Stepping back in time, patrons of the old-fashioned speakeasy set up inside Oakdale's Gene Bianchi Community Center on Saturday night seemed right at home, visiting the blackjack tables, listening to a singer croon a song, taking a spin on the ballroom dance floor, even enjoying a libation at the bar.
Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority has incurred a $14,000 penalty for failing to meet the 10 percent fare box ratio of the state's funding for operating the public bus system, ROTA Coordinator Donna Bridges reported in her memo to the board that met yesterday, Feb. 14.
Waste Management's Sacramento/Nevada Area will be hosting a local job fair to recruit Customer Service Representatives to work in their Gold River call center. The job fair will take place Feb. 15-16 in Sacramento, and interested candidates must pre-register by Friday, Feb. 10.
Friends of Oakdale Heritage will be recreating the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned speakeasy this Saturday night with their roaring '20s casino night, "Naughty Night Out." Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Oakdale Museum and History Center.
They've been cursed at, honked at, glared at, flipped off, and flat-out ignored in spite of their much-needed services in various locations throughout Oakdale - they're the city's crossing guards and they're doing their part to protect the city's children.
Members of the Oakdale City Council formally approved a contract at their Monday night meeting that will merge the headquarters of Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, City of Oakdale Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. The merged headquarters provides one fire chief from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District to oversee all three agencies. The merge is expected to happen by June of this year.
Oakdale voters will have the opportunity this June to decide the fate of their public library. The Oakdale branch of the Stanislaus County Library is funded in part by a one-eighth cent sales tax collected throughout Stanislaus County. The tax accounts for 84 percent of the Stanislaus County Library funding, and it is set to expire in 2013. The sales tax will be on the ballot in the June 5, 2012 Primary Election.
A revised draft of terms for a one-time option of annexation to the Oakdale Irrigation District for select groups of "fringe" parcels was set by the OID board in a unanimous action at the Feb. 7 regular meeting.
The City of Oakdale asked that the Oakdale Irrigation District relocate its West Pump Pipeline No. 2 before the start of the 2012 irrigation season. The pipeline currently runs on Stearns Road, north of Highway 108/120 and then heads west toward the rodeo grounds, the pipeline also runs through the limits of the Trieste Subdivision project and results in conflicts with the road alignment that is part of the city's plan to develop the area. The housing development is an age-restricted community of 100 homes located across from the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
The crossing guards stationed at three different high-traffic crossing areas commonly used by students in the morning and afternoon are quite possibly the bravest people in Oakdale, given the fact how many pedestrian vs. vehicle accidents occur in the city. But recently, some crossing guards have said they've caught some guff over their need to stop traffic so the children can cross. Some drivers aren't stopping at all and are blowing through the crosswalk, jeopardizing the safety of the children and the crossing guard. For the full story, read the Feb. 8 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Oakdale airport-bound pilots are rethinking their flight paths in the interest of public safety and comfort. Air traffic has been re-directed away from the air space above Sierra View Elementary School after community complaints that the planes were flying too low.