I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.
The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job. Superlatives can't describe the 24-year struggle they have endured to bring River Islands at Lathrop from conception to the point hammers will fill the air on Stewart Tract this fall when construction starts on the first of 11,000 homes. Large earth movers are now grading the site of the first 500 homes on the 4,800- acre tract that once grew watermelons and ...
Why are we free? The answer isn't because of 237-year-old pieces of paper at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Those words are meaningless unless they are secured. The real reasons we are free are the 850,000 men and women who have fallen in combat to assure that there are meaning to those words. We should never forget the fallen - no matter how many years ago - who gave their lives so we ...
So you have no problem with government data mining. Just be careful what you do. Don't use a credit card to rent a Ryder or U-Haul truck. Don't use a store card that can track your purchases, especially if you are buying a lot of fertilizer for a big garden project. Avoid buying any book on line or in a brick-and-mortar store – unless you pay cash – that criticizes the government-corporate establishment. If you ...
Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month? In a vote that received inconsequential coverage compared to the massive political aftershocks it could trigger, the California Assembly voted 37 to 24 to reject a ban on oil and natural gas hydraulic fracking. A dozen Democrats joined 25 Republicans in essentially handing the Sierra Club something it isn't used to in Sacramento - a defeat. And to show that the next Peripheral Canal-style issue that ...
Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.
MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father. Eh. It doesn't quite have the same ring as the quintessential movie line that became one of the most recognizable of the 20th century and arguably one of the pioneering moments of American cinema. But when Miguel Terriquez climbed out of his 1970 Impala Friday night in the parking lot of Modesto's Pep Boys to meet up with a group of friends, his son – who also had ...
"There is no such thing as an unsafe road." Those are the words of a Caltrans engineer following a 1973 church bus crash that killed three teens on a hairpin curve on Highway 193 in Placer County after it slammed into a row of palm trees. Those who lived along the curvy highway in the Sierra foothills had been arguing to get the state to straighten out 10 miles of roadway which would require wholesale ...
Finally, the heat is on. I never really learned to appreciate 100-degree plus Central Valley days until I spent a week in the Midwest in June. When I boarded a plane in Sacramento for Champaign-Urbana I was dressed in OP shorts and a polo shirt. It was a pleasant 101 degrees with 20 percent humidity. I wasn't even sweating. It was a different story when I reached Illinois. Walking from the Piedmont Airlines jet to ...
Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.
The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.
"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel
Shaun T. - one of the late night gurus of exercise DVDs - wants you to send him three monthly payments of $39.95 to take advantage of his Insanity Workouts.
Let the distortions begin. Now that a $24.54 billion price tag has been attached to the Twin Tunnels the folks behind the plan are touting it as a way to substantially increase reliable water supplies for Southern California, the Bay Area, and corporate farms. Nice try. The investment won't increase reliable water supplies for 25 million Californians. There are two reasons - Mother Nature and population growth. We are in the middle of a second ...
One man's due diligence is costing more than 40,000 households, business, and farmers $12 million a year.
"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.
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.