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Ripon Police dealing with growing homeless problems

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POSTED May 22, 2017 12:53 a.m.

Ripon Police — just like their Manteca counterparts — are dealing with a rising number of calls involving homeless issues.

The department reports they are now getting calls regarding homeless problems on almost a daily basis. An example was a recent illegal homeless encampment underneath the Jack Tone Road and Highway 99 interchange bridge structure. Officers enlisted the help of the Ripon Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) to help clean up the encampment remnants. The VIPS volunteers also painted over graffiti.

Ripon Police spokesperson Lieutenant Steve Merchant said, “When Ripon officers encounter homeless persons they first try to assist them by providing county homeless shelter and assistance program information. The department also has a voucher program that can provide food for those in need. After a warning about the city camping ordinance has been given, if enforcement citations are later needed, they are used as a last resort.


‘We all need to care

more about how

our town looks’

Does anyone at city hall notice how ugly Manteca is getting?

That’s essentially the feedback three readers have made after checking out the dirty downtown paver crosswalks. 

Here’s a combined list of “ugly” and safety issues involving city controlled property or private land that the city has the ability to use code enforcement to address if they so choose:

uTruck parking on South Main and Airport Way south of the 120 Bypass.

uBillboards in the city park along the Tidewater Bikeway’s Moffat Boulevard segment. (The city has the contractual right to terminate the billboard firm’s use of city land but they are afraid of being sued.)

uThe 10 acres the city owns on South Main Street north of the Funsten flooring distribution center that is both a trash/weed abatement problem along with a cyclone fence that is in disrepair.

uMissing trees in planters not just in downtown but in landscape maintenance districts throughout the city.

uWeeds growing in medians.

uAdvertising signs attached to the city’s 6-foot chain link fence on the northwest corner of Airport Way and Daniels Street.

uNumerous traffic signals needing paint or repair throughout the city.

uLess than spectacular upkeep of the landscaping at the Yosemite Avenue and Highway 99 interchange.

uClear violations of Manteca’s updated sign ordinance aimed at restricting the proliferation of flag banners and A-frame signs.

uEmpty buildings such as the former restaurant at Jessie and Yosemite that have broken windows and doors boarded up haphazardly in violation of city ordinances.

uThe proliferation of temporary signs at the entrance to Spreckels Park that the city likes to tout as its premier business park.

One of the readers pointing out the need for Manteca to step up its game noted, “Elected officials and staff should try entering or driving through town as if it was their first time and see what they think.  My mother taught me often you don’t notice your own mess.

To that he added “we all need to care more about how our town looks.”


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