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Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Past Arrests - Candidate Drops From Race

In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rich In Thought - The Dog Rescuer

Napoleon once said that a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity. As a big-time dog lover, I tend to believe the truth of that especially with my recent scholarly experience with the subject.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Wine, Women, Chocolate

Over 275 women, some donning chapeaus, gathered at The Reata in Oakdale on Friday, May 18 for the fourth annual Wine, Women and Chocolate Extravaganza benefitting the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation. Proceeds from this year's event went toward women's wellness and the Center for Human Services.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mixture Of Music Planned For Main Stage

The sweet sounds of eight different musical groups will enhance those sampling the sweetness of the chocolate starting Saturday May, 19 at this year's 20th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival, Cowboys and Chocolate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Chocolate Festival 2012


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Accused Of Committing Sex Acts With Minor

An Oakdale man was arrested by Tuolumne County Sheriff's detectives at his Hampton Court residence on Feb. 2 for several sex crimes, according to a March 2 press release issued from the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Armed Teen Arrested Friday Near OHS

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Oakdale Police for possessing a loaded handgun near the high school campus on Friday, Feb. 27 while students were out for the lunch break.

February 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

Members of the Oakdale City Council are still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Pooch Takes Best Of Breed At Westminster Show

True to his breed, "Stitch," is a lively spirited 7-year-old Standard Manchester Terrier that has game he loves to show.

February 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Considers Body Cameras

Body cameras could be coming to the Oakdale Police Department, outfitting officers with the new hardware.

February 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT –The Anti-Vax Myth

A few weeks ago Disneyland appeared to be Ground Zero for a measles outbreak that led to 17 identified cases in the US. Since then, at last count, there are now over 120 confirmed cases of measles in the country, possibly due to "satellite" outbreaks as those persons returned home from "The Happiest Place on Earth."

February 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Considering Body Cameras For Cops

Due to the Monday President's Day Holiday, The Oakdale City Council will hold its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

February 13, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Two Surrender From Summer Gang Assault

A six-month investigation of a gang assault that has led to several arrests of gang members as well as a Jan. 12 sweep that involved over 40 officers from six agencies, has resulted in two additional suspects surrendering to police.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Code Enforcement Void In City

Throughout various Oakdale neighborhoods, there are those houses that tend to stand out and detract from the overall splendor and magnificence this quaint town of 20,000 typically has to offer.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Accepts Hershey Building Offer

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Body Found Outside City Limits

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives were investigating a suspicious death at an address in the rural area of Oakdale on the 9500 block of Pioneer Avenue on Monday morning, Feb. 9.

February 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Accepts $515K Offer For Hershey Building

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Agrees To Appoint

Faced with the possibility of financing a $20,000 special election as well as having to wait until the end of the year, the Oakdale City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the decision to appoint someone to fill Don Petersen's upcoming vacant seat.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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