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Council Votes To Raise Garbage Rates

Oakdale residents will see a gradual rise in their garbage bills for the next five years after the Oakdale City Council voted to allow Gilton Solid Waste Management a 2.5 percent increase to cover the cost of providing solid waste services for the city.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

This Dude Tries To Be An SF Ball Dude

I've been following the great game of baseball since 1968 and in that time I have more than my fair share of memories.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Directors Criticized During OID Meeting

A larger than average crowd came out for the Oakdale Irrigation District's Tuesday, June 7 regular meeting, causing the venue to be changed to a larger on-site building. Public comments saw many of the attendees speaking out against Directors Linda Santos and Gail Altieri for their actions related to a lawsuit stopping the water district's On-Farm Conservation Program that had been approved earlier in the year.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Police Report Arrest In Soccer Embezzlement

A former USClub Competitive Program Director and Past-President of the Oakdale Youth Soccer League was arrested by Oakdale Police on June 1 after a two- month investigation into over $18,000 of embezzled league funds.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Man Arrested For Shooting Dog

Oakdale Police responded to several emergency calls that a dog had been shot in a crowded shopping center on Thursday, May 26 close to 7 p.m. The end result saw the shooter going to jail for his actions and the dog's owner also arrested on drug charges.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Eggman Involved In Bera Campaign Funds Scandal

In obtained public records, The Leader has discovered that Michael Eggman, a current candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, is possibly involved in the Ami Bera campaign contribution scandal that is seeing Bera's father, Babulal Bera, possibly serve up to a five-year prison sentence for election fraud involving the finances of his son's campaign.

June 01, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News



June 01, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Two Drowning Victims Located At Woodward

Emergency crews spent the better part of the Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir looking for two Oakland teenagers that had jumped out of a boat on Saturday afternoon, May 28 and were missing. On Tuesday, May 31, one of the teen's bodies was found.

June 01, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Olivo Holding On To MLB Goal

In AAA minor league baseball, the typical age range is 23-24, maybe 25, over 26 is considered "old." At age 37, as starting catcher for the Sacramento River Cats, Oakdale's Miguel Olivo is far beyond that 26-year-old threshold as he carries on his quest to make it back to the Major Leagues.

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Chocolate Lovers Descend For City’s Sweet Festival

With threatening skies days before the annual event, Mother Nature cooperated over the weekend, providing pleasant, but occasional cloudy, weather for the 24th Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Two OID Directors Actions Questioned

With an April litigation regarding water sales against the Oakdale Irrigation District going through various motions in Stanislaus County Superior Court, two sitting OID directors who cast March 15 dissenting votes for the sale, have voluntarily provided the plaintiffs' attorney with declarations containing emails they had with OID General Manager Steve Knell. After the information was supplied, the court reversed its decision from allowing the program to putting a halt until environmental concerns could be addressed.

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Road Closure Causes Headache

Drivers heading south on Yosemite Avenue or coming into town from Patterson Road found an unexpected surprise Wednesday morning, May 11 with the closure of the main artery through town. With "unforeseen circumstances" arising from construction, the city was forced to close South Yosemite Avenue between G Street and J Street. The shutting down of the thoroughfare was scheduled to last, according to the City of Oakdale, through Tuesday, May 17.

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City’s Star Spangled Faux Pas Unfurls Again

One of the remarkable and impressive things I see in Oakdale is the more than 300 American flags set up by the Oakdale Lions Club along the city main streets on holidays and other special occasions.

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Interim Police Chief Selected For Oakdale

The Oakdale City Council announced that retired Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden will lead the city's police force this July upon the retirement of current Police Chief Lester Jenkins.

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Bonus Payouts Made For Cash Losing Event?

As the annual Farmer Market kicked off in downtown Oakdale for the summer of 2016, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau announced that it lost over $6,200 when it hosted the event last year.

May 11, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Council Selects New Police Chief

Twenty-year police veteran Scott Heller was named chief of police after he was unanimously approved by the Oakdale City Council prior to the start of ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Altieri and Santos Vindicated By Superior Court Ruling

Two Oakdale Irrigation District directors that had been barred from discussing certain closed-door lawsuit discussions, due to a temporary order filed by the district, have ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City To Create Interim Managers

With the September retirement of former Oakdale Public Services Director Thom Clark, and the subsequent appointment of Jeff Gravel as the interim director, the city ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Electric Charging Stations Coming To Bianchi Center

Stanislaus County, in partnership with the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, are working together on a project to install two electric vehicle charging stations in ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Couch Shot, Arrest Made

Oakdale Police arrested a Ceres man on Friday, Oct. 7 after he shot his ex-girlfriend's couch during an argument inside a Marquez Court home ...

October 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Council Chooses Park Name

After consideration of names and a public hearing, Oakdale Community Park will be the name of the city's new park along South Yosemite Avenue ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID Approves Lucrative Water Sale By 3-2 Vote

In a move that will bring $2 million to Oakdale Irrigation District coffers, district board members, by a 3-2 vote, approved a deal in a ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Residents Relay Bypass Concerns

Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting brought a standing room only crowd to the council chambers with the overflow of citizens into the lobby ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

A Misaligned Universe

While this column is about the upcoming Presidential Election, I'm going to do my best to put personal politics aside, not to stress favor ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Active Week Seen In OID Legal Drama

The courts were active with Oakdale Irrigation District legal actions this past week which saw lawyers for both sides busy with briefs for an upcoming ...

September 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

District Sparring Peaks At Meeting

After a week of court actions (see related article below), the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors met on Wednesday, Sept 21. During the emotionally ...

September 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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