The San Fernando Valley. The Inland Empire. San Jose. The East Bay. These four major regions in California share two things in common - classic modern-day California-style urban sprawl and a crushing host of problems associated with letting cars and not livability dictate development patterns. The Northern San Joaquin Valley - San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties - is expected to be the high growth region of the next 20-plus years in California. Let's not ...
Ambrosia apples are without a doubt the best tasting apples I've ever had. They have a honey-like taste and are crisp as they are firm like a red apple. They don't come cheap. At $2.99 a pound, my weekly habit of at an Ambrosia a day costs $10.94 or about a tenth of my weekly food bill. The supermarket produce guys take super care handling apples. They understand why they come packed layered between cardboard ...
Manteca may be at the epicenter of the foreclosure meltdown triggered by liar loans and fueled by greed, but we're still enjoying the good life.
The elaborately detailed writing on the envelope that arrived at my parent's house addressed to me had me baffled at first.
The story in Wednesday's Manteca Bulletin about a fight at a weekend party, which reportedly involved an off-duty Manteca police officer and his high-school-senior son, ended with the following paragraph:
Those slamming two of the current council members - Mayor Willie Weatherford and John Harris - for the lack of a dog park in Manteca are barking up the wrong tree.
It's time to protect the franchise. The Manteca Unified School District board tonight will receive a list of Level II cut recommendations from the 100-member budget reduction committee they formed featuring a cross-section of teachers, classified employees and administrators. The goal is to cover a $14 million deficit projected for next school year. If the board bites the bullet and adopts the Level II cuts as a package, it'll leave a $630,000 hole that must ...
I was feeling a bit nostalgic today upon catching a re-airing of the 1989 American League Championship Series featuring the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on little cat's feet.
Folks up in Sacramento should take a tip or two from the Manteca Unified School District. Instead of playing games with numbers, Manteca Unified has gone through a gut-wrenching self-examination to determine what is expendable and what isn't expandable given the reality of a $14 million budget shortfall. They're not making arbitrary decisions to waving empty phrases around such as "cutting salaries by 10 percent". The school board formed a 100-member budget reduction committee that ...
I admit upfront that I have a deep bias when it comes to police. During jury selections, I always respond that I think the police are probably right 90 percent of the time, 9 percent of the time there may be a gray area and the last percent they may have made a wrong call. Police officers are human just like everyone else. But when it comes to the procedures they follow while making an ...
It was a defining moment. I was 31. I had lost 125 pounds. I had been bicycling every day for three months. I was on top of the world. Then it happened. I was going up a fairly moderate climb in the Loomis Basin on my racing bicycle complete with cleats and bicycling gear. Then I heard the noise. Someone was behind me. I tried to pick up the pace. He was still gaining. Then ...
Here's a prediction for 2009. The $40,420 the Manteca Redevelopment Agency is spending on trying to get a consensus in downtown to form a district where business and property owners agree to tax themselves for the common good is going to go nowhere. The facilitator being hired for the bucks - Kristin Lowell - has about as much a chance of succeeding as Neville Chamberlain's efforts to stop World War II. The downtown squabbling in ...
As a long-time sports fan, New Year Day 2009 wasn't necessarily about football. Even though pitchers and catchers are a few months away from reporting to their respective spring training camps in Florida and Arizona, Major League Baseball was tuned into my DirectTV household. The MLB Network officially kicked off, bringing Hot Stove - a studio show dealing exclusively with off-seasons trades, free agent signings and player movement rumors - all-time great games not to ...
"Can you imagine going to work every day and doing something you love and getting paid for it?"
Sacramento has Sleep Train Arena.
Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.
San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.
We have come a long way since Flight 90.
•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.
The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.
Why are insurance rates so high?
Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.
Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.
We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.
How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.
Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.
School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.
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