After the shutdown of a much anticipated outdoor project due to environmental safety concerns, the City of Oakdale, after nearly a year of negotiations, has been awarded $355,000 by the California Natural Resources Agency to get construction of the Valley View Park Trail back on track.
With just enough members on the dais to make a quorum, the Oakdale City Council authorized nearly $200,000 for the purchase of a new lawnmower and needed equipment for the city's wastewater treatment plant to keep it functioning.
Oakdale's Robert "Bob" Gilbert, who, along with his family, was honored earlier this year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce with their Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away at age 93 on Sunday, Nov. 20 late in the evening.
In a time when police interactions are under scrutiny by various facets of the public in which the men and women in uniform often find themselves in tough situations, the Oakdale Police Department, in a move to promote transparency, has joined the growing list of law enforcement agencies in California and the nation to deploy body worn camera technology.
With a week passing since the Nov. 8 Presidential Election, results from the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters showed incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham appearing poised for reelection in the 10th Congressional District, receiving 53 percent of the vote in Stanislaus County and 51 percent in San Joaquin County. Challenger Michael Eggman received 49 percent of the vote in San Joaquin and 47 percent in Stanislaus counties.
With a hotly contested race for the Valley's 10th Congressional District, Republicans are banding together as House Speaker Paul Ryan came to Modesto on Thursday, Oct. 27 to spur local campaign staff and supporters for incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham.
In his first week at the Oakdale Police Department, newly appointed Police Chief Scott Heller hit the ground running, meeting with city officials, department staff, and members of the Oakdale community in his first few days on the job.
After the scandal of one of its volunteers getting arrested on suspicion of embezzlement earlier this year, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League faces another financial blow as it is now operating with a revoked non-profit status while still soliciting funds and donations. League officials are currently working on getting the status reinstated on what they say were oversights and problems with correct records from the internal theft.
Twenty-year police veteran Scott Heller was named chief of police after he was unanimously approved by the Oakdale City Council prior to the start of the council's regular meeting Monday night, Oct. 17.