You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today. You won't find them in places like the Astrodome, AT&T Park, or Dodgers Stadium. They aren't pulling down $400,000 per baseball game nor do they have their images on the side of boxes of Wheaties. Instead you'll find them at places like Brock Elliott School, Neil Hafley School, and Lincoln Park on spring afternoons. They're men like Al Nunes and ...
At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for ...
I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.
The state bureaucracy is bloated. It needs to go on a $20 billion diet in the next 18 months or else collapse under the weight of its own undisciplined spending. Making it all the more precarious is the smoke and mirrors the state used to bridge last year's $31 billion deficit that is unraveling with every court decision and uncrossing of fingers on revenue projections. So perhaps this is why in the middle of arguably ...
Oh, we were once young. I still remember my teenage years filled with angst, insecurities, and plenty of awkward moments. Looking back, I wouldn't trade those life experiences for anything in the world. Yes, those were tough times. Now I'd like to believe that the person I am today was perhaps molded and shaped during this period of adolescence. Growing up may not be easy. It's also not easy watching your own kid grow up. ...
Now the real fun begins. After two decades of having local revenue cannibalized by the California Legislature that also adopts state mandates on local government without funding them, cities are fighting back. Berkeley is one of a handful of Bay Area cities that are starting to issue their own tickets. At the same time Los Angeles is considering holding their own administrative hearings on red-light tickets. What does this all mean? Well, as a motorist ...
The four words I fear the most. "We'll weigh you next." They were uttered Saturday by a staff member of the Delta Blood Bank where I had gone to give platelets. Usually they just ask for your weight. This time they actually wanted to weigh me. As I followed her to the scales I started to take my cell phone and wallet out of my pockets and then stopped. It was insanity. I was afraid ...
I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.
Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents. Manteca has a population of 67,000 residents. Modesto had 8 new homes start construction in 2009 Manteca had 304 new homes start construction in 2009. How can a city one third the size of Modesto just 15 miles away have 38 times the housing starts? One real big reason is Manteca is a better sell due to a proliferation of amenities and – even though at times I'd ...
Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome. The National Park Service is going to start requiring permits from May 21 through mid-October for those who want to hike to the top of Half Dome on Fridays, Saturdays Sundays, and holidays. Like much of Yosemite's more famous destinations Half Dome is becoming severely overused. The concern isn't environmental as much as it is too many people with a ...
It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash. It costs thousands of dollars each day to collect, haul and bury what we toss out. We're generating a lot less trash, though, now that California's runaway growth has slowed to a trickle and consumers have curbed spending binges. Recyclable commodities ranging from newsprint and glass to aluminum have plunged in value. Foreclosures and the state's 12 percent unemployment rate have significantly increased ...
Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name
Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.
Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
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.