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					                        The Week in Review
     A Report from the City Manager – Vol. 2, No. 46 – November 19, 2009

 *** Note: City offices will be closed as a result of upcoming holidays and
unpaid furloughs that will be taken by City employees. Offices will be
closed November 23-27, and from December 24 through January 3. There
will be no “starts” or “stops” for water, sewer or garbage service during
these two weeks. Solid waste collection will remain on its regular
schedule. Remember, routes scheduled for Christmas Day or New Year’s
Day will be picked up on the following day. ***


Police Department                The following is a summary of the significant
                                 events from the past week:
Pursuit and Traffic Collision: On November 14 at approximately 11:15 p.m.,
officers attempted a traffic stop on a Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic violation.
The driver of the Pontiac failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued through the City
of Manteca. The driver of the Pontiac lost control at the 200 block of Frances
Street. The Pontiac collided with a vehicle parked in front of 240 Frances St.
The Pontiac veered left and collided with a second vehicle parked in the
driveway at 229 Frances St. The force of the collision pushed the second
vehicle through the garage at 229 Frances St. The driver, later identified as
Jose Calouro, climbed out of the driver’s side window and fled on foot. Calouro
ran through the front yards and attempted to jump the fence at 209 Frances
St. Officers, including two canines, caught Calouro as he attempted to climb
over the fence. After a brief struggle, Calouro was taken into custody. He was
transported to Doctor’s Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and
cleared for booking. A female passenger in the Pontiac was interviewed and
released. Calouro was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for
Evading a Police Officer, Wrong-Way Driver, Evading a Police Officer, Reckless
Driving, Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Driving on a
Suspended Driver’s License. He also had three outstanding felony no bail
warrants for Burglary, Forgery, Resisting Arrest and Vehicle Theft.

DUI Checkpoint: On November 15, the Manteca Police Department Traffic Unit
conducted a DUI checkpoint in the 900 block of East Yosemite Avenue from
6:00 p.m. to midnight. The following is a result of the checkpoint:
      487 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
      455 vehicles were screened
      10 Field Sobriety Tests were administered
      0 arrests were made for DUI
      16 vehicles were towed for unlicensed or suspended drivers

Church Burglary: On November 6, officers investigated a burglary at Northgate
Community Church, 650 Northgate Dr. Approximately $10,000 worth of
musical instruments were taken during this burglary. Earlier this week,
Detectives received information as to the location of some of the stolen
property. Detectives, along with members of the Street Crimes Unit, followed
up on this lead and were able to identify the burglary suspect, Carl Shouland.
They also located most of the stolen property at several residences in Manteca,
Modesto and Livermore. Shouland was located and arrested. During a
subsequent lengthy interview, Shouland admitted to burglarizing the church
and taking the property to a location in the 200 block of Marty Drive. The
property was sold to various people from that location. Carl was arrested on a
parole violation and burglary. Detectives also arrested another subject, Justin
Tellez, on an unrelated charge during one of the searches. Northgate
Community Church Associate Pastor David Thompson responded to the Police
Department and identified all of the property.


Fire Department             Food Drive a Success: The Firefighters’ 2nd Annual “Fill
                            the Fire Engine” Food Drive, which was held November
14 at the Safeway Store on North Main Street, was a huge success, resulting in
more than 5,000 pounds of food being collected for local families. In addition,
there were monetary donations from the community totaling $170, with
Firefighters adding another $1,000 to that amount, which was presented to
Second Harvest Food Bank.




                         Photo by Glen Kahl, Manteca Bulletin




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Emergency Incidents: We had a total of 91 incidents this week, which included
six that were fire related: 3-Structure Fires, 1-Vehicle Fire, 1-Dumpster Fire,
and 1-Rubbish Fire. Dollar loss for the week was estimated at $28,000 The
remaining calls this week were: EMS-50, Vehicle Accidents-4, Service Calls-6,
and Other Emergencies-25.

Significant Incidents:
● Structure Fire – South Main Street, November 15:
   Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on S. Main Street late
   Sunday evening, November 15, to find smoke in a residence. The fire was
   determined to be a pot in the oven, which filled the apartment with smoke.
   Firefighters ventilated the building and checked for fire extension before
   releasing the scene.

● Structure Fire – West Yosemite Avenue, November 17:
  Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in a business in the
  Marketplace Shopping Center on West Yosemite Avenue early Tuesday
  morning to find flames coming through the roof of a building on the alley
  side. The first in fire crew discovered a storage room and electrical panel on
  fire and began fire attack. Once the fire was brought under control and
  extinguished, firefighters checked the roof and adjacent structures to
  ensure there had been no extension before releasing the scene.

● Vehicle Fire – East Yosemite Avenue, November 15
  Firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire on East Yosemite Avenue on
  Sunday evening to find a fire under the vehicle. Upon further investigation,
  they discovered the rear seat was also smoldering. Firefighters extinguished
  the fire and investigated the cause, which was determined to be heat
  conducted from the catalytic converter, which ignited nearby materials.

Fire Prevention: This week’s Fire Prevention Activities included: Business
Inspections-36, New Construction Inspections-6, Plan Checks-7, and Fire
System Checks-2.

Fire Demos and Presentations: Engine Company 242 hosted a Cub Scout tour
of Station No. 2 on November 16. Firefighters gave the Scouts demonstrations
on the different fire equipment and fire safety.


Public Works              Powers Tract Alley: Streets Maintenance crews spread
                          recycled asphalt grindings from ongoing paving
projects in the alley along Cowell Street. This alley was too narrow to pave
when the rest of the alleys in Powers Tract were paved recently. The grindings
provide a low-cost, durable, all-weather surface for the alley. As time allows,
crews will be back on site raising meter boxes, valves and manholes to meet
the new grades.


