’s next big giveaway

NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID retail power will help agriculture survive & thrive

Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.

September 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead puts greater good above emotions

Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.

September 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Homeless: Real charity doesn’t enable

I confess.

October 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What’s better: Economic growth or mandated minimum wage?

The unemployment rate in Manteca is 9.6 percent.

October 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizenship: Follow rules & you lose

It is easier to become a lawyer than to get a green card.

October 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Piano bar, restaurants give downtown flavor

TURLOCK – When I think of Billie Joel, I don't think of Turlock.

October 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Plenty of shopping & culinary attractions

Like many cities whose heydays in bygone eras have been become victims of the caprices of changing times, Tracy has gone through its own growing-up pains. A lot of that is starkly evident in its downtown area.

October 04, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Lodi’s ‘wow’ factor definitely impresses

My apologies to the late Huell Howser on my impressions of downtown Lodi having that "wow" factor.

October 04, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca’s $159M duct tape bond

We are told 28-year-old carpet kept together with duct tape is deteriorating the quality of classroom education in Manteca Unified.

October 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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