Now the real fun begins. After two decades of having local revenue cannibalized by the California Legislature that also adopts state mandates on local government without funding them, cities are fighting back. Berkeley is one of a handful of Bay Area cities that are starting to issue their own tickets. At the same time Los Angeles is considering holding their own administrative hearings on red-light tickets. What does this all mean? Well, as a motorist ...
The four words I fear the most. "We'll weigh you next." They were uttered Saturday by a staff member of the Delta Blood Bank where I had gone to give platelets. Usually they just ask for your weight. This time they actually wanted to weigh me. As I followed her to the scales I started to take my cell phone and wallet out of my pockets and then stopped. It was insanity. I was afraid ...
I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.
Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents. Manteca has a population of 67,000 residents. Modesto had 8 new homes start construction in 2009 Manteca had 304 new homes start construction in 2009. How can a city one third the size of Modesto just 15 miles away have 38 times the housing starts? One real big reason is Manteca is a better sell due to a proliferation of amenities and – even though at times I'd ...
Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome. The National Park Service is going to start requiring permits from May 21 through mid-October for those who want to hike to the top of Half Dome on Fridays, Saturdays Sundays, and holidays. Like much of Yosemite's more famous destinations Half Dome is becoming severely overused. The concern isn't environmental as much as it is too many people with a ...
It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash. It costs thousands of dollars each day to collect, haul and bury what we toss out. We're generating a lot less trash, though, now that California's runaway growth has slowed to a trickle and consumers have curbed spending binges. Recyclable commodities ranging from newsprint and glass to aluminum have plunged in value. Foreclosures and the state's 12 percent unemployment rate have significantly increased ...
Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name
Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.
Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Critics over the years – who think the police presence is a bit too much – lament that the Palm Beach Police Department acts more like a private security force. It isn't a hit on their professionalism. Actually, it's quite the opposite. The police seem to be everywhere making ...
It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.
Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.
If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?
There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.
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.
Henry Ford is the man.