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Mayor Seeks Crash Tax For Outsiders

A plan sought by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul to dispel severe budget cuts to public safety by charging outside area motorists costs of the fire department for responding to accidents and car fires may progress as a way to generate much needed funds to city coffers.

June 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hose And Ladder - Volunteer Fire on Horizon?

As Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, in the midst of city layoffs and other cost-saving strategies, battles the challenges of a balanced budget during recessionary times while still meeting public safety guarantees in Measure O, he is proposing the concept of a volunteer fire department for the financially strapped city to fill in the gaps when staff levels are low and even supplement existing levels.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Voters Not Misled On Measure O

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury 2102-2013 Final Report determined that Oakdale city officials did not misrepresent Measure O, the city's half-cent sales tax measure that passed with 55 percent of the vote in November 2011.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cruzin For A Cure - Car Show Fundraiser Success

The first Cruzin for a Cure car, truck, hot rod, and bike show benefit on Saturday, June 22 had a steady crowd throughout the day at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds.

June 26, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


New Police Officer A Local

With the Monday, June 17 swearing in of Police Officer Andrew Stever, the Oakdale Police Department took immediate steps to fill the vacancy left with the June 14 retirement of veteran sergeant Darren Semore, maintaining existing manpower levels to a force that has been dwindling over the past few years.

June 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury: Voters Not Misled On Measure O

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury 2102-2013 Final Report determined that Oakdale city officials did not misrepresent Measure O, the city's half-cent sales tax measure that passed with 55 percent of the vote in November 2011.

June 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Volunteer Hose And Ladder Crews On Horizon?

As Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, in the midst of city layoffs and other cost-saving strategies, battles the challenges of a balanced budget during recessionary times while still meeting public safety guarantees in Measure O, he is proposing the concept of a volunteer fire department for the financially strapped city to fill in the gaps when staff levels are low and even supplement existing levels.

June 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Capitol Rally Focuses On Summer Learning

Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a "Read-In" at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.

June 20, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charity Carnival - Quarters, Dollars Add Up To Thousands

At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.

June 19, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


$540K Slashed - City Council Approves Budget

Meeting the wishes of the Oakdale City Council from an earlier meeting this month, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer laid out a revised city budget at the Monday, June 17 meeting that wasn't as aggressive in cuts and saving two firefighter positions that had been proposed for lay-offs.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Responders, Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Junior High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school, causing students to run.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser To Benefit Arts Programs

Focus On…, a newly formed non-profit organization, is presenting a Cuban themed fundraiser, called "The Romance of Old Havana" on Saturday, July 27 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. to benefit arts programs in Stanislaus schools through the Boys and Girls Club Of Stanislaus County and the C.L.A.S.S. program through the Central California Art Association (CCAA)

June 18, 2013 | | Local News


Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Market Gears Up For Summer Run

The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


Citizens Group Hears Groundwater Concerns

Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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