The Gravy Train

This one's a classic: A former city manager who railed against public employe overcompensation tried to spike his pension by 42 percent and retire on $307,000 a year. And he worked in Vallejo, which went bankrupt. "(Joseph) Tanner was 59 when he took the top job in Vallejo in 2007 with the »»Read Full Post

'Rules Do Matter'

Here is the full report from the 2015-2016 Amador County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation: The Health and Human Services Building Lease - "Rules Do Matter." See complete report here: »»Read Full Post

Judge: Delta Plan is 'invalid'

A judge clarified today that the Delta Plan -- a broad management plan for the estuary through the end of this century -- is invalid and must be set aside until it can be partially rewritten. If that sounds familiar, it's pretty close to what we reported one month ago »»Read Full Post

The Formidable Five: Linebackers

Many of the top pass-rushing and gap-plugging defensive linemen, and best defensive backs graduated this spring. However, the linebackers from The Record's coverage area, from San Joaquin County up into the Mother Lode, may have a Renaissance this autumn. My "Formidable Five" series continues, after breaking down the defensive backs »»Read Full Post

Gardening tips for tomatoes, squash bugs

Tomato season is here and I have heard this complaint several times from gardeners. “My tomato plants are tall and healthy looking, but I don’t have any tomatoes. What might the problem be?”  Well the problem might be that the gardener used too much nitrogen fertilizer and it stimulated lots »»Read Full Post

Torlakson marks successful completion of CAASPP testing

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Thursday that more than 3.2 million students have completed the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the state’s computer-based, online assessments given in Grades 3-8 and 11. The total number of students taking part in Smarter Balanced assessments in English »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge: There's no place like home

“When I think of home I think of a place where there's love overflowing, I wish I was home” – by Charlie Smalls (from The Wiz) The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment was on finding the beauty in hometowns. One has to become a tourist in and see familiar sights »»Read Full Post

Don't forget about reds this summer

The summer seafood season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you have to swap out your reds for whites. Red wines can pair nicely with seafood dishes. The general rule of thumb is to match the weight and structure of the wine with that of the seafood. Dishes with »»Read Full Post

Little League Baseball brings tournament to Pacific's Klein Field

The Northern California Big League Baseball Division tournament opens for a week-long run on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 7 p.m., hosted by California District 8 Little League at Klein Family Field, University of the Pacific. As part of the Little League International Tournament, five Northern California teams, including the »»Read Full Post

Enjoy Lake Tahoe in summer and avoid the crowds...find hidden corners of the lake!

Beat Lake Tahoe's summer crowds; focus on quiet places along Tahoe's south and southwestern shore... Sure, Lake Tahoe can be jammed by tourists in summer months. But, you can still find quiet, secluded places near the lake, hang out for three or four days and mostly avoid the warm-weather crowds. We’re »»Read Full Post