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Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminals benefit from Sacramento’s theft of local money

Catch and release.

September 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


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Bullying: Drain is doing it herself

It's only fitting to start your diatribe about how racist the school system is by making a racist statement of your own.

January 31, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


McLarty learns trustees well schooled in art of retribution

Connect the dots.

January 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tire marks, medians & public safety

Perhaps you don't like the new medians on Louise Avenue.

January 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FACEBOOK FLAP

I ran for the school board back in the 1990s. My claim to fame was an endorsement from the Stockton Record (the Bulletin does not endorse for local races) and I thought I stood a decent chance. I am not wrong often, but boy did I misjudge that one.

January 30, 2015 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Manteca USD: Uranus versus Pluto conflict

Folks who make their living tossing theories abound about human behavior generally define Millennials as those born between the 1980s and 2000s. Some define Millennials by those who were in their formative years or reached adulthood at the dawn of the 21st century.

January 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chocolate Salon, bull riding, BMX Crab Feed and more!

Get your dance shoes ready, because the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the first middle-school dance of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Golden West Community Gym! All sixth through eighth graders are invited to dance and have fun with their friends. Bring your school I.D. (or other proof of school attendance), $5 for admission and don't forget about the school dress code! For more info click here:

January 29, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Coming flood of misery for rural south Manteca folks

Rain and snow when it does fall can sometimes inflict painful misery on parts of Manteca and Lathrop.

January 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

The chickens have come home to roost.

January 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s not your father’s school board member

Out of sight and out of mind.

January 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Toe the line? My feet aren’t exactly normal

Captain Kangaroo.

January 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


JANUARY IN MANTECA

Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on cat's feet.

January 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want some crab? No problem in Manteca

St. Anthony's School is holding its 6th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., with dinner beginning at 7. Wine & cheese tasting is from 6 to 7 followed by marinated crab, pasta, salad, bread, music and dancing. You may purchase tickets in the school office for $50 per person. This is an adult-only event and you must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, please call the school at 209.823.4513.

January 22, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Outdoor cooking, common courtesy & air pollution

Got an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning smoker or a pizza oven?

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital means poor students may get left behind

There is a fundamental flaw in the Manteca Unified School District's Going Digital undertaking.

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school trustees: 2 wrongs don’t make a right

It's really a simple equation when you boil it all down.

January 20, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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