For the majority of presentations I conduct, I administer an on-line anonymous survey to get a better feel for what's going on inside the organization. Question number one is, "On a typical day, how would you rate your attitude?"
Philip Morris is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to product development.
Manteca - at least for the past 30 years if not longer - has always under spent surrounding jurisdictions and similar-sized cities when it comes to what residents pay per capita for fire services.
I am at a loss to understand why any person in their right mind - gee, that thing might be a clue - would ever agree to go on the Jerry Springer Show and similar boob tube genre.
Make no doubt about it. High speed rail is sexy.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
I'm all for legalizing drugs - with just a couple of conditions.
If you're reading this, you didn't make the cut.
Robert "Budge" Brown didn't simply leave his mark on Manteca.
I am a perfect-o-holic.
"There just isn't any money." - Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters.
Three of those 15 full-time Manteca firefighters rushing to battle a house fire in north Manteca Wednesday had been given layoff notices just hours before. It didn't make a difference to them knowing they had a job to do and they did it while off duty and responding from home.
It is perhaps the most dishonest line in the entire California budget debate: It will only cost a typical family $80 a year to keep tax extensions in place to save the schools, public safety, parks, and anything else you might happen to care about that Sacramento touches.
It's pomp and circumstance time again.
I received the phone call just before midnight on Sunday while at work. It was my brother in the Bay Area. The ambulance just left my parents' house; Dad was being taken to Washington Hospital.
It's only fitting to start your diatribe about how racist the school system is by making a racist statement of your own.
Connect the dots.
Perhaps you don't like the new medians on Louise Avenue.
I ran for the school board back in the 1990s. My claim to fame was an endorsement from the Stockton Record (the Bulletin does not endorse for local races) and I thought I stood a decent chance. I am not wrong often, but boy did I misjudge that one.
Folks who make their living tossing theories abound about human behavior generally define Millennials as those born between the 1980s and 2000s. Some define Millennials by those who were in their formative years or reached adulthood at the dawn of the 21st century.
Get your dance shoes ready, because the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the first middle-school dance of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Golden West Community Gym! All sixth through eighth graders are invited to dance and have fun with their friends. Bring your school I.D. (or other proof of school attendance), $5 for admission and don't forget about the school dress code! For more info click here:
Rain and snow when it does fall can sometimes inflict painful misery on parts of Manteca and Lathrop.
The chickens have come home to roost.
Out of sight and out of mind.
Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on cat's feet.
St. Anthony's School is holding its 6th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., with dinner beginning at 7. Wine & cheese tasting is from 6 to 7 followed by marinated crab, pasta, salad, bread, music and dancing. You may purchase tickets in the school office for $50 per person. This is an adult-only event and you must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, please call the school at 209.823.4513.
Got an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning smoker or a pizza oven?
There is a fundamental flaw in the Manteca Unified School District's Going Digital undertaking.
It's really a simple equation when you boil it all down.