As usual, I scrambled at the last minute for Christmas shopping.
Two of Great Wolf Resorts' water parks are underwater.
Manteca is a divided city.
It's more than just an acorn.
There is something deliciously ironic about the first operable segment of high speed rail in California being between Fresno and Bakersfield.
Christmas memories flavor our yuletide seasons for years to come. It was my hope to touch on the happier side of life no matter how simple it might have been at the time. The fact that some things of a positive nature can stay with us and be passed on to our children and often from generation to generation is a gift in itself.
Santa is a rank amateur when it comes to keeping tabs on you.
Allowing a tidal wave of discontent over "local" access to a 70,000-square-foot indoor water park capsize the proposed Great Wolf Resort wouldn't make any sense if the economic numbers really do work for Manteca.
I hurried outside into the parking lot of the Manteca Bulletin as I took a quick break from work. The time was 1:37 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
Great Wolf Resorts could - if the numbers work out - become the Mother Lode of all Manteca Redevelopment Agency endeavors.
Do not - I repeat - do not go hunting for a Christmas tree with someone who is pursuing a double major in engineering and architecture.
I was laying flat on my face inches from a 1,500 foot vertical drop along a ledge on the back side of the final leg of the trail up Mt. Whitney.
The ticking time bomb known as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta poses a serious threat to the economic future of California, the ability to feed much of this nation, and to preserve a key Pacific Coast estuary for both fowl and fish.
Sadie Cabral was a classy lady who loved making people smile.
Justice is bittersweet.
Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.
What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?
I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).
There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.
If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.
Just how thin is the thin blue line?
While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.
Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.