While dining last week at a nearby fast-food restaurant, I couldn't help but notice a homeless man approaching the self-service fountain drink counter.
Manteca has 12 less police officers today than it did 40 days ago.
There are a number of "city slickers" and tekkies who are convinced farmers are so 19th century when it comes to thinking and being stewards of the earth.
Why am I digging into my pockets to donate to next week's Boys & Girls Club Telethon?
I had a chance to be the guy behind the news camera.
A letter to the editor was posted in the Manteca Bulletin on Nov. 14 regarding the downtown area and whether there is a "clear vision" for its future.
Back in the mid-1960s a government study determined the artificial sweetener known as cyclamates can cause cancer.
California is in a world of hurt. We have overextended government to the point we can no longer afford it.
I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.
SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling.
The devil, they say, is in the details.
Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.
There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.
How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?
It is Ripon's Frontage Road to nowhere. It runs under the Wilma Avenue overpass and ends abruptly at the Ripon Christian High campus.
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.
Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don't get it.
It isn't unusual for a typical commuter from the Northern San Joaquin Valley to the Silicon Valley to travel 700 miles a week.
There was no denying Ashley Drain's excitement. The smile never left her face the whole time – before, during, and after the moment she was sworn in as one of the two newest members of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees at the panel's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.
Folks who can only afford $500,000 homes are riffraff.
The right to demonstrate.
It wouldn't be Christmas without it! Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is presenting its annual drive-thru Living Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1050 S. Union Road.
CHARMING – Unless you're a true sociopath, it's almost impossible to look at yourself in the mirror when you know that the things you're doing are wrong.