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Here Comes the Sun – Are You Ready? By Mitzi Stites | Managing Editor

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love the feeling of the warm sun and the cool breeze as it brushes across my face this time of year while I’m sitting in my backyard, perhaps reading a book, escaping from my daily life and traveling with the main character on an adventure in some faraway place. Grilling with family and friends, baseball games and swimming late into the evening, all of this is part of the peacefulness of summer. With school out, families can take the opportunity of some

down time. This could mean going on vacation, or it could simply mean just enjoying hanging out with each other locally. Best of all, your family doesn’t need to travel far away to have fun together – there are plenty of fun things to do right in our own backyard or exploring someplace new that is only a car trip away. In this issue of Manteca Monthly, check out all the community events in our Around section. Enjoy the sweet sound of Jazz as you overlook the beautiful view of the waterfront. You and your family may want to learn more about outdoors. You can take advantage of the Oak Grove Nature Center’s Nature Night.

There will also be three top, talented comedians stopping by the Bob Hope Theatre. If you are looking to travel a little further than the San Joaquin Valley and maybe for a little more adventure, enjoy our Beyond 209 article. Action Tours offers its clients three exhilarating adventures, including ziplining, Segway tours, or even the chance to glide along the lake with an Aqua Flight tour. Choose one or go for all three. They are only a drive away, to beautiful Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest. Meanwhile, closer to home, read about events on the Delta in this month’s 411 on the 209. You may know there is a wide variety of restaurants on the Delta, but do you know there

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are also places where you can rent a boat and set sail on your own adventure? Did you know that there is a campground there as well? Don’t forget that the Delta will host a few fun summer events that make it a great place to beat the sizzling summer temperatures. However, you might need to enjoy the Delta in its current form while you can. In this month’s feature story, we cover the Governor’s proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will dramatically change the environmental, geographic and fiscal landscapes for San Joaquin and neighboring counties. Find out why some say the plan is a must, while others say it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to the Delta over the next two decades.

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Tunnel Vision Nine Things You Need to Know About the Bay Delta Conservation Plan By Alan Naditz | Feature Writer

for 37 miles from the Sacramento River, under the Delta and to federal and state pumps south Call it “Water Wars, Part II.” of Tracy. From there, water would flow into existThe first official chapter in the battle over ing State Water Project and Central Valley Project Northern California’s water came more than canals designed to deliver water to Central and 30 years ago, when then-Governor Jerry Southern California. The plan’s overall cost is esBrown proposed the Peripheral Canal, an open timated at $24.5 billion, with most of that paid by waterway designed to move water from the one or more public bonds, and increased service Sacramento Delta to farms in the Central Valley rates for water recipients. Provisions are made for and homeowners in Southern California. Voters some Delta habitat restoration. Assuming all apgunned down the proposal in a veto referenprovals go through, construction could begin by dum in 1982. 2016, with operation starting in 2026. “Yes, this is Fast-forward to 2013. Once again, Gov. big,” Brown said during his announcement in July Brown – yes, the same one – has proposed a 2012. “But so is the problem.” way to transport water from the Delta down to WHO IS AFFECTED: Five Delta counCentral and Southern California. This proposal, ties would be affected most by the project’s the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), or construction: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Contra “Peripheral Tunnels” as some are calling it, has Costa, Solano and Yolo. The biggest impacts a long way to go, but already the battle lines would be water usage and environmental are being drawn between North and change. But there would be secondary effects So what is the BDCP, and why should you as well, such as a potential 150-plus landowncare? Here’s a rundown of things you should ers who could lose all or part of their properties know about the project, including its impact to eminent domain, or traffic issues involving locally and what you can expect in coming possible highway reroutes around the tunnels’ months: intake points. On the other side, at least eight WHAT IT IS: As proposed by Gov. Brown, Southern California counties would gain from the BDCP includes construction of two parallel, the additional water availability, although resi33-feet-wide underground tunnels that would run dents’ water rates could go up by an average of $9 per month per household. WHY WE NEED IT: According to now-former U.S. Department of the Interior “Governor Brown is forcing this plan Secretary Ken Salazar, who co-announced the plan forward without any regard for the with Gov. Brown, water is farmers, families or small business needed for some 3 million acres of farmland in the owners who rely upon a healthy Delta Central Valley, as well as 25 Californians from the for their livelihoods, or for the incredible million Bay Area to San Diego. A environmental damage that will result.” single day’s pumping would be enough to serve the an– U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, Ninth District nual water needs of 38,000 households, Salazar said. There’s also an ecologi-

