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City Watching Bond Insurer’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurer out of New York, filed legal action against the State of California for abolishment of 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs), like Oakdale's.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale City Attorney CalPERS Questioned

In 2004, Thomas P. Hallinan accepted a contract with Oakdale officials that effectively made him city attorney and included retirement benefits, as well as other benefits given to all employees of the city's management and confidential unit. Some in the city have taken issue with that arrangement.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wastewater Financing Highlights Meeting

How to make a payment they don't have the money for greeted Oakdale City Council members at their Monday night meeting, with the pending wastewater loan payment the main topic of discussion at the Aug 20 session.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wanted Shooter Arrested

A man wanted for two separate shootings in Oakdale, being a member of a street gang, and a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and a sheriff canine after a brief chase and extensive search late Thursday into early Friday morning, Aug. 17.

August 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Redevelopment Oversight Member Questions Board Appointment

The Oakdale Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board is asking city legal staff for clarification if Mayor Pat Paul's self-appointment to the panel is a conflict of interest. One board member is taking it beyond that and going to the Fair Political Practices Commission for a decision.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tourism, Visitors Bureau Comes Under Fire

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) continues to draw fire with its decisions, this time turning down sponsorship of the Sierra View Music Fest in lieu of financial support toward a first time, developing October event – the Oakdale Climbers Festival.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Eight Candidates Join Council Race

Two council incumbents, a former mayor, both the current and former treasurer, a community volunteer and two others have met the final deadline for three city council positions available in the November election, the Oakdale City Clerk's Office announced on Friday, Aug. 10. Two of the seats are full four-year posts and one is only a two-year period to fill out the term of Jason Howard, who resigned his seat last April due to outside-the-area job interests.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Adopts Media Policy

An Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers obtained by The Leader was sent to all Oakdale city employees, instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Catch Up To Fleeing Suspect

An Oakdale man wanted for possessing a pipe bomb and fighting with police in April was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 1, but only again after trying to run from and fight with police.

August 10, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Adopts Restrictive Media Policy

The Leader has obtained an Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers to all city employees instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."

August 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gang Shootings Lead To Pursuit, Crash

Two separate shootings kept Oakdale Police busy early Thursday morning, Aug. 2, shortly after midnight.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Travel Bureau Moving In Different Direction

Nearly three months after being advised by city leaders to have a separate board of directors than its business improvement district members, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau seems to be ignoring the city's direction.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Future Livens Up Council Meeting

A relatively lackluster Oakdale City Council meeting was brought to life Monday night by Councilman Mike Brennan with a high spirited discussion about the future of the Oakdale Airport.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Potential Candidate May Already Be In Violation Of Campaign Laws

Oakdale resident and active city volunteer Ramona Howard has made it no secret that she wishes to run for one of the open city council seats this November. Howard, however, may have started her "campaign" too early in violation of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

August 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Cops Busy With Two Shootings After Midnight

Two separate shootings kept Oakdale Police busy early Thursday morning, Aug. 2, shortly after midnight.

August 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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