The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.
Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.
I never had the pleasure of watching a movie in Manteca's grand dame of entertainment that was known as the El Rey Theatre.
Think about it: Manteca to San Jose in 50 minutes on a commute day.
There was a time when those in the valley believed the way out of the economic wilderness was high-tech.
My cell phone rang this past week with an excited call from a friend who manages the AAA office in Manteca. She was telling me that her company had just come out with a new community service for its customers – an immediate replacement of a car damaged in a traffic collision.
Jerry McNerney had just been recently elected to Congress in 2006.
Giving thanks for 30 days on Facebook in written meditation is the result of a peace officer looking for a silver lining every day.
Here's a new one in the never-ending battle over illegal immigration: There is now a fear the infamous Arizona law will prompt illegal immigrants and drug traffickers from Arizona to relocate to California.
The holidays officially kick off on Thursday.
• Lathrop Road is already a designated truck route.
Hiram Johnson - the reform minded governor from the early 20th century - would be disgusted with what the government oversight commission he helped create to keep corrupt railroads in line has morphed into.
Earthjustice is pressing the federal government to enforce its rules when it comes to clean air attainment for the San Joaquin Valley.
"God must really love poor people because, otherwise, he would not have made so many." - Fifteen words that Abraham Lincoln scholars contend the Great Emancipator never said but are attributed anyway by many to the 16th President of the United States
Cost recovery could quickly become the Pandora's Box of Manteca politics.
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.
Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.
Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.
So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?
The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.