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Will Manteca really back off on sign regulations?

Manteca's municipal leaders and bureaucrats stepped up to the plate when it became clear the economic crisis was going to inundate local government if something wasn't done quickly.

February 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps Brown doesn’t really trust voters

Are you getting any warm and fuzzy feelings about supporting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to extend $12 billion a year in "temporary" tax increases on personal income tax, sales tax, and vehicle license fees?

February 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city saying Bass Pro matters while Weber’s BBQ doesn’t?

Carissa Patton by all accounts is a good cook.

February 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Police, copper wiring thieves & 2,300 marijuana plants

It isn't surprising that there are people ripping into Manteca Police for their superb job of taking out a multi-million pot growing operation in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park.

February 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We must never apologize for dropping the bomb on Japan

Japan's narrative of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for years has painted the Japanese as victims.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth-inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

February 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fly swatters for $6.99? Are they crazy or what?

All I wanted was a simple fly swatter.

February 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deville without Cruella is like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers

There's an empty spot in my heart today.

February 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make McKinley extension Manteca’s DMZ for growth

It's time that Manteca took its scrutiny of ways to deliver government services more efficiently and for less money to the next level.

February 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No truck route for McKinley is sound planning

McKinley Avenue should not under any circumstances be designated as a truck route.

February 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Discriminating against renters simply based on their youth

He's a young man. He works an honest day doing construction work. And he's about as clean-cut as you can get - no sagging pants, fairly well-groomed, polite, and hardworking.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Defining misery by standards that really count

The Central Valley - according to the insightful people at Forbes who pride themselves on catching business trends but somehow were asleep at the wheel when the Wall Street Turks used sleight of hand and unadulterated greed to crash the economy - is hell on earth.

February 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps they thought levee was just a big gopher mound

It was the defining moment of the January 1997 floods.

January 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up even closer to for-profit utilities

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco was the setting for a dinner that brought for-profit California utility company fat cats and the upper crust of bureaucrats together.

January 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fire sprinklers in homes & former Fire Chief Rule

Charlie Rule over 20 years ago pushed to get his bosses on the Manteca City Council to require new home builders to install fire sprinklers in all new single family residential construction.

January 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Illegal fireworks crackdown

Those firing off illegal fireworks in Manteca starting July 1 could run a greater risk of being slapped with a $750 fine plus the cost ...

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STEM IN KINDERGARTEN

Lincoln Van Houten tried to picture what type of structure would best keep an ice cube from melting on the warmest daytime spot at Colony ...

May 02, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


MHS fence falls toward residences

Firefighters responded Saturday morning to a partially collapsed 40-foot high chain link fence covered with ivy meant to protect mobile homes adjacent to the Manteca ...

May 02, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca may up fee for non-resident golf

Non-resident green fees for playing 18 holes at the Manteca Golf Course may increase by $1 starting July 1.

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fallacy of minimum wage & rising the tide

Forty-six years ago I was flipping burgers at the Squirrel Cage in Lincoln. I was making $1.65 an hour. It was California's minimum ...

May 01, 2016 | 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 ...

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My favorite song? Try ‘California’ by Sinatra

My taste in music runs the gamut from rock to jazz as well as country to western.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Is it the next stoner state?

Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It was almost worth losing the pepper tree

My neighbors have probably been wondering if I was ever going to top Christmas Eve 2010.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead and tell me to take a hike

The mountains call.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The criminal homeless 2: Manteca: 0

Manteca is about to lose another round to the criminal homeless.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Credits for MUSD students

College prep is a big component of secondary education.

April 25, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Workshop on MUSD budget on Tuesday

The Manteca Unified board will conduct a study session Tuesday on the proposed preliminary budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ELECTION FRAUD CHARGE

The third Manteca Unified school board trustee to be charged with election fraud in the last 12 months is claiming that it's an attempt ...

April 23, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


PLANET PARTY ROCKS

Planet Party Day offered up some mixed blessing on Friday.

April 23, 2016 | Vicky Norman-Eddy | Local Columns


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