San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is an All American success story. He came to America as a 14-year-old immigrant. Campos earned scholarships and put himself through Stanford and Harvard Law School. One other little detail you need to know about the supervisor. Campos came to America as an undocumented immigrant. It gives Campos a unique perspective about illegal immigrants and the contributions they can make to this country. The fact he was an illegal raises ...
Graffiti tagging is a wanton act of vandalism. It is conducted by gutless punks who deface others' property because they think they have the right to do so. Some of it is gang-related. All of it, though, is done by individuals whose apparent self-esteem is under pressure in a can of spray paint. Manteca Police have a fairly good track record of nailing a portion of those responsible. But even so, whatever fines and punishments ...
Now – more than ever - it is essential one spends their money wisely. It is what prompted the Manteca City Council majority – minus Debby Moorhead who said "no" and Steve DeBrum who was absent – to approve an $87,406 contract with the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 2009-10 fiscal year on Tuesday night. The contract Is based on 20 percent of the city's motel room tax on the previous year minus ...
Thank God for people like Quincy McClain and the dedicated volunteers who have devoted their Friday evenings this summer to mentoring kids.
I like bicycling, especially going downhill at 45 mph. One of my more memorable downhill experiences involved a 15-pound purebred dog, a backboard, air bubbles, an unsuccessful Miss Placer County pageant contestant, and being exposed to half of my mother's friends and then some. I was 31 at the time. It was a period in my life where I did a lot of things people would describe as bizarre. I was racing with this 17-year-old ...
Caltrans is toying with an idea to allow advertising on the hundreds of electronic message signs along California freeways such as those along the Highway 120 Bypass.
The folks who are hell-bent on pursuing what would be a national takeover of your healthcare are now turning their guns on insurance companies.
It is time to revisit East Yosemite Avenue traffic flow. Caltrans – an authority on the safe and efficient movement of traffic – over a decade ago lobbied Manteca's elected leaders at the time to allow for a concrete divider from Pestana Avenue to Highway 99. It received a gigantic thumbs down at the time, basically because the manager of the Burger King led a charge that contended it would kill off business. Burger King, ...
Several years ago, a young mother stood directly behind me at the check-out line at the grocery store.
Grandmother thought it was a sign of the end of civilization when women started wearing hair curlers in public.
It was a defining moment. The caller was angry about being assessed to pay for the upkeep of his neighborhood park dubbed Tesoro through landscape maintenance district fees. He didn't like the idea he had to pay for it. In talking with him, though, it wasn't because Tesoro was one of the first few neighborhoods to have neighborhood park maintenance collapsed into annual LMD fees assessed per home. Instead he simply felt it should be ...
Manteca's landscaping bulbs – depending upon your disposition - are either blasted annoyances impeding travel or blessed additions beautifying the streets.
hellion (heyen) n. informal: a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child in a restaurant
"Life's a dance you learn as you go" – Part of the chorus to John Michael Montgomery's song "Life's a Dance."
If there is a merciful deity, there is a special spot reserved in hell for those who abuse the privilege of chewing bubble gum in public.
The City of Manteca has a new unofficial municipal motto: "This is the new norm."
God and country.
The Gang of Eight immigration bill can be summed up as amnesty now, border closing never. The Department of Homeland Security is not required to build a fence (which was ordered by the Secure Fence Act signed by President George W. Bush). DHS is required only to submit a plan.
Lie to the federal government and you'd better get you affairs in order.
Manteca is celebrating an anniversary this year that is one for the books.
LATHROP – And I wondered why people don't trust the government.
Ripon – the community – possesses a wealth of heart-inspiring stories in the minds of its many highly respected senior citizens.
It was the white lie of the last decade.
Shame on you, Tim Cook.
The San Joaquin Valley's blessing is its curse.
Mom didn't die.
Imagine your kid playing on an aging soccer field.
Here's a little nugget for those embroiled in the debate over gun control: Young men kill.
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.