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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


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 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


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


$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


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


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


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


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Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT –Voices Of The Season

A recent newsroom conversation about the passing of legendary Giants and A's broadcaster Lon Simmons earlier this month sparked a conversation about baseball on the radio and some of those memorable voices that trademark a baseball game with their ability to speak.

April 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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