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What A Ride! - Amgen Rolls

Eight to 10 minutes - that's how quickly the Amgen Tour of California riders will whoosh through the heart of Oakdale for a sprint line finish stationed at Con Agra on Yosemite Avenue before zooming off toward downtown Modesto to an awaiting crowd for the finish of the third stage.

February 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Sewer Service Proves Too Costly

A little known city provided service is costing the City of Oakdale close to $3000 every time it is performed.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Amgen Tour: Getting ready

The rumors are true: for the first time ever, the Amgen tour is going to zoom through the heart of Oakdale. The preparation is massive and entails coordination between multiple agencies.

February 18, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Winter or Spring?

Mother Nature turned chilly Wednesday, Feb. 16 with a cold storm, ending the week-long sunny weather and spring-like temperatures that coaxed wildflowers into an early appearance throughout the city. The storm, expected to produce thundershowers and 20 mph winds, also promised snow in the high country. Pictured, a view of the clouds and the flowers from Yosemite Avenue.

February 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New Speed Limits Designated For Select Streets

After a recently completed speed survey by the traffic engineering department, 13 Oakdale streets will have their speed limits increased by 5 to 10 miles per hour.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Catch Up? - Closure Eyed For City Offices

With the goal of allowing backlogged city workers to catch up on paperwork, schedule meetings, and attend training sessions, Oakdale city leaders are contemplating the idea of closing City Hall and the Development Services Building one day per week – Fridays – to meet the workload demands.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Foreclosure Costs City $51,000

The City of Oakdale is out over $50,000 in unpaid taxes from the bank foreclosure of the Quality Inn located at 825 East F Street.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


OID Plans Trip To D.C.

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to send two directors and appropriate staff to Washington D.C., possibly in April, to meet with congressional members or staff. The action came at the Feb. 15 regular meeting.

February 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cops: Program Local Dispatch Into Phones

In case of an emergency, call 911 - it's ingrained in people - but what happens when you need an officer, such as the case with theft or a suspicious person lurking around your property, what number do you dial then?

February 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Mayor Calling For COG Volunteers

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul is seeking an interested Oakdale resident to serve on the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of 15 members from all the cities and unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County. Currently there is no representative from Oakdale.

February 10, 2011 | | Local News


Financial Advisor Takes On Labor Of Love

It's been said there are few things more challenging, more rife for disaster, than the remodel of a historic home. The risks are many, the financial undertaking staggering, and the frustration level epic.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Concerns Resurface

Plenty of issues were on the Oakdale City Council agenda on Monday night, with general information on future bond sales, a budget update, traffic control changes, and city redevelopment. The issue that sparked the most conversation by council members and the audience, however, was the city's response - or lack of response, as claimed by some - to a written communication requesting answers to questions posed in a previous meeting.

February 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cricket Connection

Even at a young age Brenda McDaniel had had an eye for the bad boy. When Paul McMillen managed to get himself kicked out of kindergarten in Knights Ferry, fate must've earmarked their futures together, for these two sweethearts spent a lifetime crossing each other's paths in one way or another and yet they led separate lives.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Historic Rodden House Remodeled For Business

There's something special about a historic house - that's exactly what Kenneth Boone thought when he saw the Rodden house on North Third Avenue with its elegant architectural lines and forgotten stature but even as he loved the house, he wasn't quite sure he wanted to take on the project of restoring the old girl to her former glory.

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


Public Hearing Items Highlight Council Agenda

Four items will be up for review and discussion at the Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

February 03, 2011 | | Local News


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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


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news 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 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


O No - Citizens Protest Potential Cuts

Less than 18 months after voters passed a half-cent sales tax in November 2011 with Measure O to solidify public safety service and staffing levels, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer is proposing discarding those promises in an effort to balance the budget.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Reviews Dispatch Services

With the goal of saving the financially-strapped City of Oakdale operational costs, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer has reached out to the City of Turlock regarding the idea of their police department to take over police dispatch services for Oakdale PD.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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