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Downtown: Give up all hope ye who enter?

"Manteca today finds itself in a position which is hardly unique in California. Population is exploding, while the Downtown remains worn out and outmoded, without the qualities which will maintain it as the prime shopping center of the community."

August 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S DEADMAN’S CURVE

Drive eastbound on the 120 Bypass long enough and you know the drill: Grip the steering wheel, get ready to hit the brakes, and fear for your life.

August 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flap over flags: Manteca says flags are still in good shape

No red flags here.

August 14, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


RoosterJuice crows about improvements

Manteca's cozy lounge bar was locked up and put behind bars on Monday.

August 13, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Thomas the Tank Engine versus Slick the Runaway High Speed Train

Thomas the Tank Engine was sad.

August 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A one, and a two: Who was Lawrence Welk?

Talk about bursting my (champagne) bubble.

August 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In search of Brian’s loving family

On this heavily-traveled stretch of rural road, amid thorny bushes, broken glass and snake holes, lays a memorial for Brian Niederbrach.

August 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


People’s Republic of Richmond goes from soda taxes to property seizure

I am underwater.

August 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comrades, are you going to next Manteca council meeting?

Question: What do the now defunct Soviet Politburo and the Manteca City Council have in common?

August 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lies, damn lies, and the Twin Tunnels

The Twin Tunnels propaganda is a classic case of double talk.

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


These moms are happy to have their kids back in school

Welcome back, kids.

August 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


City dedicates new ‘community meeting hall’

"The city isn't dedicating a transit station; they're dedicating a community meeting hall."

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Transit tidbits: A Rose (Motel) by another name

The Rose Motel is no more. The Moffat Boulevard standard for decades has a new name: Inn by the Station. It's a nod to the fact the motel is located across the street from the City of Manteca's new $8.3 million Manteca Transit Center.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $8.3 million view in downtown Manteca & what to do about it

Dilapidated trailers. Debris stacked in piles. A rundown picket fence. And on some days there are more shopping carts than at a Dollar General Store.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Founding Fathers, the SR71, the IRS, NSA & Snowden

Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation.

August 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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I can hear the Dreyer’s Drumstick ice cream calling

One of the best things about Manteca can be found in Spreckels Park on DuPont Court- the nearly 30,000- square-foot refrigerated distribution center for ...

May 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a no brainer. J.W. Ledford Jr. paid the price

There is a price to pay for everything we do in life.

May 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Black Hole Sun goes dark

It has happened more in recent months than in years past.

May 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Railroading high speed rail thru the system

You've got to love Sacramento's sense of humor.

May 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The good old days when snow was black & white

Sixty years ago a typical TV screen was no bigger than a laptop encased in a wooden box the size of a Mini-Cooper weighing slightly ...

May 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Spreckels Park BMX track is a Manteca success story

LAUREL TO ANDERSON 209 BMX RACE TEAM as well as the City of Manteca plus developers Mike Atherton and Bill Filios for the continuing success ...

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for the Manteca City Council to step up

The Manteca City Council has a chance to show they mean business, right past failures, deliver on a longstanding promise to make growth pay its ...

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comey & the Saturday Night Massacre & ‘gate’ hysteria

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.

May 16, 2017 | | Local Columns


California: From Russia to Spain to Mexico to USA with love

It is usually the view that inspires me when I reach a summit.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified offering STEM Summer Camp classes

The STEM Summer Camps are back.

May 15, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Al and Ann Tonn: A wonderful 65-year love affair

Al and Ann Toon waltzed through life like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was a 65-year love affair that ended all too soon with ...

May 15, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Chamber lights up Ripon’s Main Street

In an effort to brighten up historic downtown, the Ripon Chamber Foundation recently added strands of lights along Main Street.

May 15, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Police firing range cleanup tops $600,00

Getting the lead out of the city's former police firing range to clear it for development as part of the envisioned family entertainment zone ...

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grimy downtown crosswalks; unsafe Lathrop Road driving

Manteca taxpayers through the redevelopment agency paid in excess of $3 million 15 years ago for downtown upgrades.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LATHROP CELEBRATES ART

When Reed Ramsey entered a photo of rolling waves taken on an Oahu beach into the 24th annual Mayors Art Show and Sale, he didn ...

May 15, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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