A punk – and there is no other way to describe whoever did it – spray painted "SUR" on my garage door almost two weeks ago.
The Rev. Mark Rindels no longer shepherds the congregation at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church in Manteca where he was pastor for 17 years.
PG&E doesn't think South San Joaquin Irrigation District is playing fair.
California as a civilized state is a fluke.
It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.
PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.
People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.
How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?
A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.
Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.
In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?
Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.
The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.
If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.
The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.
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.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.