cal need: Current water-drawing and pumping methods are killing thousands of fish annually, endangering species such as the Chinook Salmon and Delta Smelt. The proposed project, with its reduced water flow speeds and new flow path, would result in fewer fish kills, as well as reduced area flooding and pressure on aging levees. The plan also calls for Delta habitat restoration, as well as creation of more than 120,000 acres of new habitat, over a 50-year period. One-third of the new habitat would be developed within the next 15 years. This is designed to save more than two dozen wildlife species that have been negatively impacted by present water-drawing activity, Brown notes. WHY IT’S A “DISASTER”: A recently released, 20,000-page consultant-prepared preliminary draft of an environmental impact report on the BDCP indicates that on a statewide level, the plan offers “a lot of uncertainties.” One of the biggest questions is the impact the Peripheral Tunnels will have on the Delta’s water flow. The plan, as proposed, would allow up to 9,000 cubic feet per second of flow from the Sacramento River – about 40 percent less than originally proposed. But at peak times of year – July to September – up to 60 percent of the river’s flow could be diverted, critics note. Proponents say there’s no proof that such a high flow diversion will occur, and that the usual rate will be more like 15 percent to 25 percent. Either way, a potential side effect would be the continued decline over the next 50 years of some of the wildlife species the plan is designed to protect, critics note. Water quality is another issue. To make up for the loss of the Sacramento River, more water will need to be drawn from the San Joaquin River for local water needs. The San Joaquin’s water is considered poorer quality, containing a greater salt content, and greater percentages of pesticides and naturally occurring selenium. For San Joaquin County, the project could mean loss of nearly one-fourth of its $2.2 billion annual crop production, largely due to increased – and toxic – salinity in farmland. The increased salt content in the water would also endanger more fish, which county supervisors note would lead to environmental lawsuits. The only way to solve the problem, they say, would be to use even more river water to flush the salt out of the Delta, which would require taking even more water away from area farming communities, especially in southern San Joaquin County. The preliminary draft EIR does not offer a bona fide solution should salt

In April, Stockton-based grassroots environmental group Restore the Delta sent a special coffin on the “Death of the Delta” on a statewide tour. The coffin includes Delta landmarks, industries and species that will become extinct if the current form of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan goes through. At the tour’s conclusion, it will be presented to Gov. Jerry Brown. 4 | JULY 2013 | manteca monthly magazine

>>feature story “We urge Californians to get acquainted with the details of the draft plan and to bear in mind the high costs – from species extinction to water supply disruptions in the Delta – of doing nothing.”


– State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin

Governor Brown’s proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan could result in a lot of unpleasant surprises for San Joaquin County residents, ranging from temporary reduced water recreation to permanent loss of farmland along the Delta.

content or water availability become a problem. The main action would be to “consult with affected entities to provide compensation or alternate water supplies after the fact.” The plan could also require rerouting or reconfiguring of three Delta highways – State Route 160 in Sacramento County, and routes 4 and 12 through parts of San Joaquin, Solano and Contra Costa counties, a process that if approved would take several years to complete, according to the Department of Water Resources. The Delta’s $700 million per year water recreation industry would also be decimated, as river access will be blocked during construction, according to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Stocktonbased grassroots environmental group Restore the Delta. “Overall, we’re looking at an $8 billion annual economic hit to the region,” she said. “Possibly higher.” And then there’s project cost. While the state’s $24.5 billion estimate has climbed by only $1 billion since the plan’s introduction in July 2012, critics note that there’s been no official accounting for how the figure was derived. Restore the Delta recently released its own estimate of $54.1 billion, which Barrigan-Parrilla called a case of “simple math” using figures drawn

from BDCP documents. Dr. Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business in Stockton, said the plan will actually cost about $2.50 for every $1 in economic benefits. “With these dismal results using the state’s own numbers, it’s probably no surprise that the state has been refusing to conduct [non-mandatory] ordinary and routine benefit-cost analysis of alternatives,” Michael said. WHO LIKES IT: Not surprisingly, it’s almost impossible to find anyone in Northern California who supports the plan – outside of government officials. Brown believes the plan “is all about California’s future.” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, considers the plan “a major step toward a real solution in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.” Salazar, who left office in May to go into private legal practice, has said the existing system is “broken” and that Brown’s proposal will “provide a lot more certainty, given the ecological conditions we face.” John Laird, state secretary of natural resources, calls BDCP “the most comprehensive, well-conceived approach to ensuring a reliable water supply to 25 million people and restoring the Delta ecosystem.” And State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin insists that people need to learn more before deciding one way or the other. “We urge Californians to get acquainted with the details of the draft plan and to bear in mind the high costs – from species extinction to water supply disruptions in the Delta – of doing nothing,” he said. WHO DOESN’T LIKE IT: On the other hand, the line of opponents Continued on page 6

Some Basic Delta Facts

How important is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Pretty important, according to local environmentalists. Here are a few facts about the Delta for local residents to keep in mind:

