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City Settles Discrimination Suit

The City of Oakdale this week entered into a non-disclosed monetary settlement with a former public works employee to settle a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. William Moffitt, who worked for the City of Oakdale from 2005 to 2006, claims he was forced to resign from his position as an equipment operator after having to tolerate racial slurs by co-workers and superiors, harassment after receiving a promotion to a higher paid position, and being threatened with a gun by a co-worker in the employee lunchroom. The final straw, according to the lawsuit, was when ...

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Wellness Educator Preps For Conference, Book Release

Local health and wellness educator Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale will be having her new book released the same time she will be doing a presentation at the Alzheimer's International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her book, "Wisdom To Wellness," is scheduled to be released March 25, the same weekend she will be in Toronto for the conference.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Councilman Leading Charge To Revise City’s Website

For anyone who's navigated the City of Oakdale's website, they know some of the barriers to obtaining information or a lack of available services such as paying bills online.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Putting Off Well Operation Start Up Costs City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the manufacturer's claim that the warranty had expired during the three-year time the well sat inactive after the installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put into service.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Dual Rotary Clubs Honor Oakdale’s Public Service Standouts

The dual Rotary Clubs - Oakdale and Sunrise - once again collaborated to honor the city's best in public service at a Wednesday, March 2 luncheon held at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Partnering Equals Success For Mexicali Trip

Five Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs met in Calexico on Thursday, Feb. 17 and off loaded 3000 pounds of clothing that made it to four orphanages and two mental hospitals for adults in Mexicali. Medical equipment of approximately $5,000 found its way to the Mexicali General Hospital that did not get the "wrecking ball" as was expected, due to last year's massive earthquake.

March 09, 2011 | John Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News

Oakdale Fire Cuts Looming

In protracted budget reductions that go on for years, such as the nation has experienced, there comes a time when there's simply no more fat to trim, no more tricks to pull, and the reductions are found in flesh and blood.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Council Eyes iPads For ‘Green’ Meetings

In a proposed cost-saving measure and an attempt to "go green," saving the city the massive amounts of paper per member that is generated for meetings, the five-member Oakdale City Council discussed a proposed switch from printed agendas to the Apple iPad as a substitute for the agenda binders.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Dog Park To Close For Turf Maintenance

Local pooches will have to forego their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park twice a year due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Adopt-A-Plot - Cemetery Board Appeals To Community

Times are certainly tough - no surprise there - and communities are being forced to get creative with how they solve problems. One such entity, the Oakdale Citizen's Cemetery, is making an urgent plea to the community for help in the upkeep of the cemetery grounds by proposing the Adopt-A-Plot program. Intrigued? You should be. For some community members, their loved ones are resting peacefully within the 13-acre endowment cemetery but the situation regarding the grounds upkeep is downright dire.

March 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Quarry Approval Could Impact Oakdale

An item with potential adverse effects for Oakdale residents, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors plans to hold a hearing regarding the recommendation to establish a rock quarry located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID Report: Enough Water This Year

The Oakdale Irrigation District is expecting its full allocation of water this year and also expects to have water available that has previously been transferred (sold) to Stockton East Water District (SEWD).

March 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Adopt A Plot

February 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Dog Park Closure Slated For March

Oakdale dog owners and their pooches are going to have some down time twice a year, having to wait for their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

February 24, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Local Gas Prices Again On The Rise

Oakdale and Riverbank motorists are going to have to dig into their pocketbooks a bit deeper for a gallon of gasoline this season as prices are over 50 cents per gallon higher than they were last year at this time. For the first time in three years, the cost of a gallon of gas could reach the intimidating $4 mark, which is certain to modify most drivers' habits after filling up at the pumps.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Sex Solicitation

Oakdale Police detectives arrested a 65-year-old man for solicitation of sex acts with a child on Wednesday, Nov. 25 after anonymous sexually explicit letters were ...

November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holidays Made Brighter Through Shoebox Effort


November 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OPD Considers Sending Recruits


November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Annual Cowboy Christmas And More This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov 28 for the community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Kids Tackle Turkey Time

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday a few Cloverland Elementary second graders were asked: How do you cook a turkey? Here are their answers.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Gold Dust Pizza Spices Up North End


November 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City web page at or Like us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Orange Blossom 4-H Makes Time For Giving


November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Travelers Will Enjoy Lower Gas Prices This Week

Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will certainly have something to be extra thankful for: the cheapest gasoline prices since March 2009. The low prices ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Operation Christmas Child Continues

The River Christian Community Church is serving as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child-the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. The ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

Winter Weather Closure Along State Route 108

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed Sonora Pass/State Route 108 for the winter as of Monday, Nov. 16. The road is closed ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Severe State Drought Tips: Saving Water Saves Energy

With Governor Brown's mandatory water restrictions, the state's most severe drought in decades, and temperatures rising during an extra hot summer, Energy Upgrade ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Clerk-Recorder Announces Completion Of Vote Tally

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters & Clerk-Recorder released the final daily Consolidated District Election update.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

State Fire Officials Remain On Alert

While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, CAL FIRE continues to have extra firefighter ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Veterans Honored For Service

Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at the Veterans Monument in William A. Fish Veterans Park on Wednesday, Nov 11 by the local VFW Post ...

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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