That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes. We were trading war stories, as it were, about the Manteca Bulletin and various organizations we had been involved in together through the years. She started laughing. And once Jowell Griggs started laughing, you coudn't help but laugh too. It was a classic Jowell moment. She was enjoying life, friends, and talking about her four most cherished things – her husband Leo, daughter Alexis, and sons Andrew ...
The professor was indignant. "The state should be ashamed of themselves," she told the TV news crew. "They need to find some other way to make cuts." Another University of California employee – a custodian – got students who were worked up about tuition topping $10,000 a year and staff being cut to let out loud whoops of approval when she said the university had the "audacity" to lay off a quarter of the people ...
Catch and release. It is a game with expensive and potentially deadly consequences that law enforcement is forced to play with criminals in San Joaquin County. The following is an example of a catch and release among hundreds that occur each month in Manteca. Police seized 2.5 pounds of marijuana buds with a street value of $5,000, 15.1 ounces of crystal meth with a street value of $1,200, along with drug pipes, two scales, and ...
I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.
Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca. Strange, but true, a driver on Sept. 1, 1999 actually was seen coming to a full-stop at the Tahoe Way and Mission Ridge Drive stop sign. Did you know that pedestrians in some cultures actually have a right to walk on green lights? Some quaint motorists belonging to the long lost tribe dubbed "Courteous Motorists" have been known to use ...
My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book. He made money working in technology while dabbling in Bay Area real estate and the stock market years ago. His house in Fremont was nearly paid; his twins – a boy and girl – had just graduated high school and were off to college, leaving Jerry (his actual name was changed for the sake of this column) and his wife of 20 ...
First dates and disasters are one in the same for me. My best first date ever ended with me trying to figure what to do when I spotted slugs and snails inching across her patio. Looking for something romantic to do or say I asked if she'd ever tried killing snails with salt. When she said "no," we were off to the races. The only problem was I neglected to suggest we hose down the ...
Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.
NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.
Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.
Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.
The high school experience can be tough on freshmen. For the most part, they've had to adjust to a new school with hallway lockers. This new surroundings may also entail these ninth-grade students jumping from classroom to classroom and, based on their schedule, racing across campus in a matter minutes. In terms of the pecking order, they've gone from the rulers of the school as eighth graders to the new kids on the block. Now, ...
Gina M. Roos had every right to be upset after her recent experience at the East Yosemite Avenue McDonald's in Manteca.
With Friday's eighth anniversary of 9/11, it was time once again to ask the annual question: where would we be, had the attacks never taken place?
In a twist on standard benevolence from those in a superior position the California Legislature taketh away and the California Legislature giveth.
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.
Last year when I made my annual pilgrimage to my mom's house to watch the New Year's college bowl festival at her neighbor's house, I told her that for the first time in recent memory I was not counting down the days until the calendar could be turned to start a new year because I was anxious to shed myself of the last one. I told her that for once, things had not been too bad and life was all right.
Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.
Get ready for PG&E rate hike Armageddon.