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Ripon may pony up $4K to fight for local control issues

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POSTED February 21, 2012 12:49 a.m.

RIPON — The City of Ripon is among the government agencies in support of the Delta Coalition and its “Resolution on Land Use, Water and other Delta Related Issues.”

It is feared a state commission with sweeping control over the Delta in both the primary and secondary zones is trying to adopt language that undermines local control in planning decisions even on tributaries that feed the Delta such as the Stanislaus River.

Ripon joins Manteca, Lathrop, Stockton, Escalon, Tracy, and Lodi along with several public agencies – the Business Council of San Joaquin County, SJ Farm Bureau, SJ Partnership, SJ Area Flood Control Agency, Port of Stockton, Stockton East Water District, and South San Joaquin Irrigation District, to name a few – on understanding the current and ongoing threats to the Delta.

At tonight’s 7 o’clock Ripon City Council session, elected leaders are scheduled to discuss the agreement with the Delta Coalition-approved lobbying firm of Sacramento Advocates, Inc. at the Council Chambers.

Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston chairs the Delta Coalition, with the City of Stockton acting as the lead agency in hiring the lobbying firm.

“They have the experience and resources to effectively present our mutual concerns to the Governor’s office as well as (the state) Legislature,” she said in a recent letter.

Those in support of the Delta Coalition have agreed to split the cost of the Sacramento Advocates for the next eight months.

Ripon, for its share, would pay $500 per month or $4,000 total for that eight-month span. The same goes for Escalon, with Manteca, Lathrop, Lodi and Tracy forking out $1,000 each per month or $8,000 for eight months.

Stockton and San Joaquin County are both in for $2,000 per month and $16,000 for eight months.

The public agencies will also help pay the balance for cost of the lobbying firm.

In other agenda items:

• Council will discuss the legal service agreement with Brown & Winters in connection with the legal case against R.F. Land, Inc.

• Elected officials will authorize opening a Pay Pal account at Oak Valley Community Bank for the purpose of collecting donations for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show. Included will be a deposit of $500 from the general fund.

The Council Chambers is located at Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

For more information, call 209-599-2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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