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Chickens, private air space & drones

“If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run.”  — Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

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Posted: may. 27, 2015 12:36 a.m. | | Chickens,  private air space & drones Comments 0 Comments

Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 1:31 a.m. | | Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket Comments 0 Comments

Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K’s café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch Comments 0 Comments

Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 1:25 a.m. | | Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years Comments 0 Comments

Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:31 a.m. | | Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do. Comments 1 Comment

Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women’s legs. I’m not being sexist. I’m a guy.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 1:14 a.m. | | Vicious  women  & beauty  pageants Comments 0 Comments

Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I’m a closet taker of selfies.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 12:51 a.m. | | Feeding social media trumps living your life Comments 0 Comments

Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word “audacity.”

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 1:04 a.m. | | Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature Comments 0 Comments

Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 12:57 a.m. | | Slow thinking: There will  never be an app for that Comments 1 Comment

The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people — school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 1:27 a.m. | | The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson Comments 1 Comment

Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds — we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis — are water guzzlers.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 12:54 a.m. | | Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana Comments 0 Comments

Manteca needs user friendly water bills

Reading your City of Manteca water bill is kind of like reading Latin.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 12:33 a.m. | | Manteca needs user friendly water bills Comments 0 Comments

Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle

Want to earn $17 an hour tax free plus get a meal or two each day?

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 1:53 a.m. | | Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle Comments 0 Comments

Learning to love global warming

Thank god for climate change.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 12:31 a.m. | | Learning to love global warming Comments 0 Comments

Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack?

Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 1:18 a.m. | | Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack? Comments 0 Comments

Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I’m losing it.

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Posted: may. 07, 2015 1:15 a.m. | | Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class Comments 0 Comments

Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

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Posted: may. 06, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | Passing gas? There’s an app for that Comments 0 Comments

Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

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Posted: may. 05, 2015 1:55 a.m. | | Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area Comments 0 Comments

Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

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Posted: may. 04, 2015 12:51 a.m. | | Time to let Delta smelt just die off Comments 0 Comments

Pulling the plug on death penalty

It’s come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn’t put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 12:47 a.m. | | Pulling the plug on death penalty Comments 0 Comments

Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

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Posted: may. 01, 2015 12:50 a.m. | | Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality Comments 0 Comments

The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

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Posted: apr. 30, 2015 1:34 a.m. | | The smack down in Baltimore Comments 0 Comments

Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

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Posted: apr. 28, 2015 1:06 a.m. | | Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds Comments 0 Comments

Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

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Posted: apr. 28, 2015 12:55 a.m. | | Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA Comments 0 Comments

Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as “educators.”

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 12:25 a.m. | | Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address? Comments 0 Comments

Taking fishing to new heights

“Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in” – Not Otis Redding 

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:43 a.m. | | Taking fishing to new heights Comments 0 Comments

Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative Comments 0 Comments

California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost. 

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 1:06 a.m. | | California’s coming firestorm Comments 0 Comments

Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 1:14 a.m. | | Sin taxes deadlier than vices Comments 0 Comments

Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 1:01 a.m. | | Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno? Comments 0 Comments

Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn’t want you to smoke.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 1:40 a.m. | | Cigarettes first then soda next Comments 0 Comments

Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what’s going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook — the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 12:43 a.m. | | Sacramento decrees there will be a flood Comments 0 Comments

PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 1:25 a.m. | | PEDAL TO THE METTLE Comments 0 Comments

Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca’s war on the homeless?

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 12:47 a.m. | | Manteca’s war on the homeless Comments 0 Comments

About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 1:12 a.m. | | About those ‘evil’ free range parents Comments 0 Comments

How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that doesn’t trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 12:39 a.m. | | How I learned not to trust tax collectors Comments 0 Comments

Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 1:49 a.m. | | Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on Comments 0 Comments

Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 1:20 a.m. | | Try eating  apples grown in Cupertino Comments 0 Comments

Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

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Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen Comments 0 Comments

Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven’t put a book down ever since. As a child I won several “Queen of Children’s Readers” contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300. 

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 1:51 a.m. | | LITTLE FREE LIBRARY Comments 1 Comment

Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 12:54 a.m. | | Manteca’s next round of water use reductions Comments 0 Comments

Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2015 1:06 a.m. | | Making life difficult for bottom rung workers Comments 0 Comments

Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

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Posted: apr. 07, 2015 12:53 a.m. | | Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought Comments 0 Comments

$2.3 million decision needs careful thought

Manteca’s elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they’re  likely to have for a long, long time— if not for ever — to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.

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GREG LEMOND

I do not view athletes as heroes.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 12:16 a.m. | | GREG LEMOND Comments 0 Comments

MANTECA IS A GREAT TOWN

My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca. 

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 1:36 a.m. | | MANTECA IS A GREAT TOWN Comments 0 Comments

It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

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Little water savings can add up to big water savings

If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

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Posted: apr. 02, 2015 1:40 a.m. | | Little water savings can add up to big water savings Comments 0 Comments

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