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Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Corned beef & cabbage plus Mardi Gras fun

American Legion Post 249 is staging a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6. Tickets are $13 per person. For tickets, call Penny at 209.470.8691.

March 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Fearing the clown: Why it is bizarre

McDonald's isn't my kind of place.

March 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer eating away at downtown

Here we go again.

March 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is mankind’s de-evolution an app away?

We are de-evolving.

March 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enhancing truck safety & fighting state blight

Want to see what $250,000 plus in government waste looks like?

March 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making 18- to 21-year-olds provisional legal adults

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez wants to take rights away from legal adults.

March 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That’s life: Ol’ Blue Eyes had it right

That's life, that's what all the people say

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jason, ever so slowly, is changing

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and my wife and I were going to be heading to San Francisco with her aunt and uncle to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

March 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tragedy on 120 Bypass no accident

Driving eastbound on the 120 Bypass is akin to riding into the Valley of Death.

March 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD’s big flop as public Internet service provider

Netflix - the primary whiner behind the successful campaign to get the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet by pushing the concept of net neutrality - is having second thoughts.

March 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

March 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let's cut to the chase.

March 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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