The caller was polite enough.
It is easy to get teary eyed about the homeless especially given the 16 percent unemployment rate in Manteca. In the back of our minds we probably think that it could easily be us living on the streets
Want an upside to the current state budget crisis?
Knock or slap?
"If you don't pay the people enough money, they can't buy cars." - Henry Ford
Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.
It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.
Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?
Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.
Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.
Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?
The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.
Washington's much ballyhooed program aimed at helping struggling homeowners is highly successful in at least one aspect - it has given those not in financial trouble the ability to walk away from homes that are underwater without literally paying the price.
Call it the tale of two bars.
Tracy has a sports complex that they are making payments on.
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.
Cleaning my stove is a snap.
What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?
Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.
If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.
Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?