It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.
PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.
People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.
How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?
A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station. It was part of our grand move, with the job at hand to toss away over 10 years of memories at the San Joaquin County solid waste facility. Of course, I'd prefer to call it junk that's accumulated over the years. Josh, who is nearly 14, started reminiscing about the old toys that we had stored in the garage. Included were some ...
Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.
In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point ...
Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.
The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.
If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.
The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.
Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities. It gets no respect. Well, maybe a little bit more respect than Bakersfield, but that's about it. Then there's Modesto. It's W.C. Field's kind of place according to "Men's Health" magazine that a few years back dubbed the place just south of Salida as the most out-of-shape city in the United States. And we're stuck in the middle in a place that translates into English as Lard. ...
If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.
Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends. A native Californian, she currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her three grown children, working as sales representative in cosmetics with her vast territory consisting of a good portion of Texas and Oklahoma. But thanks to Facebook, Cara was able to touch base with a handful of her college friends from Fresno State including yours truly about ...
It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for ...
Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.
We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.
How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.
Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.
School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.
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