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Reform Of Youth Council Benefits City

With the loss of its volunteer coordinator and the inability to have a regularly scheduled meeting since June 2011, the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department is restructuring its youth advisory commission into a youth council.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Conflict Ruled For Mayor On Oversight Board

According to a decision by Oakdale City Attorney Tom Hallinan, Mayor Pat Paul is allowed to sit on the board that oversees the Oakdale Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Auditions For ‘Winnie the Pooh – Kids’

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDETTES are seeking students in first through fifth grades to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "Winnie the Pooh KIDS." Open auditions to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 4p.m. at Johansen High School Theatre. No experience or preparation necessary. All audition materials are provided.

August 28, 2012 | | Local News


Virtual 'Ride-Along' via Twitter with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department will host its first-ever "virtual ride-along" via Twitter on Saturday Aug.25 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

August 24, 2012 | | Local News


“Who Let The Dogs Out?” - Committee Barking Up Fundraising Tree

Over a dozen dogs of all sizes, ranging from breeds of Chihuahuas, smooth coat collies, golden retrievers, Bernese mountain dogs, and more pawed their way around Wood Park in Oakdale on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the American Cancer Society's Bark For Life.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bypass Concerns Stir Up Stearns

It was billed as the 'North County Corridor Project Update for S. Stearns Road Area Residents' –but the problem was, many of those residents were just not made aware of it.

August 22, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Levee Concerns Aired

Brendan Murphy knows that it's coming.

August 22, 2012 | Jason Campbell The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader | Local News


City Watching Bond Insurer’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurer out of New York, filed legal action against the State of California for abolishment of 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs), like Oakdale's.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Watching Bond Insurer’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurer out of New York, filed legal action against the State of California for abolishment of 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs), like Oakdale's.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale City Attorney CalPERS Questioned

In 2004, Thomas P. Hallinan accepted a contract with Oakdale officials that effectively made him city attorney and included retirement benefits, as well as other benefits given to all employees of the city's management and confidential unit. Some in the city have taken issue with that arrangement.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ROTA Prepares For County Takeover

Big changes are in store for the ROTA (Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority) transit service, the details of which were discussed at the ROTA board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.

August 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Wastewater Financing Highlights Meeting

How to make a payment they don't have the money for greeted Oakdale City Council members at their Monday night meeting, with the pending wastewater loan payment the main topic of discussion at the Aug 20 session.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Artists Inspire Dancing Poetry

The poem, "Sense of Direction," written by Sandi McGinnis set to music composed by Ross McGinnis, inspired a dance called "Ashes" to be performed by Tami Stark McQueen at the 19th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco.

August 21, 2012 | | Local News


Season's First Air Alert Begins Monday

The Valley air basin's first seasonal Air Alert will begin Monday, Aug. 20 and continue through Tuesday, Aug. 21, with the possibility of being extended. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.

August 18, 2012 | | Local News


Wanted Shooter Arrested

A man wanted for two separate shootings in Oakdale, being a member of a street gang, and a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and a sheriff canine after a brief chase and extensive search late Thursday into early Friday morning, Aug. 17.

August 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Crime Stopping Cuisine Food And Wine Tasting

Come to the annual Crime Stopping Cuisine Food and Wine Tasting on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Peterson Hall, 720 12th St. in Modesto.

August 22, 2013 | | Local News


Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale On The Horizon

The rousing aroma of delicious dishes will fill the air at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Taste of Oakdale opens its doors at 5 p.m.

August 21, 2013 | | Local News


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Air Alert of season scheduled to begin Monday

In order to prevent the valley air basin from exceeding critical 1-hour ozone levels, local air officials are declaring the season's first Air Alert, to begin Monday, Aug. 19 and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 21.

August 17, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mental Health Study Outlines Accessibility Issues

Looking at what he termed a 'disproportionate number of mental health cases coming through Pathways clinic near Oak Valley Hospital, physician's assistant intern Zach Greenlee has partnered with some fellow interns in hopes of making a difference.

August 15, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Help Support The Stanislaus Family Justice Center

The Stanislaus Family Justice Center provides lifesaving solutions through partnerships. They serve to eradicate violence from the community. Their mission is to not rest until every victim of domestic violence and every abused child receives the services, love, comfort and help they deserve.

August 15, 2013 | | Local News


Neighbors Celebrate Oakdale's National Nite Out

Several Oakdale neighborhoods joined in on the 30th Annual National Night Out – America's Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 6, celebrating with block parties and park gatherings.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Annexation?

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accident Gridlocks Traffic

Afternoon motorists were delayed on the way to their destinations on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, when a J.S. West & Company propane tank became dislodged, causing the tanker to roll on its side on Highway 120 north of River Road.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Valley Vision Review

After seven months of gathering input and a comprehensive review of the future needs of Stanislaus County, the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is ready to present the four proposed alternatives for the Valley Vision Stanislaus plan; a long range regional transportation plan that will provide the framework for investment in roads, freeways, public transit, bike trails and other ways people move around the county for the next 28 years.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Local Tractor Supply Puts Focus On Pet Appreciation

It's time for the third annual Pet Appreciation Week at Tractor Supply Company, an event celebrating pets and the joy they add to our lives. This year's event is going on Aug. 14 through 18. Customers visiting their local Tractor Supply store will enjoy great sale items throughout the pet department and, for the main event on Saturday, Aug. 17, customers will find pet adoptions, giveaways, nutrition demonstrations and more. All pets are also welcome to take part in the festivities.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Natural Resource Volunteer Program Applicants Sought

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.

August 13, 2013 | | Local News


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