City of Oakdale workers will get a five percent raise in July with the signing of the recent contract for its police, fire, miscellaneous, and management employees. In return the employees have agreed to pay the full eight percent employee share of the PERS retirement costs with the sworn police and fire members paying their full nine percent share.
A full "Block Party" – complete with a closed street – and put on by the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center on Oct. 4, hosted 33 vendors and service providers for local families. The third annual event, which was open to the community, took place on Mann Avenue between F and G streets. It provided information about community services, free food, music, giveaways, face painting and more.
Despite warnings of inadequate service levels by its line personnel, a plea from its past long-term fire chief, an administrative advisement by the current command staff against future cuts, and going against a recent $32,000 fire study by the city on fire department staffing, the Oakdale City Council accepted City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's recommendation by a vote of 4-1 to lay off two firefighters at the end of the calendar year.
Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.
It's just after 4 p.m. on a typical weekday and the streets in Oakdale hustle with the usual afternoon traffic rush. Fridays are the worst due to those departing for outside weekend destinations as rows of cars, RVs, trucks, and even agricultural equipment rumble along city surface streets designated as state highways.
The Bureau of Reclamation announced the status of Mid-Pacific Region recreational facilities and amenities available to the public during the federal government shutdown. Facilities operating with lapsing federal appropriations are closed; those that are funded through concessions or operated by California State Parks are open.
A public information session led by Laura Podolsky of the Local Government Commission, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center at 450 East A Street.
Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through Friday, Oct. 4 throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This health caution is in effect in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.
Grow Your Business Expo is slated for today, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., in Oakdale. The event is open to the community so people can see what Oakdale businesses and Chamber Members have to offer. There will be a variety of great products and services available in one location. This event is free and there will be raffle prizes and vendors on hand encouraging the community to buy locally.
In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.