New Ojai mayor, Paul Blatz, gives his views on the year ahead

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Paul Blatz was elected mayor by his colleagues on the Ojai City Council Dec. 8, making him the last Ojai mayor to be chosen that way. Beginning in November, candidates will have to run for that position specifically and will be elected by Ojai citizens.

The Ojai Valley News sat down with Blatz Friday to hear his views on a number of issues and his plans for his tenure as mayor.

Note: this has been edited for clarity and brevity.

OVN: You’ve mentioned balancing Ojai’s small-town character while recognizing that we have a tourist economy — how do we preserve that balance?

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