The San Joaquin River that is imperiling farms in South Manteca and roughly 40,000 residents in Lathrop and Weston Ranch would be less of a threat today if it wasn't for the state and federal bureaucracy.
High stakes behind-the-scenes jockeying has been underway for the past two days as South County officials scramble to get the state bureaucracy to take steps to avoid rural Manteca and Lathrop from dealing with levee failure along the San Joaquin River for the 12th time since 1927.
Pity a University of California peace officer, especially those assigned to double-standard campuses such as Berkeley and Davis where unrestrained free speech is reserved for those who pursue liberal causes.
"Sediment has been identified as a significant contributor to the aggradation of the San Joaquin River and reduces its capacity to carry flood waters." - Excerpt from the December 1992 report by the Department of Interior Fish & Game Wildlife Service prepared for the Army Corps of Engineers