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I thought for this month's article I would write to you in the role of a criminal. I am going to tell you what I am thinking and what I am looking for in order for you to protect yourself against me. Here we go:

July 07, 2010 | Officer Joseph Parreira Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


For Your Information - Do Your Retirement Plans Need Retooling?

Where does your retirement plan stand? Although this phase in everyone's life looms in the future, many people fail to set aside the money they will need to fund a healthy and happy retirement. Others who have saved diligently over time may have been hit hard by the stock market declines of the last couple of years, finding that their nest egg has declined sharply in value.

July 07, 2010 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


For Your Information – Home Remodeling Can Make Financial Sense

My wife and I survived two major home remodeling projects and we've got the battle scars to prove it. Like most people feeling cramped for space - thanks to two growing children in our case - we weighed the plusses and minuses of remodeling versus moving to a larger home. Because we live in a great neighborhood with strong local schools, we ultimately decided to stay put and remodel, but everyone's case is different.

June 30, 2010 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


Cop Corner - Auto Alarms: What Works And What Doesn’t

Automobile thefts occur once every 27 seconds in the United States. One in every five vehicles stolen has the keys inside. In Oakdale, we have had 58 vehicles stolen and 36 vehicle burglaries in the city in the last 10 months. There are many ways you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

June 23, 2010 | Sgt. Mike Nixon Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Guest Opinion - California Dairies Meet Our Needs


The month of June is set aside as a celebration of all things dairy. In California it also is a celebration of Real California Milk and the hardworking dairy families who bring this nutritious food to the table.

California milk and dairy foods are high-quality, economical food sources that come in an endless array of flavors and formats to satisfy every palate. We want high quality and we want value; we want healthy options and we want to indulge; we want choice and we want to know where our food comes from. Dairy delivers in all of these areas.

June 16, 2010 | By Jennifer Giambroni California Milk Advisory Board | Other Views


SavetheStan: A Life Or Death Fight

Both the South San Joaquin and the Oakdale Irrigation Districts are in a fight for their lives against the federal government's misguided attempts at helping salmon and steelhead in the South Delta. Our two agencies have filed suit to stop the same government decision that shut the pumps down on the westside of the Central Valley and destroyed much of its agriculture and economy last year. That same decision (known as the Biological Opinion), if not changed, will do the same here on the Stanislaus River; significantly impacting our local communities.

The feds and their state counterparts are focused ...

June 09, 2010 | JEFF SHIELDS and STEVE KNELL General Managers | Other Views


Superintendent’s Spotlight - People Who Made A Difference

In the field of education as we approach the end of each year, educators evaluate how much growth they have achieved during the year. Those individuals then make a plan and determine what steps need to be taken to make next year even better. This evaluation and renewal process is very healthy and positive. On occasion the plan they select is bittersweet for the people who admire and appreciate them. Every year some great individuals decide that it is time to leave the job that they have dedicated their lives to and choose to retire. This year is no exception ...

May 19, 2010 | Fred Rich OJUSD Superintendent | Other Views


The Civic Sentinel - Arizona’s Hot Potato

Two weeks ago, Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, signed SB 1070 into law. Also known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," this bill is an extremely stringent piece of immigration enforcement legislation.

May 12, 2010 | Jubal McMillan | Other Views


Cop Corner - “Pedestrian XING”

Regardless of the time of day that I am on patrol, there is one traffic infraction I am sure to see: pedestrians crossing F Street outside the confines of a clearly marked crosswalk. You've seen it, too. Referred to as "jaywalking," it is clearly unsafe. Everyone has jaywalked at some point in their life. Many think of this as a "victimless" crime. However, in 2009 there were 17 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in Oakdale, two of which I personally investigated. Just last month, a man lost his life crossing the highway near downtown Oakdale. "Victimless?" I don't ...

May 05, 2010 | Officer Paul Katuszonek Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Guest Opinion - Keeping It Local

As CEO of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, I'd like to take this opportunity to 'rally the troops' around our local businesses and services.

April 21, 2010 | Oakdale Chamber of Commerce | Other Views


Superintendent’s Spotlight - Questions On Budget Cuts

As people look at the newspapers and listen to the media reports across California, many of them are asking me questions as to why the Oakdale School District seems to be in better shape than most other districts.

April 21, 2010 | Fred Rich OJUSD Superintendent | Other Views


Take The Financial Capability ‘Challenge’

In a major crisis, our first impulse is to address people's immediate needs. With the Haiti and Chile earthquakes, that meant providing food and shelter to the victims. In the case of the recent economic recession, the government stepped in by extending unemployment insurance, providing COBRA subsidies and promoting mortgage refinancing guidelines, among many other programs.

April 14, 2010 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


Cop Corner – A Matter Of Safety

A number of California newspaper publications recently ran stories about how DUI/drivers' license checkpoints serve to benefit police departments, police officers and tow truck companies. These stories appear to be based on a study conducted by an investigative news entity that calls itself "California Watch." The author suggests that, because there has been an increasing trend in the use of DUI/drivers' license checkpoints and a corresponding increase in the number of vehicles impounded, local governments are using the fines as a means to make up for budget shortfalls. The report implies that checkpoints are cash cows for overtime-hungry ...

April 07, 2010 | OFFICER NICK McKINNON Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Museum Community Needs To Come Together

The Oakdale Museum is once again a treasure for the community.

March 31, 2010 | | Other Views


Ag Council Meeting Success

The Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council) recently concluded a successful joint meeting with CoBank. More than 150 farmers and cooperative members met during the Ag Council's 91st Annual Meeting in Sonoma to discuss issues impacting the future of agriculture in California and the United States.

March 24, 2010 | Holly Foster Agricultural Council of California | Other Views


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