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.
The business climate is bad in California.
I always love getting calls from people who live on the East Coast or Midwest this time of year.
I'm not a huge fan of hunting.
Sylvia Siegel was an amazing woman.
It was the ultimate defining moment for the out-of-control culture of entitlement.
Ben Cantu - who finished second in the Manteca mayor's race last month - sounded like a broken record at times during the campaign when he harped on the city's "inability" to adopt a plan and stick to it.
Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,
I'm losing it.
Remember the Pet Rock?
There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.
It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.
Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.
Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.
Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name
Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."
"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding
Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.
There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.
Death and taxes.