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Rich In Thought - Sticks And Stones…

I'm taking a chance by voicing an unpopular, politically incorrect position on a contemporary issue, but from me, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Travel Bureau Ignoring Agreement To Report Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Designates Special Parking

In response to a complaint of parking availability by the business owner of Plaza 131, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer asked the city council at its Dec. 2 meeting to designate that street parking on South Second Avenue in front of the business be designated only for the patrons of Plaza 131.

December 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


To Detect And Protect

There's a new cop on the beat.

December 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Asbestos Found In Water Tank

Demolition of a city water tank has been halted due to city engineers discovering asbestos inside the 100-year-old concrete storage tower.

November 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Economics Focus - Ad Hoc Committee Sets Specific Goals

With the mission of recruiting new business as well as maintaining existing businesses in Oakdale, city officials have established a blue ribbon committee of local business and city leaders that have begun moving forward with an economic game plan.

November 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Asbestos Found In City Water Tank

Demolition of a city water tank has been halted due to city engineers discovering asbestos inside the 100-year-old concrete storage tower.

November 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a local homeowner in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence despite being warned to halt.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Says ‘No’ To Fire Study Payment

A consent agenda item by the city manager requesting the city pay over $8,300 for a joint fire study sparked discussion at the Monday, Nov. 18 Oakdale City Council meeting. The item had some council members questioning the intent of asking the city to pay for something they were told was being taken care of by the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OVH Director Calls Foul On Mayor’s Ambulance Ride

An Oak Valley Hospital District board member is criticizing the city for violating policies with its use of an Oak Valley ambulance the police department summoned for the mayor last month.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Conviction In Teen Rape Case

An Oakdale resident pleaded no contest to the December 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl as part of a plea agreement on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

November 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a homeowner in the early a.m. hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence even despite being warned to halt.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


$8.5 Million - Settlement In Officer’s Death

On the one-year anniversary of the death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, the attorney representing the family of the officer announced that Gold Star Foods Inc., a food distribution and long haul trucking company based in Ontario, CA, agreed to pay $8.5 million to Katuszonek's family to settle claims that its truck driver employee caused his death.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Three sets of gondola-type dual trailers filled with 140,000 pounds of dried and hulled walnuts were surreptitiously taken from GoldRiver Orchards off Enterprise Road and Highway 120 in Escalon. Authorities believe the theft of the nuts, valued at $400,000, occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Oct. 31.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Trucking Company Agrees To Pay $8.5 Million In Officer's Death

On the one year anniversary of the death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, Gold Star Foods Inc., a food distribution and long haul trucking company based in Ontario, CA, agreed to pay $8.5 million to Katuszonek's family to settle claims that its truck driver employee caused his death.

November 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Take A Cowboy To Lunch

With July 25 designated as The National Day of the Cowboy, a local group of residents and business owners instituted a Cowboy Luncheon that, according ...

July 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Rescue Mission Leads Discussion On Homeless

Nearly 100 residents came out to the Community United Methodist Church Thursday night, July 23 to hear representatives of the Oakdale Rescue Mission lead a ...

July 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tip Leads To Illegal Weapon And Marijuana

On Tuesday, July 21, Oakdale Police Detectives seized over 100 marijuana plants and a number of assault weapons after conducting a surveillance of a building ...

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senate Bill Could Affect Street Names

Fresh on the heels of the anti-Confederate hysteria that has swept the country following the heinous June 17 attack on a church in Charleston that ...

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Celebrate National Day Of American Cowboy

Oakdale is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, so this weekend's observance of National Day of the America Cowboy should rope in ...

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Business Incentives

In an effort to attract new business in town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 20 approved a program to provide grants to new ...

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Leader Blasts State Water Board

Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District called the state water board's attempt to restrict century-old water rights "a complete waste of ...

July 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FAA Notes Airport Violations

After receiving kudos by the Stanislaus Grand Jury weeks ago for its operation of the Oakdale Airport, the city is now being denounced by the ...

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Halts Park Trail Project

The City of Oakdale has received a directive from a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency to halt further construction to the Valley View ...

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Father-Cop Grieves Teen Son’s Death

The devastating story follows the plot of a modern-day Greek tragedy.

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Arrested In Registrant Sweep

As part of ongoing pro-active enforcement, the Oakdale Police Department, between July 9 and July 13, conducted compliance checks of the registered sex offenders living ...

July 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale BID Violating Brown Act

Across the state, city established business improvement districts (BID) use public money to support the economic growth of small business communities, playing a significant role ...

July 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Love Wins And A Pink Unicorn

With the landmark 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday (June 26) allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in all 50 states ...

July 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Veteran Officer Says Goodbye

After more than 31 years of law enforcement service to the City of Oakdale, Officer Nick McKinnon is finally unpinning his shield and hanging up ...

July 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Bans Dumpster Diving

With the transient population growing in the city and the associated problems becoming more noticeable, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 6 proposed a ...

July 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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