Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.
In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.
It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.
Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.
When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.
With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.
So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?
I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.
The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.
If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.
While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.
A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.
California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.
Summertime and the livin' is easy
Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.
Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?
Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.
Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.
There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.
It's the same old slam.
A few miles west of Tracy is the start of the 705-mile long intravenous tube that is draining the natural lifeblood of lands around the Delta and farther north.
Life is fleeting.
The early morning light shines through the glass, illuminating the stories and tails inside the Manteca Animal Shelter.
Smash an anthill, and ants will start scattering. Not only will they plague other areas of your yard where they weren't before but nine times out of ten they will eventually return and rebuild the anthill.
Tacos for a good cause! The Tactical Tacos fundraiser is being held on Friday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Manteca and Ripon Tactical Officers Association at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 6 until 11 p.m. For $30 you'll get tacos, two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes. Plus you can win a firearm or tactical gear in a raffle!
Smoke hung over Yosemite Valley Sunday.
The zombies are back.
Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
The good old days.