It's been quite a while since I set foot in the annual Manteca Street Fair downtown. Come to think of it, I think that was the Pumpkin Fair that I attended. I remember that because that's the year I went and took pictures of the Cow-munity mural in the parking lot of the then-Kentucky Fried Chicken, now the Athens Burgers. One of the pictures I took that day appears in the Best of Photography Annual 2009 of Photographer's Forum Magazine.
Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.
A caller back in November 2008 who identified herself as a Democrat informed me that I was biased since the Manteca Bulletin did not carry what she termed was "the historic" election of Barrack Obama as president on the front page.
Every day is a new adventure – not just for me but also for every member of my family – including my youngest son Tim who is a police officer in a city by the southern border.
The Progressives – led by liberal Republican Hiram Johnson – 99 years ago put in place the imitative process in California.
Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."
A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.
Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.
I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.
A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.
There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.
The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.
Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.
I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.
Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.
You don't want your son or daughter to meet William Walter Nichols.
The scariest day of the year has finally arrived - Election Day.
My mom was mom.
The advantage of working past midnight – if you want to call it that – is you become familiar with a Manteca few see.
Journey Church, 444 Argonaut St., Manteca is having a Trunk or Treat on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or whenever the candy runs out. Admission is free and costumes are OK. If it rains, it will move inside the church. Price: FREE
You notice in February that your smoke detector is malfunctioning.
In the face of computer technology rushing forward faster than lighting speed, it is refreshing to know that reports of the demise of public libraries are extremely exaggerated.
It's hard not to respect candidates for local elective office, especially in small communities like Manteca.
Ready for a flashback?
IONE – The premise itself was enough to send chills down my spine.
Panhandling has gone high tech.
Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.
Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?