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 in demand for service by walk-in customers that day due to water shut-offs.
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.
Citing that it's better to plan for a city's growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city's edges.
Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir, a popular recreation area, could potentially be closed this summer, depending on what the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors decides at its upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 25 meeting where it's expected that the action item and discussion on the lake's level will appear.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 (SR-4) over Ebbetts Pass and SR-89 over Monitor Pass, in Alpine County, and SR-108 over Sonora Pass, in Tuolumne County, as of Monday, Dec. 9.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Rim Fire currently burning in Tuolumne County.
Oakdale resident Barbara Findlay nearly had a front row seat to the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
Oakdale's got talent. In fact, a bit of the island calypso sound performed by young Oakdale musicians will soon be featured on the Gallo Center for the Arts stage.
The Stanislaus County Fair is bringing fresh and organic flavors as part of the new Farmers' Market at the Fair.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen's (R-Modesto) Assembly Bill 1076, which (upon availability of federal funds) would have equipped school classrooms and other widely used school facilities with panic buttons that instantly alert law enforcement in the event of a campus emergency, was killed by Democrat lawmakers on the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday, May 24. Members of the Appropriations Committee refused to take the bill off of the suspense file for a vote, killing the bill in the process.
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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