The homeless and vagrancy problem in Oakdale; always something to generate conversation, social media comments, and ideas of what to do, now has created the need for a community meeting titled "Focus on Prevention: Homelessness" on Oct. 26.
Generally when I cover a story I'm rarely a participant in the subject matter but this time was a bit different. Though I am not from Oakdale or live in the city (and there have been a few disgruntled readers who have reminded me of this), I do feel part of this "community" and felt the need to volunteer for the Oakdale Children's Play Park Revitalization Project at Dorada Park when City Manager Bryan Whitemyer made the call for workers at a recent city council meeting.
A Wednesday evening crash on Oct. 7 between a big rig and a pick-up truck on Albers Road between Warnerville Road and Oakdale-Waterford Highway resulted in a fatality and the big rig crashing into a residence on Albers Road.
With the appropriation of surrendered bail money coming their way from the courts, the Oakdale Police Department will be able to renovate its gun range in the city to make it safer as well as give it resilience for years to come.
Former Oakdale attorney James Fonda, who was convicted of grand theft on Sept. 17, was sentenced to one year in county jail on Oct. 5 and will have to provide full restitution of $180,000 to his victim, a disabled San Jose man. Fonda will also have to complete five years of formal felony probation.
Oakdale Police investigators believe a late Tuesday night, Sept. 22, shooting by a Stockton Police officer on Highway 99 in Ripon is possibly tied to the robbery of Valley First Credit Union the previous day.
Oakdale's Glenn Bacigalupi, who, along with his family, was honored earlier this year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce with their Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away at age 87 Saturday, Sept. 26 in the late afternoon, his son Michael reported.
In response to a July FAA letter criticizing the city's lease of airport facilities to Sierra West Airlines and the determination that "…Sierra West Airlines at the Oakdale Airport functions mainly as a non-aeronautical activity" the City of Oakdale has hired Cogdill Real Estate Associates of Modesto to determine the fair market rental value of the airport facilities that are being used for non-aeronautical purposes and begin charging Sierra West Airlines fair market value rental of Hangars L-1 and L-3.
One of the benefits with my job, besides being the perfect retirement gig that allows me to be my opinionated self in my column, still respond to emergencies and crimes, and generally be part of a great community, is that on Fridays I get to take my two Bernese mountain dogs, Dante and Gino, to work with me for the day.
The Sierra View Music Fest, a yearly fundraising event in Oakdale with name stars, has a rich legacy in the area with its charitable cause of "Dedicated to awarding students with music scholarships, through donations and event ticket sales."