This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.
Californians are amazing.
Americans never used to whine.
The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.
Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.
Every boy dreams of baseball glory.
Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.
Dumping on government is in vogue.
Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.
I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.
Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.
Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.
Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.
If you have driven by Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road at night or during the day, chances are you have noticed something.
Mayor Willie Weatherford has several big targets on his back.
Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? After all, the brutal beating and humiliation of a Black woman was recently caught on video and disseminated widely for all to see, yet there is no outcry from the usual suspects who incite racial divide at every given opportunity.
It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.
Manteca Unified has a big problem.
Cleaning my stove is a snap.
What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?
Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.
If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.
Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?
Don't cook dinner on Friday; Anderson's Mower & Bike will take care of you! They are holding a Texas Roadhouse drive-thru fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spreckels Park BMX Track from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and they are available at their store at 907 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca. For more go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13884/
Murder is not acceptable.
Here's a question for Congressional Republicans: Why do I have to pay my federal income taxes and others don't to the tune of more than $400 billion a year?
Long before there was Joe Albertson, Winco Foods, Webvan, and high tech entrepreneurs gearing up to unleash a squadron of drones to deliver Ding Dongs and Red Bull to millennials too self-absorbed to go to the store there was Joe's Food Center.
Can you afford to give up a latte a week?
Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.