More than half of the Delta’s 1,100-plus miles of levees are in San Joaquin County. The largest portion of Delta land is in San Joaquin County (43 percent). The remainder is split among parts of Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Yolo counties. Five rivers – the Sacramento, San Joaquin, American, Calaveras and Mokelumne – act as tributaries to the Delta. San Joaquin has more than 215,000 acres of farmland in the Delta, about half of all farmland available in the region. Water recreation on the Delta is a $700 million industry annually. manteca monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 5

>>feature story Continued from page 5 to the BDCP – at least in this part of the state – seems almost as long as the plan. Politically, the project is opposed by the likes of Congressional Rep. Jerry McNerney, whose district includes Lodi and Stockton. McNerney said the Governor is “forcing this plan forward without any regard for the farmers, families or small business owners who rely upon a healthy Delta for their livelihoods, or for the incredible environmental damage that will result.” Stockton Supervisor Frank Ruhstaller notes that the groups pushing the Peripheral Tunnels are primarily major urban water districts in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area. And State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, said the plan has “nothing to do with saving the Delta and everything about shipping water south. But the Delta can be saved, and there are good faith plans to do so.” Locally, the Stockton-based California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, one of many groups opposed to the BDCP, considers it the resumption of the state’s “Water Wars.” Alliance Director Bill Jennings has called the plan “a classic shell game to benefit special interests

[that] if implemented, would represent a death sentence for one of the world’s great estuaries.” Restore the Delta’s Barrigan-Parrilla sees the damage going further, with many farming operations being brought to a complete stop due to 10 years of construction. Even everyday water enthusiasts like Stockton resident Gene Beley say the plan will torpedo famous county “anchoring holes” like Mildred Island, a place boaters drop anchor and stay as long as desired. “If boaters coming from the Bay Area or Fresno see their sacred Mildred Island having a 300-foot boat dock for barges and big construction night lights for night work,” Beley warns, “do you think they will come back to their once-peaceful haven there?” THE ALTERNATIVES: There are other possibilities for a Delta preservation plan, none of which are being highly considered by the state, but that are still being suggested by consumer, environmental and political groups: Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus have similar proposals, where the state would provide more habitat in areas with reinforced levees, adjust existing pump operations to better protect fish and other wildlife, and encourage southern water agencies to develop their own local supplies. Dr. Robert Pyke, a well-known Northern California water engineer, calls for creating a water reservoir near the beginning of the Delta – a spot known as Sherman Island in Sacramento County – where water can be pumped from on an “as needed” basis through tunnels about half as large as those in BDCP’s plan. The key here, Pike notes, is that only what is avail-

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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of the West Coast’s largest combined water channels, with more than 1,100 miles of levees spread over six counties. More than half are in San Joaquin County.

able in the storage area would be sent elsewhere, leaving the Delta’s natural water flow unhindered. It would also be available to Northern California for use during dry years. The plan would cost about $8 billion to $10 billion, or less than half of Brown’s proposal. Another plan, by National Resources Defense Council engineer Barry Nelson, would use a single tunnel to deliver one-third as much water south of the Delta. The difference would be in focusing only on areas that require the water, and implementing a series of Delta levee improvement, and conservation and recycling measures. The result, in 15 to 20 years, would be a stronger Delta ecosystem, more water for users, at a total cost of about $15 billion, Nelson said. Congressional Rep. John Garamendi, whose opposition dates back to the 1982 canal, offers his “Water Plan for all of California.” This calls for improved existing water storage sites, reinforcement of existing levees, and implementation of water conservation and recycling plans that will enable more water to be sent where needed through existing water channels. “Simply put, the current BDCP proposal is destruc-

tive, extraordinarily expensive and has marginal, if any benefit to existing species that are at risk,” he said. “There is a better way to do this.” WHERE IT STANDS: A draft environmental impact study is expected to be released for public review by Oct. 1, with a series of public hearings to follow. A decision will be made by the Department of Water Resources in April 2014, and must be followed by approvals from state and federal wildlife agencies. Unlike its 1982 predecessor, the overall BDCP is not up for any kind of legislative or public vote. But that doesn’t make it a sure thing, opponents note. Several hurdles remain before the plan can officially be considered green-lighted. The biggest hurdle is the $14.5 billion public bond needed to pay for habitat restoration and part of the tunnels’ construction. This is slated to go before voters in 2014. DWR Director Cowin is confident voters will approve. If not, “we’re not sure exactly where the money is going to come from,” he said. There’s also the possibility of an initiative being placed on the 2016 statewide ballot to permanently end the project, much like what happened in 1982. That campaign,

>>feature story “We must study the plans that do aim to meet the co-equal goals of protecting the Delta ecosystem and securing the water supply. We don’t have to kill the Delta to save the state.” – State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, 13th District

Garamendi recalls, was helped along by bitter public memories of Southern Californians shown filling their swimming pools during the droughts of 1976-77. The “Kill the Canal” veto ballot measure won by almost a 2-to-1 margin. For the record, 95 percent of San Joaquin County residents voted no on the canal. Environmental lawsuits will also be a certainty, which if nothing else will slow the process down

by several years. Barrigan-Parrilla has said Restore the Delta will enter into the litigation arena if necessary. The preference is to go the ballot initiative route, but “we’ll take whatever steps are necessary to stop the project and ensure that good, sustainable water practices happen for California,” Barrigan-Parrilla notes. “There are other steps to take [first]…but if that’s where we end up, that’s where we end up.”


