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.
Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
This may come as a shock to those who are convinced that all of Manteca's 500 documented gang members are Hispanic.
I walked through the front doors of Red Robin Thursday afternoon and had to pinch myself.
Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.
I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.
Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.
"Treat aliens living among you as native born." - Leviticus 19:33.34
"It's so hot outside you could fry and egg on the sidewalk."
The question shouldn't even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who resigned shortly after having felony charges filed against him for election fraud or should they call for a special election?
The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.
I don't know if Steve DeBrum got all the facts before he became mayor.
Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?
Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?
The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston Ranch High students without going through a background check.
Doing the right thing.
It was a silly thought.
The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or blue.
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm
What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?
There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.