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PG&E’s $9.8M care package for CEO Darbee

The young man knocking on my door wanted to know if I knew about the PG&E CARE program and if I wanted to apply.

March 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca making LMD takeover work effectively

Snall weeds - fueled by rain and a rise in temperatures - started popping up in the concrete portion of the Wellington Avenue bike path about 10 days ago.

March 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grown adults shopping wearing PJs

When's it OK to wear pajamas out in public?

March 09, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


We can make up for a lifetime of indifference

Phil Waterford couldn't sleep.

March 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


UC protestors overplay their hand on I-880

I shed no tears for the University of California at Davis student showing her "wounds" to a KCRA-TV camera that she received from police after she and others disobeyed repeated lawful orders to disperse and stop blocking city streets and attempting to advance onto Interstate 80 in a bid to close it down.

March 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soviets didn’t play football all that well

In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.

March 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bonus bucks: It is time to stop crying wolf

Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.

February 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a change

Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.

February 28, 2010 | By Steve Anthony San Joaquin County campaign manager for Meg Whitman | Local Columns


You’ve got to love those #%&•@! state lawmakers

California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.

February 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The homeless problem we don’t want to address

"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s bid to amend constitution to guarantee higher power costs

Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.

February 26, 2010 | By JEFF SHIELDS South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager | Local Columns


Discount pricing to build homes in Manteca? No way

Developers are playing with fire – literally.

February 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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