"Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." - Republican governor hopeful Meg Whitman's remarks to the San Jose Mercury News
On Tuesday afternoon a young lady stopped by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office.
Arriving at his dorm recently after coming home for the weekend, my son found himself in a bind. He forgot his text books at home. At first, he asked if we could mail them to him at the university. But he soon found a convenient and inexpensive solution to his dilemma.
It is amazing how our tolerance of the homeless and their "victimless" criminal acts increases significantly the farther we are from them.
Say what you want about Jerry Brown, but when Proposition 13 passed in 1978 he did what he was supposed to do as governor - he did his best to implement it.
Is California going bankrupt?
Roger Brooks stopped by Manteca three years ago.
Who do you trust - PG&E or the government?
This is an apology.
I was taking pictures of congressional candidate David Harmer and taking down notes of his speech at the same time when I noticed something happening behind him.
You can disagree with Frank Aquila's politics but you can't dispute one fact – the South San Joaquin County Republicans that he founded is a true grassroots organization.
Covering the search for the home burglar proved once again that women officers prove their worth more often than not. School resource officer April Smith was part of the human perimeter that had been set up around a corn field south of the Del Webb community.
The editorial the Manteca Bulletin ran two weeks ago on my brother and I in regard to South San Joaquin Irrigation District's proposed takeover from PG&E gave me cause for great concern. To even imply that I might share the same position as my brother simply because we share the same blood is irresponsible. Nor was I asked about my position before the editorial ran.
Patrick Johnston is a man who doesn't easily give into anger.
The debate about whether city hall should be moved lock, stock, and barrel to downtown is a bit silly.
How real is the drought?
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.