Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.
It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.
Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.
If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?
There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.
I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.
How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?
Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.
Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.
It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.
I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.
It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.
Would you entrust the folks who can't balance a budget, won't make the hard decisions to cut expenses by whittling down bloated bureaucracies, and steal from cities and counties to cover up their own fiscal irresponsibility to take over your health insurance?
Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher.
Remember the Summer of Love?
There is an erroneous assumption that many make that you have to be an educator or have children in school to serve on the school board.
Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders want burger flippers to be paid $15 an hour.
Welcome to the Manteca Unified casino.
"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.