Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.
If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?
There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.
I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.
How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?
Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations. Bad move. It will simply make violators feel like criminals and will get those who flaunt their violations in the face of their neighbors to start screaming the city is trying to take away their right to use their property as they so choose. Obviously these people would have no objection if a next door neighbor opened a nuclear waste dump, a brothel, or ...
Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally. If you doubt this go talk to Susan Dell'Osso who is the project manager for what is arguably the most visionary development in the entire Central Valley – River Islands at Lathrop. Cambay Group, the project developer, has over $150 million invested in the 11,800-home planned community that will offer unparalleled river access and views. They have the wherewithal to wait until the economy is right before ...
It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood. Most homes are over 3,000 square feet. They are primarily stucco with tile roofs. Many have three-car garages and grand two-story entries. Yet there are signs that all is not will. One particular home in this popular neighborhood near Woodward Park has had a family living in it for most of 2009. The grass, though, is still dead. A neighbor will tell you that there is a ...
I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.
It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.
Would you entrust the folks who can't balance a budget, won't make the hard decisions to cut expenses by whittling down bloated bureaucracies, and steal from cities and counties to cover up their own fiscal irresponsibility to take over your health insurance?
Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher. I have no idea how he would feel about the periodical effort in the California Legislature to move forward legislation that would give teens as young as 14 the right to vote. But I do know how he felt in 1968 about Richard Nixon running against Hubert Humphrey. At the end of a classroom discussion in a moment of exasperation, he blurted out we ...
No power, no problem? Yes, it was a big problem on Wednesday afternoon and most of the following day to find out that your home was one of the thousands throughout the state left in the dark – literally. The storm here brought heavy rains, thunderstorm and winds gusting over 40 miles per hour, making it the worst of weather conditions for the week. Power outages such as these quickly make one realize our dependency ...
The poor economy is finally catching up to golf courses and California is definitely one of the hardest hit states with many closures. Locally we have seen several public golf courses close their doors with others up for serious consideration.
I do not need the government to help me celebrate the Fourth of July. I do need the government though to provide police and fire protection, streets, sewer, water, garbage collection, parks, community planning, and even basic recreation programs to help direct kids in the right direction in their idle time and to help the elderly stay sharp and healthy. Manteca's celebration this year – if all goes as planned on July 3 once everything ...
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.
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.