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Sign of success: Clean-up guys welcome message
Vince Haros Welcome to Manteca sign facing 120 Bypass traffic as it heads east from Interstate 5.

LAUREL TO VINCE HARO for his Welcome to Manteca sign that greets motorists as they near Manteca eastbound 120 Bypass.

The sign has been in place for well over a year.

It should be noted for years Manteca leaders talked about the need for a Manteca welcome sign of some type. They even did preliminary sketches. At one point they had talked to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District about placing a sleek modern sign along East Highway 120 to greet westbound traffic.

While it is debatable whether a city welcome or monument sign is that big of a pressing need, the discussion did lead to the removal off three deteriorating older signs on East Highway 120, Moffat Boulevard, and West Yosemite Avenue across from where Kaiser Hospital is now located that screamed neglect and blight.

That said Tracy and Lathrop have nice monument signs on key entrances to their cities off  major freeways, Ripon has a feature in the Jack Tone Road interchange landscaping and the one Ripon Rotary installed for northbound Highway 99 at the Main Street exit (not to mention the water tower), Modesto has its trademark arch, and Stockton its water tanks.

There is a monument sign in Manteca’s future that that southbound Highway 99 traffic will see when the landscaping for the Lathrop Road interchange is completed later this year.

Until then at least Manteca has Vince Haro.

It’s a definite sign if you want something done call on the private sector to do it.


LAUREL TO THE 350 RIPON VOLUNTEERS that turned out Saturday for the Love Ripon effort.

Volunteers sent three hours doing everything from weeding and cleaning up the approaches to freeway overpasses and toiling in the community garden and pouring cement at the Ripon Police Department gun range to spreading bark at parks.