Candidates express post-vote
by C.A. Gilman
The tally won't be final until Nov. 26 when all the absentee
and provisional ballots have been counted, so the only clear
winners of Tuesday's elections were incumbents Joe DeVito and
With only 10 votes separating Bruce Roland from third-place finisher
Carol Smith the vote is still too close to declare who will take
that seat in December.
Incumbent Joe DeVito, who has been on the council for the past
16 years, said, "I am very pleased with the outcome of the
election. However, it's not over until it's over and the final
vote isn't in yet. I'm also pleased that the voters expressed
their satisfaction with my record over the past 16 years by re-electing
Council member Bury, who was also re-elected for another term,
said he was honored to be able to continue his service to the
community. He added, "It was a good day for environmental
issues too, with Measure A and Measure F failing. And it wasn't
surprising that Measure C failed; the fact is that it was flawed.
Although people are concerned about our traffic problems, the
measure was too limited. However, the good that it did was to
inspire everyone to pay attention and get involved. I'm excited
by the prospect of Carol Smith being on our council. She will
help provide balance and represents a significant portion of
our city that will lead to continued dialogue about our environment."
Smith she was pleased with her lead but concerned because it
is so close. She said, "I'm preparing to be a council member
and hope that the uncounted ballots issue is quickly resolved."
Blatz, who finished in fifth place, and is also chairman of the
Planning Commission, agreed. He said, "Fortunately I'm happy
on the Planning Commission. Of course I wanted to win; but diversification
of the council is good too. You need to have different ideas
and opinions there, that's one of the reasons I was proposing
a sustainability commission. Bruce or Carol will take that diversification
to the council which will be good for our community."
Klaif, who finished sixth, said, "I'm disappointed. I ran
because (I was against) Los Arboles. I didn't want Ojai to become
another Montecito." When asked if he was going to the Planning
Commission meeting that evening, he said, "No. Tonight,
I'm going to a nice restaurant, have a good meal and go to a
movie. I'm beat. I'll be at the meetings again next week."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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