More than 75 people, ranging from teens to senior citizens, attended Mayor Pat Paul's Citizen Action Committee meeting at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday, March 14.
In response to rising employee pension costs, the City of Oakdale, in an attempt to save money, initiated a two-tier retirement system for new employees. The new lower tier retirement formula brings the benefit down to nearly the same level it was when the city joined the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in 1970.
The City of Oakdale has revised its original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week – Fridays – in favor to having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. With the change, city business hours will also extend one hour, until 6 p.m., on the second Wednesday of the month. The purpose of the one-hour extension is to satisfy the surge ...
A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the installer's claim that the warranty had expired during the 3-year time the well sat inactive between installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put in service. The failure of the pump shaft has resulted in finger pointing between city officials, the manufacturer, MagnaDrive of Seattle and the installer, Amerine Systems of Oakdale.
More than 1,100 citizens of Oakdale - and counting - have signed a petition calling for the replacement of Police Chief Marty West as the threat of losing cops becomes more real and discontent continues to fester among the ranks of the police department, according to Joseph Parreira, Oakdale Police Officer Association President.
Update: Traffic was still at a crawl as of 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon slowing motorists who were driving northbound on Highway 99 between the Highway 120 Bypass and Yosemite Avenue. Tow trucks had pulled the truck around into one lane leaving the other lane open to allow restricted traffic flow on the freeway.
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.
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