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Rich In Thought - It’s Spring, Now Go Outside

After the last few days of this gorgeous weather, I believe I can now safely say that spring has sprung … just in time for the summer solstice.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City Banking On Jail Booking Payments

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Weather Cooperates For Farmers Market Opening

After several days of unstable weather, the sun did its June duty and came out to kick off the first evening of the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Volunteer Spotlight - OVH Foundation Volunteer Is Also One “TUF-SOB”

Oak Valley Hospital Foundation Volunteer of the Year Saundra Sward West downplays her recognition with sincere modesty, wishing for focus on her causes rather than her work.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Sales Tax Survey Results On Council Agenda

The results of an ad hoc committee's sales tax study is set to be presented at the June 6 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

In May, the council commissioned Godbe Research of San Mateo County to perform a survey on the viability of the tax initiative that would raise the sales tax in Oakdale.

June 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Gang Concerns Grow - “Colors” Of Oakdale

The battle between red and blue is escalating as recruitment is on to increase numbers for their causes. The red and blue differentiation, however, is not red states and blue states that are portrayed in election years, but the war between the Norteño and Sureño street gangs, a sight that is becoming more noticeable in the City of Oakdale.

June 01, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Senior Housing Projects Slated For City’s Future

Two housing projects, one approved, the other pending, targeting seniors are on the table at the City of Oakdale Community Development Department.

June 01, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Names New Chief Financial Officer

At the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board of Directors meeting on May 25, Chief Executive Officer John Friel announced the hiring of a new chief financial officer for the hospital.

June 01, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Donnelly’s Dream - High-Flying Adventurer Brings Airport To Fruition

When Dan Donnelly came home from World War II, the decorated naval pilot had visions of starting his own flight school.

June 01, 2011 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS

City Mayors Hear Police Merger Issue

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul and Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno met with Oakdale Police representatives on May 18 to hear a presentation on the possibility of combining police services. Both mayors left the meeting with positive hopes of the collaboration and bringing the presentation to future city council meetings.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Sun, Fun, And Yum - Chocolate Festival A Sweet Success

Thousands of attendees came out to this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival and were not only greeted by entertaining acts, a classic car show, wandering mascots, and food and treats of every variety, but the weather cooperated for two sun-filled, yet not too warm, beautiful days.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Staff Comes Through In Drill

Serious flooding and dam failure has occurred in Oakdale. The power is lost, back-up generators have failed, telephones are out, and traffic jams are occurring citywide due to inaccessible streets and weather conditions.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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