Seventeen years ago, a blighted swath of weed infested wasteland that attracted debris, tumbleweeds and the homeless cut through the heart of Manteca.
There were more than a few people grumbling a couple of months ago about the city approving two more neighborhoods in southwest Manteca.
There is no rhyme or reason to the surge in behavior control legislation that goes way beyond traditional criminal and property use laws.
One of the big reasons why Manteca isn't in as bad financial shape as some of it neighbors has everything to do with developers and their fear of costly legal infighting among each other.
The Congressional Research Service in December of 2005 released a 353-page report that dubbed the eight-county San Joaquin Valley as "The New Appalachia."
Santa Cruz is definitely a much more expensive place to live than Manteca.
Dorothy was driving her 1975 Yugo on the Highway 120 Bypass in a fierce summer wind storm.
It looks like a Christmas card but it is symbolic of all that is wrong with government in California.
The elimination of class-size reduction due to the budget crisis has left districts like Manteca Unified with a surplus of classrooms.
Taking Manteca to "the next level" over the past 100 years has taken vision and ingenuity.
This is not the darkest day of the year. It is the start of the rebirth of nature and one's self.
Now here's a novel way to prevent the University of California from incurring more costs that in turn impact what students pay for tuition – damage buildings.
It doesn't make sense.
I can't say I'm looking forward to Christmas shopping.
"Are you crazy?"
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