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1988: Teachers take their contract fight door-to-door
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The staff at the French Laundry that was located on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca during the 1910s. - photo by Photo courtesy Manteca Historical Society

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February 18, 1988

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors will meet Tuesday to discuss what action, if any, should be considered in light of recent low water run-off projections. The format for a drought contingency plan will be discussed at the meeting. SSJID is currently gathering information on snowpack and reservoirs, which directly affect the district’s permanent supply and on other supplies from wells—both private and district-owned.

 The final results of tests done on the drinking water at Oakwood Lake Resort showed no detectable traces of harmful elements, according to a report released Friday by Robert Brown, president of Oakwood Lake Resort. Copies of the results, hand-delivered to the media, indicate the mobile home park’s well carries no detectable traces of contamination of more than 100 assorted chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and the like.

A Manteca resident was one of seven people gunned down and killed Tuesday in a bloody rampage at the ESL Corp. in Sunnyvale. Ronald G. Doney, 36, was among those killed when a Silicon Valley technician blasted his way into a top-secret defense plant , killing seven people and wounding four with a shotgun, including a woman who spurned him,  police said on Wednesday.

The Manteca City Council unanimously rejected a proposed growth control initiative Tuesday, but proponents vowed to keep fighting. The initiative was proposed by Manteca Citizens for Growth Management, a coalition of local businessmen, and would have placed a 5.4 percent cap on future housing construction.

In an effort to gain broader public support for a contract settlement, members of Manteca Educators Association will begin to distribute a letter door-to-door Wednesday afternoon. The letter, encouraging people to contact trustees in support of the elementary teachers’ request for class preparation time, is “the most public thing we’ve ever done,” said MEA President Evelyn Moore. It will be hand-delivered by teachers and other MEA members. 

February 24, 1988

Manteca’s Future Farmers of America will celebrate the organization’s 60th year as they participate in FFA Week, which began Sunday and runs through next Saturday. Accor ding to George Bogdanovich, East Union High School agriculture instructor, over the years, FFA has evolved and now encompasses all areas of agriculture, including bookkeeping, diesel mechanics and agricultural research.

A swimming pool will soon be constructed at East Union High School following a 4-3 decision Tuesday night by the Mane ca Unified School District Board of Trustees. The three dissenting trustees — Brad Keaster, John Harris and Bob Wahl — questioned the value of the swimming pool in light of other projects the district must soon undertake.

A lone bank robber made off with approximately $600 from Bank of America Wednesday even though the first teller he handed a note to didn’t have any cash in the till. The note demanded money and said there was a gun under the robber’s shirt and that no one would get hurt if the teller would hand over money, according to Det. Bob Jabs of the Manteca Police Department.