Gophers don't have a thing on me. I spent the better part of Saturday making pre-emptive strikes. It involved taking out another large chunk of the grass in my front yard preparing to bury another 25 feet of poultry wire fencing cut into pieces to shape baskets to place below everything from roses and camellias to bare root shrubs. My neighbors probably think I'm crazy since I've now ripped out about a third of the ...
It may come down to this: Manteca Unified either has to cut everyone's pay, eliminate all transportation or put Lathrop High on ice.
Hello there again. It's been quite a while since we've met on this page. In fact it was in December, just before I had my last heart attack. Yup, I said heart attack. Boy, I don't like those much. I am getting way too experienced with them. But there is good news that I will share with you shortly.
If there ever was a man who was a true blue East Union fan with Lancer red flowing in his veins it was Maurice "Augie" Agostini.
I can still remember the weekly reading pamphlets in my fourth-grade class. In it was a photograph and story of Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. This was the site where John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor of his time, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during the third-act performance of the comedy, "Our American Cousin." Ford's Theater became property of the U.S. Government shortly after that fatal evening of April 14, 1865 (Lincoln died the very next ...
The San Fernando Valley. The Inland Empire. San Jose. The East Bay. These four major regions in California share two things in common - classic modern-day California-style urban sprawl and a crushing host of problems associated with letting cars and not livability dictate development patterns. The Northern San Joaquin Valley - San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties - is expected to be the high growth region of the next 20-plus years in California. Let's not ...
Ambrosia apples are without a doubt the best tasting apples I've ever had. They have a honey-like taste and are crisp as they are firm like a red apple. They don't come cheap. At $2.99 a pound, my weekly habit of at an Ambrosia a day costs $10.94 or about a tenth of my weekly food bill. The supermarket produce guys take super care handling apples. They understand why they come packed layered between cardboard ...
Manteca may be at the epicenter of the foreclosure meltdown triggered by liar loans and fueled by greed, but we're still enjoying the good life.
The elaborately detailed writing on the envelope that arrived at my parent's house addressed to me had me baffled at first.
The story in Wednesday's Manteca Bulletin about a fight at a weekend party, which reportedly involved an off-duty Manteca police officer and his high-school-senior son, ended with the following paragraph:
Those slamming two of the current council members - Mayor Willie Weatherford and John Harris - for the lack of a dog park in Manteca are barking up the wrong tree.
It's time to protect the franchise. The Manteca Unified School District board tonight will receive a list of Level II cut recommendations from the 100-member budget reduction committee they formed featuring a cross-section of teachers, classified employees and administrators. The goal is to cover a $14 million deficit projected for next school year. If the board bites the bullet and adopts the Level II cuts as a package, it'll leave a $630,000 hole that must ...
I was feeling a bit nostalgic today upon catching a re-airing of the 1989 American League Championship Series featuring the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on little cat's feet.
Folks up in Sacramento should take a tip or two from the Manteca Unified School District. Instead of playing games with numbers, Manteca Unified has gone through a gut-wrenching self-examination to determine what is expendable and what isn't expandable given the reality of a $14 million budget shortfall. They're not making arbitrary decisions to waving empty phrases around such as "cutting salaries by 10 percent". The school board formed a 100-member budget reduction committee that ...
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.