What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas? Nothing, actually. But there's a bit of Manteca in Salina. That's really a gross understatement though. Thirty-nine truckloads of exotic stuff from Manteca are now part of Salina's world-famous Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. Just a bit of clarification. The stuffed stuff, literally, that was hauled off to Dorothy's home state about 11 years ago took off from the now-defunct wildlife museum in Stockton, but the collection ...
The real fun is about to begin. Collapsing property values thanks to the housing bubble pumped up to stratospheric heights via liar loans and the siren song of easy money from air – or equity lines of credit as banks prefer to call them - are about to ripple through California like a 9.0 earthquake. Early indications are that residential property value assessments will plunge close to 20 percent in San Joaquin County when the ...
Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.
I owe my sister Mary an apology. Some 30 years ago when I had the dubious pleasure of serving on the Western Placer Unified School District Board she decided she was going to become a teacher. Half-jokingly I tried to talk her out of it. I told her only someone borderline insane would be a teacher in this day and age. This, by the way, was back in 1975. It seemed like every other person ...
Call it the 11-minute miracle. That is how long it took me to get my driver's license renewed Tuesday at the Manteca Department of Motor Vehicles office. It's a miracle for several reasons. First, and foremost, the dedicated and hardworking frontline state workers were doing their job – quite pleasantly I might add – despite having to take a pay cut. The last time I had to physically go into a DMV office for a ...
At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.
George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November. There is growing support for a plan to tax motorists on the mileage they drive in a bid to make up for falling federal gas tax revenues as more vehicles with increased fuel efficiency go on the road every year. Their justification is simple. The nation is getting less federal tax gas receipts at a time when there is major freeway and highway infrastructure ...
I still remember the day 14 years ago when instructor Susan Stricker walked over to me in the middle of a group exercise class at In Shape.
Karen and I have joined a Christian Bible Study group that is studying the book called 'Left Behind' written by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It's quite a story about the Earth's Last Days. It does give us a whole new way to look at what s going to happen when Jesus comes back and gets us. Wow!
Gasoline per gallon at the Chevron I go to is down to two shares of Citibank stock plus a half a share of GM stock.
One of my earliest memories is repeatedly running into things as a kid. Part of it had to do with the fact I'm a klutz – and still am to a large degree. After one particularly nasty hit where I clipped the railing to the back stairs of our home in Roseville, neighbor Catherine Gates who was also a teacher suggested I might have a vision problem. That ended up being a slight understatement. Both ...
I had penned a column rallying against a proposal by key Democrats to undo Proposition 13. It was early 1985 and I was working for The Press-Tribune in Roseville. The call I got the next day from a reader who accused me of being a "ditto head" and thinking whatever Rush Limbaugh told me to think. There was just one problem with the charge. I had never listened to Rush Limbaugh who had just got ...
Do you really need a phone that has an application that turns it into a level to hang a photo? It isn't exactly a "what-is-the-meaning-of-life" type question but your answer does give you an insight into how you view the world. Yes, the iPhone is a remarkable device but on the scale of inventions it doesn't even rate much higher than a "one." It is simply a new fangled take on previous inventions such as ...
Thursday I got to do something with my son, Johnny, that he and I have been talking about for years. I got to go to the Sacramento Enlistment Service desk and be a part of Johnny's induction into the U.S. Army.
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.