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City Lawsuit Payouts: Creative Budgeting?

Cash strapped Oakdale is spending a mound of money on civil lawsuit settlements and using some creative ways to pay off the litigant settlements and the associated attorney fees – over $800,000 –from the actions of city employees that brought on the lawsuits.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Friel Tapped For Catalina Post

The former Oak Valley Hospital CEO, John Friel, will be taking the helm at Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon, California.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


McCormick Gets Three-Year Contract As Hospital CEO

The Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors announced on Wednesday night that Acting Hospital CEO John McCormick has been selected as the permanent CEO with a pending three-year contract.

May 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital Awarded Grant

At Wednesday's Board of Director's meeting, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that the State of California awarded the hospital a $350,000 grant.

April 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Sunday Crash Claims Life Of Bicyclist

Authorities as of Monday morning had not yet released the identity of a bicyclist killed along Rodden Road early Sunday afternoon, the Oakdale man struck by a truck as he was turning his bicycle into a driveway shortly after noon.

April 23, 2012 | Marg Jackson | NEWS


CHP Urges Super Bowl Safety

The big game can mean big fun for football fans everywhere; however, rather than waiting until the fourth quarter to designate a driver, have a plan in place before the festivities begin.

February 02, 2012 | | NEWS


Chamber Responds To Council Allegations

Oakdale Chamber of Commerce president Chris Elswick has released an official response to the Oakdale City Council's discussion of the Oakdale Tourism and Business Improvement District. The discussion took place at council's Jan. 17 meeting, where members spent over 45 minutes discussing the BID and hearing public comment on the question of possible wrongdoing before deciding to hold off making a decision on the issue until a future meeting.

January 26, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | NEWS


Major Changes Due For Postal Service

As evidenced by a recent announcement made by the U.S. Postal Service to make unprecedented cuts to first-class mail, the ripple effect of a down economy continues to take its toll on services Americans have come to take for granted.

December 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital replaces CEO

The Oak Valley Hospital District Board of Directors voted on Wednesday to put CEO John Friel on administrative leave for the remainder of his contract. Chief Financial Officer John McCormick will take over as interim CEO on Nov. 1. For more information see the full story in the Nov. 2 issue of the Oakdale Leader.

October 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | NEWS


Valley Home Superintendent Prosecuted

On Friday Aug 5, the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office charged Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart with felony child molestation including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


OJUSD Food Director Resigns In Light Of Investigation

Long-time Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez has abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug 2 amidst allegations of theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 04, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


New Manager To Be At Council Meeting

Oakdale's new city manager, Gregory Wellman, will be at the city council meeting Monday night sitting in on his first session with the ruling body.

August 01, 2011 | | NEWS


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

July 28, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Police Investigate Dead Body Found On Yosemite

The Oakdale Police Department is classifying the death of Michael Levi "Bobby" Fuller, 26, of Oakdale, as "suspicious" while they investigate the circumstances leading up to his death. Fuller's body was found behind 262 S. Yosemite Ave. on Wednesday morning, July 20.

At 8:51 a.m., Chris Ingham, the owner of Golden Arrow Archery, discovered the body lying on a picnic table and notified Oakdale Fire Department personnel who were conducting a training exercise at the rear of the fire station next to the parking lot.

July 21, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Oakdale Business Center Opens

On Thursday, July 14, the city's Small Business Development Center at 142 South Second Avenue opened.

The endeavor is a partnership with the Stanislaus Economic Development Center and Workforce Alliance that has been providing business training in Oakdale for several years.

July 14, 2011 | | NEWS


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