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Massage parlors & drones before Ripon council
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A pair of ordinances designed in part to help local law enforcement will be reviewed at tonight’s Ripon City Council meeting.
One has to do with regulating the use of drones and other unmanned aircrafts.
The other has to do with the massage business.
The Ripon Police Department, as part of an uncover operation, recently arrested two women accused of soliciting prostitution at a local massage parlor.
 The proposed ordinance would make it mandatory for those involved in this profession to have a massage business permit by Jan. 1, 2017. In order to do so, the applicant will be required to undergo a full background check and have no convictions of any specified crimes related to this business.
In addition, this person must have a valid massage certificate or the equivalent of one, with no suspension or revoke of the license within the five years preceding the application of the Massage Business Permit.
Meanwhile, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems ordinance, once passed, would give police the ability to address any public concerns or safety hazards regarding drones and remote controlled flying devices used for hobby or recreation.
The City received numerous complaints on unmanned aircrafts hovering over homes and public gatherings. But without an ordinance, police had little to go when addressing the concerns of citizens.
 Drones and other unmanned aircrafts would be limited to places such as the Mistlin Sports Park, under the ordinance.
Elected leaders will meet at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
They’ll also look to pass the proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Thus far, a budget workshop along with a public hearing was held for the $25.7 million financial proposal consisting of $9.9 million for the General Fund, $300,000 for special districts, and $15.5 million for the Non-General Fund departments.

To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail