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How does In-home Senior Care in Manteca, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Manteca, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Manteca, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Manteca,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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College Corps fellows at Pacific logged 33,000 hours of community service; 90 sworn in for new school year

STOCKTON — Students in the College Corps program at University of the Pacific logged an impressive 33,263 hours of community service during the 2022-23 school year—an accomplishment that has Chanel Page ’26 beaming with pride.And now, the second-year political science and sociology major and her colleagues—returnees and newcomers—are ready for an encore.The 90 students in the 2023-24 cohort were sworn in Aug. 18 at Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus. They vow to continue a high level o...

STOCKTON — Students in the College Corps program at University of the Pacific logged an impressive 33,263 hours of community service during the 2022-23 school year—an accomplishment that has Chanel Page ’26 beaming with pride.

And now, the second-year political science and sociology major and her colleagues—returnees and newcomers—are ready for an encore.

The 90 students in the 2023-24 cohort were sworn in Aug. 18 at Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus. They vow to continue a high level of service in a multi-faceted state program that also includes classroom work and a generous stipend to help students pay for college.

“We are excited about the impact we made in Stockton and the surrounding area,” said Page, who returns for another year in the program. She is working with Parklane School in the Lodi Unified School District. “We helped families and children and gave them a better outlook on life. We are determined to do so again this year.”

The official name of the program, sponsored by California Volunteers, is #CaliforniansForAllCollegeCorps. Pacific is receiving $3.2 million over two years for fellows to help non-profits and schools in four areas of emphasis: K-12 education, climate change, community health and food insecurity.

Students such as Page, who is from Tracy, receive $7,000 to help defray college housing costs and another $3,000 if they complete the required 450 hours of community service. They also attend one seminar class.

“Students get a taste of what life after graduation is going to be like,” said College of the Pacific Dean Lee Skinner. “Going out into the community and applying what you are learning is very invigorating. My personal goal has always been to improve the place where I live. I am happy to see this goal is also reflected at the university.”

Pacific is one of only four private schools taking part in College Corps. Pacific plans to re-apply for funding for 2025 and 2026.

The students come from many backgrounds and demographics such as Nikaela Gonzales, a first-year student, and AJ Johnson, a veteran with almost four decades of United States military service.

Gonzales, a native of Bakersfield, visited Stockton for Admitted Student Day and was overwhelmed by the College Corps opportunities.

“Because I grew up without siblings, I thought College Corps would give me a chance to meet people who have gone through the same sort of experiences,” said Gonzales, who will serve her fellowship with the Unbound Stockton Community School. “I also saw this as an opportunity to help young children and make a positive difference in their lives.”

Gonzales said she “loves Pacific” and hopes to stay in Stockton for six years–getting bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She will major in health and exercise sciences.

Johnson, 56 with two children, knows he stands out among College Corps fellows. He is a transfer from Los Rios Community College in the Sacramento area and lives in Calaveras Hall as he completes his bachelor’s degree in economics of mathematics.

Johnson served 13 years in the United States Marine Corps and 39 years overall with his reserve duty.

He became interested in Pacific while attending the Sacramento Black Expo. Pacific had a booth at the event, and he immediately became intrigued at the offerings.

“I am very interested in helping children, especially as it relates to school,” said Johnson, who is teamed with the non-profit Raising Youth Resilience. “I would have done it for free. It is a windfall that they are going to pay me for the work. This opens many doors for me.”

Other agencies working with College Corps include Goodwill Industries of the San Joaquin Valley, United Way of San Joaquin County, the Emergency Food Bank and the City of Stockton.

Sierra Rep holds its own with SF live theatre experience

SONORA — It was sitting in the front row watching a performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” when it dawned on me.The Sierra Repertory Theatre is on par with the best San Francisco’s Theatre District can offer.That was back in 1997.It was perhaps my 30th visit to Sierra Rep as well as Fallon House in nearby Columbia State Park that the theatre company also operates.I remember chills going down my spine as the actors delved into the drunken rage dialogue feet just a few from whe...

SONORA — It was sitting in the front row watching a performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” when it dawned on me.

The Sierra Repertory Theatre is on par with the best San Francisco’s Theatre District can offer.

