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Manteca’s future front door on Moffat Boulevard

The answer to jump starting downtown may be pulling out of the station in seven or so years.

April 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Police make arrest in robbery at massage parlor

A lone gunman held up a massage parlor on North Main Street at Lancaster Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday making off with an undetermined amount of cash.

April 22, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Where will elementary classroom capacity go?

The first step Manteca Unified will make in addressing a tidal wave of enrollment growth in the coming years is to determine options that maximize the $45 million they have on hand.

April 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cajun Spot brings New Orleans taste to Manteca

When Linh Ma moved to New Orleans to experience the culture, she had no idea that she would fall in love with the food that is as much a part of the lifestyle as anything else.

April 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


TOWERING RESTAURANT

Ripon's newest restaurant shouldn't have any water pressure problems - or pose a problem for patrons trying to find it.

April 22, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca traffic drives general plan talk

Of the seven mandatory elements that will make up Manteca's General Plan, those who came out to the third visioning workshop Thursday night at the Manteca Transit Center got the opportunity to voice their opinion about one of the most often discussed.

April 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop replacement motorcycle coming

It has been almost a year since the Lathrop Police Services motorcycle unit was involved in an accident that totaled the 2014 BMW police motorcycle used by the department.

April 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon project clears way for restaurant & more stores

Work is underway installing water and sewer lines on five acres at the northeast corner of Ripon at River Road and North Ripon Road where a shopping center and an upscale Surla's Restaurant are being built.

April 21, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


A CENTURY AGO

Manteca biggest growth spurt wasn't in 1985 when 1,400 new homes brought by a tidal wave of Bay Area Transplants prompted the establishment of the 3.9 percent annual growth cap tied to sewer allocations.

April 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SOLAR IS HOT TREND

In the coming months Manteca will reach a milestone no one would have thought possible less than a decade ago - the 1,800th home in the city could be generating its own electricity.

April 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From Russia with fear: Adventures in a SF Lyft

"Should we walk to dinner, or should we take a cab?"

April 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Anyone for a March 17, 2020 primary vote?

Trying to get the elected leaders in the small states that hold sway other the Electoral College to abandon it is the textbook definition of an exercise in futility.

April 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ticking time bomb driving cost of government

California's minimum wage has some significant collateral damage that advocates failed to factor.

April 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘That’s what the police officer keeps asking’

As I was jogging down Cowell Avenue to cross Moffat Boulevard to reach the Tidewater to head south toward Sedan Avenue Monday at noon, a figure was sitting crouched over on the concrete near the fence line of the self-serve fueling station.

April 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maybe call it the ‘Homeless Highway’

It may go down as the biggest unintended consequences in Manteca history.

April 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


MANTECA UNIFIED DIVERSITY

French Camp School - the oldest in Manteca Unified - was diverse from the day it first opened its doors in 1851.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moms’ greatest gift: Giving their kids the ability to love themselves

Mom didn't die.

May 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The insanity of negotiations for teacher pay

Most people probably agree that good teachers are worth their weight in gold and then some.

May 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Popeye and Manteca’s mentally ill homeless

I call him Popeye.

May 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California here they come: Drug cartels & Teamsters

The priceofweed.com website puts the current average California pot price for an ounce of high quality marijuana at $248.56.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Christian starts 2017 graduation season

The playing of "Pomp and Circumstance" in Ripon begins on Friday, May 26.

May 08, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Dorothy Indelicato, member of winery family & tireless volunteer passes on

Dorothy Indelicato, who paired her family's successful wine business with community service, passed away Friday at age 84.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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