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Council Meeting On Tuesday Night

Because of the Monday, July 4 Independence Day holiday, the Oakdale City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.

The council plans on discussing the new city manager in closed session and in public session will proclaim July 18, 2011, "Bob Gilbert Day in Oakdale" for Robert E. Gilbert and all his community contributions.

July 04, 2011 | | NEWS


Local Congressman Hears Concerns

Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday June 28 with a lunch stop at the H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.

"Our big focus right now is jobs," Denham said. "I'll be meeting with various businesses, chambers, and individuals to see what we can do in congress."

June 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


OVH Board Responds To Grand Jury

During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.

In the response to the Grand Jury, Hospital CEO John Friel noted that he concurred that some previous meeting agendas lacked specificity and more clarity was needed in them, but there was no intent to mislead.

June 23, 2011 | | NEWS


Budget To Be Discussed At Monday's Council Meeting

The Oakdale City Council will vote to adopt the city's 2011-2012 operating budget at its regular meeting on Monday, June 20.

Over the last three years the city has cut over $3.4 million from its general fund budget that has resulted in loss of personnel and services. Earlier this year, Former City Manager Steve Hallam asked department heads to cut 10 percent from their budgets to cover a $760,000 shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

June 16, 2011 | | NEWS


Public Safety Layoffs Averted

The City of Oakdale announced on Monday that proposed cuts to the fire and police departments would be delayed for at least seven months keeping public safety staffing at a status quo.

The original presented budget in May proposed cutting two positions each to the fire and police departments. The police department is losing two positions to upcoming retirements and those positions will go unfilled. The two targeted fire positions received a seven-month funding that coincides with the proposed sales tax ballot measure.

June 09, 2011 | | NEWS


Hospital Names New CFO

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.

John McCormick assumed CFO duties on May 24, replacing Wayne Mills who resigned on April 30 to accept a position with another healthcare organization in Yuba City.

May 26, 2011 | | NEWS


Council Holding Special Meeting On Budget

The Oakdale City Council will be having a special meeting on city budget items on Thursday, May 19.

May 19, 2011 | | NEWS


Airport Commission To Discuss Possible Disbandment

The Oakdale Airport Commission will be meeting tonight, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Oakdale City Council Chambers.

On the agenda is an item to discuss the city council's proposal for disbandment of the commission. The commission will also discuss updates on hangar leases and the annual airport inspection.

May 12, 2011 | | NEWS


Fire Officials Admit Higher Fuel Concerns

With fire season around the corner, May 1-7 has been declared "Wildfire Awareness Week" in California. During the week, CAL FIRE is urging homeowners to be ready for wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers wildfires pose, but also to educate them on how to prepare their property.

May 04, 2011 | | NEWS


Shake Up At City Hall

In a surprising move, the Oakdale City Council voted 4-0, with Katherine Morgan unavailable, to release City Manager Steve Hallam during a closed session meeting on Monday April 25.

Hallam, who has been with the city since 2001, has been Oakdale's city manager since 2006.

April 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Public Works Deputy Director Put On Leave

Oakdale Deputy Director of Public Works and Airport Manager David Myers has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing date.

City Manager Steve Hallam confirmed Myers was placed on leave earlier this month but would not provide any specifics about the case citing that it was a pending personnel matter and out of respect for Myers' privacy. Hallam did say that the subject of the leave was not for any criminal related conduct and there has not been an investigation regarding the pending issue.

April 21, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Tuolumne Supervisors Approve Cooperstown Quarry

In an expected move on Tuesday April 5, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved a 135-acre mine located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

Jack and Tricia Gardella and The Resource Exploration and Drilling Company proposed the project that will mine over 55 million tons of crushed rock over a 75-year period. The mined rock would be used for road construction, railroad track ballast and other industrial uses.

April 07, 2011 | | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital CFO Resigns Position

Oak Valley Hospital CFO Wayne Mills abruptly announced his resignation as CFO of Oak Valley Hospital Wednesday afternoon, March 30. 2011.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Testicle Festival This Monday

Tickets are still on sale for the 30th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival to take place this Monday, March 28, at 7p.m.

Since 2001, the Oakdale Cowboy Museum has teamed up with Oakdale Rotary for the popular annual dinner of "mountain oysters," a delicacy of fried bull testicles, served at the F.E.S. Hall located at 190 Lee Avenue.

March 24, 2011 | | NEWS


Cities Team Up To Battle Mine Project

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces as allies to encounter the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at their March 15, 2011 meeting. At issue –a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities

March 17, 2011 | | NEWS


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Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

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.

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Woodward Reservoir’s Summer Fate To Appear On Agenda

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.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | NEWS


Snowy Weather Prompts Pass Closures

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.

December 11, 2013 | | NEWS


FEMA Funds Available For Rim Fire Fight

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.

August 26, 2013 | Report Abuse account | NEWS


Airline Disaster Close To Home

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.

July 10, 2013 | Marg Jackson | NEWS


Jr. High Steelband In ‘Talent’ Finals

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.

July 03, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | NEWS


County Fair Adds New Farmers’ Market

The Stanislaus County Fair is bringing fresh and organic flavors as part of the new Farmers' Market at the Fair.

June 10, 2013 | | NEWS


School Safety Bill Dies In Committee

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.

May 27, 2013 | | NEWS


Commuters Backed Up On 99 For Hours When Ladder Causes Truck Rollover

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.

May 09, 2013 | Glenn Kahl Manteca Bulletin | NEWS


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


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