My first vote cast in a Republican governor's primary race was in June of 1974. I was 18. Meg Whitman didn't vote that year. She had a good excuse. She was two months shy of turning 18. Besides, she was a resident of Cold Springs Harbor in New York at the time.
Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.
Manteca is spending $89,000 again for the services of a lobbying firm that specializes in pitching projects before Congressional leaders and key bureaucrats who give the thumbs up and thumbs down to how special federal funds are distributed to local jurisdictions.
Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run