Although recent temperatures felt more like summer than fall, Westside Ministries is preparing for the cold, wet weather that is sure to eventually come to the Valley with their "Coats 4 Kids" program.
Back when our country was young, political candidates relied on their friends to spread the word about their accomplishments and suitability to hold office. In fact, historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote that candidates "were supposed to play coy, obeying a call to service from their country, saving their energies for the task of government. Electioneering was done by newspapers, pamphlets, and occasional public meetings."
You hear stories of courage every day. A man survives cancer and goes on to climb Mount Everest. A woman born without legs opens her own business and becomes an inspirational speaker. A child becomes badly burned in a house fire and, despite the pain, is cheerful and full of hope.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Friday accusing Modesto almond processor Fisher Nut Company of violating federal law by retaliating against Latina employees who participated in filing a discrimination claim.
My very first job was working at a home for physically and developmentally disabled children. I started out in the laundry room, then worked my way to the kitchen and, finally, became a certified nurse's aide.
Howard Wooldridge, a retired police detective from Michigan, and his horse Misty rode into town on Saturday to help promote passage of California's Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana use. Wooldridge and Misty hung out on the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Countryside Drive in their Support Prop 19 regalia and interacted with passing motorists and the occasional pedestrian.
As a Midwest transplant, one thing I have found to be true with most Californians is their love of travel. Many of my neighbors and co-workers spend their weekends sightseeing, attending festivals and enjoying the great outdoors all around the state.
As high school seniors prepare for graduation and to make their first life decisions as adults, they may seek advice (and financial assistance) from parents, siblings or extended family members. For many foster youth, however, there are no supportive family members able to help them transition from youth to adulthood.