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Maximum Enforcement Period For Holiday Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many Californians head out to picnics, barbecues, and outdoor events. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver, and eliminate distractions.

May 26, 2012 | | Local News


City Bond Rating Downgraded

Moody's Investors Service has slightly downgraded Oakdale's Sewer Enterprise Revenue bond rating, citing concerns about the city's lagging economy and uncertainty of future financial performance.

May 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Fest Goers Treated To Sweet Time

Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council At Impasse With Appointment

The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Division 1 North - Oakdale Rural Moves Forward

If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.

May 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Past Arrests - Candidate Drops From Race

In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local 4-Hers Show Their Fashion

Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News


Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


BOWL BOUND

The Oakdale Varsity Football team arrived bright and early Friday, Dec. 14 to board the bus headed for Carson, California for the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Division II Bowl game -- a first for the Mustangs and there was a good-sized, rowdy crowd ready to send them off in style.

December 14, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Extends SF Water Sale Talks

Due to the "recent beneficial hydrology of this winter" the necessity for the Oakdale Irrigation District to rush toward completing a one-year water transfer with the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) has been minimized, according to a Dec. 10 OID memo and statements made at the Dec. 11 special meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

December 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Blaze Destroys Third Avenue Home

A multi-alarm house fire on Friday, Dec. 7 required more than 25 firefighters to combat the blaze and resulted in the near total destruction of the older two-story home.

December 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Yard Getting Closed Circuit TV

With several thefts of equipment and city property occurring at the public works corporation yard over the past year, the City of Oakdale has invested in a series of closed circuit cameras mounted in strategic locations throughout the Fifth Avenue facility.

December 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Lieutenant - Redd Promoted

Oakdale Police Department's Keri Redd, having competed against two other internal candidates within the 22 sworn-member department, took another step in advancing her police career when she was promoted to lieutenant this month.

December 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Fleet Due For Upgrade

With the assistance of a recently obtained $100,000 grant, the Oakdale Police Department will be purchasing a new police motorcycle and patrol car to replace vehicles in its aging fleet.

December 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Three Arrested For Bridle Ridge Carjacking

Three suspects Oakdale Police are identifying as Norteno gang members were arrested for attempting to carjack a Ford Windstar minivan in the Bridle Ridge subdivision late Monday night on Dec. 10.

December 11, 2012 | | Local News


House Fire On S. Third Avenue

Oakdale Fire Department with assistance from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire out of Riverbank battled a house fire in the 200 block of South Third Avenue on Friday, Dec. 7. The fire was called in shortly after 1 p.m. and was reported in the downstairs portion of the residence. The fire spread throughout the structure. Crews on scene reported that the residents were able to escape without injury however the family dog was unaccounted for. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

December 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Decision Yet For City Manager

After two-plus hours of closed session talks from a special city council meeting regarding the selection of a city manager on Friday, Dec. 7, the Oakdale City Council broke at noon to announce that no decision has been made.

December 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Anderson Wins Gin Rummy Title

Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be if you considered yourself either an avid gin rummy player or fan. The Gin Rummy Association presented The Holiday Classic Tournament from Nov. 11 through the 14 for gin rummy partners and singles and one Oakdale man walked away with top honors. Greg Anderson came home with the world title in hand.

December 06, 2012 | Virginia Still | Local News


Special Meeting Slated For Water Talks

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors passed an item on the Dec. 4 regular meeting agenda to schedule a special meeting to take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. There, they will discuss the outcome of a meeting that OID General Manager Steve Knell and attorney Michael O'Laughlin have with City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) officials at a water conference on Dec. 5, as well as the associated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) steps and timeline for a potential one-year water transfer (sale) to CCSF. The Dec. 11 meeting is open to the ...

December 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Plans Development Of River Parkway

The California Natural Resources Agency announced that the City of Oakdale will receive an $862,625 grant to convert more than 15 acres into a river parkway including a 750-foot trail allowing public access to the Stanislaus River from Valley View Park.

December 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


30-Plus Years - Longtime City Worker Bids Goodbye

On Friday, Nov. 30, City Clerk Nancy Lilly stepped away from Oakdale City Hall, ending a successful career that spanned more than 32 years. Her last official act was at Monday's city council meeting where she swore in her replacement, Kathy Teixeira.

December 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Newly Seated Council Immediately Gets Busy

Minutes after taking over the dais with the addition of two new members on Monday Dec. 3, the Oakdale City Council set to business by breaking into closed session to discuss appointing a permanent city manager.

December 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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