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A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A 9-year-old GECAC success story

Matthew Refuerzo could easily be a poster boy for Give Every Child a Chance.

June 05, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Mister Dillon’ reunited with Dennis Weaver

Marshal Matt Dillon (Jim Arness) is up in heaven right now with Kitty (Amanda Blake), Deputy Dennis Goode (Dennis Weaver) and Doc (Milburn Stone) enjoying a beer at the Long Branch Salon swapping stories and reminiscing about the good old days when TV shows didn't need gratuitous sex and violence to enthrall viewers.

June 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Dinner honors pioneer families, helps cemetery

The public is invited to an old-fashioned Prairie Dinner Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Manteca. Guests may even come to the sumptuous dinner ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Lathrop extends pact with SJ County sheriff

The San Joaquin County Sherriff's Department will provide contracted police services to the City of Lathrop for another year.

July 05, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What are a few deaths if Google & Tesla can make more money?

It is important to determine whether Joshua Brown was watching Harry Potter on a DVD player when he drove into history May 7 as the ...

July 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead & roll the dice at $750 a toss

The grumblings have already started.

July 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you vote to send California to pot . . . .

It sounds like a pothead's nirvana.

June 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca does not need to pay wizards $475K

So what are Manteca taxpayers' getting for the $475,000 investment in a parks and recreation master plan produced by the RJM Design Group that ...

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ve yet to see a bear with a smartphone

It's a question I'm constantly asked: Isn't it dangerous to hike by myself in the Sierra or Death Valley?

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future Manteca park needs

It is costing Manteca taxpayers $475,000 so the city can have a plan for the next 20 years about what they should do to ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 percent Chromebooks by end of 2017

Every Ripon Unified student from kindergarten through 12th grade will be using Chromebooks by the end of 2017.

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New police chief plans coffee series

Lathrop's new police chief Captain James Hood is conducting coffees to hear citizens' concerns at the Starbucks on Harlan Road.

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Teens gradate from junior police academy

A cadre of Manteca teens graduated from a week-long junior police academy in Ceres that taught the cadets everything from basic first-aid to the proper ...

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca saves $140K a year by shedding PG&E

Is the epic struggle the South San Joaquin Irrigation District has undertaken to replace PG&E as the retail power supplier for Manteca, Ripon, and ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The next step: Preventing homelessness

Mike Kelly is a wise man.

June 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frosted flakes, sin taxes & North Korea

It was a Saturday morning ritual for way too many years.

June 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council is clear: Manteca must deal with the homeless

The message Tuesday was clear: No more fooling around when it comes to the homeless.

June 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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