Here is some good news—Lathrop ranked 13 for the most fiscally healthy cities in California! The California State Auditor’s Office surveyed 423 cities using data from the 2019-20 financial year. The Manteca Bulletin reported the near top-10 placement was largely in part to its residential, commercial, and industrial growth. Because of this, the city was able to build a healthy reserve while maintaining essential city services.

Of course, this recognition would not be possible without the residents’ significant contributions. Nearly a decade ago, residents approved a one-cent sales tax increase, Measure C, which allowed Lathrop to fund public safety and government positions. This measure continued to grow along with the city which generated additional revenue.

Susan Dell’Osso made a statement, “This is such positive recognition for the City, and a testament to the outstanding work of City Manager Steve Salvatore and the supportive and cohesive City Council led by Mayor Sonny Dhaliwahl.”

We could not be more proud to live in such a fantastic city and community. To learn more about life at River Islands, visit

On Saturday, October 16, we threw a celebration for our residents, and it could not have been more special! Islanders’ Day went off without a hitch. We gathered at Islanders Field, where we got to enjoy time as a community.

Don Johns and Susan Dell’Osso at Islanders Day

The Lathrop Fire Union gave CPR demonstrations, community volunteers cooked up hot dogs, Sunrise Rotary handed out snow cones, and a DJ played throughout the event. Families enjoyed the beautiful weather as they participated in the giant lawn games we had available. From Connect 4 to Giant Jenga, new memories were made as we celebrated living in the incredible community of River Islands. Our sister company, Priest Ranch Winery, also journeyed down to River Islands from the Napa Valley to offer a taste of some of their most popular vintages!

Lathrop Manteca Fire Department at Islanders Day

To top off this joyous commemoration, we raffled off 20 tickets to Dell’Osso Farm’s Pumpkin Maze, because the family-fun wasn’t going to stop here! We had a great time celebrating River Islands residents and we hope everyone had just as much fun as we did. Thank you all for making our community so warm, friendly, and inviting.

residents enjoying islanders day at Islanders Field
residents enjoying islanders day at Islanders Field
residents enjoying islanders day at Islanders Field

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The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame now features a longtime friend of River Islands, Marty Lurie. Inducted September 24, 2021, Lurie was recognized for his successful career as a sportscaster of KNBR’s Talkin’ Baseball, a pre-Giants game radio show. The celebration was held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco and hosted by the Broadcast Legends.

Lurie’s love for baseball has been life-long, but before he was prepping fans for days and nights at the stadium, he was an attorney with 25 years in practice. He exchanged his legal cases to report on the pursuit of bases, starting with becoming the voice for the Oakland A’s. It wasn’t long before he crossed the Bay to give Giants fans some pre-game anticipation. During his time as a sportscaster, he has been acknowledged for his achievements, which have included three World Series rings.

When asked about his excitement for his induction into such a prestigious hall of fame, Lurie said, “I didn’t do it alone. I loved baseball and I loved stories, and that turned into a program.”

We couldn’t be more proud of our relationship with such a radio legend. With the excitement around the opening of Islanders Field, Lurie became a spokesperson for the Islanders lifestyle and its sporting events. We are so grateful for his involvement in the community.