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Oh thank heaven for Manteca’s fourth 7-Eleven

City moves quick to adjust signal on Lathrop Road

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POSTED October 19, 2017 1:40 a.m.

Manteca’s fourth 7-Eleven — and third on Yosemite Avenue — is staging a grand opening on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event at the store on the northwest corner of Yosemite Avenue and Airport Way features a Manteca Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting with Manteca Mayor Pro Tempore Gary Singh and council member Debby Moorhead in attendance. It will be followed by fresh food sampling and special offerings on Slurpee drinks, fountain drinks and coffee.
Franchisees Annie and Paul Sandu also sell Union 76 gasoline and have a car wash.
The facilities have long sat vacant, closing several months after they were built and opened a number of years ago.
 As part of the celebration, the Sandhus will present a $711 Project A-Game donation to Brook Elliot Elementary School. Project A-Game is 7-Eleven stores’ youth outreach program promoting academics and athletics in local communities.
The celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, with the store’s Customer Appreciation Day event. The festivities will include special pricing from vendors such as Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, Rock Star, Frito Lay, California Lotto and more as well as free samples and giveaways. There will also be a Project A-Game donation of $711 to Sierra High School. The event will end with an opportunity for customers to win prizes during a raffle drawing. Customers can get a raffle ticket when they sign up for the 7Rewards app.
It might be a city
record for a response
Councilwoman Debby Moorhead brought to City Manager Tim Ogden’s attention last month during a council meeting that she believed a dangerous situation existed at the Frontage Road/Crestwood Avenue and Lathrop Road intersection.
There was no protected left turns for Crestwood/Frontage traffic — a relatively unusual situation at intersections on major Manteca streets controlled by traffic signals.
Moorhead not only had received complaints but had some near misses herself at the intersection.
When told about the problem, Ogden said staff would look into it.
Within weeks the signal was modified. There was no need to hire a consultant to make sure it made sense. The modification was simple done.
Given it took the City of Manteca six years to put in place a crosswalk with warning signals on Woodward Avenue at Buena Vista Drive after the City Council agreed with residents it was needed, the quick action on the Lathrop Road signal is worth noting.
Speaking of crosswalks with warning signals, it has been almost a year since the warning lights on Woodward Avenue at Wellington Avenue stopped functioning. Perhaps Moorhead can check to see what the hang up is for safety work at that intersection.
Avoiding future issues with
home privacy throughout Manteca
The City of Manteca is definitely on a roll of sorts.
Less than two months ago a neighbor of a parcel that was being split into three home sites at Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue appeared before the Manteca Planning Commission to voice concern their privacy may be compromised based on whether there were plans to build any two story homes on the lots, the city is well on its way to having a policy addressing such concerns.
It caught the Manteca Planning Commission’s attention to the point they thought the City Council should consider a policy establishing development standards to assure the privacy of existing homeowners in regards to new two-story homes being built.
Community Development Director Greg Showerman and his staff hopped right on it and by the next meeting they had sample ordinances from nearby cities for the Planning Commission to mull.

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