I am amazed that the City leaders are even thinking about raising our taxes again this year. Yes, the "UTILITY TAX" is in the works again. This tax is needed to balance our budget from what I have heard. Now I must tell you that after reading the listing of all the City workers pay in last week's Sun Post I can see why they want more money.
David Marques is a Manteca fire captain. If you happen to see his salary and overtime, which came to just under a sixth of what he made last year, you might think it is high – or is it? Like other Manteca firefighters, he is paid according to a contract negotiated that puts their salary in the median range of similar-sized cities in the region. Nine percent of his base pay is actually his retirement. ...
American Legion Park can be rather picturesque, particularly during the early evenings when Yosemite Lake draws a reflection of lights from the nearby mostly upper middle class homes.
Gene Roddenberry must have visited Manteca. How else can you explain how Roddenberry came up with the cloaking device? Trekkie fans know that the cloaking device makes Klingon Warships invisible to Star Fleet ships. The idea of a cloaking device isn't a figment of Roddenberry's imagination. If he came to Manteca, he would have witnessed the phenomena first hand. Instead of Klingons become invisible to the human eye, Roddenberry would have seen how pedestrians in ...
The Manteca Unified School District Board played the wrong hand. In going for the card that distributed the burden for covering the final deficit gap on the backs of every district employee from bus drivers to teachers by taking 8 percent pay cuts that in all practicality could reach 10 percent if employee contributions to health care goes up and you factor in negotiated raises that are going to the way side, the board took ...
Kirk Doty is a Manteca Police officer. He also has the right to a private life. We also know he was summoned while off duty as a private citizen, and not in an official capacity, to a private party at a Manteca home where there was a fear it was going to get out of control.
Who in their right mind would have thought the Arizona Cardinals would be in Super Bowl XLIII? We're talking here about one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all of professional sports finally making it to the big dance. Up until now, the Cardinals were one of the few National Football League / American Football League teams not to reach the Super Bowl since the 1967 merger. During that span, the Houston Oilers and the ...
I've officially crossed over to the darkside. While I've always been somewhat of a techie that always wanted to have the newest toys whenever they were released (I'm shocked that I wasn't one of those waiting in line for the iPhone when it came out), my addition to cell phones remained relatively mild compared to some people that I know. Sure I had to have the Motorola Razr when it first came out, and naturally ...
Bill Perry stood outside the main entrance to the shuttered Spreckels Sugar plant 11 year s ago this March.
Thank you, President Obama. One of the most insane stances of the Bush Administration was the blocking of California's attempt to reduce greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2020. To reach that goal, the language of Assembly Bill 32 requires vehicles produced for California to average 35.7 miles per gallon. It is a far cry from the current federal standard of 22.3 mph for light trucks and SUVs and 27.5 mpg for cars. Yet the ...
Gophers don't have a thing on me. I spent the better part of Saturday making pre-emptive strikes. It involved taking out another large chunk of the grass in my front yard preparing to bury another 25 feet of poultry wire fencing cut into pieces to shape baskets to place below everything from roses and camellias to bare root shrubs. My neighbors probably think I'm crazy since I've now ripped out about a third of the ...
It may come down to this: Manteca Unified either has to cut everyone's pay, eliminate all transportation or put Lathrop High on ice.
Hello there again. It's been quite a while since we've met on this page. In fact it was in December, just before I had my last heart attack. Yup, I said heart attack. Boy, I don't like those much. I am getting way too experienced with them. But there is good news that I will share with you shortly.
If there ever was a man who was a true blue East Union fan with Lancer red flowing in his veins it was Maurice "Augie" Agostini.
I can still remember the weekly reading pamphlets in my fourth-grade class. In it was a photograph and story of Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. This was the site where John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor of his time, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during the third-act performance of the comedy, "Our American Cousin." Ford's Theater became property of the U.S. Government shortly after that fatal evening of April 14, 1865 (Lincoln died the very next ...
Sacramento has Sleep Train Arena.
Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.
San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.
We have come a long way since Flight 90.
•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.
The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.
Why are insurance rates so high?
Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.
Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.
We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.
How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.
Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.
School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.
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