I always thought I would make a good loss prevention officer in a retail store, because everything seems to happen right in front of me.
Isn't the name "California Assembly Ethics Commission" an oxymoron? Orange County Republican Mike Duvall's departure from the cesspool at the State Capitol after he was caught on tape during an appropriation committee hearing bragging about his sexual escapades with a lobbyist for an energy firm barely raised a yawn among Californians who don't expect much anymore from their elected state leaders. Duvall happens to have served on the utilities and commerce committee which explains why ...
Thinking of events, times and places led to some of those people in my past that deserve a little recognition, so here goes.
PG&E is about to make you pay for their negligence. The San Francisco-based for-profit utility along with their partners in crime at Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company now want ratepayers to pay for their wrongdoing. PG&E has an application pending that requests authority from the California Public Utilities Commission to recover uninsured costs associated with wildfires. PG&E wants the CPUC to create a wildfire expense ...
Scads of empty Gatorade bottles littered the practice football at Zuckerman Field. That's the one-time summer training camp of the San Francisco 49ers. From the late 1990s to 2002, the University of the Pacific catered to this proud NFL franchise. The Niners held two practice sessions daily free to the public. Bleachers were often scattered with mostly fans trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. The blowing of an air horn often signaled ...
When the Democrats put out their health care proposals, they made sure not to forget their friends at ACORN, the organization involved in voter fraud throughout America.
Just how did we let drugs get such a destructive hold on our communities? Credit denial and running away – the two surefire ways to let the cancer spread. This summer a visitor from North Dakota told of how their community was free of crime except for some meth users but police there had that under control. It was a similar line used about two decades ago by Manteca when it came to gangs and ...
Our priorities should be kids, not hoarding cash. For many months, we have heard from Manteca Unified District Superintendent Jason Messer that our district is a business.
A punk – and there is no other way to describe whoever did it – spray painted "SUR" on my garage door almost two weeks ago.
The Rev. Mark Rindels no longer shepherds the congregation at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church in Manteca where he was pastor for 17 years.
PG&E doesn't think South San Joaquin Irrigation District is playing fair. It doesn't matter that the SSJID is exercising its constitutional authority to look out for the best interests of the community they were created to serve by petitioning the San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission to enter the retail power business. And while eminent domain has nothing to do with the LAFCO decision nor is it a foregone conclusion, PG&E also thinks the ...
California as a civilized state is a fluke. Within its boundaries arguably contain the most varied and awe-inspiring repertoire of nature on earth - pristine sandy beaches, rugged primitive coastlines, high desert, soaring mountains, redwoods, bristlecone pines, Death Valley, volcanoes, Yosemite Valley, the Great Central Valley and more. How Mother Nature's splendor was shaped and distributed in California could never have supported 38 million residents or boast the most productive farmland the world has ever ...
It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.
PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.
People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.
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.