Ojai’s sign ordinance to get a makeover

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

Ojai’s city ordinance regarding signs is in line for an overhaul. At its regular session of April 26, the Ojai City Council authorized City Attorney Matthew Summers to draw up the groundwork for an updated, more understandable code regulating signs within the city limits.

During that meeting, Summers drew the Council’s attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert. In that decision, he said, the court had struck down the sign ordinance for the community of Gilbert, Ariz., on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment by differentiating classes of signs according to content: ideological, political and temporary, the latter designating those signs whose purpose was that of directing the public to meetings or events.

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