It is time to rethink Manteca Unified's proposal to slash $400,000 from the budget by increasing the minimum distance to bus students to and from school.
Mark the date of May 19, 2009. It could end up being the date historians look back at and herald as the day California voters overthrew the government. There are six band-aids on the special election ballot designed – in a best case scenario – to keep the state government as we now know it on life support. In the worst case scenario, the state will have the financial equivalent of an 8.0 ...
It's not too often we get an opportunity to see a living legend in his prime right here in our backyard.
It is time for Manteca to get serious about water and energy conservation. The Manteca City Council can start by putting new rules in place Jan. 1, 2010 for all new permits issued for new residential construction regardless of when the subdivision map was initially approved. •All front yards must have landscaping installed with moisture sensor devices connected to a controller that is permanently programmed not to come on between the hours of noon and ...
We ran into a lot of friends this week at various events like Millie Bolding past employee at Libbey Owens Ford and Sharp Depot with her husband Graham (PG&E). They were their usual smiling happy people.
There are three two-sided billboards on Moffat Boulevard that are a testimony to the blatant misuse of Congressional power.
It must be a conspiracy. Growing up I could never find any clothes that fit. Slim was in. The marketing name for pants that fit me was "husky" prior to turning 13 when I shed about 60 pounds to get down to 220 pounds. Virtually every shirt for a kid back then in my age group that was "husky" was either checkered or horizontal stripes. Whatever clothes designer came up with horizontal stripes for kids ...
Today, the Sunday after Easter, Catholics honor the Mercy of God. Of course, we need God's mercy year 'round. So much needless cruelty and suffering in the world could be avoided - or at least overcome - -if mercy were in greater supply. Think, for example, of the senseless violence in our own neighborhoods. But Divine Mercy Sunday focuses in a special way on God's love at work through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Betty Bear is back. Well, not exactly. I came into work Friday and there she was on my chair – skirt, blouse and head. It was everything that made Betty Bear who she was although the paws and feet were missing. If you haven't been in Manteca for at least 15 years, then you've never met Betty Bear. She was the Manteca Bulletin's mascot for a kid's section we ran on Saturdays. We would run ...
The photo above shows the condition of the landscaping on Atherton Drive just south of the Bass Pro Shop. Last week's Bulletin article about landscaping standards noted that this area hasn't been adequately maintained by the contractor and the City hasn't provided the proper oversight to make sure the contractor maintains the landscaping.
Go out along Wellington Avenue on a Wednesday or Thursday morning and you'll see two to five men at work.
Years ago, I had a chance to visit the baseball shrine in Cooperstown, New York. At the time, Dan Mooney, a college friend, was working as sports reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal. He had visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and came away overwhelmed. Dan rooted for the Atlanta Braves, crediting the 1974 season when Hank Aaron eclipsed the career home run mark. Hammerin' Hank finished with 755 career home runs. As ...
The City of Lathrop should be cautioned against ever opening a casino. The way they're running things they'd have looser slots than any casino in Reno. A city employee files a sexual harassment claim. Why litigate? Just hit up the tax payers - ka-ching! - for $500,000 to cover their losses after settling a claim in world-record time that hadn't even had a chance to turn into a lawsuit. The mayor doesn't like the harsh ...
I first met them about a year ago last year. They were the epitome of youth: energetic, exuberant, poised to conquer the world, eager to learn and experience everything that they can possibly learn and experience while deeply rooted in the moral compass and Christian ethics instilled in them by their parents.
Want to make educarts - those educators who morph into bureaucrats - squirm? Forget aggressive public signs of affection that are supposed to be taboo at public schools. Such acts won't raise a yawn in some quarters. Do something apparently that is disruptive and obscene as praying and get prepared to be suspended. That is what happened to two community college students - Kandy Kyriacou and Ojoma Omaga - when they had the audacity to ...
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.
Is the plan PG&E proof?
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.