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Manteca Police score compliments for homeless success stories
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Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit is impressed with the early success Manteca Police Department is having by dedicating community resource officers to address homeless issues in the community.
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Morowit shared how a gentleman came into his store — Miner Mart Liquors in the West Yosemite Avenue shopping center anchored by Hafer’s Furniture.
 “He had no shoes,” Morowit related. “His feet were completely black.”
The man bought a cigar and walked out into the parking lot where he sat on a curb and buried his face in his hands. Morowit noted the man looked upset so he called Mike Kelly, who is the department’s community resource officer.
Kelly arrived within 20 minutes. He talked with the man and found out he was from Citrus Heights. Kelly convinced the man to access mental health services.
Kelly put the man in the back of his patrol car and drove him to the Stockton facility.
Morowit said it was done with dignity as no handcuffs were used.
“If he (Kelly) were a regular patrol officer he wouldn’t have had time (to drive the man to Stockton),” Morowit noted.
Kelly, he added, had been checking on the man’s progress.
 Morowit said he has had positive feedback from citizens pleased with the progress being made already. Morowit added he expects more success stories when the second community resource officer position is filled.
In the first 30 days as the CRO concentrating on homeless issues, Kelly has:
uarranged for a homeless woman to reunite with her family in San Jose by purchasing an ACE ticket.
uhelped another secure identification required to board a Greyhound bus and bought a ticket so she could return to her family in Oregon.  You cannot board a Greyhound bus without legal ID.
ustarted working on getting another homeless woman back home to family in Pittsburgh, Penn.
uplaced six homeless in drug/alcohol treatment programs.
uplaced seven in homeless shelters including a family with two children that had been sleeping in their car for the past six months.
usecured a fast food job for one homeless individual.
umade an average of 20 to 25 contacts with homeless individuals per day.
ubeen contacting downtown businesses and those elsewhere to see what issues the homeless are creating for them and to determine what steps can be taken to improve the situation.
uhanded out 45 homeless resource cards.
uissued five citations for shopping carts.
uissued two open container citations.
uissued 25 warnings regarding violations of the city’s camping ordinance.

Receptions for
calendar Singh &
Patti this Thursday
You’ll have two chances to talk with individuals that want to serve as your elected representatives for the next four years on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Manteca City Council hopeful Gary Singh and San Joaquin County Supervisor candidate Tom Patti are both hosting receptions that day but at different venues.
These are not fundraising affairs. Instead they are free events tailored to give voters a chance to meet the candidates, ask questions, and enjoy free food as well.
Singh’s meet and greet is Sept. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Emory Hall, 1028 W. Yosemite Ave. The food is being catered by Taquerias La Estrella.
Patti’s event is being dubbed “Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Tom Patti: All-American Campaign Kickoff” is Sept. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Founts residence, 13551 S. Union Road in rural Manteca one mile north of Lathrop Road.
Although the reception is open to the general public and is free, they’d appreciate an RSVP to Kimm at 209.948.1724 so they can have ample food on hand.
The supervisor seat Patti — who owns a crane company based in Stockton — is seeking includes all of Lathrop and Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue.
It also includes most of rural San Joaquin County that’s in the Delta west of Stockton as well as northwest Stockton.

First forum with
all six Manteca
council hopefuls
is Tuesday, Sept. 20
The first forum featuring all six Manteca City Council candidates is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Emory Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Manteca Chamber of Commerce sponsored event at the banquet facility next to Hater’s Furniture in the Lincoln Center on West Yosemite Avenue will also feature candidates for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and State Assembly.
The forum is open to the general public. The $10 ticket includes lunch. Seating is limited with advance sale tickets only. They can be obtained at the Manteca chamber office next door to Oak Valley Community Bank on the northwest corner of North Street and North Main Street or by calling the chamber at 823-6121.
Manteca will elect two council members on Nov. 8.
The candidates are Debby Moorhead, David Cushman, Gary Singh, Jeff Zellner, Eric Hayes, and Ben Cantu.
The two supervisor candidates are Moses Zapian and Tom Patti.
They are in a run-off to represent Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, all of Lathrop, northwest Stockton and the Delta portion of San Joaquin County.
Zapian is the appointed incumbent. Patti is a Stockton businessman who owns a crane company.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com