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Olivo Tearing Up Minors In Comeback Attempt

After being sent down to AAA by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season's spring training, Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo is destroying minor league pitching in his attempt to make a Major League comeback.

April 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | SPORTS


Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

Two Oakdale neighborhoods discovered Easter eggs dispersed into front yards that weren't filled with sweets, but instead contained messages of hate.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Stanislaus Consolidated Appoints New Chief

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


November Initiative - City Wants Tax On Ballot

Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Appointed

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

Details are still being sorted out in the merger of Oakdale Rural Fire Department with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the City of Oakdale contracting with the fire district for fire services.

April 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime, Payouts See Six Figures For Firefighters

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

Oakdale's FES Hall was packed on Monday night, March 30, as locals and out-of-towners feasted in a unique community fundraiser that helped support two organizations – the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. The fare: over 400 pounds of bull testicles, better known as Rocky Mountain Oysters, accompanied with beans, Caesar salad, and French bread.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

March 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

The Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth pastor arrested for possession of child pornography last month was taken into custody by federal authorities on suspicion of receiving or distributing images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after a Stanislaus Superior Court hearing on Wednesday, March 19.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Avoiding The Hunger Games

There came a time at the beginning of the year that when I looked into the mirror I saw a guy I didn't recognize looking back at me with his chipmunk cheeks and no neck.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Shooting Suspect Tied To Waterford Fatal

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford in a case from December of last year.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office.

August 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

August 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Fighting Blight Battle

An ordinance designed to hold property owners to maintaining vacant and abandoned properties was amended on Monday, Aug. 4, to allow the city to fine the owner for failing to maintain the property. Funds acquired from the fines will be used for local abatement programs to assist in clean up.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

July 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB Names New Administrator

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

July 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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