Catch and release. It is a game with expensive and potentially deadly consequences that law enforcement is forced to play with criminals in San Joaquin County. The following is an example of a catch and release among hundreds that occur each month in Manteca. Police seized 2.5 pounds of marijuana buds with a street value of $5,000, 15.1 ounces of crystal meth with a street value of $1,200, along with drug pipes, two scales, and ...
I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.
Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca. Strange, but true, a driver on Sept. 1, 1999 actually was seen coming to a full-stop at the Tahoe Way and Mission Ridge Drive stop sign. Did you know that pedestrians in some cultures actually have a right to walk on green lights? Some quaint motorists belonging to the long lost tribe dubbed "Courteous Motorists" have been known to use ...
My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book. He made money working in technology while dabbling in Bay Area real estate and the stock market years ago. His house in Fremont was nearly paid; his twins – a boy and girl – had just graduated high school and were off to college, leaving Jerry (his actual name was changed for the sake of this column) and his wife of 20 ...
First dates and disasters are one in the same for me. My best first date ever ended with me trying to figure what to do when I spotted slugs and snails inching across her patio. Looking for something romantic to do or say I asked if she'd ever tried killing snails with salt. When she said "no," we were off to the races. The only problem was I neglected to suggest we hose down the ...
Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.
NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.
Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.
Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.
The high school experience can be tough on freshmen. For the most part, they've had to adjust to a new school with hallway lockers. This new surroundings may also entail these ninth-grade students jumping from classroom to classroom and, based on their schedule, racing across campus in a matter minutes. In terms of the pecking order, they've gone from the rulers of the school as eighth graders to the new kids on the block. Now, ...
Gina M. Roos had every right to be upset after her recent experience at the East Yosemite Avenue McDonald's in Manteca.
With Friday's eighth anniversary of 9/11, it was time once again to ask the annual question: where would we be, had the attacks never taken place?
In a twist on standard benevolence from those in a superior position the California Legislature taketh away and the California Legislature giveth.
I always thought I would make a good loss prevention officer in a retail store, because everything seems to happen right in front of me.
Isn't the name "California Assembly Ethics Commission" an oxymoron? Orange County Republican Mike Duvall's departure from the cesspool at the State Capitol after he was caught on tape during an appropriation committee hearing bragging about his sexual escapades with a lobbyist for an energy firm barely raised a yawn among Californians who don't expect much anymore from their elected state leaders. Duvall happens to have served on the utilities and commerce committee which explains why ...
Here's a little nugget for those embroiled in the debate over gun control: Young men kill.
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.
Is the plan PG&E proof?
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.