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.
It costs taxpayers 1.83 cents to mint a penny.
I still feel guilty.
Where's the outrage?
It's time to go shopping! The Ripon Senior Center (422 S. Wilma Ave.) is holding its annual Craft and Bake Sale on Friday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will feature local crafters and bakers, so come by and do some early Christmas shopping or pick up a yummy dessert for Thanksgiving.
Back before deregulation, rolling brown outs, power market manipulations costing Californians billions upon billions of dollars and skyrocketing PG&E bills there was a promise.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Nov. 8, 2013 edition of the Manteca Bulletin. It has been modified to accommodate Sunday's second annual Heller E. Lipsett Memorial.
Charles Manson is getting married.
Editor's note: Police Chief Nick Obligacion penned the following in response to misinformation circulated on social media as well as on a television station.
You are sweating and feel like you are about to pass out. You feel your body burning and just can't keep going. Right before you are about to quit you hear a voice yelling, "KEEP IT UP! YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO PUSH YOURSELF!" You pause for a second trying to give your body a break and to catch your breath hoping that your trainer isn't looking directly at you. Then you hear that scary voice yelling again, "DON'T STOP! YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING! I DIDN'T SAY TO STOP!" That is when you realize and ...
A lot of things happened on Willie Weatherford's watch.
Remember the fall of October 1973?
On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."
Go ahead, slam Police Chief Nick Obligacion for his efforts to address the homeless/panhandling/public drug use issues in Manteca.
Ready for another Manteca City Council election?
You've heard the line so much that it starts to sound like a cliche: It takes a village to raise a child.