MANTECA – Highway 99 was closed Wednesday morning from as far south as the 120 bypass to as far north as Arch Road. Law enforcement is currently conducting an investigation into …
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MANTECA – Highway 99 was closed Wednesday morning from as far south as the 120 bypass to as far north as Arch Road. Law enforcement is currently conducting an investigation into …
MANTECA – Highway 99 was closed Wednesday morning from as far south as the 120 bypass to as far north as Arch Road. Law enforcement is currently conducting an investigation into an officer involved shooting.
Initial reports were that a man was on the freeway wielding a knife asking to be shot. We have reports that he was shot but it wasn’t fatal.
We also had reports that cops were searching the adjacent neighborhood and a chopper was in the air.
We have been told that the freeway will not be opened until 5:01pm.
Further details will be posted when they become available.
Update: Southbound lanes are open
Update: Northbound is open with exception of one lane. Traffic is moving slowly in the area.
Update: Manteca Sergeant Mike Aguilar said, “(He) was making comments, wanting suicide by cop, as was reported. So officers were on scene, and during the course of contacting the subject, a Taser was deployed and shots were fired. The subject was hit and has since been transported to a local hospital for treatment.”
Update 1:53pm: Ripon frontage streets are really congested due to this earlier closure. If you have extra time to spare please leave earlier than usual to reach your destination on time.
Please tell us about yourself, you’re interest in serving on the City Council and what strengths you feel you bring to the City Council. As a young person I traveled the …
As a young person I traveled the world due to my father’s career in the military. I lived in four different states as well as England and I graduated high school in the Philippine Islands. We then moved to Merced where I attended Merced Community College and CSU Stanislaus State.
My wife, Darlene and I moved to Ripon 31 years ago and have raised our family in Ripon. I have served eight years on the planning commission and two years ago I was appointed to the City Council due to the untimely passing our friend and Mayor Elden “Red” Nutt. As a self-employed wholesale distributor serving the surrounding communities, I have seen where poor planning has created less desirable communities. I will continue to working to keep Ripon a well planned and developed city.
-I feel Ripon has both a Police and Fire Department second to none in California. The Police Department need to replace patrol cars that have excessive mileage and computer equipment that does not work properly. The city’s cooperation with the Ripon Fire District will continue to assure residents quality paramedic and fire protection. I will work to keep them fully staffed and well equipped.
-Restrict growth to no more than 4% a year. Large developers would like to build large housing projects here, but want to lower our building standards. This is not acceptable to me or the community. In regards to growth, new businesses and residential growth on the north side of Highway 99 could divide our town in half and has become a concern. I believe there is a need for improvements on both the the 2nd Street overpass and the Fulton overpass, to allow safe passage for pedestrians, bicycles, joggers, etc. I feel it is important to keep Ripon a united community.
-Ripon is a beautiful town, but many of the town’s streets need to be repaired. I would like to see more funds allotted from the city’s budget for yearly maintenance and repairs on roads and other infrastructure. When applicable, we should apply for state grant funds that may help us out with these needed repairs. Put aside 30% of any budget surplus yearly to repair or replace many of our roads.
Growth will soon take place with developments such as the mixed use (residential/commercial) in the Mistin Sports Park area. The North Point Specific Plan addresses this 310 acres of planned growth. When a city decides to develop, this is an example of a well thought-out plan that will support our local economy. For example, the back-bone of this development is a beautifully landscaped corridor (CentralPaseo) that will provide a major pedestrian and bicycle route from Frontage Road (HWY 99), through the development, and all the way to the Mistin Sports Park on River Rd.. The mixed used plan would accommodate retail development, business offices, as well as other commercial uses. Also, housing options will include multifamily apartments, condominium housing, and single-family residential homes ranging in different densities. There will be a variety of parks and open spaces for recreation and public gatherings. I strongly support this plan because it is an example of smart planning. It ensures that Ripon will grow in a positive matter providing a benchmark for future development.
In the future I see Ripon retaining it’s small town community feeling while growing at a modest rate. Businesses from the East Bay are expanding into the San Joaquin County and this will bring quality growth and jobs to our area. Plans for the Ace Train Station
will provide commuters and visitors safe travel and it will also provide a Community Transport Center for local bus and other forms of transportation. With proper planning this growth will insure Ripon a bright and prosperous future.
