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Downtown: Give up all hope ye who enter?

"Manteca today finds itself in a position which is hardly unique in California. Population is exploding, while the Downtown remains worn out and outmoded, without the qualities which will maintain it as the prime shopping center of the community."

August 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S DEADMAN’S CURVE

Drive eastbound on the 120 Bypass long enough and you know the drill: Grip the steering wheel, get ready to hit the brakes, and fear for your life.

August 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flap over flags: Manteca says flags are still in good shape

No red flags here.

August 14, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


RoosterJuice crows about improvements

Manteca's cozy lounge bar was locked up and put behind bars on Monday.

August 13, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Thomas the Tank Engine versus Slick the Runaway High Speed Train

Thomas the Tank Engine was sad.

August 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A one, and a two: Who was Lawrence Welk?

Talk about bursting my (champagne) bubble.

August 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In search of Brian’s loving family

On this heavily-traveled stretch of rural road, amid thorny bushes, broken glass and snake holes, lays a memorial for Brian Niederbrach.

August 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


People’s Republic of Richmond goes from soda taxes to property seizure

I am underwater.

August 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comrades, are you going to next Manteca council meeting?

Question: What do the now defunct Soviet Politburo and the Manteca City Council have in common?

August 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lies, damn lies, and the Twin Tunnels

The Twin Tunnels propaganda is a classic case of double talk.

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


These moms are happy to have their kids back in school

Welcome back, kids.

August 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


City dedicates new ‘community meeting hall’

"The city isn't dedicating a transit station; they're dedicating a community meeting hall."

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Transit tidbits: A Rose (Motel) by another name

The Rose Motel is no more. The Moffat Boulevard standard for decades has a new name: Inn by the Station. It's a nod to the fact the motel is located across the street from the City of Manteca's new $8.3 million Manteca Transit Center.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $8.3 million view in downtown Manteca & what to do about it

Dilapidated trailers. Debris stacked in piles. A rundown picket fence. And on some days there are more shopping carts than at a Dollar General Store.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Founding Fathers, the SR71, the IRS, NSA & Snowden

Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation.

August 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado

Pot smells.

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Best stress-reliever on the planet

I grew up fishing.

June 09, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Kmart blues: Manteca voted with its feet

Who killed Kmart in Manteca?

June 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep Paris, I’ll take Bakersfield over Pittsburgh

Forget Paris - or Pittsburgh for the matter. I'd rather have Bakersfield.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest plan to make Manteca a better place

Manteca's future is too important to be left to bean counters.

June 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Buying into $400B health care plan without funding it

If you signed a contract to buy an $89,000 Cadillac Escalade with no idea of how you were going to pay for it you ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Car takes out power pole in rural Manteca accident

The driver of a car that crashed in rural South Manteca left a bouquet of red roses on the front seat of the vehicle where ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Firefighters knock down Lathrop market blaze

Multiple calls from citizens late Sunday afternoon brought four engines from the Lathrop-Manteca and Manteca fire departments to the La Reina Supermarket due to fire ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop takes look at levee efforts for 200-year protection

Last year the City of Lathrop received the necessary "finding of adequate progress" that will allow them to continue to develop within the 200-year flood ...

June 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


½ cent sales tax covers 30 of 108 police, fire positions

A half a cent is making it possible for Manteca to hire 15 police officers and 15 firefighters when the next fiscal year starts in ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ongoing urban renewal in the 600 and 700 blocks of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue could get a $17 million boost.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

June 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why is it a given state will reopen California 1?

This may sound a tad blasphemous but why reopen Highway 1 through the Big Sur Wilderness where a mudslide earlier this month added 13 acres ...

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City improves Library Park conditions, issues still remain

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for efforts so far at addressing issues at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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