Petitions submitted to overturn extension of tourism district

Editor's note: This story was updated May 19 at 4:44 p.m. to correct factual errors in the City Clerk's statements regarding a potential election.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Petitions containing 781 signatures, seeking to repeal a March 28 resolution reauthorizing the Ojai Tourism improvement District (OTID) for a three-year term, were submitted to Ojai City Hall April 28, according to Deputy City Clerk Gail Davis.
Davis said the petitions were delivered to Ventura County Elections Division April 28 for verification of the signatures. 
Under California Elections Code, Council legislative actions are subject to referendum when petitioners collect signatures from 10 percent of the city's registered voters.
If the county certifies that at least 498 of the 781 signatures are valid, City Clerk Cynthia Burell will check the petition materials to ensure compliance with the elections code, she said.
Burell confirmed she performed a cursory check of the petition before she delivered the signatures to the county and didn't see any issues.
The last petition to be submitted to the city, an initiative to legalize and regulate a limited number of short-term rentals, was rejected for inclusion on the November 2016 ballot due to a font size issue, among other deficiencies.
See also: Ojai city clerk rejects short-term rental initiative Ojai Valley News, June 28, 2026.

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