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City Manager, Union At Odds

One side says it's a form of censorship preventing them from keeping their jobs. The other side claims they were just cautioning workers on speaking as an unauthorized representative of the city. Nevertheless, the issue of privatization of public works continues to be a hot bed in Oakdale's city government causing rift between affected line-level employees and city leaders.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Cowboy Day Celebration

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will celebrate the eighth annual National Day of the American Cowboy, Saturday, July 28 at the Cowboy Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 25, 2012 | | Local News


Status Quo - No Changes In Open Meetings Anticipated Locally

Under the law known as the Brown Act, local government agencies such as the City of Oakdale, Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Oakdale Irrigation District, and Oak Valley Hospital District must post public meeting agendas and release closed session decisions.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Due To Receive Upgrade Funds

Much needed improvements are coming to the Oakdale Municipal Airport courtesy of a Federal Aviation Administration grant.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scaled Down National Night Out Slated

In years past the Oakdale community has enjoyed a robust National Night Out event with multiple locations throughout the city with police demonstrations, fun, food, and raffle prizes but the budget crunch has put a damper on this popular annual celebration.

July 25, 2012 | | Local News


Mayotte Takes Reins For Fire Agencies

In the name of efficiency and eliminating redundancy, Stanislaus County Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief, Stephen Mayotte, has assumed the role of Fire Chief by Contract for Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, Oakdale City Fire Department as well as Stanislaus Consolidated as of July 1.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Strong Words To Get CalPERS Actuarial

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors recently unanimously approved a resolution to terminate the contract between the district and the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Due to sustainability concerns and escalating costs associated with the retirement program, the board has expressed concerns and has heard presentations from CalPERS staff. The board directed OID staff to evaluate the options and came up with the need to use strong wording like "contract termination" apparently in order to get the financials they need to study the feasibility.

July 24, 2012 | | Local News


Cowboy Museum To Debut New Exhibit

A new exhibit, The Saddle, Tools of the Trade, will debut at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, on Wednesday, July 25, from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. This exhibit will feature the exact tools and equipment that would have been found in a saddle shop 100 years ago and still are being used in shops today. Over the last 150 years the design of the western saddle has continually changed. These changes have mainly occurred to fulfill the various needs of the mounted stockman. The style for many of the tools of the saddle maker however, have not changed significantly ...

July 20, 2012 | | Local News


Open Meeting Reporting Threatened

Under the law known as the Brown Act, local government agencies such as the City of Oakdale, Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Oakdale Irrigation District, and Oak Valley Hospital District must post public meeting agendas and release closed session decisions.

July 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Recants Rape, Kidnapping Claim

A 16-year-old Oakdale girl who claimed she'd been kidnapped and raped on June 13 - sparking a frenzy of fear and concern within the community - has recanted her story, said police.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Protests SSJID Breach Of Protocol

A formal letter of protest to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District regarding breach of Tri-Dam board meeting protocol was unanimously approved to be sent by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the July 17 regular meeting.

July 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Senior Center Refurbishing

After 12 years of constant use, the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center is getting a much-needed freshening up in the form of new furnishings.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Restricted City $$? - Enterprise Funds Use Questioned

As city residents await word on a sewer and water rate hike, questions are being raised on the City of Oakdale's use of its sewer sanitation and water enterprise funds to finance non-related areas of the operation of the city government. A review of the 2012-2013 Oakdale city budget raises uncertainties regarding billings being in compliance with Proposition 218.

July 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Skate Park

Some speakers referred to it as a state funded "gift" that shouldn't be turned away. Two council members recognized it as the potential to be "a jewel in the city's tarnished crown." After the discussion on its agenda item, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to move forward with the first phase of the South Yosemite Avenue Community Park.

July 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Plans Protest Letter To Partner

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously agreed to send a letter of protest to its Tri-Dam Project partner, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, charging a breach of Tri-Dam board meeting protocol in an action at the July 17 OID regular meeting.

July 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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MJC Offers Screening Of The White Helmets

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a free screening of the documentary film The White Helmets on Thursday, Nov ...

November 01, 2017 | | Local News


Fire Board Sets Session

After having "no reportable action" out of a special session on Friday, Oct. 27, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Board of Directors has called ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Senior Menu

Senior lunches are served Monday through Friday at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center in Oakdale. Call to reserve a lunch, 303-0946.

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Ritland Offers Address At MJC Veteran’s Day

Modesto Junior College Veteran Services invites the community to a Veteran's Day Celebration featuring a keynote address by Mike Ritland on Monday, Nov.6 ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Residents, Artists Take In Award Winning Show

More than two dozen artists were featured in the recent Oak Valley Art Society Fall Art Show, staged at the Escalon Library on Oct. 20 ...

October 25, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Community Briefs

Women's Club Luncheon

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


OPERATION WARMTH

Oakdale High School Leadership and Central Catholic's Leadership Class team members have once again teamed up for "Operation Warmth." During the week of Oct ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Wildfire Battle Slowly Being Won By Crews

Even as local firefighters spread the message of fire prevention in area schools during the just completed Fire Prevention Week, more than 4,300 firefighters ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Downtown Halloween Parade, Fest Scheduled

Mark the calendar for Tuesday, October 31 – Halloween – and plan to join in the festivities as the community's annual Halloween Parade and Festival will ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Foundation Focuses On Digestive Diseases

Kyle MacFarlane's childhood dreams were like most sports loving boys. His career aspiration simple – play professional baseball.

October 25, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Young Eagles Take Flight At Airport’s Annual Event

For the past 20 years, off and on, the local EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 90 has been participating in the national Young Eagles Day ...

October 25, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Candidates Francis, DeBoer Battle For OID Division Five

The Oakdale Irrigation District race on the November ballot will feature two contested races – including one in OID Division 5 – an area which includes part ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


Doornenbal, Challenger Taro Face Off In OID Division Two

With one incumbent running for re-election, the Oakdale Irrigation District race in Division 2 on the November ballot will feature current Director Herman Doornenbal facing ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


State Transportation Commission Promoting Healthy Communities

The California Transportation Commission approved a significant investment in the health of communities and their residents, committing $117 million to 63 Active Transportation Projects (ATP ...

October 25, 2017 | | Local News


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