Council Backs Plans For Bowl

By Sondra Murphy

Appraising Libbey Bowl as a significant treasure to the community, the Ojai City Council voted unanimously to commit $500,000 in development funds to the next phase in its reconstruction. “We’re bringing this to you tonight to formally begin this process,” said city manager Jere Kersnar. “The concepts are not binding and we will have to take it back to the other side of the house to regulate it.” Kersnar added that, because the city is also the owner of the bowl, “You’re sort of, in a sense, applying to yourselves.” He said the historic issues represented in the physical and creative presence of the bowl would likely require agency collaboration, which may get confusing at times. Architect David Bury reviewed the efforts to save the crumbling 52-year-old structure before elements and insects do in the beloved, open-air performing arts venue shared by dozens of community groups each year, most notably the internationally recognized Ojai Music Festival. Independent studies

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