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Cop Corner - Vehicle Occupant Safety

Driving a vehicle is a constant responsibility, which rests with not only the driver, but also with any passengers. Driving a car is an activity that takes constant attention to all your surroundings, such as weather, road conditions and other traffic. Believe it or not a passenger sets the attitude of the driver. Of course all the occupants will talk to each other and that includes the driver. Conversation can cause the driver to take their attention off the road and that can lead to a severe accident, an accident that could have been otherwise avoided.

October 06, 2010 | Officer Ben Savage Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Disasters: Are You Ready?

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This past August marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. When asked how things have changed since that devastating hurricane, former FEMA head Michael Brown expressed the opinion that FEMA, and state and local governments had all made progress considering disaster evacuations ...

September 22, 2010 | | Other Views


Health Watch – Finding Your Medical Home

Let's face it. The most asked question about the recently passed health care legislation is "who is going to pay for what and how?" Until regulations are completed, none of us can answer that question yet.

However, the question uppermost in my mind is "how will this legislation affect the quality of care a hospital provides?"

September 15, 2010 | John Friel CEO, Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views


Back To School Safety

I always remembered being late on the first day of the new school year.My day would usually start by sleeping through the alarm clock and being awakened by my parents pounding on my door. I would jump out of bed and quickly rummage through my closet for something to wear. If I were lucky I would have enough time to eat a piece of toast, before I was pushed out of the house. I would rush across the street with my backpack in hand, mindless of all the traffic around me, hoping to be in time to catch the ...

September 01, 2010 | OFFICER GARY VANDERHEIDEN Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


What Is A City Manager?

Recent media scrutiny of city managers - or, more specifically, their compensation - has reached a fever pitch in California and across the country. The city management and governmental compensation abuses uncovered last month in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell are deplorable and warrant a full investigation. Such trespasses are rare in a profession known for transparency and populated by talented and dedicated individuals.

August 25, 2010 | Bill Garrett California City Management Foundation | Other Views


Cop Corner – Identity Theft

Each year, identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, harms thousands of consumers throughout the Central Valley. Ultimately, the identity thief aims to obtain personal information about you, your Social Security number, birth date and credit card numbers. With this information, the identity thief can assume your identity and establish bank accounts or credit in your name, leaving you to deal with the problem.

August 11, 2010 | Sgt. Julio Rosa | Other Views


For Your Information – So Why Do They Do That!?

The other day my wife, Karen, who is a paramedic with 32 years experience dealing with the public, had an interesting day.

August 04, 2010 | Michael Pitassi EMS Chief | Other Views


Cop Corner

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


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