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It’s a ‘reasonable time’ to get rid of residency rule for city manager

At least once - if not twice a month - for over 30 months Richard Hansen made his way to the City Council podium to ask basically the same question: When is City Manager Steve Pinkerton going to move to Manteca?

September 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To those who have a cow over meat production

It is one of the greatest mysterious of our time.

August 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A realistic step to enhance the Manteca Library

You need wheels.

August 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Profit Gouging & Exploitation is at it again

PG&E is not a business.

August 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The apple’s not rotten so Steve’s departure won’t make a difference

The world is not going to fall apart because Steve is departing.

August 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Alan Thomas has helped keep Manteca golf course in the green

Alan Thomas' critics will likely never give him his due.

August 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commerce, as propane rail car fire underscores, comes with risks

Life isn't without risk.

August 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teachers helping others one quilt at a time

RIPON - Elementary school teachers definitely have heart – especially when they see a need. It's amazing how many adults I have interviewed who clearly remember their kindergarten through second grade teachers when they were youngsters in the primary grades.

August 24, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can get case of the shakes anywhere in US

Why do you live in California?

August 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps there’s a reason for the moniker ‘starving vendors’

"They had no money. They all traded in their clunkers and bought new wheels and now they got their cars repossessed. Some of them just walked around and got fatter while others socialized or played with vendor's items. What else are they going to do? No money here or anyplace else in the valley. Economy is completely shot along 99 from Marysville to the Grapevine. Economically disadvantaged area and people just go through the motions. Tire-kickers, teenagers pushing strollers, overweight welfare moochers.... they're all there."

August 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Where land ends and the future starts

Land's End is aptly named.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Southside residents, police are both getting frustrated

He served his country for 30 years.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Duplicating a small miracle on Locust Avenue

There is no entitlement mentality at 314 Locust Avenue.

August 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will fools allow another gold rush in Bodie?

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie!" - A quote widely attributed to have been written in the diary of a young girl whose family headed to the Eastern California gold boom town in the 1880s

August 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam’s plan: San Joaquin Valley economy must be destroyed to save us

Losing weight is healthy.

August 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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What a wonderful world

I was sincerely hoping that I would be able to recount to my son that just months after he was born the San Francisco Giants ...

November 04, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City of Manteca helps drive up housing prices

If you are a renter and are worried you will be priced out of your home or apartment in Manteca, Tracy, Ripon, or Lathrop then ...

November 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California lawns: We’re not living in Maryland

The experiment isn't working.

November 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The sins of the father & politics in California

It's the $68.4 billion question: Why would an otherwise fiscally conservative governor like Jerry Brown go full speed ahead with a $68.4 ...

November 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City manager: No need for downtown consultant

The City of Manteca has tried pursuing a better downtown six times since 1963 by employing the same strategy - hiring a consultant to help determine ...

October 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shots fired during fight outside pub on North Main Street

Shots were fired during a large crowd fight at 1:40 a.m. Saturday outside a North Main Street pub with one man being dragged ...

October 31, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon online academy hosts field trip

Several times a month, those associated with the California Connections Academy @ Ripon will take timeout from their regular routine to attend field trips.

October 31, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mantecans’ frustrations are garbage

I have a neighbor a few blocks over that has a few choice words about the Manteca City Council that I cannot repeat.

October 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twilight Zone: State Water Control Board & ‘saving’ fish

The lunacy of California water regulations and how the Sacramento burecarcy functions in a Twilight Zone that would turn Rod Sterling's hair white with ...

October 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Polling place paranoia

Serious question: Is California part of the same country as Maine, Illinois, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin?

October 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The pleasure of jogging in the rain

It was 35 minutes of pure bliss.

October 26, 2016 | | Local Columns


The language of success in Manteca USD

They are among the best and brightest in Manteca Unified schools.

October 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ACCOUNTABILITY

Walk onto any Manteca Unified campus today and you'll be hard-pressed to find a student without a cell phone.

October 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Home buyers pay into $55M fund to lure 16,800 jobs

Every time a home closes escrow at River Islands at Lathrop, $5,000 is paid into an account designed to lure employers to the planned ...

October 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop hopefuls talk about truck stop

Lathrop voters on Nov. 8 will elect three City Council members.

October 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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