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Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory ...

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Posted: jan. 20, 2017 1:10 a.m. | | Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters Comments 0 Comments

Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca?

Big League Dreams won’t be the only show in town anymore when it comes to providing a quality indoor soccer facility.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2017 1:02 a.m. | | Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca? Comments 0 Comments

The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station

Every Manteca City Council candidate says it: Public safety is priority one.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2017 12:58 a.m. | | The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station Comments 0 Comments

Will Trump yank high speed funds?

Hanford is a true San Joaquin Valley city.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2017 11:23 p.m. | | Will Trump yank high speed funds? Comments 0 Comments

1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I’m vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I’ve memorized of Law ...

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Posted: jan. 16, 2017 8:29 p.m. | | 1984, PBS, preschool & $400M Comments 0 Comments

The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

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Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

Thomas Pogue keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2017 2:09 a.m. | | Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25 Comments 0 Comments

Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

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Posted: jan. 16, 2017 2:08 a.m. | | Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot Comments 0 Comments

Is better river deal possible?

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see if an amicable solution can be reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and ...

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Posted: jan. 16, 2017 1:51 a.m. | | Is better river deal possible? Comments 0 Comments

Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone use in public

It hit me standing in line at Costco last week.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2017 1:11 a.m. | | Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone  use in public Comments 0 Comments

Naming rights for high school sports complexes?

It was great to see the East Union High administration honor the late Peter Dalben at the school’s first Valley Oak League boys basketball ...

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Posted: jan. 13, 2017 1:11 a.m. | | Naming rights for high school sports complexes? Comments 0 Comments

Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass

I took an E-ticket ride Thursday morning.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2017 12:39 a.m. | | Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass Comments 0 Comments

Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge

Ninety-seven years this May voters in what is now known as the Manteca Unified School District passed a ballot measure to form the Manteca Union ...

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Posted: jan. 11, 2017 10:18 p.m. | | Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge Comments 0 Comments

Who is at the wheel in Manteca?

Is Manteca breaking its own law and thus imperiling the city by perpetuating a myth that the 3.9 percent growth management ordinance is actually ...

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Posted: jan. 10, 2017 10:31 p.m. | | Who is at the wheel in Manteca? Comments 0 Comments

Hollywood does remake of Animal Farm

Let’s cut to the chase.

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Forget singing in the rain. Try jogging in it.

It was absolute heaven.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2017 1:08 a.m. | | Forget singing in the rain. Try jogging in it. Comments 0 Comments

Google pitchman part of State of City presentation Jan. 25

James Waterman — Google’s pointman in advocating the use and purchase of its technology in state and local government as well as education — is one ...

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Posted: jan. 09, 2017 1:01 a.m. | | Google pitchman  part of State of City presentation Jan. 25 Comments 0 Comments

Ripon moving to outlaw growing pot outdoors

California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2017 1:00 a.m. | | Ripon moving to outlaw growing pot outdoors Comments 0 Comments

Dog park opening Thursday

The grand opening of Manteca’s first dog park is Thursday, Jan, 12, at 4 p.m.

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Manteca adds 362 housing units

Manteca issued permits for the building of 362 housing units in 2016.

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MANTECA GROWTH CAP

Manteca’s 29-year-old growth cap will allow almost 1,000 housing units to be built in 2017.

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Photo op & the lie about flood control help

It was a sight to behold.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2017 12:36 a.m. | | Photo op & the lie about flood control help Comments 0 Comments

Time for a reality check for Manteca

Ever look reality in the face?

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Posted: jan. 06, 2017 1:03 a.m. | | Time for a reality check for Manteca Comments 0 Comments

Manteca planning to fail again

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

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Contrary to what LA may think ‘we’ get it in the 209

“We” — referring to those of us that live, work and play in the Northern San Joaquin Valley — supposedly don’t get it when it comes ...

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Posted: jan. 04, 2017 12:09 a.m. | | Contrary to what LA may think ‘we’ get it in the 209 Comments 0 Comments

FTC’s much ado about nothing over Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops wants to buy Cabela’s for $4.5 billion.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2017 12:23 a.m. | | FTC’s much ado about nothing over Bass Pro Comments 0 Comments

I-5 pileup kills two Mantecans

A 30-vehicle pile-up north of the Grapevine on Interstate 5 killed two people from Manteca.

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Murder takes place in first few minutes of new year

A suspected gang shooting shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day left two men injured and one dead at the Southland Mobile Home Park ...

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2016: LIFE GOES ON

The big news in Manteca in 2016: Life goes on.

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Posted: jan. 02, 2017 2:53 a.m. | | 2016: LIFE GOES ON Comments 0 Comments

Manteca High at crossroads

How $30 million in Measure G bond receipts is spent to modernize Manteca High has the potential to reverberate far beyond the 98-year-old campus.

