You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.
At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.
I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.
The state bureaucracy is bloated.
Oh, we were once young.
Now the real fun begins.
The four words I fear the most.
I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.
Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.
Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome.
It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash.
Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name
Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.
Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
The homeowner was miffed.
The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.
To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to lodieasterrun.com.
Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.
Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.
For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.
Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?
Cruella and Dante are dogs.
The debate over trains irritates me.
The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.
Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.
Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.
The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.
Do "minorities" need protection in California?
In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.