I was smiling when Arnita Montiel spoke before the Lathrop City Council last week urging them to honor the accomplishments of Lathrop's very own, Scott Brooks, the former pro basketball player whose latest accolade is being named 2010 NBA Coach of the Year.
Taxpayers too often are considered clueless cattle even by those who claim they are looking out for their best interests.
California has a $19 billion deficit. The state's water plan for the next 20 years is non-existent. Education from kindergarten to the University of California is in crisis mode.
Cruising – once a rite of passage for Central Valley youth – is now largely a thing of the past.
The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.
It's been more than two years since I checked out a book at the Manteca Branch Library.
Some place along the line we've gotten the impression that police double as private security guards.
The late Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for over 75 years.
Should those children who are born here to parents illegally in the United States have birthright to American citizenship?
Arizona is being slammed for usurping federal authority and over-exaggerating crime committed by legal immigrants.
You'll notice no one is talking about the 900-pound gorilla in the room with just 96 days to go to the Manteca municipal election.
It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.
There are a number of businesses fleeing California.
It pays to be "homeless" in Manteca – because Mantecans have heart. One young couple is proving that notion as shoppers are repeatedly touched with their imagined plight.
At first glance the DREAM Act stalled on Capitol Hill looks like a nightmare for those who believe America is being turned over to illegal immigrants.
Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.
If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It's as simple as that.
It's easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end.
Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca's long-term health.
Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.
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.
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.