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Board delays adopting Ripon High grad rules

A change to the graduation requirements at Ripon High was put on hold.

February 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tackling corner lots, fences & frustration

If you own a home on a corner lot in Manteca here's some planner fence jargon that applies to you: "Standard corner lots" versus "reversed corner lots" as well as "key lots" and "interior lots."

February 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless encampment at Manteca’s front door

February 22, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca: The new Stockton for homeless?

Spreckels Avenue is teeming with life.

February 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Ghetto High’: The reality & perceptions

Manteca High - the "ghetto school?'

February 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RIGHTS AT SCHOOL

As a kid I fancied myself as kind of a rebel, but in retrospect, I was anything but. The most rebellious thing I ever did was to wear green and yellow tennis shoes under my high-school graduation gown (our school colors were blue and gold) as a way to show my displeasure for how I had been shafted in football and track my senior year. (That is a column for another day).

February 20, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


T-shirt messages, sexuality, cultural identification & Manteca Unified

What you wear says a lot about you.

February 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s downtown dying? Again?

In two years Manteca as an incorporated city will turn 100.

February 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for watering just twice a week

Manteca currently allows the watering of lawns three times a week.

February 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are men who use most detergents unmanly wimps?

Laundry is gender specific?

February 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop means that — stop

Police Chief Nick Obligacion knows of one place in Manteca where through much of the work day almost every driver performs a stop according to California law.

February 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MT. DIABLO BECKONS

DANVILLE - Peer to the southeast beyond the toothpicks that dot the Altamont Pass in the form of wind turbines and you could make out Ripon's imposing twin water towers.

February 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GOP Assembly hopefuls push water issues

There is no shortage of people vying to fill the seat that will be open in California's 12th Assembly District when Modesto Republican Kristin Olsen walks away after November.

February 15, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Mello-Roos taxes come under fire

Manteca Unified Mello-Roos taxes have become a hot topic.

February 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified honors educators for effort

Several educators were recognized at last week's Ripon Unified school board meeting for their participation in a staff development day.

February 15, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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Nixon was not so bad

A political tsunami is coming – one unlike this state has seen in many years – even decades.

April 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Singh: City not nimble enough

The City of Manteca as far as Gary Singh is concerned needs to be as nimble and responsive as a business is to an ever ...

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SOGGY STRAWBERRIES

While many area residents were grateful for the recent rains in the wake of record-setting drought in California, Manteca-Lathrop strawberry farmers were downcast.

April 11, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Denham seeks to cut $1.7B in federal waste

Congressman Jeff Denham wants to sell 770,000 empty federally-owned buildings that taxpayers are spending $1.7 billion yearly to maintain.

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon board to hear English pilot program

Kathy Coleman, who is Ripon Unified's Director of Curriculum and Categorical Program, is scheduled to give an update on the English Language/Development programs ...

April 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Hit the Streets for Hunger May 1

A special "Hit the Streets for Hunger Fun Run" is set for Saturday, May 1, at the River Island Technology Campus in Lathrop that will ...

April 11, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Un-ringing the hollow bell that is the Raymus Expressway

Yes, the bell has to be un-rung to kill the Raymus Expressway.

April 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BAN THIS GUN

I wanted to call Kirk Kjellberg an idiot.

April 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In good health? You can thank refuse, sewer, water workers

I had dropped part of my granola bar the size of a dime on the ground.

April 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consultants shouldn’t dictate Manteca growth

Who runs the City of Manteca: High-paid consultants or elected council members?

April 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dying in prison & morality

Over the past three decades, judges and juries have filled America's prisons with non-violent offenders.

April 04, 2016 | JOHN Kiroakou | Local Columns


Manteca Unified shouldn’t be at the vanguard of changing mores

A little over a decade ago two gay Sierra High students were spied walking on campus holding hands.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BULBS OR NO BULBS

The days of the controversial landscaping bulb-outs in the 100 block of North Main Street in downtown Manteca may be numbered.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SIZZLING GROWTH

The hottest place for commercial development this year for Manteca is the Airport Way corridor north of the 120 Bypass.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cell phone sale ends with shots

A cell phone sale went bad when shots were fired at the seller as he ran away from a handgun-toting buyer on a Manteca street ...

April 04, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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