View Mobile Site

Archive By Author - Richard Paloma

City Initiates New Police Chief Search

With the upcoming July 30 retirement of Chief Lester Jenkins, the City of Oakdale took steps to recruit a new police chief with its announcement for the position this past Thursday, July 7. Former Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden is currently serving as interim police chief and will assist in the recruitment while the city searches for someone to lead the 23-sworn member department.

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

The Purge – Independence Day Edition

Last week was Independence Day where the great game of "Gunshots or Fireworks?" began all across the country. This year was no different. I've heard more peaceful settings at the police range during quarterly qualifications than I did over the July 4 weekend.

July 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

New Flow Standards Threaten OID Storage

With a history of turbulence of outside issues such as litigations and board quarrels overshadowing Oakdale Irrigation District meetings, the Tuesday, July 5 meeting mainly focused on just water issues.

July 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Judge Grants TRO For OID

As the Oakdale Irrigation District continues to battle leaks of confidential information from closed session agenda items, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger M. Beauchesne granted a temporary restraining order to the district Thursday morning, June 30, prohibiting two of its own directors from being included in those closed session hearings.

June 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Midday Bank Hold Up

Valley First Credit Union on West F Street was hit once again in a 1 p.m. bank robbery on Tuesday, June 2. The hold-up marks the third time in just nine months that the downtown financial establishment has been robbed.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

OID Session Notes Highlight Issues

Recently released notes from a June 7 Oakdale Irrigation District closed session meeting raise questions to the veracity of court declarations made by new directors Gail Altieri and Linda Santos.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID Files Suit On Own Directors

After breaches of confidentiality in closed session regarding a lawsuit, sworn declarations to the plaintiffs' attorney, and public bashing on social media by two of its directors, the Oakdale Irrigation District filed a lawsuit against Directors Linda Santos and Gail Altieri seeking a temporary restraining order to keep them from strategy sessions surrounding litigation.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city limits of Oakdale on Thursday, June 23.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Man Leads Cops In Pursuit From Jamestown To Oakdale

Oakdale Police officers were busy Sunday, June 26, searching for a Tuolumne County fugitive after a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit and assault on a Tuolumne County deputy earlier in the morning was located at Dorada Park minutes after it entered the city.

June 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Preliminary City Budget Introduced

The City of Oakdale is projecting nearly $35 million in revenues for all city funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year with its General Fund anticipated at $11.8 million according to City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City’s Anti-Camping Ordinance Approved

With city parks taking on the look of a KOA campground and the river's edge developing its own shanty town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, June 20, took steps to enact four new ordinances targeting its vagrancy problem.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Denham, Eggman Run Off For Congressional District

Incumbent Jeff Denham will once again face off against Democratic challenger Michael Eggman for the 10th Congressional District seat in the November general election, as they did in 2014.

June 15, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local News

Body Cameras Approved For Police Department

Oakdale Police officials anticipate a program for officers to wear body cameras to be in effect within three to four months, according to Interim Police Chief Mike Harden. On Monday, June 6, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of the $43,000 program.

June 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Slow, Steady Rise Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.36/gallon, according to gasoline price website

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Police Training Focuses On Program For Kids

A new pilot project, based after a successful West Virginia program that assisted children of traumatic incidents, is being implemented in Stanislaus County with three cities – Oakdale, Patterson, and Newman – stepping forward to be the first to put it in place.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

« First  « Prev  1 2 3 4 5  Next »  Last »

Page 3 of 65

Articles By Author - Richard Paloma

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Council Selects New Police Chief

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 ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Altieri and Santos Vindicated By Superior Court Ruling

Two Oakdale Irrigation District directors that had been barred from discussing certain closed-door lawsuit discussions, due to a temporary order filed by the district, have ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City To Create Interim Managers

With the September retirement of former Oakdale Public Services Director Thom Clark, and the subsequent appointment of Jeff Gravel as the interim director, the city ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Electric Charging Stations Coming To Bianchi Center

Stanislaus County, in partnership with the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, are working together on a project to install two electric vehicle charging stations in ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Couch Shot, Arrest Made

Oakdale Police arrested a Ceres man on Friday, Oct. 7 after he shot his ex-girlfriend's couch during an argument inside a Marquez Court home ...

October 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Council Chooses Park Name

After consideration of names and a public hearing, Oakdale Community Park will be the name of the city's new park along South Yosemite Avenue ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID Approves Lucrative Water Sale By 3-2 Vote

In a move that will bring $2 million to Oakdale Irrigation District coffers, district board members, by a 3-2 vote, approved a deal in a ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Residents Relay Bypass Concerns

Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting brought a standing room only crowd to the council chambers with the overflow of citizens into the lobby ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

A Misaligned Universe

While this column is about the upcoming Presidential Election, I'm going to do my best to put personal politics aside, not to stress favor ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Active Week Seen In OID Legal Drama

The courts were active with Oakdale Irrigation District legal actions this past week which saw lawyers for both sides busy with briefs for an upcoming ...

September 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

District Sparring Peaks At Meeting

After a week of court actions (see related article below), the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors met on Wednesday, Sept 21. During the emotionally ...

September 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Page 1 of 1

Please wait ...