Thomas the Tank Engine was sad. "Why so said?" asked Percy, Thomas the Tank Engine's best friend. Thomas looked up and let off a sigh of steam. "I found out that Slick the Runaway High Speed Train is going to cut through Farmer John's prime farmland, the children's school in Bakersfield, a hospital or two and countless farms and homes because he doesn't want to waste any time dallying around the valley. He says he ...
Talk about bursting my (champagne) bubble. Bulletin Managing Editor James Burns on Friday was setting up a story on Manteca accordionist Darryl Bain. At one point I overhead him responding to a remark Bain made on the phone by asking, "who is Lawrence Welk?" Okay, Alex, I'll take "Sure Signs You're Getting Old" for $50. A quick check of the office soon revealed that virtually everyone younger than 57 - my age - had no ...
On this heavily-traveled stretch of rural road, amid thorny bushes, broken glass and snake holes, lays a memorial for Brian Niederbrach.
I am underwater. So are at least 40 percent of the other homeowners in Manteca. Between what I paid for my home in 2008 and what the assessor says it is worth there is a $90,000 gap. I'm underwater but I'm not treading water. Nor do I suspect the vast majority of other Manteca residents are in trouble just because they have principal balances on their mortgages higher than the market value of their home. ...
Question: What do the now defunct Soviet Politburo and the Manteca City Council have in common?
The Twin Tunnels propaganda is a classic case of double talk. California's big water interests keep assuring folks that the net result of investing anywhere from $28 billion to $60 billion depending upon who you believe will be the taking of no additional water from the Delta. They also say it won't harm the Delta. Trust those statements as much as you would having the mayor of San Diego around your daughter. On the surface, ...
Welcome back, kids. Now grab a pencil and piece of a paper. We're going to begin the 2013 school year with a pop quiz. Today, the children, teachers, staff and administrators of the Manteca Unified School District returned to the classroom, breathing life back into their sleeping campuses. Question: Who's more excited for the start of the academic year? A.) The kids, with their snappy, new school clothes, matching backpack/lunch bag sets, and tales of ...
"The city isn't dedicating a transit station; they're dedicating a community meeting hall."
The Rose Motel is no more. The Moffat Boulevard standard for decades has a new name: Inn by the Station. It's a nod to the fact the motel is located across the street from the City of Manteca's new $8.3 million Manteca Transit Center.
Dilapidated trailers. Debris stacked in piles. A rundown picket fence. And on some days there are more shopping carts than at a Dollar General Store.
Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation. A major assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base was speaking at the Lincoln Rotary on the then super top secret SR71 Blackbirds stationed just 32 miles away. His talk was a general overview. The major deflected a number of questions from members such as the top speed of the SR71 since it was classified at the time. He did say they ...
Twice neighbors have prevented me from becoming a crime victim. Five years ago while heading home at 1 o'clock in the morning I pulled over on Powers Avenue so two Manteca Police units with red lights flashing could pass. Imagine my surprise when I turned onto my street and found one of them in front of my house. A neighbor across the street who happened to step out for a cigarette noticed a man sitting ...
Just because something is old doesn't make it historical. It might have sentimental value. But for something to be considered historical it has to take on some significance in the overall scheme of things. The act of determining whether something is historical doesn't do much good either if that is the end game. Either it needs to be protected in a permanent state of decay with efforts to make sure further deterioration doesn't occur, such ...
There was a time before color TV and princess phones that prehistoric creatures such as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would simply be called a cad for his transgressions.
I can see these words as I type them. But if I remove my glasses they become smudge streaks with no definition and no sharpness. They merge as an incoherent line similar to a modern abstract painting but with much more fuzziness. I cannot make out faces clearly without my glasses. Shapes aren't in focus as much as they are blurs. This has led to some interesting encounters over the years with people who have ...
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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.
Last year when I made my annual pilgrimage to my mom's house to watch the New Year's college bowl festival at her neighbor's house, I told her that for the first time in recent memory I was not counting down the days until the calendar could be turned to start a new year because I was anxious to shed myself of the last one. I told her that for once, things had not been too bad and life was all right.
Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.
Get ready for PG&E rate hike Armageddon.
Clean air, or perhaps more precisely, environmental perfection is the killer of blue collar head-of-household jobs in the San Joaquin Valley.
Joann Jamerson asked a simple question: Why do I buy a $75 ticket each year to the Manteca Soroptimists' Holiday Affair if I rarely go?