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Manteca still in hunt for Veterans Center
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Manteca is continuing to work with the Veterans Administration in the hopes of landing a Vet Service Center.
City Manager Elena Reyes on Tuesday updated the City Council on staff efforts. Reyes said a follow-up letter that list three additional sites for the federal agency to consider was sent to the Veterans Administration Sept. 23.
Previously the city suggested two potential sites including adjacent to the Manteca Veterans Center/Manteca Community Center that is home of Jimmie Connors Post 6311 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the 500 block of Moffat Boulevard.
The VA needs a 4,200-square-foot building.
There are 29 Vet Centers currently In California. The closest is in Modesto at 1219 Carpenter Road. The next nearest Vet Centers are in Sacramento, Concord, and San Jose.
Services offered at a Vet Center include:
Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
Family counseling for military related issues
Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
Outreach and education 
Substance abuse assessment and referral
Employment assessment and referral
CBA benefits explanation and referral
Screening and referral for medical issues

Manteca appoints
2 water conservation
committee members
The Manteca City Council appointed two new members to the Water Conservation Citizens Committee on Tuesday.
The new members are Sandy Larson and Ron Laffranchi. The appointment leaves two vacancies.
The six existing members are Bob Busser, Eric Teberg, Norm Hauser, Ron Light, Steve Mills, and Anil Singh.
The Committee is advisory in nature and was created to provide various viewpoints on a multitude of water conservation topics such as:
Make recommendations, follow through and provide input on Rebate Program Priorities, Educational Priorities, and Water Waste Enforcement.
Make recommendations and advise the City Council concerning solutions to specific problems involving water conservation and other issues as requested by the City Council, City staff, and members of the Water Conservation Citizens Committee.
Look at ways to better prepare for future droughts, as well as anticipating the steps that will be necessary to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act as those plans are developed.
Manteca Council
honors memory of
Bob Scharmann
& Mary Lou Kahl
Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum adjourned Tuesday’s council meeting in memory of two people who recently passed away — Bob Scharmann and Mary Lou Kahl.
Scharmann was a long-time sports official who was inducted into the Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction in 2009.
Kahl was a long-time Ripon-Manteca educator who retired as principal of Ripon’s top performing Colony Oak School. She also served on the Give Every Child a Chance and Doctors Hospital of Manteca boards.