For the majority of presentations I conduct, I administer an on-line anonymous survey to get a better feel for what's going on inside the organization. Question number one is, "On a typical day, how would you rate your attitude?"
Philip Morris is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to product development.
Manteca - at least for the past 30 years if not longer - has always under spent surrounding jurisdictions and similar-sized cities when it comes to what residents pay per capita for fire services.
I am at a loss to understand why any person in their right mind - gee, that thing might be a clue - would ever agree to go on the Jerry Springer Show and similar boob tube genre.
Make no doubt about it. High speed rail is sexy.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
I'm all for legalizing drugs - with just a couple of conditions.
If you're reading this, you didn't make the cut.
Robert "Budge" Brown didn't simply leave his mark on Manteca.
I am a perfect-o-holic.
"There just isn't any money." - Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters.
Three of those 15 full-time Manteca firefighters rushing to battle a house fire in north Manteca Wednesday had been given layoff notices just hours before. It didn't make a difference to them knowing they had a job to do and they did it while off duty and responding from home.
It is perhaps the most dishonest line in the entire California budget debate: It will only cost a typical family $80 a year to keep tax extensions in place to save the schools, public safety, parks, and anything else you might happen to care about that Sacramento touches.
It's pomp and circumstance time again.
I received the phone call just before midnight on Sunday while at work. It was my brother in the Bay Area. The ambulance just left my parents' house; Dad was being taken to Washington Hospital.
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.