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A way Manteca can step up the pressure on illegal fireworks users

Manteca needs to double down in its battle against the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

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From basement to penthouse

The first time I had jury duty – and the only time that I was ever called back to actually speak before a judge prior to ...

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Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn

Is Manteca burning?

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Posted: jul. 27, 2017 12:37 a.m. | | Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn Comments 0 Comments

Why downtown Stockton? The $308M question

I am not going to shed a tear when the current San Joaquin County courthouse ceases to function as such at the end of the ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2017 12:37 a.m. | | Why downtown  Stockton? The $308M question Comments 0 Comments

Just what I don’t need: A closet expert

Sixty-one years and counting I had no idea that there are experts who specialize in advising you about the right way to hang clothes in ...

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Posted: jul. 25, 2017 11:21 p.m. | | Just what I don’t need: A closet expert Comments 0 Comments

Vote nears on legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’

The world is coming to an end if we don’t cut greenhouse emissions.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2017 1:15 a.m. | | Vote nears on  legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’ Comments 0 Comments

What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

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

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Posted: jul. 23, 2017 11:20 p.m. | | What’s a little discomfort if you can help? Comments 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 22, 2017 12:44 a.m. | | It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake Comments 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 21, 2017 1:24 a.m. | | More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’  Comments 0 Comments

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.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2017 1:10 a.m. | | Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more Comments 0 Comments

Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here’s a novel idea.

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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.

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Posted: jul. 20, 2017 1:22 a.m. | | Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment Comments 0 Comments

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

California high speed rail will not die.

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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 18, 2017 1:49 a.m. | | Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes Comments 0 Comments

Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

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

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Posted: jul. 17, 2017 1:12 a.m. | | Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock Comments 0 Comments

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 ...

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Lathrop welcome signs before council

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

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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City violates Manteca rules on water; will city manager live in Manteca?

Manteca’s municipal ordinance is clear that if you discover water leaks, breaks, or malfunctions in your plumbing and irrigation system that it “shall be ...

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Posted: jul. 17, 2017 12:45 a.m. | | City violates Manteca rules on water; will city manager live in Manteca? Comments 0 Comments

Are Manteca’s housing plans out of synch?

Single family neighborhoods.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2017 12:54 a.m. | | Are Manteca’s housing plans out of synch? Comments 0 Comments

Visa’s goal: Kill off cash to fatten their bottom line

Walk into 2nd City — a Filipino taqueria in New York City — and if you are male, female, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Asian or whatever ...

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Posted: jul. 14, 2017 1:41 a.m. | | Visa’s goal: Kill off cash to fatten their bottom line Comments 0 Comments

Bay Area cities’ escalating wage laws good for 209

If your household had four members and together you were grossing $84,700 a year, how “rich” would you feel?

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Posted: jul. 13, 2017 1:07 a.m. | | Bay Area cities’ escalating wage laws good for 209 Comments 0 Comments

Will emotion trump business once again at city golf course?

Manteca’s 76,000 residents — whether they are golfers or not — should have a high expectation that the five elected people they have entrusted with ...

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Posted: jul. 12, 2017 12:56 a.m. | | Will emotion trump business once again at city golf course? Comments 0 Comments

Draining the Delta like Owens & Tulare lakes

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave ...

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Posted: jul. 11, 2017 12:42 a.m. | | Draining the Delta like Owens & Tulare lakes Comments 0 Comments

Youth can draw inspiration from Komenich

Hardly a student at Manteca High School knows anything about Kim Komenich today — I know, as I continue to ask those I meet at the ...

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Why shouldn’t jail inmates pay toward the cost of feeding them?

Editor’s note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 11, 2014.

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Ripon Rotarians get educated on safes

Ripon Rotarians were surprised to learn at their noon meeting at Spring Creek Country Club last Wednesday, June 28 that the Tractor Supply Co. – with ...

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Posted: jul. 04, 2017 10:03 p.m. | | Ripon Rotarians get educated on safes Comments 0 Comments

2 men sought for gas station theft

LATHROP — Police in Lathrop are on the lookout for two men who vandalized the Chevron Super-K on Lathrop Road last week during a brazen daytime ...

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Posted: jul. 04, 2017 10:01 p.m. | | 2 men sought for gas station theft Comments 0 Comments

Academy brings youth closer to police, fire depts.

LATHROP — When it comes to building a relationship with the community it serves, Lathrop Police Services wants to start with the youth. 

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Kiwanis continues Independence Day tradition

Once again, Mantecans flocked to the Kiwanis Club tradition of renewing old friendships over breakfast before the red, white and blue parade down Main Street ...

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Young chefs get cookin’ in STEM summer camp

Kierra Blackwell looked forward to preparing a nice, healthy meal for the family.

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Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

Editor’s note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Jan. 14, 2010.

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How did we survive without ACA insurance?

My mother was born on a working cattle ranch in the Nevada County foothills in a setting similar to what Loretta Lynn described as a ...

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Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

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Posted: jun. 30, 2017 1:24 a.m. | | Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop Comments 0 Comments

Better late than never

In 34 years of life I had never sat in a boat with just my father and taken in the splendor of the great outdoors ...

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Atherton gap, loss of Kmart, & council will

The best way for Manteca to counter the pending loss of Kmart sales tax dollars by snaring more retailers is two words: Follow through.

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Here’s one thing we really don’t want to be like Pleasanton

A lot of people look toward Pleasanton — along with Dublin and Livermore — and sigh about how great it would be to like one of the ...

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Posted: jun. 28, 2017 1:05 a.m. | | Here’s one thing we really don’t want to be like Pleasanton Comments 0 Comments

Lies, damned lies & the Twin Tunnels

In the Ohlone Wilderness south of Pleasanton is a 220-foot tall reminder that the past may catch up with California.

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Elliott on tap to serve as Ripona principal

Ripon Unified is getting a new elementary school principal and a director of student service.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2017 2:03 a.m. | | Elliott on tap to serve as Ripona principal Comments 0 Comments

Bass Pro donates 500 rods to help Kids Matter effort

Herman Beer is doing his part to get youngsters to enjoy the outdoors.

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Manteca lands $3M grant for food to fuel

Manteca is setting a new standard in forward thinking when it comes to diverting garbage from landfills. 

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Price, offerings luring new members

The Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club is enjoying a surge in first-time membership.

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DRIVING MANTECA

Manteca’s build-as-you-grow approach to major roads makes sure that development pays the tab.

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How Manteca’s council allows public safety to be jeopardized

The Manteca City Council is inadvertently placing the safety of the public and police at risk.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2017 12:46 a.m. | | How Manteca’s council allows public safety to be jeopardized Comments 0 Comments

Point a finger & three fingers will point back

Every so often something pops up on Facebook that is thought provoking. Recently, a posting by Facebook caused me to do something I do not ...

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Lathrop Road is about to ruffle a few feathers

Last week the Lathrop City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that widens Lathrop Road to four lanes from the Westerly grade ...

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Posted: jun. 23, 2017 12:49 a.m. | | Lathrop Road is  about to ruffle  a few feathers Comments 0 Comments

Defying ‘death’ & making water bottlers wealthy

Twenty-four times a year I spend upwards of two hours with a needle in my arm donating platelets at what is now the Red Cross ...

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