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‘Zombie’ sightings drop; warming center effort helps homeless get jobs
xwalk flash

This might be one for Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

On Wednesday when the overhead flashers for crosswalks were activated on Yosemite Avenue at both the Sherman Avenue and Garfield avenue intersections in front of Manteca High, a number of students were seen actually using them.

Motorists for years have complained how Manteca High students after the final bell would flood Yosemite Avenue. That in itself wasn’t the issue as much as they’d walk into the streets without looking. Many times they’d have buds in their ears or their face buried in smartphones prompting some drivers to call them “zombies”.

The crosswalk warning lights — that are activated by pedestrians — were added to the Yosemite Avenue pavement rehab project at the suggestion of Koosun Kim who is now the acting City of Manteca Public Works Director.

The city has also stepped up safety efforts on the Moffat Boulevard side of Manteca High where they have placed crosswalk signs, installed warning bollards in the middle of two high profile crosswalks and put in place a school zone that dictates a top speed of 25 mph when children are present.

Manteca still intends to add flashers that are activated by pedestrians to the crosswalk sign as well as paint red curb to eliminate parking in problematic areas.

 

Success stories from Manteca’s

emergency homeless warming center

This may make you warm up to the emergency warming center and the idea for a permanent effort to have a drop-in shelter especially if it is operated by organizations that have a game plan like Inner City Action does.

Interim City Manager Miranda Lutzow shared feedback from Inner City Action that paints a promising picture.

Five homeless that have taken advantage of the warming center and did not have addiction problems or other issues secured jobs through the efforts of Inner City Action such as working at Amazon and as a truck driver. A sixth is expected to start work at Amazon soon.

Among the other homeless is an individual that has now been off of heroin for close to six weeks.

During a six-week period last year, Inner City Action operating just a daytime resource center without anyone being allowed to stay overnight was able to help get 28 people off the street.

Some were united with families while others had personal issues that Inner City Action worked with them to address. They then helped them develop employment skills and placed them in jobs.

The emergency warming center has authorization by the City Council to stay open through March 31 at the parking lot of the former Qualex building at 555 Industrial Park Drive.

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com