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The people have spoken

Our tiny town has limped along for a dozen years since the recession and foreclosure crisis. We put aside street and pavement repair and other needed civic improvements.
With the landslide passage of Measure C on Tuesday — more than 82 percent of city voters approved it — the people are clear on this issue. These funds will allow for a new course to be plotted.
No longer will it take 30 years to pave our streets, only to have them deteriorate in 15 years, constantly losing twice what we thought we gained. We will be able to schedule street replacement on a 10-year schedule. Curbs, gutters and sidewalks will again have some priority. Entire streets and the cul-de-sacs this time will be paved together.
Our municipal parking lots and city recreational facilities have been wanting for years. The other pressing items will be wildland fire mitigation, brush clearance, and the interior city removal of hazardous, invasive and very volatile flammable vegetation.
Also needed is the development of a disaster plan for residents and visitors alike to be communicated, with adequate communication infrastructure .
Climate-change plans will run the gamut of ideas from additional bike racks, to additional solar with battery backup.
The city saved the community 80 tons of air pollution annually with the use of electric-landscape tools. A conversion of the majority of city-owned vehicles to electric will remove  hundreds of additional tons of carbon in Ojai.
Converting the majority of municipal buildings to solar will help us remove an additional amount of carbon, putting us on our way to removing a million pounds annually.
Last on the current list is code enforcement, from building and demolition of buildings on the weekends, (prohibited), to gas blowers, to other major violations of city and municipal codes. We’re counting on the list growing shorter, not longer as it has done for the last 10 years.
Thank you, Ojai voters, for taking this important step to improving Ojai for everyone.

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