That was back in 1997.

It was perhaps my 30th visit to Sierra Rep as well as Fallon House in nearby Columbia State Park that the theatre company also operates.

I remember chills going down my spine as the actors delved into the drunken rage dialogue feet just a few from where I sat.

The acting was all encompassing from the tone, physical presence, and the passion. So much so I was unable to see the second act. That’s because it was so real to the lady accompanying me that she couldn’t stand to watch it anymore. We left at the end of intermission.

It’s an understatement to say the quality of acting is powerful. And that goes for whether it is a full blown comedy or a musical.

The Sierra Rep staging of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” doesn’t even come close to making the top 10 of my favorite performances over the years at the fairly intimate 202-seat East Sonora Theatre.

I use it as a tape measure given I have seen Edward Albee’s play performed twice before — once in a Geary Street venue in San Francisco’s theatre district and once at a college. The Sierra Rep production was riveting to the point you almost forgot it was a play.

And as for the big screen version of the complexities of the middle-aged couple’s relationship played by Richard Burton as the history professor and Elizabeth Taylor as his boozy wife, it seemed tame in comparison.

You need to note there is a world of difference between the East Sonora and Fallon House venues.

The East Sonora theatre doesn’t have a bad spot in the 202-seat house for sight lines or for acoustics.

The same can’t be said for the Fallon House. But then again the Fallon House is a complete treat considering it is a true Gold Rush era venue is in a 127-year-old theatre that’s part of an honest-to-goodness 1860s town preserved as Columbia State Historic Park. Sierra Rep carefully picks the shows produced at Fallon House to take advantage of that magic.

The “Church Lady” series of comedies, for example, shine in a setting like the Fallon House. Plus there is the added bonus of strolling through the park after the show and partaking of food and beverage in restaurants housed in 167-year-old buildings.

As for the East Sonora Theatre’s exterior appearance, don’t let the metal small industrial building exterior fool you. It’s 100 percent top notch inside with seating to match.

The experience also makes for a pleasant Saturday or Sunday drive to head up to either Sierra Rep venue, whether it is in Columbia or Sonora and then enjoying dining afterwards in downtown Sonora.

And it’s just over an hour’s drive via Highway 120/Highway 108.

Ticket prices typically range from $30 to $48 with senior, student and rush ticket discounts available. For tickets and information visit www.sierrarep.org or call the Box Office at 209-532-3120.

The Sierra Rep box office is open Tuesday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open two hours prior to Sunday show times at East Sonora. The Fallon House box office is open two hours prior to show times at that venue.

The East Sonora Theatre is located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora while the Fallon House is at 11175 Washington Street in Colombia.

For more information, go to sierrarep.org or call (209) 532-3120.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]

Sierra air attack overcomes Lathrop’s ground game

SCORING SUMMARYSierra 7 17 7 8 — 39Lathrop 7 14 6 8 — 35First quarterL — Andre Muqhar 12 run (Oscar Ruvalcaba kick), 7:27.S — Trevor Sutton 10 pass from Zak Willson (Sutton kick), 4:11.Second quarterL — Julio Garcia 3 run (Ruvalcaba kick), 11:09.S — Anthony Grady 3 run (Sutton kick), 8:45.S — Grady run (Sutton kick), 4:00.S — Sutton 34 field goal, 0:06.L — Jimari Dove 80 run (Ru...


Sierra 7 17 7 8 — 39

Lathrop 7 14 6 8 — 35

First quarter

L — Andre Muqhar 12 run (Oscar Ruvalcaba kick), 7:27.

S — Trevor Sutton 10 pass from Zak Willson (Sutton kick), 4:11.

Second quarter

L — Julio Garcia 3 run (Ruvalcaba kick), 11:09.

S — Anthony Grady 3 run (Sutton kick), 8:45.

S — Grady run (Sutton kick), 4:00.

S — Sutton 34 field goal, 0:06.

L — Jimari Dove 80 run (Ruvalcaba kick), 0:00.

Third quarter

L — Muqhar 37 run (kick blocked), 6:33.

S — Grady 6 run (Sutton kick), 0:24.

Fourth quarter

L — Garcia 2 run (Garcia run), 7:52.

