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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's Save Mart, I couldn't help but notice the lack of the old tried and true Vicks cough drops on their shelves amid countless other brands.

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 Way.

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 home to the department marking his last day on the job.

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 to remove the Manteca Police Department's firing range.

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 Californians.

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 community resource officers to address homeless issues and start chipping away at quality of life issues.

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


Social media grumblings perplexing

People are a funny bunch sometimes.

December 15, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Thirteen months & no movement on city crosswalk

Imagine, if you will, if the traffic signals at Union Road and Center Street did not function for 13 months.

December 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead: Manteca is not just surviving

The last 10 years have been good for Manteca from where Debby Moorhead sits.

December 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Chamber office moving to new locale

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce office is moving to a new location in the historic downtown from its present site in the 900 block of West Main Street – the onetime location of an early Bank of Stockton building.

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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The myth legal pot will rain $$ on government

If you really believe legalizing marijuana will reduce black market sales substantially the obvious question is "what have you been smoking?"

January 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neglecting real world for digital one

Is social media ruining America?

January 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The climate change chorus is gnashing its teeth once again

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Mudslides. Tornadoes. Wildfires. Blizzards. Droughts. Why do we call them natural disasters when they are what nature does constantly to keep evolving?

January 11, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For Sacramento politicans charity deductions begin at home

It's nice that somebody in Sacramento finally thinks we're paying too much taxes.

January 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teacher pensions, Apple, & teen mental health

They just can't resist it.

January 09, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Resolution One: Being able to put on more mileage

It wouldn't matter much if the human body came with an instruction book on how to care for it.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fees collected on new homes topic of council report

Every new home sold in Lathrop is subject to a series of fees based on the square footage of the dwelling.

January 08, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


‘Real time’ data allows schools to adjust effort

Education is taking place in "real time" in Manteca Unified and other California public school districts.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1.8M in donations powered RHS dream

In a way, the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation defied the odds of what appeared to be a pipe dream some 10 years ago.

January 08, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When Manteca grew 120% in 1 year

Editor's note: This is an occasional series looking back on Manteca's first 100 years as a city as the centennial date of the ...

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City manager should say no to zombie CVB

The city in the coming weeks will get a request to waive fees associated with the Crossroads Street Fair in downtown Manteca. The fees cover ...

January 06, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother Nature not PC with male, female thing

"Male, female, or are you declining to state?"

January 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thanks for making paradise more like home; end of an era

We had three blocks to walk in order to see one of the most iconic beaches in the world.

January 05, 2018 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Singh, Morowit get it: Manteca needs more traffic officers

Mike Morowit and Gary Singh have "just the ticket" for Manteca for the upcoming mid-year municipal budget review.

January 04, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Amazon smile won’t last forever

There was a time when Sears made retailers shudder and would give the mailman - the now dinosaur politically incorrect term for postal carriers - hernias as ...

January 03, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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