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Ripon leaders opt not to attend Once Voice lobbying trip to DC
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The Ripon City Council nor any city officials for that matter will be attending the San Joaquin One Voice Advocacy Trip 2022.

Part of the reason for that had included uncertainties on the health measures as related to COVID-19 in Washington, D.C.

“We cancelled going in-person to last year’s trip,” City Administrator Kevin Werner said.

He noted at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the two projects – the Ripon Multi-Modal rail station as the “Regional Transportation Project” and the North Ripon / River Road Signalized Intersection Improvement Project as the “Local Priority Project” – can still be submitted with San Joaquin Council of Governments.

SJCOG staff and executive committee will review all submitted projects – SJCOG board would provide the final approval – prior to 2022 One Voice trip scheduled for May 7 through 13.

Funding, however, has been limited, according to Werner in his staff report.

In the last three years, the One Voice efforts, locally, made possible funding for the Regional Transit District and the Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

In addition, Werner pointed out that the One Voice trip would conflict with the May 10 Ripon City Council meeting.