One of Ripon’s most cherished attributes is our beloved downtown. It is my intent to work with the Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants to keep our historic downtown vibrant and healthy! Many visitors come to our famous Misltin park and travelers pass by on their way to Yosemite and other destinations. Our downtown and surrounding area would be a nice stopping point to eat, and shop at our businesses. There are many assorted eateries, cafes, and restaurants in town, I would like to see more visitors frequent those businesses. By adding outside and partitioned seating areas, we would create a festive and inviting atmosphere for visitors to relax and enjoy meals. Downtown events sponsored by community organizations can be a success as well. For example, Farm to Fork dinners, Farmers Market, Taste of Ripon, car shows and other events that bring more visitors to our downtown.
Ripon is looking at providing an ACE Train Community Transit Station so our residents can access their commuting destinations without need to drive and deal with stressful traffic. I support this service because it provides a more effective way to move large numbers of people, while also reducing omissions and traffic congestion. Ripon is working with a non-profit to iron out the final planning stages of a dog park on Doak Avenue. This is one of the projects our former Mayor “Red” Nutt was working on before his unfortunate passing. I strongly support the dog park and would like to see it brought to its finish. It will quickly become a valued addition to our community. We need to continue the city’s requirements to conserve water. If the drought continues, the state will require further restrictions on pumping ground water for cities and farmers.
The recovery from the recession has been an uphill battle.The Jack Tone interchange district generates approximately 60-70 per cent of the city’s income. When there is a recession or slow economy there is not enough revenue generated to cover the city’s future expenses. We need to bring more business to Ripon that are recession proof. The economy is showing signs of an economic up-swing. East Bay companies are expanding into the San Joaquin County. Examples of this are high-tech and other ecofriendly companies. Our area offer these companies room to grow and provide affordable housing for their employees. Most of the city’s jobs are currently filled; and as we grow the tax funds for the city will grow as well. Applying for grants has benefited our city for many projects in the past, and I will follow through to make sure we take advantage of these successful programs. Ripon will grow, retain and attract more advanced businesses because we offer a higher quality of life.
Please tell us about yourself, your interest in serving on the city council and what strengths you feel you bring to the Ripon City Council. I was born and raised in …
- I was born and raised in Turlock, graduated from UC Davis and spent 38 years in public education. I came to Ripon in 1979 as Principal at Ripon Elementary School. I opened Weston Elementary School and became Superintendent in 1993. I retired in 2008 and in 2012 was elected to a seat on the City Council.
- I am active in the community as a member of the Ripon Lions Club, the Ripon Arts League where I serve as a Director and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce where I have been a member of the Board of Directors since 1993.
- I was originally driven to run for a seat on the City Council because I felt city government was not open and responsive to the residents. I have seen a lot of improvement over the last four years but still see room for continued improvement. My strengths include: knowledge and experience working in the public sector that allows me to provide input, insight and guidance to the staff; an ability to facilitate improved communication with the residents and make city government more open and responsive; and a genuine interest in making Ripon a community that we can all be proud of.
As it plans for the future, city staff and the city council need to work to: (1) create a positive environment that supports a range of quality commercial development in the community, (2) makes quality affordable housing available to residents without compromising the quality of life in the community, and (3) works to maximize the availability of funds for rehabilitating the city’s streets.
- So far as commercial development is concerned, the city needs to make sure that fees and requirements are in place for new or expanding businesses, and are competitive with surrounding communities. Planning and zoning actions need to take place so there is adequate land available to accommodate a variety of commercial developments.
- With regard to the housing issue, the City can work with developers to make a variety of rental units available so residents with a range of incomes can find a place to live. The city needs to work with residential developers to provide a supply of homes that meet FHA requirements for financing, reducing the down-payment amount for home buyers. Where possible, the city should consider subsidizing the down-payment so residents can establish themselves in that starter home.
- Finally, over 30 percent of our streets do not meet minimum standards to be classified as acceptable. Declining funds from state and federal sources are making it harder to correct the situation. City government needs to ensure that existing funds are spent efficiently and effectively. We need to look at other funding options to move forward to correct the problems with our streets, rather than allowing them to get worse.
There are two major issues facing the city; (1) ensuring that Ripon is competitive with surrounding communities with respect to commercial developer fees and (2) improving communication with the community regarding how city programs operate and how regulations are enforced.
- With respect to the developer fee issue, a study has been completed to see where we stand with our commercial developer fees. The consultant has made recommendations for adjusting those fees and staff is reviewing the fee justification to make necessary changes. Ripon’s fees will be very competitive with neighboring communities and initial conversations with developers have had positive responses.
- The communication issue is a work in progress. Regulations need to be reviewed and, where necessary, clarified. Similarly, communication processes should be reviewed and strengthened for clarification as well. The staff is completing a thorough upgrade of the city web site. The focus has been on ease of use and clarity of communications. All of this together should facilitate clearer communication with members of the community and those who interact with the community in order to reduce or eliminate areas of confusion.
Over the next 5-10 years the Ripon community will remain a quality and safe community, a place all residents will be proud to call home. There will be open and clear communication between city government and the residents. There will be high quality residential development that has the capacity to accommodate a range of age groups and income levels. There will be ample recreational facilities for the residents, providing organized activities as well as opportunities for informal recreational activities. Commercial development in the city will have increased, with quality businesses and professional services establishing themselves in the community. City revenues will have increased in amount and reliability so that necessary services are being provided at a level that addresses the needs of the residents and affords them a safe place to live, work and play.
Involvement and investment by all parties will be necessary to preserve and enhance the downtown area. The city needs to do some work on Main Street. Plans now call for repairing the center gutter where necessary and then repairing the blacktop where it has buckled or collapsed. When that is done, the entire street will be sealed. City maintenance crews need to make sure the planter areas and streetlights are well maintained, too. Beyond that, it will be up to the merchants and property owners to address any issues related to the structures downtown. The city should be supportive in efforts to correct problems. The City should also support efforts by the merchants and property owners, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, to draw residents and customers to the downtown area.
One important area of concern is the repair and maintenance of the streets and roads in our community. As mentioned earlier, over 30% of our streets do not meet minimum requirements to be deemed acceptable based on a scale used to rank the condition of streets. Federal and State sources of funds to address this need are declining each year. The amount of money received is determined by a tax on gasoline. Because cars are getting better mileage and the number of electric vehicles is increasing, the amount of money coming to the city is declining. But the deterioration of our streets is continuing. It is important that what money there is gets used effectively and efficiently. And we need to maximize use of any grants or one-time money that might come to the city. With patience, persistence and some creative thinking, progress can and should be made.
The ability to pay for increased costs to address growth depends on the ability of city government to generate balanced growth. If there is only residential growth, there will not be sufficient funds to continue the level of services currently in place. Studies have shown that each house added to the city requires $500 more in costs than the revenue that is generated by that house. The difference needs to be made up with income generated by commercial development. That means that residential growth must be tied to a growth in commercial development. City staff is aware of this connection and needs to work with the city council to develop policies and procedures that will maintain a balance between residential and commercial growth as the city moves forward.
Please tell us about yourself, your interest in serving on the city council and what strengths you feel you bring to the Ripon City Council. I was born in raised in …
I was born in raised in Manteca as the fourth generation on my family’s farm, where I learned the value of hard work at an early age. I grew up raising livestock and started selling beef cattle to 4-H and FFA students at the age of 14. I am a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, and I now work as an engineer where I make pragmatic decisions that improve infrastructure for my clients and their communities. I’d like to utilize my engineering experience in water resources, agriculture and land development to make a positive difference for the City of Ripon’s future.
- Make a commitment to our police and first responders to ensure the safety of our community and maintain the outstanding level of service that we are accustomed to;
- Ensure that growth is coupled with economic development by attracting new businesses; and,
- Make a commitment to our community to provide the best public services including a safe and reliable drinking water supply at the lowest cost to residents while maintaining a fiscally conservative, balanced budget.
The biggest challenges facing our city are:
- Acquiring a reliable source of safe drinking water: Given the new regulations of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the uncertainty of the future of our groundwater supply, we need to decrease our dependency on groundwater and diversify our water supply;
- Continuing to protect our city by equipping our police department with the resources they need: As our city grows it is important that we are able to maintain or improve the level of service that our police department currently provides. Working closely with our police department to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary resources is a top priority for me.; and,
- Strengthening relationships with our fire department and our schools: It is important that the city strengthens relationships and partners with the fire department and our schools to ensure that they also are able to maintain the current level of service and accommodate the city’s growth.
I envision a revitalized and thriving Ripon with prosperous businesses attracting young professionals to work, live and raise their families in our city. I believe that through investment in our city and partnering with local businesses, we will be able to create a hub for innovation and economic development.
