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Threats fly in school board/city debate

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Debate over the future of Ojai Unified School District's (OUSD) Chaparral property was contentious July 25, as multiple School Board members threatened legal action if the Ojai City Council gave a historic landmark designation to the property over their objections.
The threats were launched during an Ojai City Council meeting as the Council considered the property's historic status per a recommendation from the city's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).
“To place a landmark designation on the property at this time, before we have even had any proposals from the outside, would surely limit any interest for fears that it would become a bureaucratic nightmare for a developer,” said OUSD School Board Member Jane Weil.

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