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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


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

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

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lions Club Lights Up Kerr Park

People often say that Oakdale is a community that looks after its own, whether it's a rallying cry for someone who is sick or injured, or a school program in desperate need of saving.

May 09, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Media Blast Aimed At Oakdale Tourism

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) has partnered with NextMedia Group of San Jose for an aggressive marketing program to encourage Bay Area residents to visit Oakdale this summer.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A Local Kentucky Derby Experience

Spend the day at the Turlock Turf Club on Saturday, May 5 for the Kentucky Derby.

May 04, 2012 | | Local News


Council To Hear Interest In Vacant Seat

At the Monday night, May 7 meeting, the Oakdale City Council will decide on how to fill the vacant position left by Jason Howard who resigned last month.

May 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Annual Conference Focuses On Almond Health, Future

California Almonds, the state's leading agricultural export, are also an economic powerhouse, adding $11 billion to the state's economy and providing 104,000 ...

December 21, 2016 | | Local News


Council Spends Big $$ At Year’s Final Meeting

After giving a congratulatory acknowledgement to the Oakdale High School Mustang varsity football team on their days-earlier State Championship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday ...

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Atlas Court Light Display Shines For The Holidays

One woman called it 'The best kept secret in Oakdale.' But based on the number of cars flowing through Atlas Court on a recent weekend ...

December 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Lions, Volunteers Spread Holiday Spirit

Anyone with hope of escaping the rain to do a little carefree shopping at Kmart last Thursday night, Dec. 15, were quickly greeted with the ...

December 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Dickens Film Debuts

Eriksen and Soren Dickens are pleased to present "His Legacy: The Rise, Ride & Last Stand of the Oakdale Colts," a 90-minute documentary focusing on their ...

December 21, 2016 | | Local News


HOLIDAY PARADE

Though the weather was, literally, freezing, the annual Holiday Light Parade went off as scheduled Saturday evening in Valley Home. Scott Sachau, left, 5; Audie ...

December 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale’s ‘Santa Cop’ Spreading Christmas Joy

♫ You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why; Santa Cop is patrolling this town. ♫

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Home Preview Event Benefits Children’s Guardian Home

This Wednesday evening could best be described as one Elsie Martin never saw coming.

December 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OID Recall Election Authorized To Proceed

Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14 that OID Director Linda Santos will face a special recall election tentatively slated ...

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Welcomes State Champions

On Sunday evening, Dec. 18 hundreds of members of the Oakdale community flooded the streets to welcome back their State Champion varsity Mustangs football team ...

December 21, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


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