Information on the Governor’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and some of the alternatives to it, can be found at these locations:

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“A Water Plan for all of California,” by John Garamendi: Restore the Delta website: “Benefit Cost-Analysis of Delta Water Conveyance Tunnels,” by Jeffrey Michael: http://forecast.pacific. edu/articles/benefitcostdeltatunnel_web.pdf. “Responsible Exports Plan” by the Environmental Water Caucus: manteca monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 7


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Soroptimist International of Manteca Club’s generous donation to John McFall School will give kids back their playground.

Soroptimist Saves the Day Thanks to an $8,000 donation from the Soroptimist International of Manteca Club, SJCOE is moving forward to replace the playground equipment that was destroyed by vandalism at John McFall School. The playground will serve some of the county’s most needy pre-kindergarten special education students. In the meantime, SJCOE has secured the area where the playground equipment was, and is getting estimates as to what replacement cost and the timeline will be, coupled with what insurance will cover. This is the second time that the playground area at John McFall was destroyed by vandals. “It is truly a sad day when vandals attack a playground that is used by our very young special education students,” Superintendent Mick Founts said. “We thank the Soroptimist Club for its generous donation and showing support.” If you have any information regarding the person(s) involved in this crime, you are encouraged to call WeTip immediately at (800) 78-CRIME (2-7463). You may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Housing Market Holds Steady In May, the Weston Ranch housing market had 13 active homes for sale, 84 pending, 31 sold and 8 cancelled. For properties sold, the average days on the market were 25, median square footage price was $90.87, median sold price was $171,000 and the median size was 2,021 square feet. Properties available are $120,000 to $289,000. The Ripon housing market had 12 active homes for sale, 41 pending, 22 sold and 2 expired, withdrew or cancelled. For properties sold, the average days on the market were 21, median square footage price was $137.40, median sold price was $339,500 and the median size was 2,349 square feet. Properties available were $55,000 to $1,599,000. Manteca’s housing market had 57 active homes for sale, 87 were pending, 69 sold and 23 expired withdrew or cancelled. For properties sold, the average days on the market were 18, median square footage price was $111.85, median sold price was $250,000 and the median size was 2,008 square feet. Properties available were $104,500 to $475,000. The Lathrop housing market had 11 active homes for sale, 56 pending, 26 sold and 6 expired, withdrew or cancelled. For properties sold, the average days on the market were 13, median square footage price was $111.85, median sold price was $235,000 and the median size was 2,096 square feet. Properties available were $184,950 to $399,000. Current market data taken from Metrolist, courtesy of Eric Quillinan, real estate Realtor, Help-U-Sell Alpha Realty, (209) 888-8800.

Senior Center Offers Summer Trips

Senior Center Sizzles with July Activities

The Amador Flower Farm, Plymouth and Shopping in Historic Jackson trip will take place on Wednesday, July 10. The cost is $48 per person, which includes roundtrip transportation, lunch, and a tram ride/tour of flower farm. The second trip is the Colusa Casino day trip on Tuesday, July 16. The cost is $30 per person and $10 free slot play. For more information, visit the Trips & Tours Office, inside the Senior Center at 295 Cherry Lane, in Manteca. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the tours office at (209) 456-8652. The Trips & Tours Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Center Indoor Flea Market Hey, seniors, do you have a lot of unwanted stuff around your house? Turn that stuff into cash at the Senior Advisory Committee-sponsored Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, July 27, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available for just $15 each. Pick up an application at the Senior Center front desk.

Shiver Me Timbers Do you dream of becoming a pirate, but worry that you’d just end up walking the plank? Join the Youth Advisory Commission and staff for this kids’ pirate party that will transform you into the best pirate on the high seas. Learn the rules of the pirate ship, get your own pirate name, make eye-catching pirate craft projects and go on a treasure hunt. They will make Topsail Mix and drink ScurvyBusting Grog. So put on your eye patch, Landlubber, and get ready to set sail. Come dressed in your pirate attire. This Kids Night Out is for mates ages 4 -10 years. The Pirate Party is Friday, Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane in Manteca. Registration deadline is 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Please note that no spectators are allowed. Parents, please return at 7:15 p.m. to attend the certificate ceremony. The cost is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Space is limited, so register early. For more information and to register, call the Manteca Park and Recreation Department at (209) 456-8600.

