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Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun

Oakdale Police reported that they arrested a campus supervisor from the Stanislaus Arts Academy Culinary School for possessing a handgun and ammunition on school grounds on Tuesday, April 29.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


County Moves To Shut Medical Pot Shop

Stating that Kiona's Farm'acy, just outside the Oakdale city limits, falsified its business license application and calling it a "marijuana dispensary," the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 21 to file a lawsuit to close down the business.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT –Voices Of The Season

A recent newsroom conversation about the passing of legendary Giants and A's broadcaster Lon Simmons earlier this month sparked a conversation about baseball on the radio and some of those memorable voices that trademark a baseball game with their ability to speak.

April 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

June 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

June 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner

Jennifer Daniel is $5 million richer after hitting the maximum jackpot on a $20 California Lottery Scratch-off ticket.

June 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gillman’s Celebrating 60 Years

Countless customers dating back several generations have made Gillman's Drive-In a staple in Oakdale as the time-honored icon serves up milkshakes, burgers, and fries to its hungry patrons.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Council Hears Budget Plan

With the 2015-2016 fiscal year set to take begin in a few weeks, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer presented the preliminary city budget for approval at the Monday, June 15 Oakdale City Council meeting.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers

For a few years in Oakdale, school resource officers (SROs) were as much a part of campus life as hall passes and cafeteria food.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights

With the State of California curtailing water rights for senior users, the Oakdale Irrigation District is speaking out, calling the move by the State Water Control Board unjustified and illegal.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Recognized By State Group

The California Chamber of Commerce has named the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce as one of 28 local chambers of commerce to receive the 2015 President's Circle Award. The award, presented during its annual conference in Sacramento, was first presented in 2009 and recognizes chambers for excellence in business advocacy and helping their members comply with California employment laws.

June 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

June 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Student Stabbed On Campus

Oakdale Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon on the campus of Oakdale High School Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. after a bloodied individual came into the school office with stab wounds.

June 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Student Stabbed On Campus

Oakdale Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon on the campus of Oakdale High School Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. after a bloodied individual came into the school office with stab wounds.

June 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

June 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taser Purchase Designed To Equip All Officers

A state funded account to the city will be used to purchase an additional 22 Tasers and related equipment so that all officers of the Oakdale Police Department can be issued the less-than-lethal force tool.

June 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Delays Massage Ban

An urgency ordinance recommended by the Oakdale Police Department that would have put a temporary 45-day moratorium on new massage parlors from opening was held over by the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, June 1, after a local Realtor and spa owner advised members that they were days away from opening a "professional" facility.

June 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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