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2001: City workers say their pay not keeping pace with cost of living
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100 years ago
June 16, 1911

L. M. Larson, chairman of the Union Grammar School, stated that they had received a large majority of the signatures calling for the election of the Union Grammar School trustees. The people of the Rustic district would prefer to have the whole school in the town of Manteca.

90 years ago
June 17, 1921

Manteca Union High School will close its first year of work today. Inasmuch as the senior year work was not given this year, no graduating exercises are being held. The school, which was organized last August and opened in October, has made a remarkable showing for the first year. Few high schools in California have started with an enrollment of 66, which the local high school had this year.

80 years ago
June 11, 1931

A record crowd witnessed the ninth annual commencement exercises held in the high school auditorium last Friday night, when 66 pupils received their diplomas. With a seating capacity of 750, more than 200 spectators were forced to stand during the ceremonies. Miss Helen Norberg, who ranked highest in scholarship, was valedictorian and Miss Ardith Goodwin and Alex Koftinoff tied for second honors and gave the salutatory jointly.

70 years ago
June 26, 1941

At a largely attended meeting in the Council Chambers in the City Hall at 9 o’clock Monday morning, final plans were made for starting the local drive for USO funds. Purposes of the drive were explained by Ralph Pedersen, secretary of the Stockton YMCA and one of the leaders in the county campaign. He was introduced by H. E. Dike, secretary of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and the local representative on the board of directors of the San Joaquin County campaign for the USO. F. H. Whelan, chairman of the Manteca committee, presided and outlined the campaign for the local workers.

50 years ago
June 22, 1961

The City Council Monday night named Walter Burkett and Stanley Mortensen to the City Planning Commission. The move thus gives the planners a full seven-man commission for the first time in several months. The planners had earlier presented a list of names to the council for possible appointment, and Mortensen and Burkett were unanimous choices.

10 years ago
June 16, 2001

Four bargaining groups representing the bulk of Manteca’s 299 municipal workers say the rank and file employees are being hit with heavier workloads while pay isn’t keeping pace with the higher cost of living. The employee groups are seeking a city-wide salary survey by an outside consultant. The employees want such a study not only to compare salaries with similar cities, but benefits as well as a comparison of duties rather than job title to job title.

School trustees let stand a decision made earlier this year to allow two retired trustees to collect health benefits at the school district’s expense. The school board voted unanimously to affirm their earlier decision after it was questioned by community activist Georgianna Reichelt.

Working traffic is a full-time job for three of Manteca’s finest. Manteca police officer Joe Aguilar recently joined the motorcycle team of Nick Obligacion and George Crowley as the third member of the department’s traffic unit. Aguilar, now in his ninth year with the Manteca Police, suffered a leg injury during motorcycle training last summer and missed six months of work.

Thermal imagers to help reduce the time it takes firefighters to search burning buildings  for possible victims could be purchased in the coming months. Manteca council members John Harris and David Macedo made pitches for the city spending $60,000 to place the high-tech firefighting and search and rescue tools on each of the city’s first-response fire engines during Tuesday’s budget workshop.