Thanks for in­vest­ing in down­town, en­joy the tires

Manteca Bulletin - - Opinion -

▶DARTS TO THE SLOB

who left Exit Realty a wel­come gift to down­town Manteca.

The firm pur­chased the stylish, three-level mod­ernistic build­ing at 150 West Yos­meite Av­enue that orig­i­nally was a bank and then a styling sa­lon. On Thurs­day af­ter­noon passersby us­ing the side­walk on the Maple Av­enue side of the build­ing tossed two tires into the pa­tio be­low.

This clearly isn’t the city’s fault. That said the city might con­sider com­ing up with an ad­min­is­tra­tive law pro­ce­dure to take ad­van­tage of the wide­spread use of sur­veil­lance cam­eras to nail cul­prits trash­ing Manteca.

They can give peo­ple an in­cen­tive by giv­ing them up to the max­i­mum fine for lit­ter­ing the city can im­pose — at the state level it is $1,000 — for pro­vid­ing sur­veil­lance footage that is able to iden­tify the re­spon­si­ble par­ties and the ve­hi­cle they used.

Just like the host or­di­nance re­gard­ing il­le­gal fire­works, a mech­a­nism can be set up al­low­ing the city to re­cover the costs of iden­ti­fy­ing and cit­ing the re­spon­si­ble par­ties through the ad­min­is­tra­tive hear­ing process.

Some out of the box think­ing cou­pled with part­ner­ships with the com­mu­nity can start chip­ping away at things that the San Joaquin County crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is ei­ther over­whelmed or sim­ply pow­er­less to ad­dress.

▶LAU­REL TO THE FIRM

in­stalling fiber cable through­out the down­town area.

While in­stalling a line where the al­ley be­hind the north side of the 100 block of West Yosemite meets the al­ley between the 100 blocks of North Maple and North Main, construction crews had to re­move a sec­tion of con­crete to in­stall lines where se­ri­ous trip­ping haz­ards have ex­isted for years. At least two bi­cy­clists that we are aware of took spills af­ter their front tires were caught in the rather large cracks.

When crews were fin­ished with their work, they poured new con­crete re­mov­ing a safety hazard.

Although the city con­cedes they do lit­tle main­te­nance on al­leys, they might want to dig into that eco­nomic re­vi­tal­iza­tion fund that siphons prop­erty taxes that go to the city af­ter RDA was dis­banded to at least make re­pairs if not resur­face the city’s heav­i­est used al­leys that are in the down­town area.

There’s a crater in the al­ley be­hind the east­side of the 200 block of North Main Street near the heav­ily used MRPS Hall where the city has a leased park­ing lot that could use a lit­tle in­fill.

▶DART TO WHO­EVER

hasn’t takin steps to cor­rect is­sues with the prop­erty at Wil­low and West Yosemite av­enues just west of down­town where a closed taque­ria is lo­cated next to The Hair Com­pany.

A walk down the al­ley will give you a whiff of what the law-abid­ing folks at The Hair Com­pany and whose homes back up against the al­ley have to deal with ev­ery day.

You can poke your head through a gap in the fence and see the wet garbage and trash that smells as well as see a rather large plas­tic con­tainer filled two thirds of the way with yel­low­ish liq­uid.

▶DART TO THE CITY OF MANTECA

for not be­ing good stew­ards of down­town pub­lic side­walks and curb­ing to the point they are ig­nor­ing se­ri­ous safety is­sues.

While a chuck or two miss­ing here and there from curb­ing on the edge of side­walk shouldn’t alarm any­one even though much it has been in that con­di­tion for years, the foot-long chunk of curb­ing miss­ing on the east side of the 100 block of South Maple Av­enue speaks vol­umes of what ails down­town.

Two tires have been tossed into the be­low-ground pa­tio at 150 West Yosemite Av­enue in down­town Manteca.

BOT­TOM PHOTO: The al­ley be­fore the crew did con­tract­ing work.

A con­tainer with yel­low liq­uid along with a strong odor and trash are part of the am­biance neigh­bors of a taque­ria at Wil­low and Yosemite av­enues get to en­joy.

TOP PHOTO: Crews for a firm in­stalling fiber cable did some­thing the city has failed to ad­dress for years — a dan­ger­ous trip­ping hazard in a down­town al­ley.

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