California as a civilized state is a fluke.
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.
How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?
A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.
Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.
In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?
Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.
The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.
If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.
The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.
Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.
If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.
Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.
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.