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City ‘Solar Farm’ To Combat Costs

Abandoned wastewater ponds near the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant could soon be lined with solar panels, providing the City of Oakdale with substantial savings in its energy costs. This, after the city council approved an action Monday night, July 18 to explore a deal with Borrego Solar Systems of Oakland.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Amended Against OID

Attorneys for the Oakdale Groundwater Alliance have asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court to dismiss four causes of actions from a lawsuit they originally filed against the Oakdale Irrigation District earlier this year. The causes of action, numbers two through five, centered around Director Gary Osmundson's participation and voting in the district's On-Farm Conservation Program, accusing him of a conflict of interest and other illegalities.

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


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 | Local News


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


New Broadcast Equipment Approved For City Sessions

With the city's current broadcast equipment dated and in need of replacement, the Oakdale City Council approved the purchase of $75,000 in digital ...

November 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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