It's an opportunity of a lifetime. Manteca has the backbone of a solution in place that could help keep down future municipal costs to maintain parks and civic landscaping as well as large expanses of school grass plus reduce consumption of precious drinking water.
It is ironic that the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission is going back to Washington, D.C., to lobby the federal government to secure $20 million toward $150 million in order to buy the Union Pacific tracks and right-of-way over the Altamont Pass.
Why should stray or unwanted dogs in Manteca have a shorter lifespan because elected-officials in Lathrop like to chow down on taxpayer financed shrimp cocktail before the start of their council meetings?
Wall Street wants absolution for their financial transgressions. Detroit believes they're too big for repentance. Those who made personal financial decisions whether it was buying a home or going on a big toy spending spree while driven by at least several of the Seven Deadly Sins want monetary forgiveness.
When all is said and done, the Matt Browne wrongful-termination case could haunt the collective conscience of Lathrop's city officials and taxpayers for a long time. Based on preliminary figures plus other anticipated expenses, not to mention related expenses factored into the big picture, a former department head's courageous act to stand by his unwavering belief that he was unjustly terminated and denied his constitutional rights as a city employee, could end up costing the city a pretty penny - maybe even close to a million dollars.