Tourism funding gets split council vote

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Feelings of unease over tourism in the valley colored a new issue Jan. 10.
Ojai's new mayor and city councilwoman split from their colleagues during a 3-2 vote to renew the Ojai Tourism Improvement District (OTID) for a 10-year period and allow the body to increase the assessment it levies on local lodging businesses. 
The OTID funds the Ojai Visitors Bureau.
Mayor Johnny Johnston and City Councilwoman Suza Francina voted in opposition to the resolution to renew the OTID, though they were in the minority.

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