It was a defining moment.
Here's a prediction for 2009.
As a long-time sports fan, New Year Day 2009 wasn't necessarily about football.
"Can you imagine going to work every day and doing something you love and getting paid for it?"
Christmas is all about little things becoming great. A diminutive elf of unknown origins comes in the stillness of night, bringing joy to children throughout the world. A rejected reindeer becomes his brothers' guide. Kids steal the spotlight, while dutiful parents burn the midnight oil to get the stockings hung and presents all in place. And, for the fortunate, snow falls. Christmas grows white as tiny crystalline snowflakes cling together, descending silently like feathers from heaven's angels, blowing in by the billions from the far corners of winter and blanketing the barren earth.
Increased education requirements + no money = how California does business.
Who are the most clueless people in the world?
This has been a good year for most of us.
CHP h8n on the txt msgs. It used 2 b ez to snd em - now u have 2 look n ur mirro all day. Im good @ driving & txting - but now u'll get a tix and have 2 pay. Don't b that guy - lol. Oh no, gtg. Im getting pulled ovr.
It was about two years ago to the day when we spent the holidays visiting family on the East Coast.
The sum of $8.75 million doesn't really seem like all that much money if you think about it.
Lathrop is a city that loves a party. The social gathering kind, not the political-faction type.
How stupid do they think we are?
This will be a New Year like no other for the Dhaliwal family of Lathrop.
There are some things you should never admit to doing.
A band of grass roots marchers hoping for major political financial reform walked into Ripon and Manteca over the weekend in memory of the late Cesar Chavez' effort years ago that sought a better life for his beleaguered farm workers in the Central Valley.
Want to see how cost effective local government can be?
OMG do u believe this?
Scott Johnson has the worst handicap of all.
Manteca doesn't need $10 an hour jobs.
Some years ago, I wrote a column on Father's Day that was well received by quite a few fathers I know. Following is a rewrite with a few changes for this year.
Did you miss your prom in the past? You have a chance to re-live the night. The 7th annual Teen-Adult-Senior prom conducted by the Manteca Youth Advisory Committee is Friday, June 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and induces dinner, beverages, and souvenir photo. For more information call Manteca Parks & Recreation at 209.456.8600.
Why are we always so impatient?
It's still happening – and this time it's taking place in our own backyard. Predatory American Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits are being filed against small business owners across Manteca. Twenty-one businesses have already been hit, all by Sacramento-area attorney Scott Johnson who has over 3,000 such lawsuits pending throughout California.
Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.
The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.
Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.
It was 12:45 a.m. on New Year's Eve (day, technically) and I was standing outside of a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with no cell phone, no wallet, no ID and five crinkled $1 bills in my pocket.
Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho,