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You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

The chickens have come home to roost.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 12:00 a.m. | | You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen Comments 0 Comments

He’s not your father’s school board member

Out of sight and out of mind.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 12:11 a.m. | | He’s not your father’s school board member Comments 0 Comments

Toe the line? My feet aren’t exactly normal

Captain Kangaroo.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | Toe the line? My feet aren’t exactly normal Comments 0 Comments

JANUARY IN MANTECA

Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on cat’s feet.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | JANUARY IN MANTECA  Comments 0 Comments

Want some crab? No problem in Manteca

St. Anthony’s School is holding its 6th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., with dinner beginning at 7. Wine & cheese tasting is from 6 to 7 followed by marinated crab, pasta, salad, bread, music and dancing. You may purchase tickets in the school office for $50 per person. This is an adult-only event and you must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, please call the school at 209.823.4513.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | Want some crab? No problem in Manteca Comments 0 Comments

Outdoor cooking, common courtesy & air pollution

Got an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning smoker or a pizza oven?

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:00 a.m. | | Outdoor cooking, common courtesy & air pollution Comments 0 Comments

Going Digital means poor students may get left behind

There is a fundamental flaw in the Manteca Unified School District’s Going Digital undertaking.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 1:16 a.m. | | Going Digital means poor students may get left behind Comments 0 Comments

Manteca school trustees: 2 wrongs don’t make a right

It’s really a simple equation when you boil it all down. 

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 1:21 a.m. | | Manteca school trustees: 2 wrongs don’t make a right Comments 1 Comment

MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime — believe it or not — is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

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Posted: jan. 18, 2015 10:24 p.m. | | MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca Comments 1 Comment

MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime — believe it or not — is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca Comments 0 Comments

Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters

It reduces identity theft.

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Posted: jan. 15, 2015 1:13 a.m. | | Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters Comments 0 Comments

Someone should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015

Manteca Unified School District’s much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district’s upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 12:59 a.m. | | Someone  should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Game changer: ‘Free’ education at Delta & MJC

California community colleges once were free when it came to class units.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 1:52 a.m. | | Game changer: ‘Free’ education at Delta & MJC Comments 0 Comments

The emerging reality: Manteca & ‘tiny’ houses

My 21-year-old granddaughter is a realist.

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Posted: jan. 11, 2015 11:34 p.m. | | The emerging reality: Manteca & ‘tiny’ houses Comments 0 Comments

Low gas price open door for higher gas tax

Gas prices at the Sinclair station and Quick-Kleen Car Wash on East Yosemite Avenue at noon Friday matched the Manteca Costco for the lowest prices in town – a $2.27 a gallon.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 8:06 p.m. | | Low gas price open door for higher gas tax Comments 0 Comments

Raindrops aren’t falling on your head

How real is the drought?

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 12:58 a.m. | | Raindrops aren’t falling on your head Comments 0 Comments

Brown says not a word about his Twin Tunnels

Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2015 11:47 p.m. | | Brown says not a word about his Twin Tunnels Comments 0 Comments

We’ve all been given licenses to kill based on the way we drive

What’s a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 11:50 p.m. | | We’ve all been given licenses to kill based on the way we drive Comments 0 Comments

Thoughts of a migratory Mantecan

I’ve finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the “Windy City” for three months.  My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the “crazy” weather — while it may be colder, the weather isn’t that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the “goat as exotic as a hippopotamus” proclamation). 

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 1:24 a.m. | | Thoughts of a migratory Mantecan Comments 0 Comments

Government dictating food choices: Let them eat bread

There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can’t open in Manteca.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 12:45 a.m. | | Government dictating food choices: Let them eat bread Comments 2 Comments

More homes will save money in Lathrop, Manteca floods zones

If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you’re against growth then you’d better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.

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Posted: jan. 05, 2015 12:19 a.m. | | More homes will save money in Lathrop, Manteca floods zones Comments 2 Comments

Don’t like the police? Then let’s have a ‘Purge’ 24/7

Just how thin is the thin blue line?

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 12:10 a.m. | | Don’t like the police? Then let’s have a ‘Purge’ 24/7 Comments 0 Comments

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I’ve witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements.  The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs. 

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 12:09 a.m. | | SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY Comments 0 Comments

Dying art of polite conversation

He seemed a nice enough of a young man.

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 12:01 a.m. | | Dying art of polite conversation Comments 0 Comments

Manteca, circa 2014

Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.

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Posted: dec. 31, 2014 2:18 a.m. | | Manteca, circa 2014 Comments 0 Comments

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

The world isn’t just about you or I.

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Posted: dec. 31, 2014 2:10 a.m. | | LOCAL NEWSPAPERS Comments 2 Comments

Grisham was part of Manteca’s heart & soul

Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca’s heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.

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Posted: dec. 30, 2014 1:12 a.m. | | Grisham was part of Manteca’s heart & soul Comments 0 Comments

‘Oh, the pain, the pain, the pain of it all’

Pain is relative. In my case it’s a first cousin.

