Vehicle accidents - by far the most likely way a Manteca resident will get injured or suffer significant financial losses - were up 7.26 percent on city streets during the first six months of this year.
Marty Maldonado is replacing her captain's bars for those of a lieutenant as she steps down from the command of the Manteca Police Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) volunteer unit after seven years of leadership.
Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community resource officer so far of two authorized by the Manteca City Council to address persistent homeless problems has already had a significant impact after just 30 days.
As we were driving down Main Street Monday talking about things in general including people who commute to the Bay Area for bigger paychecks, Ashley turned to me and said the obvious, "Papa, the people who can afford the nice new houses here don't work in Manteca then?"
The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct to feed faucets in Los Angeles could one day be greatly diminished.
Senate Bill 5 - Sacramento's knee jerk reaction to the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans - is supposed to save us all from an epic flood event that has a 1 in 200 chance of happening in any given year.