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The website at www.cityofripon.org shows the municipal seal, which is available for sale as a lapel pin, is again in a circular format. There is a black outer ring with gold external and internal bordering and text in gold lettering at both the top and bottom of the ring. However the seal itself is in such a small size that it has proved impossible for me to decipher the actual text. The central image is gold, with a map of California in white running diagonally the length of the image from upper left to lower right. To the upper right of the map is a flower of unknown type in lilac. Dividing the entire seal at about the 2/3 mark is a blue ribbon curled at each end around the body of the seal itself., on which are written the words `CITY OF RIPON' in gold block lettering.
Ron Lahav, 12 June 2005
We do not have a City flag. We talked about it a few years ago, but the City Council decided we do not need one. They decided that it was too much money for something that is just for show.
The City did not have a logo for many years. The Council decided that we needed one for our stationery, so we ran a contest in 1995 and the winner received $250.00 in gift certificates from local merchants. We received about 30 entries. All the entries were given to the Council without the artist's name so that the Council could not be influenced by anything other that the art work. The winner was one of our employees, Sarah Perdichizzi. She is a secretary in our Public Works Department. She used one of her children's puzzle pieces to draw the outline of the state of California. Ripon has long been a farming community with Almonds being the main crop, so she added the almond blossom. The local farmers wanted the message "Almond Capital of the World" on the logo, so there it is. The date 1945 is when Ripon first became a town recognized by the State of California. This recognition, designating us as a "City of the Sixth Class," allowed us to received taxes collected by the state. The money helps us provide services to our community. The term "Sixth Class" refers to our population. At that time, our population was less than 2,000. I don't know how big a town had to be to be "First Class", but 50 years later, we have a population of about 12,000.
In the same contest, we asked someone to come up with a City slogan. A young man came up with "Responsive - Industrious - Productive - Organized - Neighborly." You will notice that the first letter of each word spells "RIPON." He was given $50.00. The only place we use this slogan is on our newsletter that we mail to our local residents.
Jeanne Hall, Deputy City Clerk, 12 June 2005