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Measure C pays for five police officers

When Lathrop voters overwhelmingly approved a one-cent sales tax increase to pay for essential city services, all that anybody knew was that the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District would be getting 40 percent of the money generated.

January 29, 2018 | | Local Columns


Lathrop seeks to switch basins for groundwater rules

In addition to showing just how much California is lacking in long-term water storage, the most recent California drought also exposed how dependent cities across the state are on groundwater to keep the taps flowing.

January 29, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Auto thefts in Manteca drop 13.5%

Manteca's vehicle thefts in raw numbers last year were at the lowest since 2013 and 58.3 percent lower than in 2005 when 2.2 autos were stolen on an average day.

January 29, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bishop appointed for Stockton Diocese

The announcement that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Myron Cotta to be the new shepherd of the Diocese of Stockton is "exciting" news to Catholics in the area, especially those in the large Portuguese community.

January 29, 2018 | | Local Columns


ALL IN THE FAMILY (CITY)

Credit a teen-age "labor dispute" involving weeds leading to Cabral Motors being Manteca's oldest dealership in the same family entering its 61st year as Manteca celebrates the centennial of its incorporation as a city.

January 29, 2018 | | Local Columns


New baby warning: Life can kill you

I bought a new car in November.

January 29, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Building a future for high school students while addressing housing needs

Manteca needs affordable housing.

January 27, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Welcome to Portland: Where the guy with the knife is running away

I don't ever plan on leaving California.

January 26, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Bank on them not growing with the little guy

Opening your own savings account as a kid was once a rite of passage.

January 25, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Library Park homeless ‘occupation’ has abated

The homeless aren't "occupying" Library Park as they used to do.

January 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The deals: Great Wolf vs. Amazon

The deal of the century - at least from the perspective of the City of Manteca at this point in time - is in what apparently are the final stages of negotiations.

January 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon cuts water use in December by 15 percent

Wet weather has pelted the area with more rain in the forecast.

January 22, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Truck traffic prompts rehab of Harlan Road

Travelers along Harlan Road over the course of the next two months might be subjected to delays as the city works to repair the extensive damage that has been done to the frontage road from heavy truck traffic.

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Decision on high schools’ field overhaul next month

The big decision about whether Manteca Unified will go ahead with all-weather tracks and a new Bermuda-hybrid style grass playing surface at each of its high schools will have to wait until next month.

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


A HERO FOR THE AGES

He always said was just a farm boy from Kansas.

January 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Smartphones & prodding the cattle (customer)

Back in the Stone Age if you wanted to know the cost of an item on a grocery store shelf you picked it up and ...

April 04, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxes, reality & the free lunch crowd

Patrick Johnston was the incumbent state senator representing San Joaquin County in 1994 when the Manteca Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate's forum at ...

April 03, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Concrete up next for Ripon bleachers

Progress continues on the Bleacher and Press Box Replacement Project at Stouffer Field.

April 02, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


River Islands will soon start using recycled water

Purple pipe is coming to River Islands.

April 02, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Traffic is the worst on N. Main by Bypass

The top four heaviest traveled street segments in Manteca are adjacent to freeway interchanges.

April 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton Ports launch season Thursday

The Stockton Ports will honor the 2008 championship team when they open the season on Thursday, April 5, at Banner Island Ballpark.

April 02, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


CONTROVERSIAL EXPRESSWAY

The proposed Raymus Expressway interchange on Highway 99 was envisioned as part of a direct freeway-to-freeway connection from the 120 Bypass at the McKinley Avenue ...

April 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TRADE WAR HITS HOME

The trade war has come to the orchards of Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.

April 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember when Brown didn’t favor immigrants?

"There is something a little strange about saying, 'Let's bring in 500,000 more people,' when we can't take care of the one ...

April 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s no time to kill at 99, 62, 25 or 17 years

There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

March 31, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing your info with Uncle Sam & Facebook

My grandmother wasn't a big fan of those year-end letters.

March 30, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget clowns; fear the scary rubber ducky

I am dead man walking.

March 29, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca must address future homeless issue

The most pressing quality of life issue in the upcoming Manteca municipal election is homelessness.

March 28, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling weeds, Body Pump & use it or lose it

I live in a house that has an alley. That means every year in order to beat the Manteca Fire Department weed inspection - it gets ...

March 27, 2018 | | Local Columns


Classrooms taking shape at Colony Oak

Reconstruction at Colony Oak Elementary School continues to move forward despite the current wet conditions.

March 26, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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