Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.
What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?
I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).
There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.
If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.
Just how thin is the thin blue line?
While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.
Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.
Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.
They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.
McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.
Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.
It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.
All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.
Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.
Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.
The young mom was elated.
College professors often think out loud.
American Legion Post 249 is staging a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6. Tickets are $13 per person. For tickets, call Penny at 209.470.8691.
McDonald's isn't my kind of place.
Here we go again.
We are de-evolving.
Want to see what $250,000 plus in government waste looks like?