Partnering with our downtown businesses to address their concerns is critical. I would like to improve access and attract businesses with more variety that will help establish a more vibrant downtown.
My goal is to market Ripon as the place to bring your business, to make a career and to raise a family. I am passionate about our city and its future and I have a vision to continue to make Ripon one of the best places to live. I believe Ripon needs leadership with a vision for our future, failure to plan is planning to fail.
I think it is important that as we continue to grow, we learn by example and look to our neighbors for what to do and what not to do. Ripon needs to be competitive when it comes to attracting new businesses to our town. This will allow people from surrounding communities to come and invest in our city will stimulate our economy, and allow us to continue to distinguish ourselves from the surrounding cities and to maintain the quality of life we are proud to offer here in this great city.
Please tell us about yourself, your interest in serving on the city council and what strengths you feel you bring to the Ripon City Council. I have spent most of life …
I have spent most of life living, working, and contributing to Ripon. After attending Ripon Christian High, I left to attend college at Chico State and The University of Central Florida. I returned to Ripon in 2008, and opened up business; Jake’s Coffee Tea, and Sandwiches. It was during this time, I decided to run for City Council in 2012. The experience of opening, and running a successful business has greatly contributed to the insights I have provided on the City Council. These insights, and my ability to identify and prioritize Ripon’s biggest needs, have greatly contributed to my success on the City Council.
-Pragmatic and Measured Growth
The success of Ripon’s future isn’t going to be just relaying our rich history, but also crafting a future that will allow our town to thrive economically. With the continued unrelenting growth of Modesto and Manteca, Ripon’s ability to expand economically will be the only way to ensure our values and culture won’t be overrun. With economic development being critical to our future, it is important that each decision for expansion be pragmatic and measured. Many of the surroundings communities have grown for the sake of growing, with little thought being given to the quality of life of the residents. Ripon has remained the “Jewel of the Valley” preciously because we have not grown faster than our resources can handle. This allowed for our Police Department to keep a handle on crime, graffiti to remain virtually non-existent around town, public parks to remain prestige, and the City to balance the budget. With ever increasing constraints on our budget and resources, going forward the City is going to have to rely on providing new innovative solutions to ensuring Ripon’s future success. While it is becoming more and more expansive to hire people, the City will need to continue to utilize technology to allow staff to remain efficient in their jobs. Innovation is also going to play a role in water usage and storage. The State of California is only going to increase the conservation demands on individuals without the increasing the storage capacity. It will be imperative for cities and regions to find innovative ways to solve water storage problems in their own communities.
With the increasing cost of labor, healthcare, and retirement the biggest issue facing the City in the upcoming future is going to be to continue to manage the City’s finances. The approach the City has adopted over the last several years, of using a look back approach for purchasing any non-necessary items, will need to be continued in the foreseeable future. In addition to this budgeting approach, Ripon will need to continue to invest in economic development and ensure we are doing all we can to attract quality businesses to Ripon. Through being proactive we can insure our biggest issues in the future don’t ruin our great city.
Over the next 5-10 years, I envision Ripon we will continue to preserve the quality of life that we have fought so hard to establish. In that time Ripon will also be known as a model for how city government should be run; balancing a budget while continuing to invest and improve public safety and infrastructure. I also envision Ripon being a place for job growth in the Valley. Being a place that is going to provide a future and great quality of life for its residents.
The preservation of Downtown is going to occur when we can drive enough continual traffic to downtown businesses. Part of the future success is going to rely on increasing utilizing Mistlin Park and channeling those individuals towards downtown. Another factor that could help downtown is providing an ACE Station. The Ace station will provide people week day traffic, and provide a potential steady stream of customer throughout the week, and not just the weekend.
Ripon has done so much in the past in utilizing technology for the police department. I would like to see this philosophy expanded to all departments in the City. Over the next four years, I would like to see Ripon become an incubator for trying new ideas on water storage, land usage, and other ideas that can be used to improve our Downtown, and overall city operations.