S — Sutton 18 pass from Willson (Tim Sarginson run), 3:28.

Sierra overcame a bleak start, costly penalties and Lathrop’s punishing run game for an invigorating 39-35 win Friday at Bennie Gatto Field.

The season opener marked the first game under new head coach Jeff Abrew for the visiting Timberwolves, who are trying to reverse their fortunes following three straight one-win seasons.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Sierra coach Jeff Abrew said “I didn’t expect anything less from Lathrop. I know they’re well coached and (Lathrop coach) Ryan (Teicheira) does a great job with those guys.

“Our guys had their moments where we weren’t looking too hot, but they stepped up in the end and showed grit. I couldn’t be happier for these guys.”

Sierra was led by junior Zak Willson, who quickly grew up in his varsity debut. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns to Trevor Sutton. Sutton finished with 120 yards on four receptions, made all four of his point-after kicks and a 34-yard field goal.

Lathrop outgained the Timberwolves 395-310 in yardage but was done in by two penalties.

“For some of these seniors, this is just their third win,” Willson said. “This win feels great, especially for them. This was a great team win.”

Things did not look so promising for Willson and the T’wolves at the start. They were flagged for holding on the first play from scrimmage, and Willson was sacked on back-to-back plays by Lathrop defensive end Nathan Martinez.

Willson credited senior running back Anthony Grady for sparking the offense. The third-year starter had a quiet first half but ended with 70 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 carries as well as three catches for 29 yards.

“Grady doesn’t speak that much, but he came through as a leader,” Willson said. “He told us what we needed to do, and he’s a senior and one of our best players. I think it just clicked when he started getting on us. We meshed well together and played great.”

Sierra scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-14 lead, but the Spartans went into halftime charged by Jimari Dove’s 80-yard touchdown dash.

Dove nearly went coast-to-coast again on the second-half kickoff, taking it from the 2-yard line to inside the Sierra 10. Much of that was brought back because of a holding penalty, but it did not end up hurting Lathrop as Andre Muqhar capped the drive with a 37-yard touchdown run.

Sierra had a chance to respond, but Willson’s 34-yard touchdown toss to Josh Seals was negated by an illegal substitution penalty. The Timberwolves wound up punting.

Lathrop, leading 27-24, botched an opportunity to gain separation, as Sierra safety Joseph Ramos-Fortes came up with an interception and returned it to the Spartans 15. Grady later punched in his second TD of the game.

The Spartans answered with Julio Garcia’s 2-yard run followed by his 2-point conversion that gave them their final lead at 35-31 with 7:52 remaining.

Sierra had another touchdown pass called back on the next drive — a 33-yard screen play for Grady — but made up for it two plays later when Willson hooked up with Sutton for the 18-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 3:28 to go.

The win was secured by the T’wolves when Evan Greenwood knocked Dove out of bounds on a fourth-and-5 pass play that went for no gain.

“Defensively, it was an up-and-down game, but when we needed them the most they stepped up and got the stop,” Abrew said. “Proud of the way the guys responded. They could have folded the tent several times, but they continued to make plays. Our guys just had a lot of fight in them today.”

Linebacker Brock Felt came up with the fumble recovery in the second quarter for Sierra’s other forced turnover.

While disappointed with the defeat, Lathrop has much to build on. The Wing-T attack fired on all cylinders, getting contributions from sophomore fullback Pablo Pena (11 rushes, 55 yards), Garcia (15 rushes, 85 yards, two TDs), Muqhar (seven rushes, 74 yards, two TDs) and Dove (five rushes, 102 yards).

Quarterback Teagan Shevlin was 7-of-10 for 84 yards and hit five different receivers.

“Offensively, I like where we are,” Lathrop coach Ryan Teicheira said. “Our run game was really special today. We had about six different guys carry the ball and they carried the ball well. Moving forward, that’s our bright light, is finding a rotation with the kids and fine-tuning some things. I think we’re farther ahead than in years past in Week 1, we just gave up too many big plays tonight.”

Teicheira is a former assistant coach at Sierra, where he graduated in 2001. Sierra extended its all-time lead to 9-3 in this rivalry series.