Get Into the Swing of Things Come out to the Jim Brown Memorial Swing for Youth Golf Tournament on Friday, July 19, with a tee time at 7:30 a.m. at the Manteca Park Golf Course, 305 N. Union Road in Manteca. Price is $85 per single, $320 per foursome. Price includes cart, breakfast, beverages and snacks, a goodie bag, lunch at Chez Shari. Please resister by Monday, July 15. This event is presented by Friends of Manteca Parks & Recreation Foundation. All proceeds benefit Manteca Parks & Recreation Youth Scholarship Program. For more information, call (209) 456-8600.

Monthly Meals at the Senior Center Saturday Senior Breakfast is July 20 at 9 a.m. Tickets are $7 each; advance sales only. Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo is Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m. Tickets $7 each; advance sales only. Bingo packs $5 each. Friday Night Bingo 6p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 8. There is limited tickets available and is open to ages 18 and up. The Manteca Senior Center is located at 295 Cherry Lane in Manteca. For more information, call (209) 825-2301.

Getting Ready to Take the Field The Manteca Jr. Buffaloes football team is getting ready to start their 2013 season. On Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 27 there will be a passing camp at Lincoln Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These camps are not mandatory. Monday July 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the first day of practice at Manteca High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit The Manteca Jaguars are preparing to take the field for their 2013 season. On Saturday, July 13 there will be physical and helmet fittings at Lathrop Chiropractic. There will be a car wash on Saturday, July 20. A pep rally or mini camp is Saturday, July 27 and the first day of practice is Sunday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden West Elementary School. For more information, visit

Visual and Performing Arts Clinic One.Charter, a free public charter school in Visual and Performing Arts, is now enrolling students in grades 7-12 in Stockton and Manteca for a summer Arts Clinic. Learn from talented instructors of film, photography, spoken word, art, theatre, digital music, percussion and guitar. Open to kids of all ages, the clinic is free, but space is limited. The Stockton workshop is Monday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at One. Charter, 1111 E. Bianchi Road, Stockton. The Manteca workshop is Thursday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at One. Charter, 1271 N. Main St., Manteca. For more information or to register, call (209) 468-9079.


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• Understand that great customer service is the key to success of a retail store. • Are a proven community advocate for music education and music-making. • Provide a retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others. • Design a floor plan, merchandising and marketing that encourages repeat sales. • Prepare for future success with sound planning, marketing and training initiatives. • Use the web and social media in engaging, effective ways In addition to Dealer of the Year, Legend Music is also up for Best Exterior Presentation and/or Merchandising Display; Best Marketing and Sales Promotion; Best Online Presentation; Support Music Advocacy; Music Makes a Difference; Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year;” and Best Special Event.

The Mid Valley Car Show is just part of the fun at this year’s Lathrop’s BBQ Fest.

Lathrop BBQ Fest

Come enjoy the fun on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Valverde Park in Lathrop. There will be a BBQ Competition, BBQ Sauce Competition, Go Bananas water slide, dunk tanks, laser tag, face painting, temporary tattoos and the Mid Valley Cruisers Car Show. This BBQ Fest will also feature Chris Creek Band and Christina Amato. This event is free. This event is put on by the City of Lathrop Park and Recreations Department. 10 | JULY 2013 | manteca monthly magazine

>>community briefs Manteca Dolphins are Doing Great Things in 2013 They have gone from a team that had less than 150 swimmers to a team with 230 swimmers. The team has not placed in the top three during the Mid Valley Swim League Invitationals since 2005. It has taken eight years to rebuild their team. In 2013, the Manteca Dolphins have placed third in both invitationals of the season. Manteca Dolphins took first place in a tri meet against Ripon Sea Lions and the Oakdale Gators. Manteca has numerous swimmers that are accomplishing their goals and also shattering league records. Scott Tolman, 13/14 boys, has won every event that he has participated in and has broken numerous records. Hayden Beier, 7/8 boys, has taken home high point from the Tracy Invitational and Oakdale Invitational. Mallory Brubaker has also taken home the high point trophies from both invitationals as well. She recently broke a 17-year-old record in the 100 Individual Medley at the Oakdale Invitational. The foursome of Johnny Buonauro, Nic Perez, Trevor Allen, and Scott Tolman broke a 200 medley and 200 free relay record.

