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Administrative Matters - District Fire Chief On Paid Leave

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Friday, Feb. 15. Officials are tight lipped regarding the reason, citing personnel confidentiality.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Officer's Off Duty Death

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Obstetrics Closure Action Likely

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the hospital's Board of Directors meeting tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

February 27, 2013 | | Local News


Italian Dairymen Touch Down For Tour

Not your usual stop, but a tour bus pulled up in the parking lot of the A.L. Gilbert Company in Oakdale recently, filled with nearly four dozen Italian dairymen and their spouses. For the most part, the Italian visitors were in California on vacation, but decided to work a few days so they took a tour of the A.L. Gilbert Company and of a few dairies in the Stanislaus-San Joaquin County area.

February 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Woman On Scooter Struck By Truck

Oakdale Police responded to a traffic collision involving a Chevrolet pickup truck striking a 71-year-old disabled woman riding a motorized scooter on Monday, Feb 25.

February 27, 2013 | | Local News


Manager Seeks Cost Recovery

Newly appointed Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer hit the ground running in ways to ease the city's financial woes. Whitemyer, only on the job since Feb. 4, announced that recent California Department of Finance rulings have allowed California cities to recover some of their costs lost with the dissolution of former redevelopment agencies and the administrative costs now associated with the successor agencies.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sweeping Returns

A constructive Oakdale City Council meeting on Feb. 19 saw the council voting to bring back street sweeping services to the city that had gone without since 2009.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief On Administrative Leave

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District placed embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte on paid administrative leave pending an investigation on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Approves Annexation List

A revised list of parcels for agricultural annexation was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. The approval was for a total of 812.1 acres, owned by seven applicants, to be annexed. This item had been tabled at the prior OID meeting.

February 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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