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Everyone pays taxes except perhaps PG&E

Wal-Mart paid $7.1 billion in income taxes during 2012 on $22 billion in pre-tax profits.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PAYING 5% LESS

The 375 families that now reside in River Islands at Lathrop are enjoying electrical rates 5 percent lower than the rest of Lathrop, Manteca, and Tracy.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2.5 CRASHES A DAY

Vehicle accidents - by far the most likely way a Manteca resident will get injured or suffer significant financial losses - were up 7.26 percent on city streets during the first six months of this year.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maldonaldo ends 7 years at SHARP helm

Marty Maldonado is replacing her captain's bars for those of a lieutenant as she steps down from the command of the Manteca Police Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) volunteer unit after seven years of leadership.

August 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Homeless: ‘They’re human and I’m human’

Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community resource officer so far of two authorized by the Manteca City Council to address persistent homeless problems has already had a significant impact after just 30 days.

August 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Smoking ballast at movie ends with a marriage

You may have seen the AT&T ad campaign for its Internet service. Some of the pieces are pretty funny, and I saw one this morning that was just hilarious.

August 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," as "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New housing, the American Dream & young Mantecans

As we were driving down Main Street Monday talking about things in general including people who commute to the Bay Area for bigger paychecks, Ashley turned to me and said the obvious, "Papa, the people who can afford the nice new houses here don't work in Manteca then?"

August 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA threatens to sue the goose that lays the golden eggs

The Building Industry Association of the Delta protests a bit too much.

August 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prop 47 works for drug users & criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHARGING INTO RE-CHARGE WATER?

The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct to feed faucets in Los Angeles could one day be greatly diminished.

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon may upgrade council AV system

The Ripon Council Chambers could soon have an audio-visual system similar to the one currently used by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

August 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Collision Center plans new complex

The hub of traffic collision repair in Manteca will soon be along East Yosemite Avenue east of Vasconcellos Avenue and across the street from Manteca Trailer & RV.

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s true. Numbers don’t lie.

My driver's license says I weigh 198 pounds.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


120 Bypass: There aren’t really any ‘accidents’

Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.

August 20, 2016 | 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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