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Posted: dec. 30, 2014 12:56 a.m. | | ‘Oh, the pain, the pain, the pain of it all’ Comments 0 Comments

I cringe at wild, gray eyebrow hair

It was there, stark as heck.

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Posted: dec. 28, 2014 11:18 p.m. | | I cringe at wild, gray eyebrow hair Comments 0 Comments

What if movie on taking out a sitting USA leader was made by N. Korea?

Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming “First Amendment rights” as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of “The Interview” on Christmas Day.

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 12:12 a.m. | | What if movie on taking out a sitting USA leader was made by N. Korea? Comments 0 Comments

McBrian served Ripon with distinction

Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon’s Veterans’ Museum. 

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Posted: dec. 26, 2014 12:35 a.m. | | McBrian served Ripon with distinction Comments 0 Comments

Reinforced grass driveways for Manteca?

Manteca wasted hundreds of thousands of gallons needlessly during the recent storms

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Posted: dec. 26, 2014 12:09 a.m. | | Reinforced grass driveways for Manteca? Comments 0 Comments

Photographic portfolio in black & white

The Dec. 16 and 17 editions of the Manteca Bulletin were special to me for 45 reasons.

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Posted: dec. 25, 2014 11:56 p.m. | | Photographic portfolio in black & white Comments 0 Comments

This is my time, my holiday, & my season

Hey there, Spirit, shadow of the year past or yet to come. 

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Posted: dec. 25, 2014 11:54 p.m. | | This is my time, my holiday, & my season Comments 0 Comments

MANTECA: More Bedford Falls than Pottersville

It is not a perfect world.

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. | | MANTECA: More Bedford Falls than Pottersville Comments 0 Comments

Frank Sinatra sings about women like this

I’m a bachelor. 

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 1:17 a.m. | | Frank Sinatra sings about women like this Comments 0 Comments

Traditional, tangible Christmas greeting card is alive & well

The traditional tangible Christmas card is alive and well.

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 1:16 a.m. | | Traditional, tangible Christmas greeting card is alive & well Comments 0 Comments

Going Digital: Will somebody watch your kid in his bedroom?

Next month thousands of parents will unwittingly give the government the ability to snoop into their private lives.

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Posted: dec. 24, 2014 12:42 a.m. | | Going Digital: Will somebody watch your kid in his bedroom? Comments 0 Comments

Take your kids to see Santa Claus? There’s an app for that

Tech-savvy parents with a little bit too much money are forking out $29.99 to firms such as JibJab Media to allow their kids unlimited video chat time with an actor playing Santa.

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Posted: dec. 23, 2014 1:10 a.m. | | Take your kids to see Santa Claus? There’s an app for that Comments 0 Comments

MANTECA'S CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Contrary to popular belief, Santa’s helpers come in all shapes and sizes.

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 1:16 a.m. | | MANTECA'S CHRISTMAS ANGELS Comments 0 Comments

Unpacking Christmas memories

Remembrances of my Christmas past or home is where the hearts are: 

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 1:10 a.m. | | Unpacking Christmas memories Comments 0 Comments

Retro music movement gives a pulse to vinyl sales

Vinyl records are supposedly making a comeback of sorts.

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 1:05 a.m. | | Retro music movement gives a pulse to vinyl sales Comments 0 Comments

Challenge to Drain: Show us the paperwork

Ashley Drain has been on the job for just over a week and she has already managed to essentially throw the entire Weston Ranch High staff underneath a steamroller.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 1:25 a.m. | | Challenge to Drain: Show us the paperwork Comments 2 Comments

So when is Manteca going to shut up & listen?

You may disagree with Ben Cantu about a lot of things, but the four-time council candidate is right about one thing: The City of Manteca does neglect neighborhoods.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:44 a.m. | | So when is Manteca going to shut up & listen? Comments 0 Comments

Would Steve Jobs have embraced Going Digital for his kids?

The parents are frustrated.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 12:19 a.m. | | Would Steve Jobs have embraced Going Digital for his kids? Comments 0 Comments

Out, out brief candle!

Editor’s note: Phillip Bookman received the news that he has a cancerous malignant tumor on his bladder. He begins radiation this week. Sensing the inevitable, he wrote the following although noting there is probably a good chance of recovery. 

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 12:45 a.m. | | Out, out brief candle! Comments 0 Comments

Disconnect between school board & community

Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don’t get it.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 12:46 a.m. | | Disconnect between school board & community Comments 0 Comments

They want us to shed tears for money that big oil is losing

It isn’t unusual for a typical commuter from the Northern San Joaquin Valley to the Silicon Valley to travel 700 miles a week.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 12:02 a.m. | | They want us to shed tears for money that big oil is losing Comments 1 Comment

Out with the old, in with the new

There was no denying Ashley Drain’s excitement. The smile never left her face the whole time – before, during, and after the moment she was sworn in as one of the two newest members of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees at the panel’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 1:10 a.m. | | Out with the old, in with the new Comments 0 Comments

Riffraff from SJ Valley buy $500K homes in Pleasanton

Folks who can only afford $500,000 homes are riffraff.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 12:56 a.m. | | Riffraff from SJ Valley buy $500K homes in Pleasanton Comments 1 Comment

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