"Stop the presses!" Those were the words Randy McParland had longed to say as executive editor of a small town newspaper in Fresno County. In fact, I'm willing to bet that he wasn't the only one in the printed media to utter those very words shortly after 5 p.m. that Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of that day. As Randy recalled, the first run of newspapers had come to a ...
Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.
The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways. How else, for example, would government – at least local agencies any way – have been forced to seriously re-examine how they do business and make drastic cuts to stay afloat? No one likes seeing dedicated hard-working park crews, firefighters, street crews, processing clerks, peace officers, and others take pay cuts. Then again, it hurts no less than seeing those in the private sector having ...
It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.
We bury the hatchet But leave the handle stickin' out We're always diggin' up things We should forget about When it comes to forgettin' Baby, there ain't no doubt We bury the hatchet But leave the handle sticking out - Lyrics from Garth Brook's "We Bury the Hatchet" Jack Snyder – like him or not – is no longer a force in Manteca politics. Yet he still casts a long shadow over the psyche ...
California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.
America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game. It's played to the hilt by the Greek Choruses out there who tell us the economy is collapsing, schools are in the toilet, we're about to have a secular repeat of 40 days and 40 nights via global warming, criminals are taking over, and whatever the current crisis du jour. We verbally debate, write, Twitter, and blog our anger finding ironic solace in assessing ...
Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.
Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.
How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?
Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.
If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.
I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.
"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades
Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.
The time may come when we refer to the good old days as when leaf blowers and cranked up music at parties along with buzzing flies were the most annoying sounds in our neighborhoods.
HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.
John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"
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Remember the good old days?
Before I met Robbie - a lanky, shy sixth grader who attended Sequoia School - I did things like raise money for the Boys & Girls Club because I thought it made sense. It was the right thing to do. It made me feel good. That type of thing.