Thinking of events, times and places led to some of those people in my past that deserve a little recognition, so here goes.
PG&E is about to make you pay for their negligence. The San Francisco-based for-profit utility along with their partners in crime at Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company now want ratepayers to pay for their wrongdoing. PG&E has an application pending that requests authority from the California Public Utilities Commission to recover uninsured costs associated with wildfires. PG&E wants the CPUC to create a wildfire expense ...
Scads of empty Gatorade bottles littered the practice football at Zuckerman Field. That's the one-time summer training camp of the San Francisco 49ers. From the late 1990s to 2002, the University of the Pacific catered to this proud NFL franchise. The Niners held two practice sessions daily free to the public. Bleachers were often scattered with mostly fans trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. The blowing of an air horn often signaled ...
When the Democrats put out their health care proposals, they made sure not to forget their friends at ACORN, the organization involved in voter fraud throughout America.
Just how did we let drugs get such a destructive hold on our communities? Credit denial and running away – the two surefire ways to let the cancer spread. This summer a visitor from North Dakota told of how their community was free of crime except for some meth users but police there had that under control. It was a similar line used about two decades ago by Manteca when it came to gangs and ...
Our priorities should be kids, not hoarding cash. For many months, we have heard from Manteca Unified District Superintendent Jason Messer that our district is a business.
A punk – and there is no other way to describe whoever did it – spray painted "SUR" on my garage door almost two weeks ago.
The Rev. Mark Rindels no longer shepherds the congregation at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church in Manteca where he was pastor for 17 years.
PG&E doesn't think South San Joaquin Irrigation District is playing fair. It doesn't matter that the SSJID is exercising its constitutional authority to look out for the best interests of the community they were created to serve by petitioning the San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission to enter the retail power business. And while eminent domain has nothing to do with the LAFCO decision nor is it a foregone conclusion, PG&E also thinks the ...
California as a civilized state is a fluke. Within its boundaries arguably contain the most varied and awe-inspiring repertoire of nature on earth - pristine sandy beaches, rugged primitive coastlines, high desert, soaring mountains, redwoods, bristlecone pines, Death Valley, volcanoes, Yosemite Valley, the Great Central Valley and more. How Mother Nature's splendor was shaped and distributed in California could never have supported 38 million residents or boast the most productive farmland the world has ever ...
It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.
PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.
People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.
How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?
A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station. It was part of our grand move, with the job at hand to toss away over 10 years of memories at the San Joaquin County solid waste facility. Of course, I'd prefer to call it junk that's accumulated over the years. Josh, who is nearly 14, started reminiscing about the old toys that we had stored in the garage. Included were some ...
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.