Latest John Simerman Stories

2008-10-09 06:00:30

By John Simerman In the land of fruits and nuts, your meat is just a bit too meaty for Uncle Sam. Beef and poultry lovers in California will get less fresh meat, pound for pound, under a federal rule change that requires the state to use the same weighing method as the rest of the country. The change, which starts today, will mean about 1.4 percent less beef for the money, and about 2.35 percent less chicken -- about a dollar per week for meat-happy families, according the state...

2008-09-21 21:00:23

By John Simerman LAFAYETTE -- Few can argue with the academic track record at the Acalanes Union High School District. Its four main schools -- Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte -- rank among the state's best. Nearly every student graduates. Many go on to elite colleges and universities. But as the district preaches excellence, one group of Lamorinda parents claims the district denies some of the most vulnerable students a chance to learn alongside the rest, possibly shunning...

2008-08-28 15:00:41

By John Simerman Richmond violated state environmental laws when it agreed to a 20- year, $335 million pact with an American Indian tribe to provide emergency services, roadwork and political support for a casino just outside city limits, a Contra Costa County judge has found. In a tentative ruling last week, Judge Barbara Zuniga said the city needed to complete an environmental review before it could commit to several projects in its 2006 deal with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo...

Word of the Day
  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
  • To be of opinion; have the notion; think; imagine; suppose.
The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).