In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.
It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.
Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.
When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.
With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.
So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?
I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.
The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.
If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.
While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.
A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.
California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.
Summertime and the livin' is easy
Manteca voters in 160 days will elect a mayor and two council members.
Come out to the Petsmart in Manteca and find your new furry friend on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. because the Stockton Animal Shelter will be displaying adoptable dogs of all sizes, color, and breeds. If you've been looking for your purrrrfect snuggle buddy, now is your chance, plus this weekend ALL adoptions are free.
They're sleek. They're cutting edge. They're today.
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.