It's been quite a while since I set foot in the annual Manteca Street Fair downtown. Come to think of it, I think that was the Pumpkin Fair that I attended. I remember that because that's the year I went and took pictures of the Cow-munity mural in the parking lot of the then-Kentucky Fried Chicken, now the Athens Burgers. One of the pictures I took that day appears in the Best of Photography Annual 2009 of Photographer's Forum Magazine.
Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.
A caller back in November 2008 who identified herself as a Democrat informed me that I was biased since the Manteca Bulletin did not carry what she termed was "the historic" election of Barrack Obama as president on the front page.
Every day is a new adventure – not just for me but also for every member of my family – including my youngest son Tim who is a police officer in a city by the southern border.
The Progressives – led by liberal Republican Hiram Johnson – 99 years ago put in place the imitative process in California.
Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."
A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.
Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.
I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.
A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.
There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.
The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.
Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.
I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.
Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.
There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?
Books are more powerful than computers.
California has diversity.
The Big Guy upstairs was pretty disgusted at what he saw going on in the Central Valley.
Is Manteca Unified guilty of grade inflation or is there something more sinister at work?
It was a radical idea at the time that caught some people off guard and left others scratching their heads.
Get ready for more trains.
Why do you need to be part of Manteca's homeless solution?
The unemployment rate in Manteca is 9.6 percent.
It is easier to become a lawyer than to get a green card.
TURLOCK – When I think of Billie Joel, I don't think of Turlock.
Like many cities whose heydays in bygone eras have been become victims of the caprices of changing times, Tracy has gone through its own growing-up pains. A lot of that is starkly evident in its downtown area.
My apologies to the late Huell Howser on my impressions of downtown Lodi having that "wow" factor.
We are told 28-year-old carpet kept together with duct tape is deteriorating the quality of classroom education in Manteca Unified.