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Posted: jan. 02, 2017 2:52 a.m. | | Manteca High at crossroads Comments 0 Comments

Driver runs down man on purpose

Manteca Police described it as a violent event — not an accident — when a motorist ran down a pedestrian in the 400 block of Jessie Street ...

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Ripon warns of $250 fines for fireworks on New Year’s Eve

Think twice about ringing in 2017 with a bang.

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 11:58 p.m. | | Ripon warns of $250 fines for fireworks on New Year’s Eve Comments 0 Comments

Caltrans adds electronic sign along 120 Bypass

An electronic  message sign for eastbound 120 Bypass traffic approaching Airport Way is the latest effort by Caltrans in a bid to reduce carnage on ...

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 11:57 p.m. | | Caltrans adds electronic sign along 120 Bypass Comments 0 Comments

Lathrop lands UPS, Kraft-Heinz in 2016

It’s no secret that Lathrop has long been a choice for distribution centers thanks to its close proximity to two key California freeways and ...

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 11:56 p.m. | | Lathrop lands UPS, Kraft-Heinz in 2016 Comments 0 Comments

HOW WILL CITY MANAGE?

Manteca in 2017 could see the return of Caterpillars with a vengeance.

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 11:56 p.m. | | HOW WILL CITY MANAGE? Comments 0 Comments

Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill

The homeowner was miffed.

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Uncle Sam lies to young adults about smoking

Does anyone really believe a teen or 20 something that smokes is going to kick the habit because of commercials blaring “the fact” non-smokers make ...

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 1:10 a.m. | | Uncle Sam lies to young adults about smoking Comments 0 Comments

Yes, 2016 can go and take a hike

It’s hard for me to come to grips with the fact that 2016 will be a year that everybody will look back on in ...

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Posted: dec. 30, 2016 12:37 a.m. | | Yes, 2016 can go and take a hike Comments 0 Comments

Technology crackheads & the seven deadly sins

Google the words “pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed” and “sloth”.

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Posted: dec. 29, 2016 12:36 a.m. | | Technology crackheads & the seven deadly sins Comments 0 Comments

Time to try McMansion boarding houses & other options

The biggest farce in Manteca?

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Posted: dec. 27, 2016 11:38 p.m. | | Time to try McMansion boarding houses & other options Comments 0 Comments

San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capitol of the Silicon ...

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Posted: dec. 27, 2016 1:02 a.m. | | San Jose: California’s city in a  world class  of its own Comments 0 Comments

Manteca needs to get serious on affordable housing efforts

Manteca’s most expensive apartment rental address — Paseo Villas where a three bedroom two bathroom unit rents for $1,960 a month — backs up to ...

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Posted: dec. 25, 2016 11:55 p.m. | | Manteca needs to get serious on affordable housing efforts Comments 0 Comments

Manteca code enforcement framed by the ‘Ghost Ship’

Manteca may never have a “Ghost Ship” disaster — the warehouse in Oakland converted illegally into living quarters and an underground music party venue where 36 ...

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Posted: dec. 24, 2016 12:51 a.m. | | Manteca code enforcement framed by the ‘Ghost Ship’ Comments 0 Comments

In defense of many pollution regulations

The other day someone was ranting — it definitely wasn’t a discussion — about how the state’s mandates for air quality and what we should ...

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Posted: dec. 23, 2016 12:50 a.m. | | In defense of many pollution regulations Comments 0 Comments

I’ll have the salmon, please – extra dry

So apparently the State of California has the perfect idea on how to repopulate the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers with the salmon that they ...

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Posted: dec. 23, 2016 12:21 a.m. | | I’ll have the salmon, please – extra dry Comments 0 Comments

Sacrificing Northern SJV for LA Basin

We are all one California.

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Posted: dec. 22, 2016 12:42 a.m. | | Sacrificing  Northern SJV for LA Basin Comments 0 Comments

Play and work but don’t live in downtown

It’s safe to say there are more than a few merchants in the heart of downtown that don’t like the idea there is ...

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Posted: dec. 20, 2016 12:39 a.m. | | Play and work but don’t live in downtown Comments 0 Comments

SNAP decision: Food stamp rules keep firms healthy

In what world are pork rinds classified as meat, Twinkies as bread, potato chips as a vegetable, and ice cream as the nutritional equivalent of ...

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Posted: dec. 19, 2016 1:41 a.m. | | SNAP decision: Food stamp rules keep firms healthy Comments 0 Comments

Zoning change aims for downtown core

Manteca may create two distinct zones in downtown in a bid to make it easier to encourage private sector investment.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2016 1:35 a.m. | | Zoning change aims for downtown core Comments 0 Comments

Mistlin giving Ripon indoor soccer facility

Over the years, Tony Mistlin has donated well over $9 million towards the park named in his honor.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2016 1:35 a.m. | | Mistlin giving Ripon indoor soccer facility Comments 0 Comments

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