A bad sign? Stockton money watchdog resigns

Dave Renison, the citizen watchdog of public money who heads the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association, resigned today from the Measure A Advisory Committee. Renison said in a letter City Hall refuses to be as transparent and accountable as they promised when asking citizens to approve the Measure A sales tax. »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Medicare Part D Health Fairs Every year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries face what for many can be a daunting task – re-enrolling in annual prescription drug coverage known as Part D that not only covers their specific medications but does so at the lowest »»Read Full Post

Hawaii, the Big (and rocky) Island

A five day visit to Hawaii, the Big (and rocky) Island... We have only five days on this huge island; on our first day we head south from Kona, targeting old Ka Lae (meaning "the point"), at 19° north of the equator, the southernmost point of both Hawaii and all »»Read Full Post

"Go native" at specialized plant sales

The fall planting season is here! September, October, and November are ideal months to add new water-thrifty plants to home landscapes. Plants native to central California and to parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate are ideally suited to the hot, arid summers and cool, wet winters we experience »»Read Full Post

Off the beaten path

A few weeks ago, when my daughter, son and I were on our time-limited drive across the country we did manage to take one side trip. In an art class, my daughter Claire learned about a public land art installation called the Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt located in northwestern »»Read Full Post

Trusting the tunnels: For many, it just got harder

"Beneficiary pays." It is one of the bedrock promises of the Delta tunnels plan, one which I have seen repeated time and again at public meetings, in interviews and in boatloads of documents over the past 11 years. "Those who would benefit from the tunnels would pay for them." How »»Read Full Post

Assassins and Tour Guides...

July 27, 1910 was a very hot day in the south of France and race officials anxiously waiting at the top of the Aubisque watched to see if any rider could make it over both the Tourmalet and the Aubisque. The second rider, Octave Lapize, appeared in great distress and »»Read Full Post

Manteca Unified announces Microsoft Innovative Educator experts

Five Manteca Unified teachers have been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator experts. Tammy Dunbar (Lincoln Elementary), Christina Hansen (Stella Brockman Elementary), Rebecca Hunter (Weston Ranch High), Kristen Messer (be.Tech) and Steve Unterholzner (Sierra High) will join the more than 6,700 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. “Being an MIE »»Read Full Post

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 11-15

  Don't let Pac-12 football fool you. Running the ball still matters. Especially in high school. With that in mind, my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown rolls on with Nos. 11-14, three of whom specialize in carrying the football, taking a beating and playing a massive role for their teams. »»Read Full Post

Variety is the spice of life at Drava Wines

Steve Carson really digs wine. And he really digs beer. So why not combine the two? Not in the bottle, but in concept. Craft brew houses regularly change their lineup. Craft winemaker Carson creates different lineups each year at Drava Wines in Lodi, which he owns with his brother, William. »»Read Full Post