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Ripon council calls attention to domestic violence
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

At tonight’s Ripon City Council session, elected leaders are scheduled to meet with Raman Dhindsa from the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

She’s the FOCUS program manager for the center’s Youth and Family Services.

During the 7 p.m. open session inside the Council Chambers – Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Ave. – Mayor Dean Uecker will present a proclamation to the Women’s Center representative.

Part of it includes children “not directly injured by violence, (but) exposure to violence in the home can contribute to behavioral, social, and emotional problems that may carry patterns of abuse into future relationships.”

The staff and volunteers of the Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services, the proclamation said, will “vow to work year around to encourage every person in the City of Ripon to end domestic violence by providing young people with education about healthy relationships, changing attitudes that support violence, and creating a future where all women, men and children can live free from violence and exploitation.”

Other agenda items include:

•    Council members possibly adopting 2013-14 compensation plans benefitting all employees of the City of Ripon Police Officers’ Association along with the Police Sergeants’ Association, and Public Works Maintenance and Public Works Foreman employees.

•    Elected leaders looking to eliminate vacation credit but restore the cost-of-living adjustment (fiscal year 2008-09) for all administrative staff and non-represented police department employees.

•    A public hearing on a resolution that calls for an increase to the Council’s health benefits.

•    Council discussing the Community and Youth Commission’s request for funds ($774) specifically to purchase paper, balloons, face-painting supplies, a sign and 1,000 key chains.

For more information, call city hall at 209-559-2108 or log on to www.cityofripon,org.