I was smiling when Arnita Montiel spoke before the Lathrop City Council last week urging them to honor the accomplishments of Lathrop's very own, Scott Brooks, the former pro basketball player whose latest accolade is being named 2010 NBA Coach of the Year.
Taxpayers too often are considered clueless cattle even by those who claim they are looking out for their best interests.
California has a $19 billion deficit. The state's water plan for the next 20 years is non-existent. Education from kindergarten to the University of California is in crisis mode.
Cruising – once a rite of passage for Central Valley youth – is now largely a thing of the past.
The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.
It's been more than two years since I checked out a book at the Manteca Branch Library.
Some place along the line we've gotten the impression that police double as private security guards.
The late Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for over 75 years.
Should those children who are born here to parents illegally in the United States have birthright to American citizenship?
Arizona is being slammed for usurping federal authority and over-exaggerating crime committed by legal immigrants.
You'll notice no one is talking about the 900-pound gorilla in the room with just 96 days to go to the Manteca municipal election.
It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.
There are a number of businesses fleeing California.
It pays to be "homeless" in Manteca – because Mantecans have heart. One young couple is proving that notion as shoppers are repeatedly touched with their imagined plight.
At first glance the DREAM Act stalled on Capitol Hill looks like a nightmare for those who believe America is being turned over to illegal immigrants.
Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.
It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.
Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.
A lot has changed in the past 30 years.
If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.
Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.
Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.
Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...
Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.
Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?
Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.
Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?
Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.
Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.
There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.