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.
It is a common lament: Why is Manteca allowing new home construction when there are so many foreclosures?
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.
Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.
Manteca wasted hundreds of thousands of gallons needlessly during the recent storms
The Dec. 16 and 17 editions of the Manteca Bulletin were special to me for 45 reasons.
Hey there, Spirit, shadow of the year past or yet to come.
It is not a perfect world.
I'm a bachelor.
The traditional tangible Christmas card is alive and well.
Next month thousands of parents will unwittingly give the government the ability to snoop into their private lives.