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Great Wolf promo offers free stays for firefighters & families
river canyon ride
The River Canyon Ride is one of the water park attractions at the Manteca Great Wolf.

Great Wolf is showing its appreciation to California’s firefighters working the frontlines of wildfires by donating a one night stay for them and their families at the indoor water park resort’s locations in Garden Grove and Manteca.

Up to 250 rooms will be donated based on general public bookings Great Wolf receives between Sept. 26-30.

For every five room nights booked from Sept.  26-30, with the special discount code “FIREFIGHTER”, Great Wolf Lodge will donate a room night to the California State Firefighters Association so that firefighters working the frontlines can enjoy some much-deserved quality time with their families at either the indoor water park resort in Manteca or Garden Grove.

The program allows California families considering a getaway to Great Wolf Lodge a chance to secure a significant discount while also giving back to those who protect our communities. In addition to the donation element, when guests use booking code “FIREFIGHTER”, it unlocks a discount of up to 30 percent off standard room rates for stays from Sept. 26 thru Dec. 15, 2022 (excluding holidays).


Turlock Gospel Mission

had insurance for shelter

Christian Curby of the Turlock Gospel Mission reached out to make it clear that the organization provided the City of Manteca as it required with full commercial liability insurance that covered the tent structure as an overnight shelter.

Turlock Gospel Mission contracted to operate the city’s emergency homeless shelter at 555 Industrial Park Drive from Dec. 10, 2020 to May 28, 2021.

The issue of adequate insurance coverage arose after Interim City Manager Toni Lundgren discovered Inner City Action — which operated the shelter before Turlock Gospel did and again afterwards until mid-August of this year — did not have the proper insurance protecting the city.
Inner City’s coverage was only for a revival tent and not for using the structure as an overnight shelter.

The original Inner City contract, the Turlock Gospel contact and the last Inner City contract were all executed prior to Lundgren becoming interim city manager.

Lundgren is not allowing His Way Recovery to house the homeless until they secure the correct coverage which requires paperwork regarding their non-profit status.


City not paying His Way full

amount for homeless services

The contract for His Way Recovery House to run the emergency shelter and resource center tent at 555 Industrial Park Drive is for $777,616 for a full year. But because His Way currently can’t operate it as a homeless shelter until they get the correct insurance on place they will not be paid for the hours that service isn’t being provided.

Interim City Manager Toni Lundgren confirmed Tuesday that His Way Recovery’s contract is based on the number of hours of service provided. Since the resource portion during the daytime is the only service, the payment is being reduced accordingly until such time it is fully insured for overnight homeless sleeping.


Hightower new exec

director for LAFCo

The San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission has a new executive director.

J.D. Hightower started as the LAFCo leader this week.

Highwater has a number fo r years in government service including the last six years with the City of Manteca Development Services Department.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email