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Redevelopment Oversight Member Questions Board Appointment

The Oakdale Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board is asking city legal staff for clarification if Mayor Pat Paul's self-appointment to the panel is a conflict of interest. One board member is taking it beyond that and going to the Fair Political Practices Commission for a decision.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Valley Home, Oakdale Celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 7 was a night of fun for several Stanislaus County communities, including Valley Home and Oakdale, with both locations participating in the event. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

August 15, 2012 | | Local News


Tourism, Visitors Bureau Comes Under Fire

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) continues to draw fire with its decisions, this time turning down sponsorship of the Sierra View Music Fest in lieu of financial support toward a first time, developing October event – the Oakdale Climbers Festival.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Eight Candidates Join Council Race

Two council incumbents, a former mayor, both the current and former treasurer, a community volunteer and two others have met the final deadline for three city council positions available in the November election, the Oakdale City Clerk's Office announced on Friday, Aug. 10. Two of the seats are full four-year posts and one is only a two-year period to fill out the term of Jason Howard, who resigned his seat last April due to outside-the-area job interests.

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Real Estate Offer Market Snapshot

While there are still homeowners struggling with the foreclosure tidal wave that seemed to swamp many homeowners who purchased in 2009-2011, record low fixed mortgage rates and a modest inventory of homes has helped the market to slowly recover but true rebounding will take more time, according to real estate professionals.

August 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Adopts Media Policy

An Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers obtained by The Leader was sent to all Oakdale city employees, instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."

August 15, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Aire Serv CEO on National Hit Reality Show

If you're not one of the 10.23 million people who watched the Aire Serv of Stanislaus County CEO on "Undercover Boss," you get a second chance.

August 10, 2012 | | Local News


Chamber To Offer Mobile Web Class

In 2012, it is simply not enough to be on the Internet; preparing and handling the ongoing shift of consumer behavior to mobile Internet usage is no longer an option, but a necessity. Recent research shows that 48 percent of adults now own a smart phone capable of browsing the Internet. Of those people, 79 percent have engaged in shopping related activities on their mobile device.

August 10, 2012 | | Local News


City Adopts Restrictive Media Policy

The Leader has obtained an Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers to all city employees instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."

August 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Travel Bureau Moving In Different Direction

Nearly three months after being advised by city leaders to have a separate board of directors than its business improvement district members, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau seems to be ignoring the city's direction.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Board Taps New Audit Firm

Action at the Aug. 7 regular meeting saw the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors choose a new audit firm, the Kemper CPA Group, for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 in a 4-0 vote. Director Al Bairos was absent. The three-year contract bid was for $78,750.

August 08, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Airport Future Livens Up Council Meeting

A relatively lackluster Oakdale City Council meeting was brought to life Monday night by Councilman Mike Brennan with a high spirited discussion about the future of the Oakdale Airport.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Delivers Water Reliability Report

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the 2011 State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report.

August 07, 2012 | | Local News


CVAR Picnic Slated For Saturday

The Central Valley Association of Realtors (CVAR) Oakdale Council will host a community picnic benefiting their local scholarship fund on Aug. 11 at Dorada Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

August 06, 2012 | | Local News


Monitor Air Quality During Summer Months

Rising ozone levels throughout the San Joaquin Valley are causing air quality to deteriorate, and local air officials urge residents to take health-protective measures where necessary.

August 06, 2012 | | Local News


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Stanislaus Consolidated Exploring Annexation Of Oakdale City and Rural Fire Departments

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 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Transportation Commission Approves Statewide Improvements

The California Transportation Commission today announced it has funded $487 million for 82 construction projects to improve transportation, safety, and mobility across California.

August 08, 2013 | | Local News


City Manager Preps For ‘Life After O’

A well-used binder in Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's office contains frayed pages, many marked by various colors of Post-it Notes for quick reference. When talking about its contents, Whitemyer can rapidly turn to a page and spew the numbers like a seasoned bean counter. The pages inside: the City of Oakdale 2013-2014 annual budget.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Concerns - Water Storage Issues Discussed

The ability to store water for regional reliability and sustainability as well as the State Water Resources Control Board's (SWRCB) plan for San Joaquin River basin flows were the primary topics of discussion at the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors' Aug. 6 regular meeting.

August 07, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Council Members Eye Management Option

After reconciling figures and trudging through lighting and maintenance district issues from the last meeting, the Oakdale City Council heard a plethora of agenda issues relating to the city's now-cut management shortage.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham To Discuss Immigration Reform

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) announced today, Aug. 6, his participation in two events to discuss the economic effect of immigration reform this week.

August 06, 2013 | | Local News


Petition To Ban Park Drinking Circulated

With clipboard in hand, Church Street resident Brent Ferguson is taking his cause to task.

August 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drivers Pass Eight-Day I-80 Test In California

More than one week ago, at the invitation of the Iowa State Patrol, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) joined agencies from 10 other states to embark on a lifesaving challenge to prevent fatalities on Interstate 80 (I-80) during an eight-day period from July 24-31, 2013.

August 01, 2013 | | Local News


Staples Shoppers Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin, for the sixth annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures.

July 31, 2013 | | Local News


On The Road – Foundations Benefit From Cross Country Trek

Noah Coughlan is hoping to cover 3,100 miles in 98 days.

July 31, 2013 | By VINCE REMBULAT Special To The Leader | Local News


Sheriff Offering App For Crime Victims

The Stanislaus Sheriff's Department is offering a new app for iPhone and Android smart phone users that will notify crime victims of changes in the custody status of criminal offenders.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


New Melones Concession Open House Slated

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Assessment for the New Melones Lake Concession Development. Located in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, New Melones Lake is operated by Reclamation for multiple purposes including flood control, irrigation and municipal water supplies, hydroelectric production, water quality, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation.

July 25, 2013 | | Local News


Marrow Donors Sought

Bone marrow testing for bone marrow matches and blood donors are being sought to help a veteran who lives in the area.

July 24, 2013 | | Local News


Stolen Bus Lands In Oakdale

Covering about 100 miles altogether, a spike strip put down by the California Highway Patrol at the main intersection in Escalon didn't stop a stolen AC Transit bus there … but it did enough damage to the tires to force the driver to go off the roadway just before reaching Oakdale.

July 24, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Citizens Aim To Take Back The Park

The spotlight of the homeless, or at least those perceived as homeless, is shining back on the group of individuals that gather daily at William Meyer Park on West G Street.

July 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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