First-year swimmer Jeremy Coronado, is having an outstanding year in 17/18 boys and is improving each of his times. He has won his events and continues to dominate in the 17/18 age group. Daniel Calderini is a dominate force with the 100 fly and 100 breast in the 17/18 boys age group. Michaela Ramos has placed first in her 50 fly and 100 individual medley. The 15/16 boys are Austin Welch, with first-place finishes in his 100 backstroke and 100 individual medley. Trevor Fast is working his way through the field, with a group of second place finishes. Jose Duenas is a new swimmer to the Manteca Dolphins, off of his freshman season at East Union. He is working hard and obtaining is goals. He has had first place finishes in the 100 breast and 100 freestyle. Zachary Thomas is nearly unbeatable in his 50 free and has claimed first place at each meet. Nancy Enriquez comes off of her freshman year with victories in the 50 fly. She is in the 13/14 girls group. Jimmy Burke, third year swimmer, continues to improve his time and make improvements in the 13/14 boys area. Garrett Kmiec is a returning Dolphins from a few years back. He is in the 11/12 boys group. He has had suc-

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cessful first place finishes in his 50 and 100 freestyle events. Each of the 233 swimmers that make up the Manteca Dolphins contributes to the team in many different areas. The unity of the team is solidified with new friendships, team relays, playing on the pool deck, swim practices, and parents getting to know one another. The Manteca Dolphins just finished their Swim Lap-A-Thon fund raiser and a good time was had by all who participated. In the next, two weeks the team is off for two bonding experiences. A movie day to see Monster’s University as a team event. The Dolphins reward party will have the team seeking fun and adventure at Boomer’s! in Modesto. For more information, visit

Manteca Library Branch Check out the following events at Manteca Branch Library this month: • Sparkles the Clown. Everybody loves a clown! Sparkles will be at the Manteca Library to entertain and delight families and children of all ages on Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. • Camera Club: Photoshop Classes – Intermediate Photoshop. Learn more Photoshop techniques

taught by the members of the Manteca Camera Club. This workshop is Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. • Rav the Magician. Abra-Cadabra, Alla-Kazam, if there is magic to see, Rav is your man! Magic is perfect for a summer afternoon. He loves to make balloon animals, too. If you like magic combined with silliness, come to this show on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. • Mow No More: A Master Gardener’s Class. Tired or bored with watering, mowing, and dealing with a lawn? Learn how to convert a turf lawn into a low-water and lowmaintenance space. This class is Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Manteca Library does not handle registration at this class. Please register for this class at (209) 953-6100. • Don O’Brien Presents: Multicultural Music From Around the World. Learn about musical instruments around the world. Children will get a chance to play along on Mexican maracas, Spanish castanets, Bolivian goat hooves and more. The music class is Wednesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. For more information or additional events at the library, call (866) 805READ.

>>beautiful manteca

Manteca Golf Course has 18 classic holes on the green and 12,000 square feet of conference space to meet all your needs. PHOTOS BY GENE BELEY

Manteca Golf Course 305 N. Union Road | Manteca | 209.825.2500 Chez Shari’s Wedding & Conference Center 305 N. Union Road | Manteca | 209.647.3684

Manteca Golf Course Oasis is Made in the Shade Fun for Everyone from Golfers to Brides

By Gene Beley


ant a beautiful oasis in Manteca to hang out in the shade, play golf, or hold a celebration event at a reasonable cost? Manteca Golf Course and its 12,000-square-foot clubhouse has it all. The golf course was built in 1966. It first began with nine holes. PGA Golf Pro Alan Thomas arrived Jan. 1, 1977 and

the course expanded to 18 holes in 1979. Today it features six lakes and “thousands of trees to get in your way,” according to Thomas. “Today it is the busiest, most popular course within a 60-80 mile radius,” said Thomas. “It is a good layout—not real difficult, but not real easy. What makes it different is the well-kept condition. We have a small maintenance crew of city workers who really take pride in the course.” There are also a lot of activities with tournaments and events where anyone can play, Thomas continued. “We have a lot of junior lessons and programs to attract

kids,” he said. “We also do about 200 company tournaments annually—like Gallo Wine, which just had one recently with more than 100 golfers.” Popular discount rates include $25 for green fee and a mutually shared cart Mondays through Fridays after 11 a.m. Other courses have tried to match that, but can’t, Thomas smiled. Lots of senior citizens purchase a pass that gives them a rate “for about $4 a round.” New, reliable golf carts are another attraction. Golfers rave “I love the course for its friendly

service and inexpensive prices,” said senior citizen golfer Gary Burgin. “It’s beautiful!” James Alit, a Manteca resident, said it is a good but “difficult” course. “It makes you use all your game,” he said. “I also enjoy the driving range. A lot of courses won’t let you use drivers, but they will here. It is a good practice facility.” “We have the best view in Manteca,” began John Guinta, food and beverage manager in charge of the snack bar, and Chez Shari’s Wedding & Conference Center for catering services. “You name it, we do it!”

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>>411 in 209


can I rent a boat? Fishing and patio boats: Tower Park Marina, (209) 365-4669. Houseboats: Paradise Point Marina, (209) 952-1000. 7-Star Boat Rentals, (209) 955-0457.



is the Delta?

The Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast. It encompasses Stockton, Sacramento and Antioch. It provides millions of Californians with drinking water and recreation. With or without a boat, begin by hanging out in Delta restaurants: Lodi KOA Tower Park Marina, 14900 W. Highway 12: Rosa’s Italian restaurant and Sunset Sweets (Gunther’s ice cream). Isleton Delta Loop (off Highway 12)

Stockton City Marina, 445 W. Weber: Nena’s Delights (deli); Chivitas and Nena’s Mexican restaurants. Village West Marina, 6649 Embarcadero: Bob’s at the Marina and upscale Garlic Brothers. Paradise Point Marina, 8095 N. Rio Blanco Road: Breadfruit Tree (Caribbean style food), open Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Windmill Cove Resort & Marina/RV Park, 7600 Windmill Cove Road – famous for its “Taco Tuesdays.”

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are some of the best Delta events? Thursday, July 4, the traditional Hilton fireworks will be held on Mandeville Island. There will also be free fireworks at Village West Marina—a first here! On Saturday, July 13, the Delta Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste of the Delta at Village West Marina (shown above). The Abba tribute band, Waterloo, will provide live entertainment. Enjoy wine tasting and artists’ wares. Tickets are $35 if purchased on the Internet, or $40 at the door. For more information, go to

Adam Farrow, Stockton native. See his 115-foot yacht docked on the Calaveras River. Farrow also flies his ultra-light airplane around the Delta. Bill Conner, 82 years old, one of the last true Delta river rats, lives in a houseboat and barge on the San Joaquin River. He used to own Lost Isle (which is still closed this summer). Joe Faso owns the huge waterfront house with the Statue of Liberty on the Deep Water Channel and Calaveras River. Trish Meagher, restaurant lessee at Windmill Cove and Delta goodwill ambassador, offers her stardust smile and hugs to everyone she meets. Curt Page, owner, West Coast Canvas. His skills and customer service for yacht and RV customers is legendary. Bill Wells, columnist for the Bay Area & Delta Yachtsman, and executive director for the Delta Chamber of Commerce. For anything you want to know about the Delta, call (916) 869-9141 or email him at manteca monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 15

>>best eats

Come & see why we have won so many awards including Talk of the Town! At Weber’s BBQ and More we specialize not just in ribs but real quality, down home soul food and cajun cooking. You may come in a stranger, but you will leave as a friend. Tue: 11am-7pm, Wed: 11am-3pm, Thurs: 11am7pm, Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 11am-9pm. KIDS EAT FREE Tuesday & Thursday COMING SOON: Super Soul Sundays: 1-7pm 823 Mellon St. | Manteca 209.823.4227 |


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>>taste of manteca

You’re Invited to Come Home to Roost Newly Reopened Roosterjuice Provides Locals with Food, Fun and Entertainment By Kimberly Horg


he rooster, a sign of good luck in Italy, can now be found in drinks and tailgate-style cuisine just off the curb in Manteca. The food at Roosterjuice is grilled on the patio so customers know exactly what is going into each and every dish. Suzanne Forsberge, the primary owner, reopened the establishment several months ago after being closed for six months. It originally opened in 2010, it was forced to temporarily shut down after the movie theater in which it was located closed. Luck is now on her side, because locals of all demographics have been flocking to the scene decorated in rustic, Italian blends, with modern flat screen televisions for sporting events. “It is very casual relaxing environment for everyone,” Forsberge said. She says what separates Roosterjuice from other places is that it is similar to a backyard BBQ. It is neighborhood friendly, so at the end of the night, it turns into one big party. Specials run every day of the week, and beer, wine and mixed drinks are served. Its Bloody Mary bar is every Sunday. Vodka is served in a glass, and there are garnishes at the bar so it can suit every individual’s unique taste.

Roosterjuice 1325 W. Yosemite Ave. | Manteca | 209.665.4414 Open every day, 11 a.m. to midnight; Fridays and Saturdays open until 2 a.m. Roosterjuice owner Suzanne Forsberge, center, and her crew, Ashley Mires, left, and Mitch Manzanares, right, are ready to serve you. PHOTOS BY LOUIE AMBRIZ Those looking for entertainment can look no further, as Roosterjuice offers live music on the patio, featuring local musicians and karaoke. Karaoke is on Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to close. Kids’ Night is Monday, and kids’ karaoke is 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The little ones can enjoy Smores, which are served tableside. Kids also eat free on Monday with an adult purchase. “Cooking has always been a passion for me as well as entertaining,” Forsberge said. “I have always liked to entertain in my backyard and like karaoke, so I combined the two.”

