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Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


American Graffiti: Movie resonates Modesto cruise

MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father.

June 08, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


All streets are safe until people drive on them

"There is no such thing as an unsafe road."

June 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More enjoyable to embrace summer than fighting it

Finally, the heat is on.

June 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bicyclist goes 35 mph down sidewalk while towing a trailer

Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.

June 06, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More news from Profit Gouging & Electricity

The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.

June 06, 2013 | By DENNIS WYATT Executive Editor | Local Columns


Trust the IRS? When did we trust the IRS?

"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel

June 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want Insanity Workout? Run with 2 Dalmatians

Shaun T. - one of the late night gurus of exercise DVDs - wants you to send him three monthly payments of $39.95 to take advantage of his Insanity Workouts.

June 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: $24B won’t assure adequate water supplies for 25 million people

Let the distortions begin.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A pawn, a $350,000 study & taking $12M out of people’s pockets

One man's due diligence is costing more than 40,000 households, business, and farmers $12 million a year.

May 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A virtually empty garage may be un-American by today’s standards

I'm a prime candidate for the Homeland Security watch list.

May 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Apple isn’t rotten but the American taxing system is

Why does Uncle Sam insist on subsidizing rich people?

May 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: Get ready for Owens Valley 2.0

Want to see the future of the Northern San Joaquin Valley?

May 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic officer: Toughest job in Manteca?

The toughest job in Manteca might just be the men who are part of the Manteca Police Department's traffic enforcement unit.

May 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winds have changed at 1001 W. Center St.

The City of Manteca has a new unofficial municipal motto: "This is the new norm."

May 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Articles by Section - Local Columns


Time to make alarm companies pull their weight in City of Manteca

The uproar this past week over a city coding error that sent Janis Music a $700 bill for false alarms that turned out to actually ...

November 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting classes, not shaking hands & monitoring social media sites

Back in 1939 my mother - then a junior at Lincoln High of Lincoln in Placer County - and several of her friends decided to cut school ...

November 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He was one of the good ones

I admit that I didn't know Fred Millner all that well.

November 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to cut weight? Count pink slips for FDA employees

In my day I could polish off an entire extra-large combo pizza - sausage and pepperoni - in nothing flat.

November 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A car is much more likely to kill you if you live in Manteca

There were 2,626,418 deaths in the United States in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taste of Ripon set in downtown area

The Taste of Ripon Wine Stroll can be a warm and romantic way to start the Christmas season in the historic Ripon business district on ...

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Safer streets: Lathrop seeks to improve sidewalks

The City of Lathrop is hoping that they'll get at least a piece of the $19.8 million of Measure K funds that is ...

November 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Urgent Care opens in downtown

An urgent care center has opened its doors in downtown Manteca.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca growing to 106,308

It took the City of Manteca 67 years to reach a population of 32,000 from the time of its incorporation to 1985.

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s a bad Apple (and Samsung) on our roads

There is perhaps another reason why Apple doesn't want police to easily access iPhones during investigations and it has nothing to do with privacy ...

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High school sports taunts out of control

What is the Manteca Unified School District leadership waiting for - fist cuffs?

November 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The non-handshake heard ‘round the 209

By now most people have already forgotten about what happened last week between the Manteca High School Buffaloes and the East Union Lancers prior to ...

November 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CPUC’s prime purpose: Protect PG&E’s profits

It's a $363.4 million question - or if a judge's recommendation holds, a $170 million question.

November 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Next dodo bird: Breaking bread with strangers

We are slowly becoming a hermit society.

November 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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