As much as I don't like the idea of Uncle Sam nationalizing General Motors regardless for how short of a time period it might end up being, it is tough to argue against the move.
It did in Vallejo. It could also do major damage to Manteca. The culprit? The high cost of public safety. Or, more precisely, the high cost of public safety retirement. Manteca spends 57.84 cents out of every dollar in the general fund on police and fire services including retirement benefits. That is about normal for California cities that typically range from 50 to 63 cents. Vallejo though is in excess of 80 cents ...
Too bad Gary Coleman wasn't governor. He'd have California's cash flow problem covered in just five minutes by calling CashCall.com. So what if the annual percentage rate on the payback is 99.25 percent? It obviously didn't bother the California Legislature when they have repeatedly refused efforts to impose tighter regulations on as predatory lenders who prey on the poor. Coleman – who finished eighth out of a field of 135 candidates in the infamous recall ...
A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaiting those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road may soon be off limits.
My senior year at Lincoln High in Lincoln in Placer County in 1974 there were 720 students in the school.
Get ready for the return of Proposition 8. The California Supreme Court decision was barely out Tuesday when Equality California indicated the move was on to repeal Proposition 8 in the 2010 election. Equality California – which bills itself as "the largest statewide lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization" in the state – actually sent out e-mails outlining the debate between returning in 2010 and 2012 but indicated it is leaning heavily toward 2010. A ...
Come this time of year, I'm usually bombarded by the traditional tune played at graduations and promotional ceremonies, "Pomp and Circumstance."
You've got to love sin taxes. They allow politicians to make "bold moves" by cutting the weak politically from the herd of taxpayers and then slowly bleeding them to death for their sins. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has sharpened his hunting skills targeting weak victims to a high art. Smokers - who the state can ill afford to have them kick the habit due to how much they are taxing them per pack – ...
Good times are coming to Manteca. And we owe it all to the collapse of the housing market. That may sound completely nuts with Manteca unemployment at 13.8 percent while schools are being rocked with funding cuts and declines in sales and property taxes are delivering a one-two punch to the city. Good times, though, are coming. It won't be the go-go days of the 1990s and early part of this decade. Instead, it is ...
Gavin Newsom wants to be our next governor. If you think he's the man to help pull California out of the bottomless pit of debt Sacramento has managed to create, guess again. The mayor of San Francisco is boldly taking government to where even the now-defunct central Planning Committees of the old Soviet Union dared not go. Newsom on Thursday celebrated the success of spending $500,000 in city money as enticements for people to improve ...
A crisis, they say, brings out the best in people. True leaders rise to the occasion. Dark times call for bold and decisive moves.
It's time San Joaquin County stopped lusting for Bay Area paychecks and dropped the same-old, same-old planning for growth that produced predictable template-style policies and zoning.
Sweating is highly underrated. It sounds crazy, but to understand it you have to be a real valley boy. Going for a four-mile jog at 1 o'clock in the 100-degree heat Sunday I worked up a decent sweat. It wasn't until I got home, though, and pulled up a patio chair underneath the crab apple tree and just let it drip that I remembered what I like so much about Central Valley summers. There is ...
We bellyache a lot. But when you come down to it how bad do we really have it? Actually, this is a pretty good life most of us are leading even with job losses, a retraction of government services, large class sizes on the way and just about any economic malady you want to cite. Am I crazy? No, just thankful. Even if we're living on the proverbial edge today it's a much better place ...
President Obama's planned commencement address today at Notre Dame has re-opened wounds still festering since last November's presidential elections. There, the Catholic Church split in half (that is, with 70% of registered Catholics voting, 45% chose McCain, 54% voted for Obama.)
Last year when I made my annual pilgrimage to my mom's house to watch the New Year's college bowl festival at her neighbor's house, I told her that for the first time in recent memory I was not counting down the days until the calendar could be turned to start a new year because I was anxious to shed myself of the last one. I told her that for once, things had not been too bad and life was all right.
Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.
Get ready for PG&E rate hike Armageddon.
Clean air, or perhaps more precisely, environmental perfection is the killer of blue collar head-of-household jobs in the San Joaquin Valley.
Joann Jamerson asked a simple question: Why do I buy a $75 ticket each year to the Manteca Soroptimists' Holiday Affair if I rarely go?
Manteca has sealed the fate of Austin Road residents north of Highway 99.
The man was fast asleep.
Looking for fall foliage?
Here are two questions to ponder:
I saw the kid walking down the sidewalk out of the corner of my eye as I was raking leaves. He was perhaps 9 or 10 years old.
Lo Angeles, in its present form, should not exist.
I am not a Luddite.
I hate it when the conservatives are right.