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3rd Manteca Taco Bell now being built
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Get ready to make a run for the border in West Manteca.

Taco Bell has broken ground on its third Manteca location next to the McDonalds off Daniels Street at Airport Way.

For those who want a “sit down” Mexican restaurant in west Manteca — surprisingly there isn’t one currently — a Manteca entrepreneur is working to open one in  the Stadium Retail Center anchored by Kohl’s Department Store.


Panhandlers: De facto

official greeters for

City of Manteca

One reader can hardly wait for the city to build the McKinley Avenue interchange on the 120 Bypass.

“That way we can create another spot for panhandlers,” a frustrated subscriber said in a voice mail.

A quick check Sunday during the noon hour revealed  a panhandler at every eastbound exit — Airport Way, Union Road, and Main Street — as well as two panhandlers wandering around the Costco parking lot.

You’ll notice you never see panhandlers on westbound exits along the 120 Bypass. They are either aiming for afternoon commute traffic or travelers stopping in Manteca.

That would make them human “welcome to Manteca” signs. Several city leaders have expressed a reluctance to post signs on off ramps like Stockton has done along key streets on Interstate 5 stating panhandling  is prohibited under city ordinances. The reason: They believe it would give visitors the wrong impression of Manteca. No need for signs to do that when you have panhandlers in place.


Manteca’s sublime

message: We’re the city

of the homeless

Speaking of bad images, call the Manteca City Clerk and City Council’s office number and you will get a prompt that tells you to press one for the “new ordinances” on the homeless and to press two for all other inquiries.

So if you’re checking out Manteca as a place to possibly locate a business, panhandlers will greet you as you enter town or if you call the City Council to speak to someone about economic growth you will get a message that essentially says Manteca’s No. 1 concern is the homeless.

The recording is a throwback to earlier this year when an Internet site posted the city’s main number urging people to call to protest Manteca’s efforts to address out-of-control individuals that happen to be homeless. The city was flooded with calls from as far away as Canada and the East Coast.

It’s time to change the message both for callers and at the off-ramps.


Want to see your

tax dollars spent on

student tech at work

Going Digital is a big change for Manteca Unified.

And at $30 million — infrastructure included — it isn’t cheap.  Even broken down by school funding ($700,000 for Lincoln School, $1.2 million for Sierra High, etc) it still is a lot of money.

That’s why the school district is offering community members, taxpayers, and parents the chance to see exactly how the money is being used.

uThey are offering Education Tech Tours where community members can participate in a two-hour tour of a school site and the District Information Technology department to see Going Digital in action. Participants will learn about Online Safety and Classroom Management, Technology Use in the Classroom, Online Learning tools, and the MUSD District IT department. Tours are limited in number and are by appointment only. Please call (209) 858.0845 to schedule a tour.

uManteca Unified has scheduled seven Family Technology Training sessions throughout the 2015-2016 school year. These sessions are designed to be attended by parents and their students to show some of the features of the public website offers, some of the technology tools that students are learning and how parents can help them be successful. 

They request that parents bring their student-issued district device to participate. They will learn how to use OneNote, Office 365, and be able to ask questions about other technology tools that are in place at MUSD. To sign up for this opportunity, visit 

You can learn how to use OneNote — the class notebook and know what was assigned that day— and how your student can save all their work to be accessed from any computer. They will also demonstrate some of the other technology tools used in Manteca Unified School District.

Sessions will be held on the following Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  

The dates are:

uSept. 29, Online Webinar

uOct. 6, Weston Ranch High

uNov. 17, Shasta School

uJan. 12, Golden West School

uMarch 1, Mossdale School

uApril 26, Veritas School


Happy Pet Owners

needs some help

Happy Pet Owners — a non-profit organization that aims to help people that can’t spay and neuter their cats and works to turn feral cats into common house pets – is in need of wet and dry cat food.

It’s the group that was formed by Karen Duke and helps pet owners in both Manteca and Lathrop,

If you can help, contact Melanie at 898.6553.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email