Every three weeks I spend part of my Saturday at the Delta Blood Bank facility in Modesto.
I was making my inaugural climb.
Wisps of dust spiraled upward from among orchards in the almond triangle formed by Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon as man and machine swept fallen nuts Friday.
There's a lot of angst about the possibility the former Whitaker Home at East Yosemite and Commerce avenues could be razed and replaced with a McDonald's fast food joint.
PG&E's disaster du jour happened in a city where they are not the power supplier.
I abhor saggy pants. I firmly believe it is the height of rudeness to show the public what your underwear looks like or - worse yet - where the sun shouldn't be shining.
It was better than experiencing one of Disneyland's "E-rides" of old, being invited to be part of a breakfast reunion with my longtime family doc and several of his former office support staff.
The Wall Street headline reads: "Joyless holiday retail forecast."
Downtown's future - and its past glory - is being celebrated today.
Could a $5 a head fish bounty program bring a truce to California's water wars?
It is clear there are a significant number of people out there who would like Manteca to have another public swimming pool.
The Environmental Protection Agency is absolutely right.
Every neighborhood seems to have one. And they're not hard to spot.
It is an act of defiance.
Gov. Jerry Brown says he's trying to figure out a tax proposal that would be palatable for California voters.
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Should adults be required to wear helmets when they bicycle?
Pray for rain.
It' amazing how you remember something and it leads to remembering something else.
I was my washing my microwave food cover Saturday when I realized something - it was once made out of clear plastic.
What happened to the Jerry Brown of old?
Why does Manteca - a city of 73,000 – still have a library that was designed for a community of 36,000?
"I pay taxes."
Water - or the periodic lack thereof - isn't the biggest threat to the San Joaquin Valley's economic vitality. It's air quality.
Steve Martarano is a hired gun for the Bay-Delta Office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 7 years old.
Delta smelt are thriving.
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