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What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

It was probably the strangest compliment I had ever given anyone.

July 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an average of at least 20 miles, or probably three to three and a half million acres!" - William Brewer in his book, "Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864"

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable wage."

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here's a novel idea.

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment

Manteca has spent close to $12 million since 2004 cleaning up Moffat Boulevard as well as pumping new life into the corridor.

July 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Cap-and-trade vote gives new life to California high speed rail

California high speed rail will not die.

July 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes

The 10-year foot dragging over the major road fee component of the Public Facilities Implementation Fee (PFIP) is becoming a bit overwrought even for City of Manteca standards.

July 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

So why is Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop cleaning Manteca's clock when it comes to landing distribution jobs?

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being served their ham, eggs and pancakes by Manteca Rotarians.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of West Yosemite and the Subway sandwich shop in the 1200 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take over golf pro services and making a recommendation to go with Jeff and Geanna DeBenedetti - a couple that currently holds a similar position at the City of Livermore's Las Positas Golf Course.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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So you say you want a Manteca aquatics center

Everybody wants something.

August 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From dictator to Pulitzer Prize

Surprises never cease – especially in Ripon – from the finding of a cannon ball years ago near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River to the ...

August 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stockton in the spotlight again — this time over sanctuary city controversy

For reasons that nobody can quite figure out, the Trump administration has decided to name Stockton as one of the four American cities it is ...

August 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just what the doctor ordered: Universal car insurance

There are 218 million licensed drivers in the United States.

August 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca encouraging gang graffiti art along Moffat

10.08.120 Removal of vehicles authorized when.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flash floods, locking kids in cars & opioids

People need to be more paranoid.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


#NoFreeSpeech is growing goal of social media

One wonders whether Samuel Clemens would have written any of his classics if social media had been around in the mid-19th century.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nothing says welcome to Manteca like festering blight

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for finally installing concertina wire on top of the fencing surrounding the air conditioning unit at the Manteca Veterans ...

July 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


NIMBYism isn’t the problem. It’s broken promises.

The term NIMBY - not in my backyard - is a lazy label that borders on being patronizing.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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