Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.
It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.
Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.
If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?
There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.
I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.
How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?
Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.
Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.
It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.
I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.
It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.
Would you entrust the folks who can't balance a budget, won't make the hard decisions to cut expenses by whittling down bloated bureaucracies, and steal from cities and counties to cover up their own fiscal irresponsibility to take over your health insurance?
Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher.
The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.
Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.
I get it now.
Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?
What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?
Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.
They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.
McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.
Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.
It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.
All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.
Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.
Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.
The young mom was elated.
College professors often think out loud.