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Ruling a relief to Playhouse manager

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Walid Al-Awar stands outside the Ojai Playhouse that has been closed for three years.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Walid Al-Awar knows most Ojaians by face.
And those who have passed through the Ojai Playhouse over the past three decades probably recognize him too.
“Over the years, it became part of me,” said Al-Awar. “I feel like the Ojai Playhouse and I are one.”
He managed the theater's day-to-day operations from 1983 until July 20, 2014, when the building began flooding during a matinee showing of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
“Golden State Water Company (GSWC) ruined their theater,” said John Howard, an attorney representing Walid and his brother, Khaled Al-Awar, in a suit against the water company.
During court proceedings July 14, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O'Neill announced a tentative ruling to award the Al-Awars $400,000 in annoyance and discomfort damages. 

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