With the rising cost of labor (salaries, healthcare, and retirement) replacing positions that were eliminated is going to be difficult. To maintain a solid financial footing the City is going to have to continue to rely on working with consultants, and outside vendors for functions City staff can’t perform, or doesn’t have the time too. Also, providing current City staff with the tools (i.e. Technology) needed to perform their job at maximum efficiency. As for paying for our current and future infrastructure needs, the City has started a “rainy day fund” for streets and roads, which is a small but important step in preparing for future needs. However, continuing to diversify Ripon’s economy will be critical to our future ability to meet the needs of the community. If we continue to depend on an important but volatile resource such as the Gas Tax, we will always be struggling with this issue. Going forward, to maintain our infrastructure and quality of life, it is important that Ripon have a diversified tax base.
Questions for City Council 2016 – John Mangelos Please tell us about yourself, your interest in serving on the city council and what strengths you feel you bring to the Ripon …
Questions for City Council 2016 – John Mangelos
As a lifelong resident of Ripon I’ve always had an interest in the betterment of our community. I feel I’ve been successful in a number of public interest ventures over the past 35 plus years in our community, I would like to continue my service to our community by serving on our city council.
Quality of life
Preservation of historical values
Building a bright future.
Retention of our experienced and trained police officers, we need to have a compensation structure that is equivalent with the departments that are drawing our officers away.
I envision Ripon to be a vibrant city in the near future, I see us retaining our uniqueness, through the support of small family style businesses that offer services that enhance our community. Not the big box stores of our neighbors to the North and South, but a small town with family friendly businesses.
We need to attract family style restaurants, traditional service stores such as shoe repair shops and seamstress/tailor. Unique eating experience’s gourmet food shops, local wine tasting, artisan cheese stores, microbreweries etc. We need to seek out businesses that carry on the traditions of Ripon. Our city needs to be more welcoming on an administrative level, embracing these businesses and extending a helping hand to them as opposed to making it difficult to enter our community.
I am most concerned with preserving what we have, we have a wonderful community and I love that. What I hope to do is to enhance what we have by leading us in a direction to make us better, cultivating businesses that promote art, food, or culture, while retaining the values that have made our community all that it is.
We need to analyze the budget and allocate our resources in the wisest ways possible. We seem to spend an awful lot of our budget on outside services for studies, for legal services, and others. We should reevaluate the current way we do business as a city and change to be more efficient with our limited funds. We need to have limited growth to help fund the future infrastructure needs of our community.
Questions for City Council Candidates 2016 – Mario Gonzales Please tell us about yourself, your interest in serving on the city council and what strengths you feel you bring to the …
Questions for City Council Candidates 2016 – Mario Gonzales
A – I’m originally from Manteca and have not left the valley. It has been a goal of mine to continue serve the community. I had to retire from Modesto PD. because of a disability in 2013. I worked for Modesto for 16 years. I have been living in Ripon for over 11 years and enjoy it. My B.S. degree is in Emergency Management Services, so I feel the education I had will help me along with working with lots people over the years.
A – Water, public safety, along with growth should be on the minds of the city council.
A – In my opinion I think water, public safety and housing should be big issues in the city’s future. I think we are headed in right direction regarding the drought, reducing water usage. Of course I’m pro public safety, meaning I would do what it takes to try and make sure the community is safe. I would also do my best that we making attempts that we have affordable housing without reducing the quality.
A – The city is not very big, so I don’t to see to much growth regarding population. However I do envision businesses to grow. In my opinion I think the city is growing.
A – In my opinion the city redoing of downtown is good. Keep it simple without over doing it. Common sense is the key to preserve and enhance the city.
A – Like I mention above the city is headed in right direction. However some of the infrastructure needs to be looked at, roads, signing and lights etc.
A – I worked in North Modesto and South Modesto and there is no way I’ll let Ripon go if that direction as long I’m on the city council. We got to look at the surplus and see what jobs were cut. With the growing population there comes new revenue I’m sure we can get some of those jobs back. However, the recession let us cut some of the wasteful spending which I do not see the city council doing.
Come hear Daniel Lemke, President of Breaking the Cycle – Bicycling across the USA for 15 months to help end sex trafficking in America Heartland Community Church 510 W. Main St., Ripon April …
Heartland Community Church
510 W. Main St., Ripon
April 14, 2016, 7 PM
A free will offering will be taken
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With the apparent closing of the Ripon Record, we are looking for community writers to fill the void. If you have any interest in sharing anything community related, whether it is one …
With the apparent closing of the Ripon Record, we are looking for community writers to fill the void. If you have any interest in sharing anything community related, whether it is one paragraph talking about a sports game or event, to writing a full size article please let us know!