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Major changes in 2014 for Manteca City Council?

The numbers in Tuesday's Manteca City Council election seem to add up to one conclusion: For the most part folks are generally happy with the direction Manteca is headed.

November 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tired of the buzz: Flies & politicians redefine annoying

Flies. They're everywhere these days.

November 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does Obamacare mean more jobs for senior citizens?

It's called the Heath Care for America plan.

November 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ‘can’t do’ folks warned that failure awaited Manteca

It was a warm spring-like 78 degrees in Manteca on Sunday.

November 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 a.m. Sunday, Ben Franklin & your PG&E bill

What do Benjamin Franklin, Al Gore, global warming and 2 a.m. this Sunday as well as you PG&E bill all have in common?

November 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mixing political venom with a kid’s trick or treating

It's Halloween.

November 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs a Del Webb-style solution to avoid creation of blight

A large chunk of people's gripes with the City of Manteca come down to property use and maintenance. At the same time the city is hard pressed to maintain parks, street lights, and abate blight.

October 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From a horse kiss to inspiration beneath the famous Golden Arches

It's fantastic to find some moment in time spontaneously, and this picture of a small boy being kissed by a horse was more than special. I can't remember who sent it to me but it came via Facebook recently – the photographer did not take credit.

October 31, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Brace yourself for the scariest day of the year

The scariest place this Halloween isn't the Winchester Mystery House. Nor is it watching the Zombie Apocalypse in 3-D.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do cities pick up tab for victory riots when teams make the money?

Detroit's city leadership is probably relieved that the Tigers didn't win the World Series.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there a Benghazi media cover-up?

Is there a mainstream media cover-up of an Obama administration cover-up in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead?

October 30, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Local Columns


Home was a car for 4 years

So many times, we see them, but not really "see" them.

October 29, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Giants’ improbable season: It’s why we love sports

A friend broached the question to me just the other day about sports fandom.

October 29, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


High speed rail is an old school transit solution

It's ironic that Jerry Brown - a governor who embraces high tech innovation, the environment, economic growth, and improving the lot of the little guy - wants his legacy decided by the modern-day equivalent of a 220 miles per hour dodo bird.

October 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Thinking about hitting the river?

School is now out, and the weather is turning warm, and it's only a matter of time before kids start heading out to the ...

June 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Political humor needs to get out of the proverbial gutter

I like a good political joke even if it lampoones a position or politician I support.

June 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca don’t need no stinkin’ Atherton Drive missing link

Debbie Moorhead was adamant at the last Manteca City Council meeting that she wants the infamous missing link on Atherton Drive between Airport Way and ...

May 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to consider small home neighborhood

Someone making $19.25 an hour along with $450 a month in expenses such as auto payment and credit card bills would have a rough ...

May 30, 2017 | | Local Columns


Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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