Anything one can find at a BBQ is grilled here, including steaks, links, burgers and its ever-so-popular tri-tip and baby back ribs, which usually sell out. There’s a signature sauce which adds to the lip-smacking flavor of the ribs, and Forsberge hopes to bottle it soon. Roosterjuice’s homemade sides are from Forsberge’s personal recipes, and consist of grilled chicken pesto pasta salad, loaded potato salad, prawn pasta salad and smoky jalapeno baked beans.

Typical fare at Roosterjuice include a beef kabob plate, left; the Rooster Burger, center; and BBQ chicken salad, right. manteca monthly magazine | JULY 2013 | 17

>>beyond 209

Action Tours - The Ultimate in Outdoor Adventure Get Your Heart Pumping, Adrenaline Flowing at Big Bear By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz


apture “the rush” of an outdoor recreational tour designed to get the heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. Since 2009, Belinda Bain has owned and operated Action Tours, providing the thrill-seeking with adventures in Big Bear. Whether zipping down the mountains in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest on a Zipline Tour; wheeling on a big tire Segway Tour in and about Big Bear Village; or gliding above the waters at Big Bear Lake on an Aqua Flight Tour; experience the ultimate in outdoor family friendly fun. A zipline tour takes guests soaring 900 feet over privately owned land in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest. “This is not a Disneyland ride,” Bain said. The tour begins with a safety video, then groups embark in luxury vans to Highway 38, where transportation changes to Safari jeeps for an off-road, two-mile trek to the top of the mountain. After arriving at the first of nine welcoming decks specifically designed for zipline departures, guests are outfitted with a helmet, gloves, harness, a lanyard that hooks onto the harness, and a pulley allowing guests to slow down or stop inflight while speeding down a single overhead cable. According to Bain, the company’s motto is “safety first, fun second.” There is no free fact-

“Our motto is safety first fun, second.” Belinda Bain | Owner

From “tours” via ziplines (top right) aqua flights (left), or segways (lower left), you’ll always be in “action” at Big Bear Lake.

filled educational excursion, providing riders with historical information throughout the scenic locale. All equipment is included. Price is $85 for a two-hour ride. Minimum age requirement is 14. Since May 2012, Action Tours has offered Action Aqua Flight, the cutting edge in water activities. Guests ride on a flyboard attached to a wave runner where pressurized water jets propel the rider above the surface of the water. “Guests look like Iron Man flying around the lake,” Bain said. For safety,

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a certified personal instructor on a wave runner coaches riders throughout the flight. Sanitized wetsuit, coast guardapproved life vest, and helmet are provided. Price is $110 for 30 minutes. Minimum age requirement is 16. Reservations are required for all tours. Some medical restric-

tions apply; however, adaptations can be made for some disabilities. Call for specific information. Check the Action Tours website for group rates and special packages. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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>>meet this organization

East Union Band, under the direction of Terry Silveira, won the prestigious Spirit of Anaheim Award during competition at the Heritage Festival in spring 2013.

Strike Up the Band! East Union Band Captures Spirit Award

By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz


he beat goes on for the East Union High School Band. Not only does hard work and commitment abound in Band Director Terry Silveira’s classes, but there is an all-consuming love for music. “Our band averages 60 students,” Silveira said, “and their dedication to band is unequaled.” East Union Band does a little bit of everything from marching, playing at school athletic events, concerts, parades, and competing in local and out-of-area competitions. “We placed in competitions at Lincoln and Antioch,” Silveira said. “I’m so proud of our band and their accomplishments, especially their spirit.” This year, the band received the prestigious Spirit of Anaheim Award at the Heritage Festival, presented to the school with the most overall spirit and demeanor while on stage. Several band members

have also qualified for the Manteca Unified School District’s Honor Band, as well as auditioned for the San Joaquin County Music Educators Honor Band. The band consists of percussion and a family of woodwinds including flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets, and bassoons. The brass section features trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas. “In today’s financially trying times, it takes over $10,000 a year to support the band,” East Union Band Boosters President Randi Davidson said.

“Last year, through fundraising, we were able to purchase $7,000 in new instruments. Without community support, parent, and student involvement, the band would not be able to participate in extracurricular activities.” Band Boosters funding supplements uniform upkeep, transportation, and food and beverages for out-of-area competitions, including the annual UC Berkeley football game, where East Union, along with other area schools, provides spectacular halftime entertainment. Silveira considers all his students exceptional in their commitment to music. “Being in a band helps students develop teamwork skills,” Silveira said. “Next semester, we are adding a junior high music program to help students get involved in high school music even earlier. All seventh and eighth grade band students will be coming to East Union for their music classes, which I think is awesome.”

“Being in the band helps students develop teamwork skills. We have approximately 60 band members who have to come together to sound like a band, and everybody works together finding their place in that group.” Terry Silveira | East Union High School Band Director

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