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Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

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Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

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Pulling the plug on death penalty

It’s come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn’t put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

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Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

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Playful approach to thrifty fashion

If you know me just a little bit, you know I’m all about shopping at thrift stores. I am passionate about fashion for less and I believe you should never pay full price for a clothing item. 

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ICF shrimp feed Saturday; prayer breakfast set May 7

The Italian Catholic Federation will be having its annual “All You Can Eat” shrimp dinner Saturday, May 2, at the St. Anthony Church gym. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Dinner will include pesto pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Don Garibaldi will provide accordion music. There will be a raffle and silent auction of baked goods. Tickets are $35 each ($17.50 for children ages 12 and younger), and are available from Ida at 209.982.5710, Marilyn at 209.612.7770, or Anna at 209.403.7634.

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The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

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Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

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Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

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Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as “educators.”

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 12:25 a.m. | | Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address? Comments 0 Comments

Taking fishing to new heights

“Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in” – Not Otis Redding 

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Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

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California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost. 

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Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

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Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

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Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn’t want you to smoke.

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Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what’s going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook — the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

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PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

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Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca’s war on the homeless?

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About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

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Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event. 

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How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that doesn’t trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

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Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

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Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

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Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

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Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

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Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven’t put a book down ever since. As a child I won several “Queen of Children’s Readers” contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300. 

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Poker benefits foster families

It’s time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children.  The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

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Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

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Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

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Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

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$2.3 million decision needs careful thought

Manteca’s elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they’re  likely to have for a long, long time— if not for ever — to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.

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GREG LEMOND

I do not view athletes as heroes.

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MANTECA IS A GREAT TOWN

My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca. 

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It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

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Little water savings can add up to big water savings

If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

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DEFYING ALL ODDS

It’s easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end. 

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Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca’s long-term health.

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THE COACH

Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

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The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

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He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district — from students’ accomplishments and teachers’ innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

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Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now. 

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Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

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Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child’s education?

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Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

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THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

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Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School’s Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

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Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

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Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It’s tough to support one’s self on $8,000 a year.

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