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Manteca High, downtown & the chance of a lifetime

What are some of the biggest challenges facing the City of Manteca?

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When firms know more about you than you remember about yourself

It stopped me in my tracks.

September 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city workers should no longer do LMD work

It is time for the City of Manteca to get out of the landscape maintenance district business when it comes to the manual labor aspects.

September 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam Fant: Mug shots & head shots

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words.

September 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Historical Society backers gather for summer social

It was a congenial mix of 220 plus Mantecans attending the Manteca Historical Society and Museum Sunday afternoon during the organization's annual barbecue and ice cream social conducted at the Manteca Transit Center.

September 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Idling, drive thru windows & SJ air quality

On a billboard heading east on 11th Street outside Tracy toward Interstate 5 you will see a larger-than-life photo of San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott.

September 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, where the streets are lined with mattresses (& couches)

uDARTS TO WHOEVER is leaving large pieces of furniture such as couches or mattresses in front of their homes available for others to "take for free" or even behind their business unsecured waiting for proper pick-up.

September 12, 2017 | | Local Columns


Fighting crime in Manteca: Enforce property upkeep

Do you want to see a lasting reduction in drug-related crimes, property crimes, and blight?

September 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon VFW Auxiliary rolling out glamour ‘girls’

A comic fashion show is part of the Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary evening gala on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Ripon Post located at Olive Avenue and West Ripon Road.

September 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Fire Chief’s Foundation car show set Sept. 23

The Manteca Fire Chief's Fourth Annual Car Show is expecting 60 entrants when it takes place Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 4 on Lathrop Road west of Union Road adjacent to the Del Webb at Woodbridge neighborhood.

September 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Snow hill coming to Library Park

It's only expected to reach 99 degrees today so that means only one thing - it's time to think about Christmas.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GRIFFIN PARK HOUSING

Manteca's largest ever residential development -1,532 proposed homes on 333.66 acres - builds on promises four local builders made nearly 20 years ago.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High may grow up

Ethel Allen could be the first new school built in Manteca Unified in more than a decade.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When did kids screaming in stores become OK?

I want to make it clear. Just because I'm closing in on 62 doesn't make me an old fuddy duddy. Apparently I was an old fuddy duddy when I was 19.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Case for Amazon’s next headquarters to be in Lathrop

Here's a crazy idea that in reality isn't all that crazy.

September 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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WORLD WAR I MURAL

The fifth and final installment of arguably the most ambitious mural project in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is now underway.

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Acorn 2.0 sprouts successfully

Physical fitness and mental sharpness go hand in hand.

November 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Black Friday: Not exactly mankind’s finest moment

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on Nov. 28, 2002

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Since when is vigilantism the answer to problems?

Apparently, homeowners around Stella Brockman Elementary School believe that somebody in their neighborhood is trapping their cats and then releasing them outside of the city ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop may slash number of meetings

Could the Lathrop Planning Commission be the next governing body to cut their monthly meeting dates in half?

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Man shot in hip during drive-by

A 23-year-old male was struck in his hip during a drive-by shooting as he was walking in the 500 block of West Alameda Street Thursday ...

November 24, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making room(s) for money

Manteca's fastest growing source of municipal revenue since 2013 isn't property tax nor is it sales tax.

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


30-YEAR TRADITION

Thirty years ago, Jim Todd showed up at Northgate Park with less than a dozen people for a pickup flag football game the day before ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sharing their blessings

Jeff Liotard didn't want just another community Thanksgiving dinner.

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Nov. 21. 2007

November 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeal of gas tax would shake state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

November 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We were fools for letting Manson live

Charles Manson lived 48 years too long.

November 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon city worker benefits costs up 4.9 percent for year

Ripon City Council members are eligible for the same benefits as city employees.

November 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 Lathrop parks get rubberized playing surfaces

Lathrop taxpayers have already been enjoying new rubberized play surfaces at some of the city's most heaviest used parks thanks to proceeds from Measure ...

November 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon tradition: Cal Crush Clydesdales rides

The sound of Cal Crush Clydesdales hoofs clicking against street pavers in downtown Ripon will return Saturday, Dec. 2.

November 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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