It's pomp and circumstance time again.
It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.
Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.
Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run
Should growth pay its own way?
One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.
It will go down as a landmark decision.
Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.
Decades of lip service, adding on programs and regulations willy-nilly to appease special interest groups whether they are corporate campaign contributors or advocacy groups, and the use of accounting mirrors and borrowing in advance against revenues are about to come to a head.
A contingent of new American citizens – Assyrians who fled the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to settle in Turlock – will be present for the three-day Memorial Day Weekend commemoration in Manteca at Woodward Park.
The guy looked to be perhaps 17, if that old. There was nothing unusual at first: Oversized pants about 10 sizes too big, baseball cap on backwards, and tent-sized T-shirt. It was the typical "I'm-making-my-statement" uniform of a teen kid who is much more copycat than original.
When Barack Obama arrived at the Oval Office after being sworn in as president, he found that he had been left three gifts from his predecessor.
There's a wonderful, inexpensive device that can make you a responsible dog owner. It's called a leash.
I'll never forget the last time I hugged Mom.
Developers bragged Mountain House was "The Town of Tomorrow" when they broke ground at the dawn of the 21st century on the new community on the edge of the rolling Altamont Hills in western San Joaquin County.
Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."
"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding
Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.
There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.
Death and taxes.
Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.
Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.
So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?
The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.
So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?
There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.
The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.
It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.
The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.
Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.