There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management. The bizarre rate structure imposed on their customers is not one of them. The California Public Utilities Commission – under pressure from the state legislature – years ago embraced a five-tier system with baseline rates aimed to meet several social engineering objectives. One was to encourage energy conservation and the other was to help the lower income with their power bills. Like anything else ...
The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.
Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.
I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.
Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.
Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
This may come as a shock to those who are convinced that all of Manteca's 500 documented gang members are Hispanic.
I walked through the front doors of Red Robin Thursday afternoon and had to pinch myself. After all, it had been at least two years since I first penned a column yearning for a Red Robin to come to Manteca – bringing with it its line of gourmet hamburgers and exceptional beverage choices. It's doubtful that my column had any impact on the actual corporate decision to locate in Manteca – the first restaurant to ...
Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County. News that the move to legalize marijuana has qualified for the November ballot was greeted with the same amount of enthusiasm in Eureka and its hinterlands as if it was an edict from the federal government ordering the clear cutting of the entire Redwood National Park. The worries in the land where San Francisco comes across as a conservative bastion are simple. Legalize pot and it ...
I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.
Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.
Scott Nicholson was arrested again on Monday. He had just recently finished a 90-day sentence in the San Joaquin County Jail for a long list of misdemeanor charges including pilfering shopping carts and creating problems in the downtown area. He's not a hardened criminal as you and I would define one. He is, though, a chronic problem or, if you prefer, a habitual offender. How authorities from law enforcement to prosecutors are dealing with men ...
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago. The ill-fated company of immigrants got stuck in a heavy, early December snow at the eastern end of Donner Lake below the imposing Donner Summit. They had crossed the desert without benefit of trains or Interstate 80. The trail that took them through the Great Basin to the Sierra didn't include a way station in what is now Reno. They were on their own against the ...
As always, she catches me by surprise. There huddled at the back door, this time clutching a brand new jacket. With her other hand she holds a sheet of pink laminated paper, as if it means all the world to her.
The shutting down of Toyota production at the NUMMI plant in Fremont is scarier than a runaway Prius.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.
School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.
Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?
Federal employees are different from you and I.
The clock is ticking for the Manteca Kaiser Permanente Hospital.
Pain is relative.
There is a private firm recycling e-waste Oct. 18-19 in the parking lot near Kohl's.