Buried in the 3,500 pages of a State Water Board plan to increase the endangered steelhead population on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers by between 1,000 and 4,000 fish is a formula that could turn the 209 region into Owens Valley 2.0.
There might be thousands of dollars rolling in to fund the mayoral race between incumbent Sonny Dhaliwal and challenger Steve Macias, but the same can't be said for those that are seeking seats on the Lathrop City Council.
Tens of thousands of dollars in checks as well as bank credit and debit cards were taken from cluster mailboxes mostly under cloak of darkness in the Woodward Park neighborhoods and newer subdivisions to the west.
Young people looking for greener pastures and young families squeezed by costs leaving a community is a challenge for many growing small towns in the shadow of the Bay Area's super-heated economy. Ripon is no exception.