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‘Appearance Of Impropriety’ - Council Begins Investigation

A divided crowd converged on the community center Monday evening, Sept. 12 as Oakdale City Council members held an open forum, followed by a closed session, to discuss the recent discovery of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered in the name of three current top administrative city employees and one former city manager.

September 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter & Andrea Goodwin kvanmeter@oakdaleleader.com/agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Busy Session Greets Oakdale City Council Members

Oakdale City Council had a full agenda for its Sept. 6 meeting. The city introduced a code amendment that would establish a system for entering development agreements with developers of large projects in Oakdale. They also held a first reading of a proposed development agreement between the City of Oakdale and Trieste Investors LCC, which would lock the city into a 10-year agreement for a 155-unit housing project on East F Street.

September 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Cap Cost In Place For Special Counsel

Following a closed session as part of a special Monday night meeting, Sept. 12, Oakdale City Council members reported that they are taking action to investigate perceived impropriety involving city employees. Interim City Manager Gregory Wellman made the report after closed session on Tuesday night. He said that "absolutely no conclusions have been reached" regarding any allegations. However, the council directed Wellman to investigate concerns raised regarding the business venture between Vizina, Hallam, Hallinan and West.

September 14, 2011 | | Local News


Local Heroes Recognized On 9/11

Oakdale firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) were honored with a ceremony and barbecue at the Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 11 called "Heroes Appreciation Sunday." The event to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor local heroes was organized by the church with several in-kind donations from local businesses as well as financial and food donations made by members of the congregation.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Consolidated Fire Offers Aid To Oakdale

Directors of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) have agreed to help the depleted forces of the Oakdale City and Oakdale Rural fire departments by hiring a part-time Chief Officer to lead fire and rescue operations in the Oakdale area and providing some administrative help by the SCFPD Chief.

September 14, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


City Considers Developing River Access For Public

The City of Oakdale does not have a public river access and boat launching area, and members of the Citizens' Action Committee hope to remedy that. Five members of the Citizen's Action Committee formed the River Access Working Group to study options for a publicly owned and maintained river access and boat launch area. They made a presentation to Oakdale City Council on Sept. 6 with information on the current lack of river access and what they hope to see in Oakdale's future.

September 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Local Fire Departments To Get Assistance

The Oakdale City and Oakdale Rural fire departments are going to get some help from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) with operations and administration. Due to the retirements of local fire officials and budget cuts that have reduced the size of the fire fighting force, the SCFPD and the fire departments are looking for viable options to operate.

September 13, 2011 | | Local News


Business Venture Stirs Controversy

An investigative services company created by the current police chief, legal counsel, director of human resources, and a former city manager has raised ethical and legal questions, spurring an internal investigation into the ramification of such an action by current city employees in top administrative positions.

September 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Man Relates To Patients With Personal Experience

Danny Huestis, Certified Prosthetist with Pacific Orthotics and Prosthetics, knows a thing or two when it comes to prosthetics that comes from more than just training - he's been wearing a prosthetic since he became an amputee at five years old.

September 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


West Nile Virus Warning Issued

West Side Mosquito abatement district is warning northern Stanislaus County residents to be aware of the risks of West Nile Virus. There have been five reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans in Stanislaus County this summer, and four of those cases required hospitalization.

September 07, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


OID Board Hears Farmer Comments

Possible annexations were the topic of discussion at the Sept. 6 regular meeting of the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors. Following a presentation by OID General Manager Steve Knell about the effect of water sales and how the district might proceed with annexations, the board heard comments and fielded questions from several farmers who have interest in annexing to the district or in having long-term out-of-district water contracts.

September 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Senior Housing Project Up For Council Review

Oakdale Planning Commission members voted 5-0 on Wednesday to recommend a development agreement between the City of Oakdale and Trieste Investors LCC, which would allow Trieste to build 155 new residences in Oakdale.

September 07, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Ceremony Marks 9/11 Remembrance

Lighthouse Baptist Church of Oakdale is hosting a 'Heroes Appreciation Sunday' for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia just outside Washington DC, resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans, both on the planes and in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and among the emergency services personnel that rushed to the rescue.

September 07, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Police Chief Gives Notice

Citing the end of his five-year commitment and a desire to spend more time with family, Oakdale Police Chief Marty West gave official notice Wednesday, Aug. 30 to the city that he was saying goodbye to the department.

September 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Senior Advocate Pat Graham Passes

Oakdale senior advocate and volunteer Patricia Ann 'Pat' Graham, 86, died in Oakdale on Tuesday, Aug. 30, two weeks short of her 87th birthday.

September 07, 2011 | | Local News


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Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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