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What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

It was probably the strangest compliment I had ever given anyone.

July 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an average of at least 20 miles, or probably three to three and a half million acres!" - William Brewer in his book, "Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864"

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable wage."

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here's a novel idea.

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment

Manteca has spent close to $12 million since 2004 cleaning up Moffat Boulevard as well as pumping new life into the corridor.

July 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Cap-and-trade vote gives new life to California high speed rail

California high speed rail will not die.

July 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes

The 10-year foot dragging over the major road fee component of the Public Facilities Implementation Fee (PFIP) is becoming a bit overwrought even for City of Manteca standards.

July 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

So why is Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop cleaning Manteca's clock when it comes to landing distribution jobs?

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being served their ham, eggs and pancakes by Manteca Rotarians.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of West Yosemite and the Subway sandwich shop in the 1200 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take over golf pro services and making a recommendation to go with Jeff and Geanna DeBenedetti - a couple that currently holds a similar position at the City of Livermore's Las Positas Golf Course.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Gunfire after a football game?

The Ceres High School sophomore football team must have been terrified when shots started striking the windows of the school bus they were in as ...

September 01, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tear down fire gutted buildings in downtown

It's time to take back downtown Manteca from slumlords.

August 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Twin Tunnels, Hurricane Harvey & eco opportunists

Within minutes after it became clear Hurricane Harvey was doing a number on Houston, the Chicken Littles took to social media, were granting interviews, and ...

August 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prime Now a throwback to the 1920s

Before the arrival in Manteca of the technology that experts proclaimed would change the world - telephone service invented by Alexander Graham Bell - there was just ...

August 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slipping on iced over snow and unanswered prayers

About the time it was 102 degrees in Manteca on Saturday I lost my footing on iced over snow and slid down a fairly steep ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soaring over Ripon on stage Saturday, Sunday

Those opting to venture to Ripon's Mistlin Sports Park this Saturday and Sunday at dawn to see hot air balloons take to the skies ...

August 28, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


EU High stages Back to School Wednesday

Raul Mora was wearing neon on Friday and for good reason.

August 28, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


L-M Fire adding nine firefighters

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District will soon be adding nine firefighters to its ranks to staff a rescue unit that will help provide services to the ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


REDUCING SJ FLOODING

The San Joaquin River flowing between its confluence with the Stanislaus River south of Manteca to where the Old River channels splits off just beyond ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You may get your Big Mac patty one day from a petri dish

Marshall Dillion in Dodge City circa 2050 may have to deputize the townsfolk to deal with rowdy lab techs and ride with Chester to go ...

August 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High: What’s in a name?

Much to my delight I woke up earlier this week and saw that a San Francisco-based social worker decided to take issue with Ripon High ...

August 25, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


2,200 student high schools: The emerging MUSD standard?

Call it "The New Math, Manteca Unified Style."

August 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Using 96-gallon carts to address homeless issues

Let's be honest.

August 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rootin’ tootin’ good time at Ripon VFW post

The annual Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars "Western Dinner" conducted Saturday night to help fix the post's leaking roof was deemed a success by ...

August 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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