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Short Agenda For Council Meeting

A brief agenda is on tap for the Oakdale City Council Meeting for Monday, May 6.

May 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Board Tables Decision On Foundation

After taking public criticism for voting to shut down its popular maternity ward a few months ago, Oak Valley Hospital officials are considering another controversial decision – disassociation with the well-liked and admired Oak Valley Hospital Foundation.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam in a city that doesn't have any detectives to investigate its cases.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


EDITORIAL – Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam, in a city that doesn't have any detectives to investigate its cases.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Hospital Board Tables Decision On Foundation

After taking public criticism for shutting down its popular maternity ward a few months ago, Oak Valley Hospital officials are considering another controversial decision – disassociation with the well-liked and admired Oak Valley Foundation.

April 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Considers Call To Leave StanCOG

Citing that the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is an unelected and unaccountable body that the council has "abdicated" its powers to, Oakdale resident Charles Shetron and Jan Ethridge of Salida have been vocal and asked the Oakdale City Council to secede from the organization.

April 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT -Toes In The Water, You Know The Rest

As I write this column, I am planning to be off work for an ROTC assignment.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Boston Marathon - Oakdale Families Escape Injury In Bombing

Minutes after Oakdale distance runner Tom Burchell crossed the Boston Marathon finish line and was greeting his wife Julie at the family waiting area, the couple felt a blast that shook the ground and caused chaos in the area.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Council Hears Bond Refinance Proposal

Since taking over as city manager in February, Bryan Whitemyer has been conducting a "global financial review," scrutinizing the city's books looking for ways of cost savings for the economically struggling budget.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect At-Large In Gang Related Shooting

A wanted parolee was taken into custody and another man is still on the run from a shooting incident on Thursday, April 11.

April 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Boston Marathon-Oakdale Families Escape Injury In Bombing

Minutes after Oakdale distance runner Tom Burchell crossed the Boston Marathon finish line and was greeting his wife Julie at the family waiting area, the couple felt a blast that shook the ground and caused chaos in the area.

April 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Hires Consultant For Trail Prep

As the City of Oakdale moves forward with developing the Valley View River Access Trail, city officials have retained the services of an outside consultant to complete an assessment needed to move forward.

April 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Hires Consultant For Trail Prep

The city entered into an agreement with longtime consultant Amy Augustine of Augustine Planning Associates of Sonora in order to assist the city with the preparation of an "Expanded Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration" for the Valley View River Access Trail, required by the state grant program.

April 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Education


Councilman Questions Commission Appointment

Monday night's announcement regarding the appointment of four citizens to two different city commissions at the April 1 Oakdale City Council meeting caused one councilman to question the choice of one of the appointees.

April 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Budget Review Highlights Loss Of Revenue

With the steady loss of tax revenues since 2007, Oakdale has experienced continued economic downturn to where it has been operating at an over $1 million deficit each year.

April 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


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


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