In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point ...
Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.
The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.
If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.
The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.
Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities. It gets no respect. Well, maybe a little bit more respect than Bakersfield, but that's about it. Then there's Modesto. It's W.C. Field's kind of place according to "Men's Health" magazine that a few years back dubbed the place just south of Salida as the most out-of-shape city in the United States. And we're stuck in the middle in a place that translates into English as Lard. ...
If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.
Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends. A native Californian, she currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her three grown children, working as sales representative in cosmetics with her vast territory consisting of a good portion of Texas and Oklahoma. But thanks to Facebook, Cara was able to touch base with a handful of her college friends from Fresno State including yours truly about ...
It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for ...
Al Qaeda declared war against America in 1998 and these terrorists are still at war against America. Sadly, the Obama administration has directed the removal of any use of the term "War of Terror". Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also avoids any mention of "terrorism" and "vulnerability" in any discussion. A terrorist act will now be called a "man-made disaster" and the "Global War on Terror" will now be called an "Oversees Contingency Operation" by ...
Long before there was any bank at all in Lathrop, there was Delta Market. For decades, the family-owned mom and pop grocery store was known to many people by its nickname, "The Bank of Lathrop." People who either did not have the time to make the trip to a bank in Manteca or just wanted to save gas, simply had to stop by Delta Market to cash their pay checks and conveniently do their shopping ...
Is it time to return to the days of yesteryear when the California Legislature was a part-time affair?
On the southwest corner of our property, just inside the tan brick wall that separates our office from the mad rush of downtown Stockton activity, stands a still tall sentinel of a tree. With broad leaves expanding wide, it shields us from harsh afternoon sunlight and the endless drone of cross-town traffic.
Just how safe is it being a pedestrian in Manteca? Not very judging by what one encounters along East Yosemite Avenue between downtown and Pestana Avenue whether it is physical issues with the sidewalk and the condition of property as well as typical vehicle movements. Before going farther, though, I need to emphasize there are some incredibly courteous drivers out there who actually pay attention to pedestrians. What prompted this column was my latest adventure ...
People who play golf in Manteca realize they have a very good golf course to play because we who deal with the public on a daily basis hear it all the time. Golfers tell us our rates are very reasonable, the condition of the course is consistently good, it's an enjoyable layout, and customers are treated well.
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.
Call it farmer smarts