So what was the verdict on Tuesday as far as Manteca politics is concerned?
He's been demonized by some, vilified by a few, and marginalized by others.
No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.
This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.
Californians are amazing.
Americans never used to whine.
The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.
Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.
Every boy dreams of baseball glory.
Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.
Dumping on government is in vogue.
Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.
I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.
Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.
Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.
I had reached the tipping point.
It doesn't take a high-paid consultant to tell you where the next community park is going in Manteca so why bother with a park master plan?
Do you want a killer on the streets?
Early February in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.
Ready for the ultimate fish fry?
It's only fitting to start your diatribe about how racist the school system is by making a racist statement of your own.
Connect the dots.
Perhaps you don't like the new medians on Louise Avenue.
I ran for the school board back in the 1990s. My claim to fame was an endorsement from the Stockton Record (the Bulletin does not endorse for local races) and I thought I stood a decent chance. I am not wrong often, but boy did I misjudge that one.
Folks who make their living tossing theories abound about human behavior generally define Millennials as those born between the 1980s and 2000s. Some define Millennials by those who were in their formative years or reached adulthood at the dawn of the 21st century.
Get your dance shoes ready, because the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the first middle-school dance of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Golden West Community Gym! All sixth through eighth graders are invited to dance and have fun with their friends. Bring your school I.D. (or other proof of school attendance), $5 for admission and don't forget about the school dress code! For more info click here:
Rain and snow when it does fall can sometimes inflict painful misery on parts of Manteca and Lathrop.
The chickens have come home to roost.
Out of sight and out of mind.