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Time to make alarm companies pull their weight in City of Manteca

The uproar this past week over a city coding error that sent Janis Music a $700 bill for false alarms that turned out to actually have been alarms set off by criminal activity nicely masks a much bigger outrage: Why are Manteca taxpayers indirectly subsidizing alarm companies?

November 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting classes, not shaking hands & monitoring social media sites

Back in 1939 my mother - then a junior at Lincoln High of Lincoln in Placer County - and several of her friends decided to cut school and head out to a swimming hole near Bear River.

November 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He was one of the good ones

I admit that I didn't know Fred Millner all that well.

November 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to cut weight? Count pink slips for FDA employees

In my day I could polish off an entire extra-large combo pizza - sausage and pepperoni - in nothing flat.

November 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A car is much more likely to kill you if you live in Manteca

There were 2,626,418 deaths in the United States in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taste of Ripon set in downtown area

The Taste of Ripon Wine Stroll can be a warm and romantic way to start the Christmas season in the historic Ripon business district on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 until 9 p.m.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Safer streets: Lathrop seeks to improve sidewalks

The City of Lathrop is hoping that they'll get at least a piece of the $19.8 million of Measure K funds that is up for grabs for local municipalities to assist with specific projects.

November 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Urgent Care opens in downtown

An urgent care center has opened its doors in downtown Manteca.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca growing to 106,308

It took the City of Manteca 67 years to reach a population of 32,000 from the time of its incorporation to 1985.

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s a bad Apple (and Samsung) on our roads

There is perhaps another reason why Apple doesn't want police to easily access iPhones during investigations and it has nothing to do with privacy. Anecdotal evidence suggests smartphones are killing Americans in much greater numbers than terrorists can ever hope to achieve.

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High school sports taunts out of control

What is the Manteca Unified School District leadership waiting for - fist cuffs?

November 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The non-handshake heard ‘round the 209

By now most people have already forgotten about what happened last week between the Manteca High School Buffaloes and the East Union Lancers prior to what has become a blood feud between the town two oldest high schools.

November 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CPUC’s prime purpose: Protect PG&E’s profits

It's a $363.4 million question - or if a judge's recommendation holds, a $170 million question.

November 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Next dodo bird: Breaking bread with strangers

We are slowly becoming a hermit society.

November 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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My four trips in high school to principal’s office

I was called to the principal's office four times during high school.

December 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just a few kind words . . . .

This column has been plagiarized.

December 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


AT LEVI WITH 49ER FANS

It's been at least a decade since I had been to an NFL football game, and that was partially by design.

December 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Elon Musk nails what’s ails high speed rail

"Why do we want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn't leave where you want it to leave, doesn ...

December 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Granny flat 2.0 affordable housing solution

It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

December 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old traditions, cough drops & DHM volunteers

There is something about old traditions in families including health care remedies. Last year when winter was approaching and I was grocery shopping in Ripon ...

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


St. Vincent de Paul Society delivering 300 food baskets

Fresh from helping needing families for this past Thanksgiving, the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Manteca is gearing up to do likewise once again.

December 18, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Farmer beaten in rural Manteca home invasion

Retired Manteca area dairyman Arnold Rothlin survived a severe beating in a 2 a.m. Saturday home invasion robbery at his home on South Airport ...

December 18, 2017 | | Local Columns


Lathrop may impose temp ban on pot sales in city

The pending arrival of legalized marijuana has left many California cities unprepared to deal with the potential impacts of commercialized cannabis.

December 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Chiek served 26 years as Manteca officer

After serving nearly 26 years as a Manteca Police officer, Randy Chiek got the traditional send off Saturday morning with a police escort from his ...

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SANTA NEEDS HELP

Santa's helpers need a little help this year.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$731,690 to get lead out

The plan to transform municipal land once used to grow corn for dairy cows using reclaimed wastewater into a family recreation mecca required the city ...

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big tax hit on way so spend $1B on Medi-Cal for illegals

Assemblyman Phil Ting says he's concerned about how the federal tax cut proposal will end up being a tax increase for middle-class and working-class ...

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Andy Taylor results better than Robo Cop

Perhaps the most effective initiative undertaken by the city in the past decade to improve Manteca was the council decision 18 months ago to hire ...

December 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Climate change & the myth it is increasing number, intensity of wildfires

Christmas is 10 days away and California is burning.

December 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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