January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.
Managing a bust is perhaps more important than directing a boom.
I've paid for a new roof as well as a new fence that I stained by hand. I painted the outside and ripped out most of the inside carpet. I tore down an outbuilding and ripped out brick flower beds as well as two concrete pathways. I've ripped up four trees and the grass in the back yard and removed the grass and three trees in the front yard. I've planted seven trees and 128 shrubs so far.
The major banks – the real players in shaping America's housing market – should not be allowed to return to their old ways.
Envision Manteca with 80,000 residents and a central district that is thriving.
I remember once catching a glimpse of my father actually running.
Remember the name Frank Roesch.
It was a surreal scene.
Ten years ago the hottest ticket in Manteca was to the Party of the Century at Kelley Brothers.
It was only a pigeon – but it had heart.
What happens when modern technology hits a snag?
It's time to stop pontificating.
A few years back a church opened in the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue.
A couple deciding to make a lifetime commitment to each other is news in any community. Engagement announcements routinely grace the pages of the Manteca Bulletin as do those for births, weddings, and anniversaries.
For years, the folks of Weneedjobsville believed in Santanomics.
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.