Washington's much ballyhooed program aimed at helping struggling homeowners is highly successful in at least one aspect - it has given those not in financial trouble the ability to walk away from homes that are underwater without literally paying the price.
Call it the tale of two bars.
Tracy has a sports complex that they are making payments on.
It was a discovery that rattled the tenant and even surprised Manteca Police.
The San Joaquin Valley has a long love-hate relationship with railroads.
Imane Boudlal is a devout Muslim who happens to work as a restaurant hostess at the Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian hotel in Anaheim.
I'm amazed that my older brother Ron can even hear.
Aqua Spa & Pool went belly-up this past week.
The latest installment in "Government Gone Wild" - the ongoing epic California reality disaster show produced in Sacramento - has a new twist.
Union Pacific Railroad unleashed what critics are dubbing "the monster train" on unsuspecting Southern Californians earlier this year.
It was a heady time for Northern California.
Uncle Sam owns 45.3 percent of California's land mass.
Friday night football is the game at its purest form.
Next time you go to verbally beat up a teacher, take a deep breath.
They say if you don't like the weather in New England, just wait an hour or two.
It reduces identity theft.
Manteca Unified School District's much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district's upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.
California community colleges once were free when it came to class units.
My 21-year-old granddaughter is a realist.
Gas prices at the Sinclair station and Quick-Kleen Car Wash on East Yosemite Avenue at noon Friday matched the Manteca Costco for the lowest prices in town – a $2.27 a gallon.
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.