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Legislature pays the price for their poor performance

"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time

June 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It’s heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Impressed with postal worker & post office tour

On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.

June 21, 2011 | | Local Columns

Rumor has it: The truth about pull tabs from aluminum cans

About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.

June 20, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

A tip is a gratuity, right?

June 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns

A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Is California driving itself to a crack up?

Remember the 1960s?

January 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Picking up more of tab

Manteca is continuing its southward march.

January 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don't underestimate the value of a dollar.

January 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

West of I-5 bills going up nearly $28

The Lathrop City Council already voted to increase water and sewer rates over the course of the next five years.

January 04, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Davis answering his final call today

Bob Davis worked his way up through the ranks of the Manteca Fire Department to become a well-loved and respected battalion chief.

January 04, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

How medicinal marijuana in Manteca has gone to pot

The odds are at least one - if not more - of the five Manteca City Council members know of someone who is ill that has benefitted ...

January 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

BLD epicenter of 2016 growth

Where will ground zero for non-residential growth be in Manteca during 2016?

January 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A year shy of two decades since the devastating New Year's floods submerged the Wetherbee Lake community for months, this small residential enclave in ...

January 02, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO Special to the Bulletin | Local Columns

Zapien now represents Lathrop, part of Manteca

Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, Lathrop, Weston Ranch and a chunk of northwest Stockton have a new representative on the San Joaquin County Board of ...

January 02, 2016 | | Local Columns

Making 2016 more secure financially

Now that 2016 is here you might be finding a few ways to resolve to make this year better than the last.

January 02, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Are they lemons or cantaloupes?

For more than 15 years Debbie Mar has been picking lemons off of the tree in the backyard of her home.

January 02, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Don’t weigh yourself down in 2016

I made a promise to myself on Jan. 1, 1986.

January 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Jerry Brown, Waterloo & round two of Delta follies

It's back to the future for Gov. Jerry Brown.

December 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California: Do the crime and do no time

I do not know much about Jeffrey Alan Berry.

December 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Growing up as a free range kid

I confess. I was a free range kid.

December 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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