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RICH IN THOUGHT That’s What Brotherhoods Are For

While it's difficult to find a silver lining with any tragedy, I became aware of a blessing amid the sadness a few weeks ago when I was reunited with cherished individuals who played a significant part in my past law enforcement career during the funeral service of a former patrol partner of mine.

July 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Controversial Figure To Lead Council In Prayer

The City of Oakdale will join the list of cities that Reno's "acclaimed Hindu Statesman" Rajan Zed will appear at, providing the invocation for the July 15 city council meeting.

July 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Olivo Quits Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Regional Sports


City Dilemma - Lack Of Union Concessions Creates Budget Uncertainty

Just two weeks after Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pushed through a proposed budget cutting $540,000 from the city's general fund, Oakdale city officials are hitting a snag that may reduce that cost savings.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Olivo Quits MLB Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mayor Seeks Crash Tax For Outsiders

A plan sought by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul to dispel severe budget cuts to public safety by charging outside area motorists costs of the fire department for responding to accidents and car fires may progress as a way to generate much needed funds to city coffers.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Selling Off Properties

One structure has sat vacant for nearly a year in the center of town, another is dilapidated and in need of repair, a third was described by the city manager as "the blight of Maple Avenue." The Hershey Visitors Center, The Free Will Baptist Church, and a vacant rental house are the list of city owned properties City Manager Bryan Whitemyer wants to unload to apply to more than $1 million in a budget deficit.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scam Targeting Elderly

"Grandma, what a big bank account you have."

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oak Valley Moves To Charge For ‘Dry Run’ Ambulance Calls

With a Code-3 run for the crew, ambulance drivers get the rush of the response, but Oak Valley Hospital gets nothing in return when none of the parties involved have to be taken to the hospital. It's a costly response when no assistance is administered.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scam Targeting Elderly In Area

"Grandma, what a big bank account you have."

June 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mayor Seeks Crash Tax For Outsiders

A plan sought by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul to dispel severe budget cuts to public safety by charging outside area motorists costs of the fire department for responding to accidents and car fires may progress as a way to generate much needed funds to city coffers.

June 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Police Officer A Local

With the Monday, June 17 swearing in of Police Officer Andrew Stever, the Oakdale Police Department took immediate steps to fill the vacancy left with the June 14 retirement of veteran sergeant Darren Semore, maintaining existing manpower levels to a force that has been dwindling over the past few years.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Voters Not Misled On Measure O

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury 2102-2013 Final Report determined that Oakdale city officials did not misrepresent Measure O, the city's half-cent sales tax measure that passed with 55 percent of the vote in November 2011.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hose And Ladder - Volunteer Fire on Horizon?

As Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, in the midst of city layoffs and other cost-saving strategies, battles the challenges of a balanced budget during recessionary times while still meeting public safety guarantees in Measure O, he is proposing the concept of a volunteer fire department for the financially strapped city to fill in the gaps when staff levels are low and even supplement existing levels.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury: Voters Not Misled On Measure O

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury 2102-2013 Final Report determined that Oakdale city officials did not misrepresent Measure O, the city's half-cent sales tax measure that passed with 55 percent of the vote in November 2011.

June 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


RICH IN THOUGHT - Did Anyone Really Think This Out?

That loud clacking sound everyone heard Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 after the elections was the sound of area deadbolts latching in homes after the passage of Proposition 47 – the initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and other "nonviolent" crimes.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


$26K Taken From Softball Account

Oakdale Police are investigating the embezzlement of over $26,000 from the Oak Valley Youth Softball Association and, according to law enforcement officials, a decision from the district attorney whether to prosecute is expected any day now.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

An eyewitness and an officer's familiarity with subjects on his beat led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female juvenile for robbery, while police are also following leads to identify and apprehend her cohort, a 20-year old male.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Police On-Line Reporting Approved

By the beginning of the year Oakdale crime victims will be able to make a police report themselves without the need to have an officer come to the scene.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California's 10th Congressional District.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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