School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified. But that didn't mean kids weren't learning. I realized that when I stepped out front during the noon hour and heard a high-pitched utterance of "en garde!" Across the street were two boys of perhaps 10 and 12 engaged in a Medieval duel. Their implements were slender milled sticks similar to garden support stakes. Their shields were old storm ...
Ten years ago Manteca's elected leaders saw the need to create safe bike friendly routes across the 120 Bypass.
Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like? Next time you drive over the Altamont Pass take note of some of the 4,500 turbines spread across 30,000 acres that are home to the world's largest concentration of wind turbines. The spinning blades at one point were killing 1,300 raptors every year including 70 golden eagles that were federally protected. Some studies put the overall yearly bird kill as high as 4,700. Newer turbines have reduced ...
The Manteca Redevelopment Agency is dead. And as with many deaths there are assets that have to be distributed. That is why the Manteca City Council on Tuesday is being asked to approve four agreements with the Successor Agency - the executors of the RDA "estate" - to distribute more than $42 million in remaining RDA funds. The projects that would be funded include: *widening the Union Road overpass across the 120 Bypass to four ...
Manteca biggest growth spurt wasn't in 1985 when 1,400 new homes bought by a tidal wave of Bay Area Transplants prompted the establishment of the 3.9 percent annual growth cap tied to sewer allocations.
Federal employees are different from you and I. When the working stiff in the private sector or at the state and local level gets furloughed they do so without pay. That's not how it works in Uncle Sam's world. Not only will the 1.3 million federal workers considered essential and are still reporting to work eventually get paid but apparently so will the 800,000 who were considered non-essential and were sent home Oct. 1. The ...
It may soon be legal to "speed" on Cottage Avenue and Atherton Drive based on current posted speed limits.
The loss of farmland northwest of Ripon to build employment centers, retail and housing as part of the Austin Road Business Park could cost developers as much as $13.8 million.
Manteca avoids using enough treated water each year to meet the needs of roughly 9,000 people.
Pain is relative. In my case, it is a first cousin. It is why I'm fortunate to have a high tolerance of relatives given how I have a set of bunions that scare young children, hammer toes, a shoulder I cracked at 45 mph in a downhill bicycle crash, a knee that I tried real hard to shatter in the same mishap, and a mild case of scoliosis. I can take a spill, bloody up ...
The loss of farmland to build employment centers, retail and housing as part of the Austin Road Business Park could cost developers as much as $13.8 million.
There is a private firm recycling e-waste Oct. 18-19 in the parking lot near Kohl's. I know this because the firm's representatives very nicely have placed signs in both the city and state public right-of-ways. One is in the municipally owned and maintained landscaping at Powers and Yosemite Avenue where the sign covers about a third of the area. The other is on Caltrans territory as you access Highway 99 from Yosemite Avenue. It is ...
The side of the historic Oddfellows building in the heart of downtown Manteca for years listed the names of the 954 Manteca area residents who served in World War II.
Henry Ford is the man. He played a pivotal role in not only making it possible for the working man to become mobile but also for them to be able to afford to buy cars. It was 100 years ago today that the world's first moving assembly line starting producing cars. The mass produced Model T literally sparked an economic, social, and cultural revolution. No longer were the rich the only ones able to afford ...
There he was. Some Steve Jobs wannabe wearing his little watch computer as he surfed the Internet while proclaiming to a KRON-TV reporter that Google Glasses were so yesterday. I didn't catch the name of the conference KRON was covering. It was some technology startup gathering du jour in San Francisco. The guy was boldly predicting everyone would be wearing wrist computers within a year. "These make so much sense," he said. "It helps save ...
Back when I was still driving a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer I was irked one year to discover my DMV renewal said I had to have a more expensive smog check done.
There is no garbage collection in Manteca on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
California is catching up with San Joaquin County.
There's no nice way to say this.
The opening of the Big League Dreams softball complex six years ago and the shifting of city league softball to that municipal-owned venue drastically reduced the use of the lighted Morezone Field on Center Street just south of the golf course.
Woodward Estates and its proposed 77 single family home lots southwest of Union Road and Woodward Avenue had all the makings of a ho-hum affair when it advanced to the Manteca City Council.
Some call it the miracle on Main Street.
William "Bill" Todd completed his final shift Wednesday as a City of Manteca firefighter.
Registered nurses from Northern California Kaiser facilities will march to Kaiser headquarters to protest the closure of Kaiser Hayward's pediatrics unit, a reduction in services at Kaiser Manteca and other service reductions today at 11:30 a.m.
The deadline for the Almond Blossom Queen/Miss Ripon Competition is 4 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 20). Applicants must be a junior or senior in high school, between the ages of 16-19, and a Ripon resident. The application is available online at http://bit.ly/1bkbXXy, from the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, and from the local Ripon high schools.
Manteca's city leaders have 642,000 reasons why they want to keep Comcast customers happy.
Comcast's Manteca office has been closed for 21 days.
I spend anywhere from $80 to $120 a week at Target now that I do a good chunk of my grocery shopping there.
Car stolen? You might be able to thank Justice Anthony Kennedy.
A broken wire for a cable box means one Manteca senior citizen can no longer simply drive to central Manteca and have the problem addressed by a Comcast representative.