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The murals: Downtowns drawing card
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A makeshift trailer left for more than 10 days at Shasta Park. - photo by Photo by Denney McCusker

Joan Kamps and fellow members of the Ripon Bible Study group are impressed with Manteca’s murals.

Kamps sent a note to the Bulletin to say that a week ago Saturday they took a 90-minute walking tour of the nearly 30 murals in downtown Manteca put in place through the efforts of the Manteca Mural Society. She said it included a “nostalgic stop” at Tipton’s and another at German Glas Werks. They then stopped at Panera for lunch.

She said she’s looking forward to the May 21 unveiling of the Korean War mural plus future murals planned to commemorate the Vietnam War and World War I.

It should be noted other visitors travel to Manteca to enjoy the murals.

It goes without saying that the murals give downtown a unique look and unique draw.

Maybe an effort should be made to expand on the murals and try to get non-profits launched to use vacant storefronts to start a small community theater group or a community art gallery. 

The arts are a key component of thriving downtowns around Manteca including Tracy, Livermore, Modesto, and Lodi.


Supervisor hopeful

Patti staging rally &

BBQ at Manteca RV

Tom Patti — one of three hopefuls in the June 7 primary seeking election to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors seat representing Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, Lathrop, and part of Stockton — staging a Manteca Community BBQ and Early Voting Rally.

It takes place Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manteca Trailer & Motor Home at Vasconcellos Avenue and East Yosemite Avenue.

The event is being co-hosted by Congressman Jeff Denham, Pastor Mike Dillman, Lathrop/Manteca Firefighters, former Manteca mayor Jack Snyder, Manteca RV owner Dave Tenny, and American Legion Post 249 commander Bob Gonzalez.


They’re frustrated

with the trashing

of Manteca

Manteca’s leadership should really find a way to harness growing concerns about the city being trashed.

Denney McCusker is among those who have been getting frustrated with the city getting trashed. Residents’ concerns extend beyond homeless encampments, pilfered shopping carts that are abandoned often with trash, unkempt property and garbage tossed along roadsides.

McCusker said he had called both the Manteca Police Department and Manteca Parks and Recreation about a makeshift trailer fashioned from the bed of an old Ford pickup that was loaded down with junk and left along Slalom Drive at Shasta Park.

After more than 10 days, the trailer finally was moved Sunday which means it likely wasn’t the result of city efforts

One resident in the Tioga Park neighborhood said she wished the city would spend more time addressing people living in trailers and motorhomes in forint of homes an  driveways for extended periods of time instead of wasting energy on what she called “low-level property issues” such as fence heights.

She says she’s called city departments several times but nothing has happened. Meanwhile she fears the makeshift housing will give blight a beachhead in the neighborhood.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email