California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.
America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game. It's played to the hilt by the Greek Choruses out there who tell us the economy is collapsing, schools are in the toilet, we're about to have a secular repeat of 40 days and 40 nights via global warming, criminals are taking over, and whatever the current crisis du jour. We verbally debate, write, Twitter, and blog our anger finding ironic solace in assessing ...
Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.
Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.
How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?
Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.
If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.
I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.
"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades
Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.
The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out. Nor can the folks, who make sure your wastewater is treated properly, nor the people who keep clean water flowing through your taps, and not even the men who groom the greens at the Manteca Golf Course. They are all being asked to take pay cuts to help the City of Manteca deal with its deficit. Share the pain, as it were. There's just ...
Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.
The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.
That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes. We were trading war stories, as it were, about the Manteca Bulletin and various organizations we had been involved in together through the years. She started laughing. And once Jowell Griggs started laughing, you coudn't help but laugh too. It was a classic Jowell moment. She was enjoying life, friends, and talking about her four most cherished things – her husband Leo, daughter Alexis, and sons Andrew ...
The professor was indignant. "The state should be ashamed of themselves," she told the TV news crew. "They need to find some other way to make cuts." Another University of California employee – a custodian – got students who were worked up about tuition topping $10,000 a year and staff being cut to let out loud whoops of approval when she said the university had the "audacity" to lay off a quarter of the people ...
There were almost 4.5 million dog bites in the United States during 2012.
Daniel Baughman was a saint.
Sacramento has Sleep Train Arena.
Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.
San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.
We have come a long way since Flight 90.
•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.
The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.
Why are insurance rates so high?
Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.
Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.
We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.
How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.
Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.