Thanks for investing in downtown, enjoy the tires
▶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.
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.