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.
PG&E used $183 million it was authorized to collect from ratepayers for the specific replacement of aging natural gas lines for "other operational needs or kept (it) for retained earnings."
Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Transparency requires clear communication.
Saving money is killing Californians - literally.
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget Field in Paris on May 21, 1927.
The caller was to the point: "Manteca is such a wonderful town but could you tell me why the drivers seem to be so rude?"
I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for my consumption of soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.
You live in Manteca's city limits so why should you worry about the financial health of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District?
So how can restoring the commercial Chinook salmon fishing threaten the future of South County almond farmers?
Manteca Unified Student Trust is a solid non-profit that's working for kids.
Touching a mom's heart on Mothers' Day with memories of her devotion to her children over the years is as easy using as pen and paper or a computer key board.
Manteca wasted hundreds of thousands of gallons needlessly during the recent storms
The Dec. 16 and 17 editions of the Manteca Bulletin were special to me for 45 reasons.
Hey there, Spirit, shadow of the year past or yet to come.
It is not a perfect world.
I'm a bachelor.
The traditional tangible Christmas card is alive and well.
Next month thousands of parents will unwittingly give the government the ability to snoop into their private lives.
Tech-savvy parents with a little bit too much money are forking out $29.99 to firms such as JibJab Media to allow their kids unlimited video chat time with an actor playing Santa.
Contrary to popular belief, Santa's helpers come in all shapes and sizes.
Remembrances of my Christmas past or home is where the hearts are:
Vinyl records are supposedly making a comeback of sorts.
Ashley Drain has been on the job for just over a week and she has already managed to essentially throw the entire Weston Ranch High staff underneath a steamroller.
You may disagree with Ben Cantu about a lot of things, but the four-time council candidate is right about one thing: The City of Manteca does neglect neighborhoods.
The parents are frustrated.
Editor's note: Phillip Bookman received the news that he has a cancerous malignant tumor on his bladder. He begins radiation this week. Sensing the inevitable, he wrote the following although noting there is probably a good chance of recovery.