If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.
I was in a hurry to take a shower and get to a Roseville City Council meeting.
A music teacher for three generations, Ripon's Terry Messick is voicing concern about the lack of music classes especially in the public elementary schools – and she's trying to make a difference.
The guy was a bit shy at first.
"You can't rely on volunteers."
pedestrian • n. 1. A person risking their lives in Manteca. 2. An inconvenient road obstacle for Manteca drivers. 3. People you flip off after almost hitting them in crosswalks.
I'm often reminded that I'm in a profession noted for its jaded view of life and the world in general. I admit I put on that armor suit on a number of occasions in the performance of my job in the interest of holding on to my belief that all human beings are basically good at heart.
Are some homeless becoming too aggressive?
Manteca's woefully inadequate animal shelter is finally being addressed.
You want to see something that is completely without class?
Am I missing something?
It was a smile as big as you'd ever see on a kid's face.
I was feeling lousy, running a slight fever and was congested when I woke up Tuesday.
Honey Crisp. Gala. Fuji. Pink Lady. Jazz. Butterfly. Granny Smith.
For years, there were those who contended the event in Manteca in 1989 that had the longest lasting impact was the controversial split City Council decision to say no to Yellow Freight. The freight firm wanted to convert residential land near what is today Woodward Park into a massive freight terminal.
Roem Baur had it all on Tuesday night.
Stockton Police are alleging Manteca Unified School District board member Sam Fant is a person of interest in an Internet café gambling operation.
Water is water, right?
There is no delicate way to put this. The folks who run the City of Manteca day-to-day are out of touch with the people they serve.
"People have a right to privacy."
What are you doing this weekend?
I plan on fighting crime Saturday night.
People, they say, get the government they ask for.
Manteca's municipal staff - based on the reality of budget cuts not to mention the City Council's own narrative - is doing a Herculean job of keeping things going.
A group of moms are demanding changes in their central east Manteca neighborhood after what happened to 11-year-old Hunter Davis and his sibling. They want it cleaned up and they are looking to the Manteca Police and City of Manteca to make that happen.
Too bad satirist Jonathan Swift isn't alive today and on the Manteca City Council.
Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? After all, the brutal beating and humiliation of a Black woman was recently caught on video and disseminated widely for all to see, yet there is no outcry from the usual suspects who incite racial divide at every given opportunity.
It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.
Manteca Unified has a big problem.