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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


City Still Battling Homeless Camps

Acting on complaints from residents, Oakdale Police recently dismantled three transient encampments on the banks of the Stanislaus River near Valley View Park.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Saga Remains In Holding Pattern

Sierra West Airlines was over $15,000 past due in rent payments less than a year ago according to documents received by The Leader from the City of Oakdale requested under the Public Information Act.

March 26, 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 | Education


City Status - Mid-Year Budget Near Predictions

A report at the March 17 Oakdale City Council meeting by City Manager Bryan Whitemyer regarding the city budget, showed the city with only a $72,000 variance of its final budget proposed from October of last year.

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


More Than Just One Type Of Herb

Just outside the Oakdale city limits, in a strip mall that has a convenience mart advertising processed food snacks and high-sugar content refreshments to travelers along Highway 120 lays another business within the same complex.

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


RICH IN THOUGHT – When Did I Get This Old?

It seems to have all of a sudden hit me that I'm in my mid-50s. With that awareness comes the oh-so-common, "Where did all the time go?" (And there's no mid-life crisis here with plans to go out and buy a corvette and cruise with a young blonde bombshell named Bambi).

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Finger pointing regarding bias, threats, mismanagement, and outright lies continue to fly in the latest drama involving the Oakdale Airport.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer painted a bleak picture of the city without the continuance of the city's half-cent sales tax assessment at the Measure O Committee meeting on Monday, March 10.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

Citing that it's better to plan for a city's growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city's edges.

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Group Rallies Behind Groundwater Concerns

Last fall when some citizens became concerned about massive pumping of local groundwater in the area, they gathered and the group of diverse, all-volunteer neighbors formed an action group called the Stanislaus Water Coalition. (SWC).

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Officers To Be Commended For Action

Three Oakdale police officers are scheduled to be acknowledged at the March 3 Oakdale City Council meeting for their action in safely taking into custody an armed and delirious subject.

March 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


Faux Cop Arrested For Firing Gun

A man who came under heavy scrutiny for falsely representing himself as a US Army Ranger at a Stockton college campus two years ago is ...

December 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Dirt In H20 Lines Prompts Flushing

To dispel rumors of bacterial contamination in the city's water lines, Oakdale Interim Public Services Director Jeff Gravel announced the recent chlorination of the ...

December 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legal Firm Hired To Recoup Funds

At the Dec. 5 Oakdale City Council meeting, the City of Oakdale entered into a contract with a Sacramento law firm to assist the city ...

December 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Bust Duo In Con for $8,500

Oakdale Police arrested a 31-year-old Hilmar woman on suspicion of bilking a kind-hearted Oakdale woman out of $8,500 on a bogus story that the ...

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Pair Arrested In Elder Abuse Scam

Some heads-up police work led up to the arrest of an Oakdale couple not only for stealing checks from the elderly victim, but scamming Stanislaus ...

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Nets $355K For Trail Project

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 ...

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Authorizes Wastewater Funds

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 ...

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bob Gilbert Passes At 93

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 ...

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Body Cameras Debut On Oakdale Officers

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 ...

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Veterans’ Day Ceremony Draws Appreciative Crowd

Over 150 people came out to remember, honor and celebrate veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Monument in Oakdale ...

November 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham Appears Poised To Return To Congress

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 ...

November 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Recall Petition Submitted For OID Director Santos

Over 650 signatures were submitted to Stanislaus Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan on Thursday, Nov. 10 demanding the recall of Oakdale Irrigation District Division 4 board member ...

November 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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