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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Oakdale resident and active city volunteer Ramona Howard has made it no secret that she wishes to run for one of the open city council seats this November. Howard, however, may have started her "campaign" too early in violation of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
As the temperature continues to rise, so does the risk of vehicular hyperthermia (heat stroke), especially for a child left inside a hot vehicle. Regardless of how or why a child is left behind, the end result can be devastating. To prevent the tragedy of a young child's death, "Kaitlyn's Law" was enacted in California in 2002 following the heat-related death of 6-month-old Kaitlyn Marie Russell. Sadly, Kaitlyn was left unattended in a parked vehicle on a hot summer day.
With the privatization of Oakdale's waste water treatment plant and other city water services under consideration, opponents warn that one overlooked factor with the cost saving measure may very well be the security of the facility and future compliance to Homeland Security measures and other mandates.