It's night time. Suddenly, you hear loud pounding coming from the home next door that you are renovating for your father-in-law. Your wife calls 9-1-1 while you go to investigate. You find four neighborhood boys ages 8 to 10 going to town on the walls with hammers. Besides the holes in the walls you see broken windows and graffiti demeaning to women spread on the walls. You grab a hammer from one, threaten to harm ...
Do you drive a black car? How about one with a metallic paint job? About 40 percent of Californians drive either black or metallic color cars. Who cares, you ask? Sacramento does. Four years ago the air quality folks floated a regulation that would have banned black and metallic exterior car colors and mandated "cool" colors for cars. The rationale was simple: Darker colors heat up the interior more so therefore they lead to more ...
I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.
The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job. Superlatives can't describe the 24-year struggle they have endured to bring River Islands at Lathrop from conception to the point hammers will fill the air on Stewart Tract this fall when construction starts on the first of 11,000 homes. Large earth movers are now grading the site of the first 500 homes on the 4,800- acre tract that once grew watermelons and ...
Why are we free? The answer isn't because of 237-year-old pieces of paper at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Those words are meaningless unless they are secured. The real reasons we are free are the 850,000 men and women who have fallen in combat to assure that there are meaning to those words. We should never forget the fallen - no matter how many years ago - who gave their lives so we ...
So you have no problem with government data mining. Just be careful what you do. Don't use a credit card to rent a Ryder or U-Haul truck. Don't use a store card that can track your purchases, especially if you are buying a lot of fertilizer for a big garden project. Avoid buying any book on line or in a brick-and-mortar store – unless you pay cash – that criticizes the government-corporate establishment. If you ...
Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month? In a vote that received inconsequential coverage compared to the massive political aftershocks it could trigger, the California Assembly voted 37 to 24 to reject a ban on oil and natural gas hydraulic fracking. A dozen Democrats joined 25 Republicans in essentially handing the Sierra Club something it isn't used to in Sacramento - a defeat. And to show that the next Peripheral Canal-style issue that ...
Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.
MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father. Eh. It doesn't quite have the same ring as the quintessential movie line that became one of the most recognizable of the 20th century and arguably one of the pioneering moments of American cinema. But when Miguel Terriquez climbed out of his 1970 Impala Friday night in the parking lot of Modesto's Pep Boys to meet up with a group of friends, his son – who also had ...
"There is no such thing as an unsafe road." Those are the words of a Caltrans engineer following a 1973 church bus crash that killed three teens on a hairpin curve on Highway 193 in Placer County after it slammed into a row of palm trees. Those who lived along the curvy highway in the Sierra foothills had been arguing to get the state to straighten out 10 miles of roadway which would require wholesale ...
Finally, the heat is on. I never really learned to appreciate 100-degree plus Central Valley days until I spent a week in the Midwest in June. When I boarded a plane in Sacramento for Champaign-Urbana I was dressed in OP shorts and a polo shirt. It was a pleasant 101 degrees with 20 percent humidity. I wasn't even sweating. It was a different story when I reached Illinois. Walking from the Piedmont Airlines jet to ...
Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.
The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.
"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel
Shaun T. - one of the late night gurus of exercise DVDs - wants you to send him three monthly payments of $39.95 to take advantage of his Insanity Workouts.
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.
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.