"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters
Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.
Developers are playing with fire – literally.
Let's stop kidding ourselves.
Jury duty is a civic responsibility.
The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.
You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.
At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.
I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.
The state bureaucracy is bloated.
Oh, we were once young.
Now the real fun begins.
The four words I fear the most.
I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.
Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.
My father and my grandmother had a special relationship.
How much does a gallon of gas cost in taxes? Try 61.2 cents.
The Mexican government has slapped a 16 percent luxury tax on all processed dog food.
"Governors can't make rain."
Working as a barista, I have made it my goal to leave a positive impression if possible on every coffee-loving customer that comes my way in hopes of being a blessing to them. But recently the tables were turned and I found myself on the receiving end of blessing from one of my customers.
You might be a Mantecan if . . .
Are you jumping for joy yet?
The unexpected joys are sometimes the best at Christmas time as when I witnessed a unique sparkle that opened my eyes during a family dinner in San Diego – my niece expressing herself through her poetry.
I was born male.
I am not upset at Target.
Nagging is in. Big time.