Phil Waterford couldn't sleep. He had been asked by Pastor Mike Dillman of The Place of Refuge last year to serve as the master of ceremonies at the Memorial Day Weekend observance at Woodward Park. It also involved attending a sit down dinner with Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and other veterans the day before at Prestige Senior Living. Among those that the owner of Manteca Ford Mercury broke bread with that day was one ...
I shed no tears for the University of California at Davis student showing her "wounds" to a KCRA-TV camera that she received from police after she and others disobeyed repeated lawful orders to disperse and stop blocking city streets and attempting to advance onto Interstate 80 in a bid to close it down.
Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.
Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."
The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.
In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.
Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less. Yet the Chicken Littles led by the Building Industry Association of the Delta are using The Great Recession to launch a full-scale attack on building fees in Manteca on the premise that somehow they are responsible for people not buying homes in Manteca and therefore putting a lot of people out of work. Excuse me? Some may claim I'm a ...
Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin ...
California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.
"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters
Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.
Developers are playing with fire – literally. They can make a case for suspending bonus bucks for now but they are pushing their luck when they keep characterizing Manteca's growth fees as being "too high." The rhetorical question would be "too high" based on what? It isn't the call of the builders or developers to decide the level of amenities that a community wants. That is what we elect city councils for in the first ...
Let's stop kidding ourselves. Manteca has a serious problem along East Yosemite Avenue. With all due respect, there are a lot of less than favorable conditions along what is still one of Manteca's prime corridors of commerce especially from Cottage Avenue to Fremont Avenue. There are more than a few houses in various stages of disrepair. There are commercial vacancies with the latest caused by some heading into the core of downtown. There are also ...
Jury duty is a civic responsibility. But many of us are quick to forget just that upon the arrival of the summons to contact Superior Court. Last month, I received my jury duty call. I thought: No problem, I'll make the call after 5 p.m. Friday of the said date, with strong chances I'd be making several ensuing calls to the court before being dismissed. In fact, I had calculated three or maybe even four ...
The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point. "Middle ranking civil servant, single, Catholic, 43-years-old, immaculate past, from the countryside, is seeking a good Catholic pure girl, who can cook well, and who can do all housework, who is also capable of sewing and a good homemaker in order to marry at the soonest opportunity. Personal fortune would be desirable but is not however a precondition. Offers, if possible with picture, to box ...
The time may come when we refer to the good old days as when leaf blowers and cranked up music at parties along with buzzing flies were the most annoying sounds in our neighborhoods.
HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.
John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
"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.