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 Sidewalk Improvements: Streets Maintenance crews have recently
responded to several potential sidewalk trip hazards. Residents are encouraged
to notify the Streets Division of any areas where sidewalks are unsafe. Crews
can often grind the raised edge of the sidewalk to solve the problem. If the
sidewalk has to be replaced due to significant root intrusion, they will
temporarily grind or ramp the area to make it safe until permanent repairs can
be made.

Stimulus Money at Work: Paving of streets around the City will continue this
week and into the next, as George Reed is continuing the overlay project
funded with Federal ARRA money.

Thanksgiving Schedule: Residents are reminded that the Solid Waste Division
will collect garbage as usual during Thanksgiving week, to include on
Thanksgiving Day. The only holidays that we do not collect garbage are
Christmas and New Year’s.


Parks and Rec             City Christmas Tree Lighting: The Manteca Senior
                          Center and the Senior Advisory Committee will be
hosting this event on Thursday December 3. This family-oriented event will be
start at 6:30 p.m. in front of the City Council Chambers, where the City's
official Christmas tree will be lit. After a brief gathering, people are invited to go
to the Senior Center, where we will have a community sing-along and
entertainment by the Recreation Division’s Dance and Baton Classes. “Children
young and old will also be treated to a narration of “The Night Before
Christmas.” After the entertainment, each child will get a chance to visit with
Santa Claus, and everyone will enjoy refreshments.

Recreation Program Activity Information:
    The Recreation Division staff assisted the Youth Advisory Commission
     with hosting the Teen Dance on November 13. There were approximately
     500 youth participants who attended the dance. In addition to City staff,
     five adult volunteers, three high school volunteers and five Youth
     Advisory Commissioners were present to help out.

      Staff attended the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission meeting on
       November 12. Agenda items included assisting with the Manteca/Lathrop
       Boys and Girls Club Telethon, the Ray of Hope Guardian Angel Dinner
       and the annual City of Manteca Tree Lighting Ceremony.

      The Open Gym Program continues to provide a safe and secure place for
       the youth, teens and adults in our community to play basketball. The
       Open Gym Program had over 25 participants so far the month of
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      Staff continues to monitor Independent Contractor classes and seek
       potential contractors to offer classes for the Parks and Recreation
       Department. By seeking additional contractors, the department can
       continue to generate additional revenue and offer classes to a broader
       range of the population. Dance classes have 64 participants, Baton Class
       has 5 participants, Toddler Art has 5 participants and Dog Obedience
       class has 12 participants.

      The Little People’s program continues to offer preschool-aged children a
       “playgroup” environment, as well as an opportunity to learn, play and
       socialize with other preschoolers. The program provides a safe place to
       play, teaches vital life skills and gives preschoolers their first “real school
       experience.” The program currently has 35 participants registered in the
       program. The next session begins November 30.


Community
Development              Building Safety Activities: The City’s Building Safety
                         Division conducted a total of 364 inspections during
the week. The division issued 52 building permits, which consisted of 16
Single-Family Dwellings,1 Change to Existing Plans, 1 Commercial Remodel, 2
Fire Sprinklers, 1 Grading, 4 Miscellaneous Electric, 2 Miscellaneous
Mechanical, 4 Miscellaneous Plumbing, 1 Patio, 10 Photovoltaic, 9 Roofs and 1
Tenant Infill for the Manteca Visitor’s and Convention Bureau office in the
Promenade center. A total of 17 new project applications were submitted for
plan check services, which included 11 Single-Family Dwellings, 1 Commercial
Canopy, 1 Commercial Coach, 1 Commercial Electric, 1 Commercial Remodel,
1 Fire Alarm, 1 Fuel Tank, 1 Hood and Duct, 1 Residential Fire Repair, 1
Commercial Mixed use Wall, 6 Solar, 1 Storage Rack and 1 Storage Shed.


Administrative
Services               The City of Manteca welcomed one new employee this
                       week. Joining the City’s team is:
   Manuel Molina, Assistant Wastewater System Superintendent, hired
     November 16.
Welcome to our newest employee!


City Manager’s
Office                 COG Management and Finance Committee: On
                       November 18, I attended a meeting of the San Joaquin
Council of Governments’ (COG) Management and Finance Committee. This
committee is comprised of the City Managers throughout the County, the


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County Administrator, and Executive Directors for the San Joaquin Regional
Rail Commission and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, along with
COG staff. A number of key issues were reviewed at the meeting, including an
update of the County’s Land Use, Population and Housing Estimates, a review
of our Regional Transportation Plan goals, and a Status Report on the schedule
for completing ARRA (Federal stimulus)-funded projects. COG staff also
requested that all of the City Councils provide COG with their priority projects
for the One Voice trip. City Staff will be putting an item on the December 15
Council agenda to review potential priority projects.

Moffat Boulevard Billboards: On November 19, staff met with a representative
from CBS Outdoor regarding the removal of the billboards along Moffat
Boulevard. Staff is finalizing some options for the removal of the billboards,
evaluating possible alternate sites. This relocation could result in additional
revenue to the City through a new lease agreement. Any options will be
presented to the City Council in the near future for consideration.

Coming up next week:
   As noted at the beginning of this week’s report, City offices will be closed
     from November 20 through November 29, as part of the City’s 9/80 work
     schedule, the Thanksgiving holiday and unpaid furlough leave. Thus,
     there will be no “This Week in Review” next week. The next report will be
     published December 3.

Have a Good Weekend!




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