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City Settles Discrimination Suit

The City of Oakdale this week entered into a non-disclosed monetary settlement with a former public works employee to settle a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. William Moffitt, who worked for the City of Oakdale from 2005 to 2006, claims he was forced to resign from his position as an equipment operator after having to tolerate racial slurs by co-workers and superiors, harassment after receiving a promotion to a higher paid position, and being threatened with a gun by a co-worker in the employee lunchroom. The final straw, according to the lawsuit, was when ...

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wellness Educator Preps For Conference, Book Release

Local health and wellness educator Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale will be having her new book released the same time she will be doing a presentation at the Alzheimer's International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her book, "Wisdom To Wellness," is scheduled to be released March 25, the same weekend she will be in Toronto for the conference.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Leading Charge To Revise City’s Website

For anyone who's navigated the City of Oakdale's website, they know some of the barriers to obtaining information or a lack of available services such as paying bills online.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Putting Off Well Operation Start Up Costs City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the manufacturer's claim that the warranty had expired during the three-year time the well sat inactive after the installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put into service.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dual Rotary Clubs Honor Oakdale’s Public Service Standouts

The dual Rotary Clubs - Oakdale and Sunrise - once again collaborated to honor the city's best in public service at a Wednesday, March 2 luncheon held at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Partnering Equals Success For Mexicali Trip

Five Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs met in Calexico on Thursday, Feb. 17 and off loaded 3000 pounds of clothing that made it to four orphanages and two mental hospitals for adults in Mexicali. Medical equipment of approximately $5,000 found its way to the Mexicali General Hospital that did not get the "wrecking ball" as was expected, due to last year's massive earthquake.

March 09, 2011 | John Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News


Council Eyes iPads For ‘Green’ Meetings

In a proposed cost-saving measure and an attempt to "go green," saving the city the massive amounts of paper per member that is generated for meetings, the five-member Oakdale City Council discussed a proposed switch from printed agendas to the Apple iPad as a substitute for the agenda binders.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dog Park To Close For Turf Maintenance

Local pooches will have to forego their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park twice a year due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Adopt-A-Plot - Cemetery Board Appeals To Community

Times are certainly tough - no surprise there - and communities are being forced to get creative with how they solve problems. One such entity, the Oakdale Citizen's Cemetery, is making an urgent plea to the community for help in the upkeep of the cemetery grounds by proposing the Adopt-A-Plot program. Intrigued? You should be. For some community members, their loved ones are resting peacefully within the 13-acre endowment cemetery but the situation regarding the grounds upkeep is downright dire.

March 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Quarry Approval Could Impact Oakdale

An item with potential adverse effects for Oakdale residents, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors plans to hold a hearing regarding the recommendation to establish a rock quarry located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Report: Enough Water This Year

The Oakdale Irrigation District is expecting its full allocation of water this year and also expects to have water available that has previously been transferred (sold) to Stockton East Water District (SEWD).

March 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Adopt A Plot

February 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dog Park Closure Slated For March

Oakdale dog owners and their pooches are going to have some down time twice a year, having to wait for their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

February 24, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Verizon Wireless Opens In Town

The nation's largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network - if Verizon Wireless's advertising is to be believed - has come to a store front in Oakdale.

February 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Utility Deal Checks Due For Delivery

Customers in the local area who were charged by PG&E in a controversial move to cover costs previously incurred by the utility learned this week that 'the check is in the mail.'

February 23, 2011 | | Local News


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CHP Says: Designate A Sober Driver

The safest resolution a person can make this year is to always plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before the celebration begins. To help ensure the state's motorists keep this lifesaving commitment, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing to ring in the New Year with an increased enforcement presence throughout the state.

December 29, 2012 | | Local News


Capital Fellows Programs Applications Now Available

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, announces the availability of applications for the Capital Fellows Programs:

December 28, 2012 | | Local News


Year In Review: Looking Back At 2012

From the lows of financial woes for the City of Oakdale and the economy in general, to the highs of a run to the state bowl game by the varsity football Mustangs late in the year, 2012 was filled with news, both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with headlines from the first half of the year. These were taken from the pages of The Oakdale leader, January through June.

December 26, 2012 | | Local News


Police Department’s Shimmel Gets Stripes

The Oakdale Police Department continues to fill its upper ranks with the December promotion of Detective Brian Shimmel to the rank of sergeant within the department.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Ties - Council Names New City Manager

Oakdale City Council members announced Thursday, Dec. 20 that they will name Bryan Whitemyer as the city's new city manager. The decision comes after months of a search and a series of special city council meetings to close the deal.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


County Transit, ROTA Merger Looms

The first of the year brings a change for the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority, which will be taken over by Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), the two sides agreeing to a merger earlier this year. ROTA has served the two cities with the public bus program since 1993.

December 26, 2012 | | Local News


Oakdale Names City Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced Thursday, Dec. 20 that it will name Bryan Whitemyer as the city's new city manager. The decision comes after months of a search and a series of special city council meetings to close the deal.

December 20, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Phone Lines At Hospital Vandalized

Oak Valley Hospital reported vandalism of two AT&T junction boxes that disrupted telephone service to the main hospital, Oak Valley Care Center, Oak Valley Community Health Center and surrounding physician offices. AT&T is currently working to restore phone, fax and internet services.

December 20, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Officials Offer Holiday Travel Tips

Sacramento International Airport is gearing up for the last big travel season of the year. As the winter holidays approach, here are some suggestions to make air-travel experiences as merry as possible.

December 20, 2012 | | Local News


No Home For The Holidays

They can be seen using tables and benches as shelter to keep dry, their possessions wrapped, bagged, boxed, or stored in any way that can be moved at a moment's notice. Their dim, unreadable eyes below dirty hair gaze out sometimes in fear or with confusion as they try to make sense of what's happened to them in their drive to survive another winter-filled day and cold biting night.

December 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Busy Council Session - Utilities, Animals, River Trail Highlight Meeting

After proclaiming this week as Oakdale Mustangs Football Week and honoring the high school team, the newly-seated Oakdale City Council got down to business Monday night, deciding to delay one item and showing differences when it comes to financial issues affecting the city.

December 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Board Hears Tunnel Plan

A presentation about the status of tunnel rehabilitation projects for the Oakdale Irrigation District was given by Contracts/Special Projects Manager Gary Jernigan at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on Dec. 18.

December 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hospital Taps Board Officers

The Oak Valley Hospital District Board will continue with Dan Cummins as its president and Dr. Wendell Chun as the vice-president in a decision announced at Wednesday's Dec. 12 Board of Directors meeting.

December 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tunnel Plan Talk At OID

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors heard a presentation about the status of the district's tunnel rehabilitation projects from Contracts/Special Projects Manager Gary Jernigan at the regular meeting on Dec. 18.

December 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Two Shot At Saturday Night Party

A 17-year-old validated Norteno gang member is in-custody following a shooting at a large party on Post Road early Sunday morning.

December 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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