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Does downtown matter as much as the big deals?

Is the future of downtown Manteca - or any part of the existing city for that matter - worth the resources, time, and money that has been invested chasing the family entertainment zone?

June 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon cuts May water use 26.4%

The drought isn't quite over.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


$136M worth of building in Manteca through May

Tactical 5.11 - the most expensive structure ever built in Manteca - along with a housing surge could make 2017 a record setting year for new construction.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROBOTIC SUMMER

Doug Obrigawitch had high praises for the seventh- through 10th-grade students in his Robotics and Electronics summer camp.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Temporary McKinley Ave. closure needed for new building

A 622,000 square-foot warehouse is going in along Louise Avenue.

June 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


SIX FIGURE DEPARTING CHECK

Elena Reyes walked away from her 38-week stint as city manager - including 19 weeks she was paid for not working - with at least an additional $145,000, if not more than $250,000.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sweet summer sweat: Embrace the heat instead of fighting it

Back in August of 1965 when the mercury in Lincoln flirted with 120 degrees after several back-to-back 115 degree days I was complaining to my grandmother about the heat as only a 9-year-old can.

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To this day I wonder how he slept at night

In 1982 after the boy came along, I had to find a job. College was done for the time being and I ended up working at Lawrence Livermore National Labs for a contractor.

June 19, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Single payer pill: It requires only one to overdose

No one has ever mistaken the California Legislature for the Hoover Institute think tank at Stanford University.

June 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


114 degrees? Time to buy an ice ax

The high is supposed to hit 114 degrees in the coming few days.

June 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I knew I had seen her before – only it wasn’t same person

A few weeks ago, I again went out with Mike Kelly to take a look at how the Manteca Police are handling the homeless situation in Manteca – an effort that is praised by pragmatists that recognize this is a way towards lasting change and panned by short-sighed critics that think bussing them somewhere else is the way to go.

June 16, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca needs to abandon Garfield section for MHS safety

The Manteca City Council has taken steps to improve the security of the Manteca Library.

June 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning less about world with access to World Wide Web

A teen boy. A matronly lady. A graying guy perhaps in his 50s with a man bun. Two women in their early 30s. One guy who looked like the quintessential college student. A couple that looks like they are well into their Golden Years. And a teen girl.

June 14, 2017 | | Local Columns


Manteca’s goal: Avoid Kmart closing from lapsing into cancerous blight

Kmart's future may seem dicey but not as much as the building the retailer will leave behind when it closes its Manteca store sometime after September.

June 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified recognized retiring staff

Mona Ogden is one of 10 Ripon Unified School District retirees.

June 12, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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City culture, saving money & the homeless

Mike Morowit was adamant.

September 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shelley Berman, Harry Styles & who we are

"If the plural of radius is radii shouldn't the plural of stewardess be stewardi?"

September 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yard sales: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Yard sales are usually uneventful.

September 05, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mantecans help hurricane victims

It was a great team effort by Manteca residents for those unfortunate Texans who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gunfire after a football game?

The Ceres High School sophomore football team must have been terrified when shots started striking the windows of the school bus they were in as ...

September 01, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tear down fire gutted buildings in downtown

It's time to take back downtown Manteca from slumlords.

August 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Twin Tunnels, Hurricane Harvey & eco opportunists

Within minutes after it became clear Hurricane Harvey was doing a number on Houston, the Chicken Littles took to social media, were granting interviews, and ...

August 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prime Now a throwback to the 1920s

Before the arrival in Manteca of the technology that experts proclaimed would change the world - telephone service invented by Alexander Graham Bell - there was just ...

August 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slipping on iced over snow and unanswered prayers

About the time it was 102 degrees in Manteca on Saturday I lost my footing on iced over snow and slid down a fairly steep ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soaring over Ripon on stage Saturday, Sunday

Those opting to venture to Ripon's Mistlin Sports Park this Saturday and Sunday at dawn to see hot air balloons take to the skies ...

August 28, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


EU High stages Back to School Wednesday

Raul Mora was wearing neon on Friday and for good reason.

August 28, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


L-M Fire adding nine firefighters

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District will soon be adding nine firefighters to its ranks to staff a rescue unit that will help provide services to the ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


REDUCING SJ FLOODING

The San Joaquin River flowing between its confluence with the Stanislaus River south of Manteca to where the Old River channels splits off just beyond ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You may get your Big Mac patty one day from a petri dish

Marshall Dillion in Dodge City circa 2050 may have to deputize the townsfolk to deal with rowdy lab techs and ride with Chester to go ...

August 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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