"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time
The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.
On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.
About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.
A tip is a gratuity, right?
You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.
Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.
Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:
Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?
It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.
Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?
Most of life is done by rote.
Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.
Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?
Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?
Manteca's destiny is sealed but its fate isn't.
Ben Cantu's proposal during his unsuccessful 2014 campaign for the Manteca City Council to convert the Manteca Golf Course into a low-key community park ...
I feel so much safer knowing that California will soon be doing background checks on those who buy ammunition.
Although I hated nearly every minute of my time in the Army, it gave me an education on life that I could never receive anywhere ...
Digesters - a critical process of the wastewater treatment plant that currently serves nearly 90,000 people in Manteca and Lathrop - aren't exactly glamorous.
Daryll Quaresma, a third-generation dairy farmer sold his long time, family-owned cow dairy to one of his siblings 16 years ago before focusing his attention ...
Manteca city voters on Nov. 8 will get to do something that Modesto voters no longer can - vote to fill all council seats that are ...
Tamra Spade was pleased with the overall results of the Fourth of July festivities in Ripon.
Mosquitoes are out for blood.
You've heard the pitch.
My front-end washing machine generated an odor after a number of uses.
I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.
I came across a relic on Sunday.
Amy Haapanen isn't ruling out making another run at it four years from now, but this could be her last chance to make the ...
Down in the valley - Manteca, Modesto, Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Turlock, and virtually every other community - is where the proverbial rubber hits the road in ...