The late George House, who represented the 25th Assembly District from 1994-2000, impressed friends and foes as a man who framed life through the Bible and Constitution and never wavered in his belief in either. He died July 14 at age 86.
If you think Stanislaus County could be getting jilted if the state can’t fund its new $267 million courthouse downtown, then consider sparsely populated Siskiyou County, where work on its $66 million facility is supposed to begin next week but could be a no-go as well.
Glen and Mary Mount helped bring the only flying B-29 to Modesto in 2014. Now the Modesto residents are part of a crew that flies Fifi – the same type plane as the ones that dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 – on tours all over the United States. And Glenn Mount will be aboard when another B-29, Doc, flies Sunday for the first time since 1955.
After pulling out of Chicago plans, filmmaker and Modesto native George Lucas is looking for another city to become home to his art museum. Why not home, meaning his former hometown? Certainly can’t hurt city to make a pitch.
The fire season arrived ahead of schedule, and conditions are now what officials usually don’t experience until July or August. And while they used to count on county jail inmates to remove grass and other fuels in parks, along waterways and roads, Proposition 47 has rendered many inmates ineligible for road crew duty, the sheriff said. They’re too busy picking up trash illegally dumped along county roads.
Jim Taylor visits his dad, Montie, every day and most often twice daily at Modesto’s Bethel Retirement Community. He cherishes the stories his dad tells along with those he hears from other residents as well. Father’s Day? Every day is Father’s Day to them.
President Barack Obama and the first family will visit Yosemite National Park this weekend, and certainly thousands of people will try to get close enough for a look-see. The press corps will tag along, too, kept at a distance by the Secret Service – perhaps a waterfall or two away.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump trashed the federal judge handling two of the ongoing fraud cases against defunct the Trump University real estate education program. Plaintiffs claim they were bilked out of anywhere from $1,495 to $35,000. Indiana-born “Mexican” judge unfair, Trump claims. Two area attorneys say they’ve never seen anything like it in local courtrooms.
The open primary was closed for the presidential race on the Republican side, yet taxpayers will foot the bills for the numerous ballot types the rules demand. Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, believes technology should enable registrars to produce one ballot for all and still give the parties their power. Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County’s chief election official, said Sacramento should have consulted those in the election trenches.
If the trend holds, Ken Vogel of Stockton will face off against Heath Flora of Ripon in the November runoff for the12th Assembly District seat, replacing termed-out Kristin Olsen. And if the primary was any indication, the campaign will resemble a political cage fight.
After three-plus acrimony-filled years with Sheree Lustgarten serving on the City Council, Patterson will appoint her replacement during Tuesday night’s council meeting. City Attorney Tom Hallinan hopes it’s the end of an era that was even more contentious than what Riverbank endured with Jesse James White.