The spiffy look that newly seated Councilman Mike Morowit sported at Tuesday’s meeting didn’t go unnoticed by Leonard Smith.
Smith, who served on the Manteca Planning Commission with Morowit, noted that at council meeting that sometimes Morowit would show up for Planning Commission meetings in a T-shirt and shorts. On Tuesday he donned dress slacks, a white dress shirt and seasonably appropriate red tie. Councilman Richard Silverman went the red sweater route while Mayor Steve DeBrum wore a red sweater vest and a suit jacket for the holidays. Councilwoman Debby Moorhead went with basic black including a dressy leather jacket.
man is recognized
Gene Innerarity was recognized by the Manteca City Council on Tuesday for surpassing 6,000 hours as a volunteer with the Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) unit of the Manteca Police Department.
Innerarity before retiring had a 50-year career with the military and the American Red Cross.
firsts for Manteca
Mike Morowit made a bit of Manteca political history when he became the first planning commissioner in at least 40 years to go from that board directly to the City Council via the ballot box.
Two directly elected mayors — Bill Perry and Carlon Perry — also served on the planning commission but there was a gap from when they served until their election to the council.
Morowit’s replacement appointed by the council on Tuesday — Gary Singh — also made a bit of history. He is the first Punjabi American to sit as a full-time commissioner. He had been serving as a Planning Commission member alternate since May 20.
Singh, a Sierra High graduate, earned a degree in business administration at the University of the Pacific where he concentrated in real estate, human resources, and law. He also earned a minor in biochemistry. Singh is a broker/Realtor with Coldwell Banker Real Estate and has co-owned and operated a Manteca convenience store with his father since 1989.
He is a member and volunteer at the Manteca Sikh Temple. He is also chairman of the Woodward Community Association.
Replacing Singh as alternate is Jeffrey Zellner.
Zellner is a New York Life insurance agent. previously he worked for four years in the project management field. he is a past president of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the business organization’s board.
Morowit, along with Richard Silverman, were serving on the Public Safety Tax Oversight Committee when they were elected to the council. Both will have a hand in appointing their replacements next month.
phrase lives on
Carlon Perry gets points for coining a phrase that has managed to become part of Manteca’s political vernacular — “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Perry first used that phrase when he initially ran for the council in the 1990s.
It has had tremendous staying power with virtually every Manteca elected official using the line at one time or another. That includes Mayor Steve DeBrum who used the phrase while making the case for the council to appoint Vince Hernandez to the vacancy his election to mayor created on the council.
Focusing on jobs — or more precisely “jobs, jobs, jobs” — was first inspired in local political campaigns by the community uproar over the council’s 3-2 denial to allow Yellow Freight to build a freight terminal on the southeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Main Street interchange in the late 1980s.
Places to find
Looking for a “Manteca” made gift to give at Christmas?
You might want to check out Randy Pearsall’s offerings at his stoneware studio this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
His creations are for sale in his actual workshop where he creates stoneware that has proven popular at street fairs and other events throughout California and Nevada.
Dress to stay warm as his studio is a classic drafty wooden building that reeks with creativity.
The studio is located at 11820 East Louise Avenue east of Austin Road and a half mile west of jack Tone Road.
For details call 825.7792.
Another suggestion for gifts that are uniquely Manteca is Delicato Vineyards just north of town. Besides wines they have a number of gift baskets.
And if you want something that says Manteca, you might be able to find it at the Manteca Museum gift shop, 600 W. Yosemite Avenue. It is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as Thursday and Sunday from 1 to4 p.m.