No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.
This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.
Californians are amazing.
Americans never used to whine.
The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.
Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.
Every boy dreams of baseball glory.
Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.
Dumping on government is in vogue.
Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.
I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.
Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.
Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.
Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.
If you have driven by Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road at night or during the day, chances are you have noticed something.
The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is likely to vote to increase future apartment rents, make it more difficult for young people entering the workforce to rent let alone buy a home in Manteca, and widen the housing gap between the haves and have nots.
Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.
The Pregnancy Help Center's annual crab feed is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Manteca Senior Center. The evening will begin with wine and cheese tasting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and feature silent, live and dessert auctions. Dinner will begin at 6:30. The menu includes salad, pesto and marinara pasta, bread and of course, marinated crab. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.omgpregnant.org. For more information, please call 209.640.2171.
I became a Manteca resident 24 years ago this week.
They call it the green room.
There are 23,000 students in Manteca Unified.
She was a young lady, perhaps in her 20s.
Bert Fuller was fuming.
Manteca, I love thee for . . .
Manteca's future is much too important to leave in the hands of engineers and textbook planners.
Maddy Hudson already earned her ticket to Hollywood.
Joanne Jamerson is a vibrant, engaging, caring, thoughtful, classy, and wise lady.
I had reached the tipping point.
It doesn't take a high-paid consultant to tell you where the next community park is going in Manteca so why bother with a park master plan?
Do you want a killer on the streets?