49ers honoring Lathrop Elementary School teacher

By CAITLIN PEARSALLSpecial to the BulletinLathrop Elementary School’s Joseph Rasmussen is this Saturday’s San Francisco 49ers’ Teacher of the Game.Rasmussen will be recognized for his dedication to students at the NFLF preseason game against the Denver Broncos at 5:30 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.As expressed by his nominator, Walter Woodward Elementary School Vice Principal Christopher Correia, this recognition is much deserved due to Rasmussen’s consistent willingnes...


Special to the Bulletin

Lathrop Elementary School’s Joseph Rasmussen is this Saturday’s San Francisco 49ers’ Teacher of the Game.

Rasmussen will be recognized for his dedication to students at the NFL

F preseason game against the Denver Broncos at 5:30 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

As expressed by his nominator, Walter Woodward Elementary School Vice Principal Christopher Correia, this recognition is much deserved due to Rasmussen’s consistent willingness to go above and beyond for students.

Rasmussen, a former student of Lathrop Elementary who returned to the school as an educator, is a well-respected teacher who inspires both students and staff.

Believing that education extends beyond the confines of the classroom and that extracurricular activities play a vital role in student growth, Rasmussen is always looking to improve student experiences. He seizes every opportunity to help children build character, see the world with fresh eyes, and spark a love of learning that burns for years to come.

Rasmussen’s advocacy for hands-on learning experiences led to the meticulous planning of a crosscountry field trip to New York City and Washington, D.C.

This ambitious endeavor highlighted his commitment to broadening students’ horizons – including those who have not traveled outside of San Joaquin County – and the importance of providing real-world learning opportunities.

While the task may have daunted others, Rasmussen was dedicated to raising funds and coordinating the logistics of the trip, knowing it would create an unforgettable and inspiring experience for students. In line with Manteca Unified School District’s philosophy that school should be a safe space for all, Rasmussen started an all-gender flag football league for elementary students throughout Manteca Unified. This initiative not only promotes inclusivity and teamwork but also underscores his dedication to a supportive and diverse learning environment.

Recognizing the importance of celebrating the achievements of his school, Rasmussen also takes the initiative to create engaging weekly videos that highlight Lathrop Elementary’s accomplishments and the talents of its students and staff.

His videos not only boost school spirit but also showcase his contributions to a positive school culture. Rasmussen's influence extends beyond Lathrop Elementary as he dedicates time to help train new teachers on the district’s Physical Education curriculum.

His commitment to professional development ensures that fellow teachers are well-equipped to deliver high-quality physical education instruction, benefiting the entire MUSD community

Watering 3 days a week doesn’t start until Oct. 19 but . . .

Technically — and legally — Manteca households can’t revert to watering landscaping until Oct. 19.That’s because the municipal ordinance approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday to make that happen under state law requires a second vote and then a 30-day period before it goes into effect.In the meanwhile, City Manager Toni Lundgren Thursday said municipal staff will not cite anyone that waters a third day.“It is clear what the (City Council) wants done,” Lundgren said.An...

Technically — and legally — Manteca households can’t revert to watering landscaping until Oct. 19.

That’s because the municipal ordinance approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday to make that happen under state law requires a second vote and then a 30-day period before it goes into effect.

In the meanwhile, City Manager Toni Lundgren Thursday said municipal staff will not cite anyone that waters a third day.

“It is clear what the (City Council) wants done,” Lundgren said.

An unless three of the council members flip their vote on the second reading of the ordinance likely to take place Sept. 19, it will be legal to water three days a week starting Oct. 19.

Based on comments from a dozen residents, the council decision is being viewed in two general ways.

First — and by far the biggest comments — is why did the city take so long to go back to three-day-a week watering when neighboring cities such as Ripon and Lathrop allowed it at the start of the summer before landscaping took a beating in the heat.

Also, a sizeable minority believed the city shouldn’t have dropped the two-day-a-week watering schedule, believing it sends the wrong long-term message about the overall state of water supplies in California including Manteca.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 24, 2023 revoked most of his emergency drought proclamations of the last two years. That included rescinding a March 2022 order requiring urban water suppliers such as Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon to enforce conservation measures such as limiting outdoor watering and penalizing water wasters.

