Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years as he is retiring from the Oakdale Police Department at the rank of sergeant.
Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on growth developments, and propose sales tax initiatives. Some of those times saw individuals in the community up in arms over those decisions, criticizing leaders for the actions that shaped the city.
With a different judge on the bench, attorneys for the Oakdale Irrigation District on Tuesday, Aug. 9, attempted to dismiss a lawsuit regarding their water conservation program and the need for its environmental study.
With the city's South Yosemite Park project site prepped and the surrounding street construction in the finishing stages, the Oakdale City Council moved forward at its Aug. 15 meeting with a contract for a company to complete the park creation that began with the pedestrian improvement project around the park site.
Burchell Hill Park in Oakdale was full of life on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as members of the community came out for National Night Out to gather for an evening featuring a variety of booths, activities, food and fun. The annual community event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help keep neighborhoods safer and make them a better place to live. The relationship between neighbors and Oakdale Police brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring local law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
There's a signature sound that has – in recent weeks – reemerged in the city to go off thrice daily from the city's fire station, only to be silenced again over the weekend. And now, an 11th hour decision could have that fire horn blaring once more but the question for many at this point is: Why? Is it to ring out danger, ring out warning, alert fire department staff, sound to mark certain times of day, and why are so many alerts per day needed?
In a swift moving meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, the Oakdale City Council set its annual assessment for the city's Landscape, Lighting and Maintenance Districts (LLMD). Annually the council must levy the assessments for the lighting and landscaping districts to place the assessments on the county property tax billings.
A rapidly moving grass fire threatened Knights Ferry homes on Saturday, July 30, reported after an assisting unit on an unrelated incident spotted the blaze on Frymire Road along the Stanislaus River near the Tuolumne and Stanislaus County line.
After a plaintiff's motion to drop four causes of action against Oakdale Irrigation District Director Gary Osmundson in a politically charged lawsuit, lawyers for the Division Five director have requested the court to award legal fees garnered to defend the matter.
The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), a political watchdog group out of Washington DC, has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission requesting an investigation into 10th District congressional democrat candidate Michael Eggman and his campaign for what appears to be a "straw donation" made within his campaign.
In 1990, a 32-year-old Lester Jenkins hit the streets of Oakdale after working in a manufacturing plant for Proctor and Gamble. While in training, his eyes would be opened up to the challenges and hazards of law enforcement when his training officer found a gun in the purse of a woman they had stopped in the parking lot of 7-11.
Local merchants are on guard for an individual causing a distraction under the guise of looking at merchandise and then stealing women's purses due to a Monday afternoon, July 18 incident at a downtown antique store.