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Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


RICH IN THOUGHT - The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

Hi, my name is Rich and I am an addict.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accident Gridlocks Traffic

Afternoon motorists were delayed on the way to their destinations on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, when a J.S. West & Company propane tank became dislodged, causing the tanker to roll on its side on Highway 120 north of River Road.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Annexation?

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Exploring Annexation Of Oakdale City and Rural Fire Departments

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members Eye Management Option

After reconciling figures and trudging through lighting and maintenance district issues from the last meeting, the Oakdale City Council heard a plethora of agenda issues relating to the city's now-cut management shortage.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Manager Preps For ‘Life After O’

A well-used binder in Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's office contains frayed pages, many marked by various colors of Post-it Notes for quick reference. When talking about its contents, Whitemyer can rapidly turn to a page and spew the numbers like a seasoned bean counter. The pages inside: the City of Oakdale 2013-2014 annual budget.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Petition To Ban Park Drinking Circulated

With clipboard in hand, Church Street resident Brent Ferguson is taking his cause to task.

August 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

I admit that when I received the congratulatory notice, it had me fooled. I thought the well-worded email was the lead into a scam informing the recipient they've won an award but would have some sort of out-of-pocket expense to be paid in advance with a product I'd never see. As I read on, I found it was in fact authentic. My screenplay was a "Silver Ace Award" winner at the Las Vegas Film Festival being held July 18-21.

July 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Citizens Aim To Take Back The Park

The spotlight of the homeless, or at least those perceived as homeless, is shining back on the group of individuals that gather daily at William Meyer Park on West G Street.

July 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Victims Not Cooperative In Home Invasion

With police attempting to combat crime and gang activity, Oakdale Police have become hamstrung in their latest attempts to solve a Dec. 11 home invasion.

December 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Building On Success: Lego Days Kick Off At Library

Lego Day is now a monthly program at the Oakdale Library thanks to a generous donation from the Oakdale Rotary Club and the Friends of the Oakdale Library.

December 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Officer Positions Approved

As the city recovers financially, along with the recent passage of Measure Y – the continuation of the half-cent sales tax – Oakdale city officials moved to bolster the ranks of its condensed police force by adding two police officer positions to the department.

December 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT –The Decisions

Much has been said and covered by the news media in regard to the recent decisions from a St. Louis County and New York grand juries not to indict police officers in the separate deaths of two subjects by the police officers involved.

December 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Stop Leads To Stolen Goods

A mid-morning stop by police of a suspicious person followed with some additional investigation resulted in the arrest of an Oakdale resident for possessing stolen property from an earlier theft from Medlen's House of Beef.

December 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Shooting Tied To Earlier Assault

Police are investigating an early morning Dec. 10 shooting they believe is a continuation of an earlier assault from Quik Stop Market.

December 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Manteca Homeless Law – An Idea For Oakdale?

Last week two new laws in neighboring Manteca went into effect aimed at dealing with the city's homeless population and the problems caused by their makeshift encampments within the city.

December 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia

Local doctors have reported seeing an increase in pneumonia cases in the city as the wet and cold weather of winter hits the Central Valley.

December 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bairos, McCarty Take Seats On Council

New blood was injected into the Oakdale City Council with the swearing in on Monday night, Dec. 8 of newcomers Cherilyn Bairos and J.R. McCarty, replacing journeyman council members Farrell Jackson and Michael Brennan.

December 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia

Local doctors have reported seeing an increase in pneumonia cases in the city as the wet and cold weather of winter hits the Central Valley.

December 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Hires Help Bolster Police Department

The addition of one new police officer and two dispatchers joined the ranks of the Oakdale Police Department in November, as the depleted agency strives to add personnel lost to injuries, departures and other vacancies.

December 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Street Project Features New Technology

A two-week project in Oakdale designed to improve the pavement and sidewalk areas of River Bluff Drive and connecting courts along the roadway has been completed, making the roadway a far better drive than before.

December 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tourism Changes Reviewed By Council

With a lame duck council on the dais awaiting replacement of two of its members, the Oakdale City Council had an abbreviated agenda on Monday, Dec. 1.

December 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Allows Residents To Check Crime Activity

With the use of a personal computer or mobile device, local individuals and businesses can now retrieve crime information from the Oakdale Police Department and will be able to make police reports.

November 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

November 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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