That said, the governor made it clear that ending “the emergency” didn’t mean California wasn’t still in a prolonged drought cycle as established by historic hydrology trends.

As an example, weather experts warn nature’s roll of the dice could mean below normal precipitation next winter and in subsequent years as has happened after previous above average winters.

Lundgren noted there were several things in play regarding the timing.

*The city needed to assess its own situation in terms of water supplies.

*Cities aren’t on the same timetable as the state and aren’t required to act in lockstep unless a statewide emergency is declared.

*There was language in the municipal ordinance governing water use that needed to be updated such as eliminating the requirement that people needed to secure city permits to use water to clean driveways and such. There are rules, however, governing such water use still in place minus the permit requirement.

Lundgren said the city had “extensive” staff discussions on deciding what to do.

Those questioning the city’s decision regarding watering days contending it sends the wrong message and that it signals Manteca is backing off the goal of wise water use, aren’t having their concerns ignored.

Mayor Gary Singh — who gained council consensus in the first place to direct staff to weigh going back to three day a week watering — is also pushing for the city to explore ways to keep reducing water use.

In doing so, he wants options explored that can sharpen the looks of the community and improve the quality of life while further conserving water.

Among options he’s mentioned that are worth exploring:

*Significantly stepping up the city’s turf replacement program.

*Possibly ending all grass in the front yards of new homes or only allowing low-water use grasses that are either native or otherwise better suited to California’s Mediterranean climate.

*Using recycled wastewater for irrigating large expanses of parks and such.

“We need to look at requiring more drought resistant landscaping for new development,” Singh said. “People (moving here to buy new homes) need to get use to it . . . It is harder to ask them to give up their lawns later.”

Outdoor water use accounts for more than half of the water use of Central Valley cities like Manteca where the summers are long, hot and dry.

And in Manteca, irrigating lawns is the No. 1 biggest use of water.

Much of the lawn area is considered “nonfunctional.”

That is not a reference to how grass as vegetation works in an ecological system, but the fact it isn’t used except for eye-candy in most front yards.

The mayor said the city is now in the position to be able to allow more outside watering without jeopardizing municipal water supplies in the near future.

Singh also noted that the city’s pending new rule “is a maximum” in terms of how many days you can water.

“People can still water their lawns only two days a week and not three,” Singh said.

One resident indicated she is sticking with watering two days. She has been complying with the city’s directive not to have runoff and watering on just two days a week.

In doing so, her grass has stayed green.

It has involved no longer cutting the grass as low as she once did. She also has timers set on the two days she waters to come on for 5 minutes in the early morning and 5 minutes in the late evening.

The decision to go back to three days in terms of laws governing ordinances was unlike the original switch to two days when the June 2022 drought emergency was declared and went into effect immediately.

That’s because the previous change to the municipal code was written as an emergency ordinance. It garnered the four-fifths vote to basically eliminate the 45-day delay between the initial decision and it becoming law.

In regards to landscape watering in Manteca.

*It is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at street addresses ending in an even number officially starting Oct. 19. (The watering days are now Tuesday and Saturday)

*It is allowed on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at street addresses ending in an odd number officially starting Oct. 19. (The watering days are now Sunday and Wednesday)

*It is banned at any location between the hours of noon to 6 p.m. on any day.

*Is prohibited at all locations and all times on Monday. The following areas — and/or situations — are not subject to watering limitations:

*All locations within 30 days of new landscape installation.

*Manteca public golf course, city parks, the City Hall complex, and Manteca Unified School District landscaping.

*Private parks or other landscaped areas larger than four acres.

*Landscape irrigation exclusively using drip irrigation and/or micro spray irrigation systems.

The washing or vehicles and boats are not allowed except:

*By use of a quick-acting positive shut-off nozzle on the hose or a bucket and sponge.

*At a commercial car wash.

Other restrictions include

*Restaurants can only serve water at the request of a customer.

*Irrigation water is not allowed that causes water runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.

*Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is not allowed.

*Hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily, and prominently display the option in each guest room.

*The washing of sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking lots, aprons or other non-landscaped exterior ground area using water is not allowed, except for the purpose of maintaining the area in a clean, safe and sanitary condition.

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