Is Mountain Mike’s pizza more valuable than courtside tickets to see the world champion Golden State Warriors play during their current historic NBA season that could topple the Chicago Bulls’ season record of 72 wins?
At least one person bidding on live auction items at the Not Forgotten Evening of Honor Dinner Friday at the Manteca Christian Worship Center thought so.
They had the winning bid of $2,000 for 24 pizzas from the Mountain Mike’s franchise owned by Jeff and Tevani Liotard.
While two Warriors game packages fetched more, given what the highest bids were buying you could argue the pizza had the most inflated price.
That’s because not only was Phil Waterford of Manteca Ford and Exotic Car Line supplying two courtside game tickets but also a ride to and from the game in a Maybach, dinner with families of Warriors players and a meet and greet with Warriors players after the game including a chance to have their picture taken with Stephen Curry.
The highest bid for that package was $3,000. Waterford also will provide the same package for the second highest bidder that came in at $2,750.
Among the other hot items were two H&K P2000 9mm service pistols from Shotgun Johnny’s valued at $800 each. They fetched $2,000 apiece from two different bidders.
The dinner — which was sold out at $500 a table to hear Benghazi hero Mark “Oz” Geist speak — was a benefit designed to help underwrite the cost of staging the Memorial Weekend Commemoration at Woodward Park.
rights suit filed
The Manteca City Council is meeting behind closed doors Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. regarding the lawsuit four homeless men have filed against the city claiming their civil rights are being violated.
The lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California based in Fresno alleges Manteca Police enforcement of three city ordinances dealing with homeless encampments, camping, and the confiscation of personal property are unconstitutional.
The city — on advice of their attorney— has placed enforcement of the ordinances on pause as they combed the municipal ordinances of other jurisdictions to see what has worked — and what hasn’t — to see if any changes are needed to the wording of the three ordinances as well as the manner in which they are enforced.
The four suing are Robert Schuknecht, Justin Lightsey, Mario Acosta and James Escobar. They are being represented by the law firm of Morris and Foster out of San Francisco.
Schuknecht has been a familiar sight for months in front of a dental office complex at the entrance to the McDonald’s on East Yosemite Avenue where he parks a large cart for the better part of eight hours on a typical day blocking half of the city sidewalk. The property owners recently added temporary fencing to keep Schuknecht and his associates from cooking, sleeping, and doing other activities in a landscaped strip.
One of the triggering incidents for Schuknecht in pursuing the lawsuit was the impounding of his 1996 GMC Yukon when he was arrested in Library Park. It was reportedly sold for scrap when he couldn’t pay for the tow and impound fees.
You can make a comment at the opening of the 5:45 p.m. meeting. Any reportable action will be made in public after the closed door session.
U.S. Senate seat
debate at UOP
You don’t have to go far if you want to see the debate for the California U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Barbara Boxer.
The University of Pacific in Stockton is hosting the debate on Monday, April 24, at the De Rosa University Center ballroom along with KCRA-TV 3 and the San Francisco Chronicle.
A 2 p.m. pre-debate panel discussion featuring Pacific faculty and students will take place followed by a 5 p.m. public reception and discussion of California politics.
Also at 5 p.m. there will be a watch party in the Tiger Lair, an on-campus pub.
The debate takes place at 6 p.m. and will be carried live by KCRA.
Boxer has been in the Senate for 24 years.
Those seeking to replace her are Tom Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, and George “Duf” Sundheim.
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