Last Friday, one week following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 11, I heard a fascinating broadcast. A fisherman had been out to sea just before the disaster stuck. Noticing whirlpools in the water, he headed for shore and ran to his home. By then, the sirens were blaring and the villagers were already evacuating toward the hills. Driving as fast as he could, without time even to save his most valuable property, he fell quickly in line with the vehicles ascending the principal route out of town.
It seems like merely days ago the public dialogue bounced between the skyrocketing price of groceries and gasoline; the rising up of working people in the mid east - as well as our own mid west; and the rambings of a seemingly unstable, implausibly garrulous celebrity whose veins course with "dragon's blood." It seems like just days ago because, well, it was.
Here's some food for thought for municipal leaders in the South County: What if corporate fast food companies piggyback on city efforts to "help people make a living" via food vending trucks?
Some $220 million annually in sales tax is not being collected by California cities and counties.
McKinley Avenue expressway is far from dead.
It was panhandling central.
Responsible pit bull owners do have a point.
LATHROP – Once I became a junior in high school there wasn't a week that went by that I didn't eat at a taco truck with my friends.
So what has 17,838 more Manteca residents brought us?
South San Joaquin County has a mixture of four expanding cities and a growing job base with an even brighter outlook that is destined to clash with vibrant agricultural endeavors.
Wide streets may bring people downtown but it doesn't get them to stop there.
Charlie Sheen - the pundits say - is one witty guy.
Bill Berryhill has got it right.
Brigham Young University has standards.
The Donner Party came to California 165 years ago.
It doesn't take a high-paid consultant to tell you where the next community park is going in Manteca so why bother with a park master plan?
Do you want a killer on the streets?
Early February in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.
Ready for the ultimate fish fry?
It's only fitting to start your diatribe about how racist the school system is by making a racist statement of your own.
Connect the dots.