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He’s got a bunch of old bicycles to fix for kids
Vince Haro, left, and Pete Paulsen clown around on a pair of small bicycles.

Pete Paulsen of hot rod fame needs some help providing bicycles to kids whose families can’t afford them.

Manteca’s Mr. Clean-Up — Vince Haro — came across a large number of old bicycles that with just a little bit of work could be turned into bikes for kids that don’t have any. He figured they were in too good of a condition to be junked and not be put to good use.

Haro turned to Paulsen and his friends in French Camp to use the magic that they employ to restore vehicles and make them hum to do the same for the bicycles.

 While Paulsen has six ready and could have another half dozen up and running as well as shiny by today, he got to thinking if anybody would like to help or had bicycles with just a little work and TLC could put a smile on a kid’s face.

He’s also trying to figure out the best way to get them to those in need.

If you’d like to help, give Paulsen a call at 209-983-0271.

Manteca council still

has an ex-police reserve

officer among its ranks

Richard Silverman who stepped down Tuesday as a Manteca City Councilman in his younger days was a reserve police officer for a Bay Area city.

One of the two new council members — Jose Nuno — also has experience as a reserve police officer although his time was spent in Modesto.

DeBrum voted on 419

ordinances in 15 years

Steve DeBrum, who stepped down as Manteca’s mayor Tuesday, attended 560 council meetings, voted on 419 ordinances and backed 5,193 council resolutions in 15 years of elected office. 

That’s likely not a record given that in terms of time served he’s a distant second compared to Jack Snyder who served for 24 years on the council including eight as mayor. Snyder is now 92.’

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email