The fate of Union Ranch School is in limbo. It is a victim – just one of many – of the mortgage meltdown and foreclosure tsunami whose life-changing path of fiscal devastation continues to ripple today.
Sunset tonight is 8:31 p.m. If this is your collection day for City of Manteca refuse service then your Toters legally can't be placed curbside until then. And once they're emptied you are required to take them off the street and put them away from public view during the same day the collection takes place. Bruce Lownsbery is well aware of this requirement. That's because he was paid a visit by the Manteca Toter cops ...
Jerry Brown was governor in 1978. He - along with the Democrat-controlled legislature - were adamant opponents of Proposition 13 to reform how property was assessed for taxation. In high growth areas such as San Jose, people were being forced out of their homes. Those homes' assessed value was based on comparable selling prices within roughly a two block area. If someone sold a house for an amount 10 times above what it was last ...
Spending much time with our six grandchildren is difficult because of where they are all located on the map – from Texas to San Diego and south of San Jose.
Lodi has Lodi Lake. Stockton has Oak Grove Park. Manteca could have a park element that takes it a step beyond both. And it could do so while striving to meet wetland goals and address future concerns about disposal of treated wastewater. As Manteca gears up in the coming year to devise a park master plan, serious thought needs to be given to the floodplain in southwest Manteca that has been designated as open space. ...
What opinion weighs more with the Manteca City Council: Those of neighborhoods or consultants?
A marriage for government's purpose is a contractual obligation. It takes two individuals and for all practical purposes merges them into one. Such a contract takes on legal and financial obligations. Certain rights are automatically conferred by the government in a contractual spousal situation. And just like when a corporation dissolves through bankruptcy, the government steps in and dictates how the contractual arrangement is undone and who receives what assets and assumes what liabilities. Even ...
I admit it. I'm obsessed with my weight. Nothing new there. I have never hid the fact I once tipped the scales at 320 pounds. But what I didn't realize was that a good number of folks seem to be obsessed with my weight as well. Back when I was a kid and weighed 160 pounds in the sixth grade, it was amazing the number of people who pointed out the obvious. Speaking from experience, ...
Cops do stick together! It was evident once again this week when officers from San Diego County to Ripon and Manteca got on the band wagon to make a difference for a 13-year-old Colorado teen who lost his complete collection of more than 100 police uniform shoulder patches to the Black Forest wildfire that also consumed his family's home. The loss came to my attention early Wednesday morning when I got a call at home ...
Young people are not stupid. Most are not flush with money. They also have different priorities than a 40-year-old. Those are three reasons why the deck of cards dubbed ObamaCare will likely end up making the financial outcome of the Enron business model seem fiscally prudent in comparison. Most young adults who are healthy aren't Wall Street brokers, genius code writers, or rock stars. They plod along putting in a hard day's work in blue ...
Is the epic struggle the South San Joaquin Irrigation District has undertaken to replace PG&E as the retail power supplier for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon worth it?
When I left the house this morning, my son was still in his PJs and our living room had been transformed into a Lego fun factory.
Get ready for the next surge. It's part of the $40 billion madness being collapsed into the immigration reform legislation to secure our southern border. How does procuring and deploying enough aircraft and equipment plus expanding agents from the existing 18,000 to 38,000 to put the Border Patrol on equal footing with the five branches of military service do anything to reform immigration? The proposed legislation should be called the full employment act for the ...
I have always admired them from a distance. A couple with a quiet demeanor; there was nothing in their movements or action that looked calculated to call attention to themselves.
The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven. There's freshness with every breath that is cool and sweet. Save for those finishing up delivery of newspapers and the initial trickle of commuters heading west in a race against the sun rising over John Muir's beloved Range of Light, the streets and country roads are devoid of traffic. It's the best time to jog past almond orchards, vineyards and open fields ...
I am not a Luddite.
I hate it when the conservatives are right.
Why is the future bright for Manteca?
Ronald Phillips fears needles.
Les Reile stood tall all his life with a passion for the underdog. Those touched by his smile, his endless stories and his love for all will keep his memory tucked safely in their hearts. Les was a man who was always thinking about what he could do for others, not what any of those he held close could do for him.
There were almost 4.5 million dog bites in the United States during 2012.
Daniel Baughman was a saint.
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.