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More decorative street lights possible for Yosemite Avenue
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The night may get a little bit brighter in the 400 block of East Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca.

The City Council on Tuesday could approve an allocation plan for federal pass through tax dollars that would allow the installation of additional decorative street lights that match those in place along the Tidewater Bikeway, select downtown streets, Daniels Street west of Airport Way and on the Lathrop Road bridge overcrossing of Highway 99.`

Based on previous council direction staff is recommending that the city’s 2019-2020 allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant funds be spent as follows:

$100,000 for decorative street light expansion.

$234,837 for additional  improvements at the Manteca Senior Center.

$20,000 for City of Manteca to pay for youth scholarships for Parks & Recreation programs.

$4,000 for the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin County for the mobile farmers’ market to serve people in Manteca.

$10,000 for Give Every Child a Chance.

$8,000 for the Human Services Agency of San Joaquin County’s Meals on Wheels for seniors that are shut-ins.

Federal housing funds in the amount of $8,874 will go to the San Joaquin Fair Housing agency to make sure Manteca meets fair housing law requirements

Council members Gary Singh and Debby Moorhead have advocated for more street lighting in the 400 block of East Yosemite noting they both have fielded complaints about how dark it is once you get past the American Legion Hall and head toward Manteca High.

The city would like to eventually extend the Tidewater-style street lights along Yosemite Avenue four more blocks — east to Fremont Avenue and west to the Manteca Historical Society.

Mayor Ben Cantu advanced the idea about extending the Tidewater-style street lighting where every other pole has a lower pedestrian light on the sidewalk side into the 100 block of South Main Street as well.

The decorative lights now in place were installed in 2005. At the time they were envisioned to do further down Yosemite Avenue as well as on Maple and Sycamore avenues and a section of Center Street.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email