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1987: City to rectify dangerous brick crosswalks in downtown Manteca
The paver crosswalks currently in downtown were put in place in 2002 as part pf a nearly $3 million street facelift project that included new street lights. City leaders in 1987 replaced the original clay-like bricks with different pavers that were apparently installed incorrectly as well leading to the third and current pacer installation 15 years ago. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

100 years ago

June 23, 1917

The check gate on the main outlet canal on the French Camp Road crossing is now being used to back up the water so that the beet growers to the south may benefit from sub-irrigation. A petition asking for this was signed by 24 property owners, most along the Durham Ferry Road. Among the petitioners were: E. M. Reynolds, H. A. Hoerl, E. J. Brockman and A. S. Bomberger.


90 years ago

June 23, 1927

Plans and specifications for the erection of a new shop at the Manteca Union High School to replace the temporary wooden structure used during the last five years have been prepared and approved by the school architect. The new shop is to house the wood working department, the farm shop and the farm mechanics departments of the shop. There will also be an office, tool room , locker and wash room.


80 years ago

June 24, 1937

Guss Schmiedt and E. C. Skinner were re-elected president and secretary, respectively, at a reorganization meeting of the board of trustees of the high school last night. Other members are James Lucas, A. D. Goodwin and George Murphy. The board also discussed and tentatively adopted a $59,675 budget for the coming year.


70 years ago

June 19, 1947

Criticism of the recent building code ordinance was reported at an adjourned session of the city council Monday night. Councilman E. G. Fairbank stated that he had heard several people mention it as did several other councilmen. The criticism apparently stems from the local disbelief that an architect must draw the plans for any building under the new code. The council emphasized that this is untrue. Fairbank said, “Throw it out” rather than lose any construction within the city.

60 years ago

June 20, 1957

The city council will make a study of various means of financing off-street parking and, when the figures are complete, will again discuss the parking program. The council and several local merchants at the meeting discussed the parking program with Douglas J. Carmody, who prepared the local parking survey. Mayor Carl Hansen told the merchants he felt that they should pay a portion of the cost of the program.


50 years ago

June 21, 1967

Following a 30-minute closed-door personnel session Monday night, the City Council chose a new city manager from a list of four persons which had been narrowed down from a field of 48 applicants. Named to the city’s top administrative post, which pays $14,000 a year, is Robert S. Hill, currently the city administrator of Corcoran, Kings County. He will begin as local city manager July 15.


40 years ago

June 22, 1977

The Manteca-Ripon Pentecost Society (MRPS) held its 58th annual Holy Spirit Festa this weekend, complete with dancing, an auction, traditional sopas and a colorful parade. Pretty girls in pretty dresses added to the festivities as incoming and outgoing royalty appeared in full regalia. Judy Hauck was this year’s Big Queen. Her maids were Jerilyn Allen and Valerie Baca.


30 years ago

June 19, 1987

Complaints from pedestrians and merchants about the uneven clay-colored crosswalks in downtown Manteca have prompted city officials to rectify the problem. The brick-like pavement has proven most treacherous for women in high heels and the elderly. Former City Councilman Walt Edwards claims the problem dates back to his term in office. “What (the crosswalks) were supposed to be and what we got are two different things,” Edwards said last Tuesday.


20 years ago

June 23, 1997

Forty-two additional employees, including 35 teachers, are part of Manteca Unified School District’s $70 million spending plan for the 1997-98 school year. The school board on Tuesday will consider adopting the budget swelled by nearly 10 percent over the current year due to a projected enrollment increase of 600 students and the implementation of class-size reduction.


10 years ago

June 25, 2007

Manteca Unified School District trustees meet on Thursday with plans of discussing and passing a $173 million budget for the 2007-08 school year. Included is a projected COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment for education) of 4.53 percent, with an ADA (average daily attendance) of 22,457, generating a projected revenue of over $173 million—expenditures are expected to balance out those numbers. “You have to adopt a budget by the end of June,” said Michael Dodge, assistant superintendent of business services.