Chaparral property discussion held between city, school district

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Andy Cantwell provides Ojai City Council members an update Oct. 3 on the District's efforts the find a lessee for OUSD's Chaparral property.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
“Call the Historic Preservation Commission, tell them to make this a historic occasion,” said Ojai Mayor Johnny Johnston to a round of laughter as he opened a special joint meeting between the Ojai City Council and the Ojai Unified School District (OUSD).
Though the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) may represent a barrier to the District's plans to lease its 7.5 acre Chaparral property, Johnston's quip represented one of the few mentions of the body during the hour and a half meeting.
The HPC will convene Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. to discuss a potential historic landmark designation for the property. 
HPC discussed the designation before — the body voted to nominate the entire Chaparral site as a historic area May 11.
The nomination came to the City Council July 25. The Council voted to send the issue back to the HPC after Ojai Unified School District Board members complained the HPC hadn’t notified the District of its meeting regarding the OUSD property, a violation of the city's municipal code.
See also: “Threats fly in school board/city debate” Ojai Valley News, July 27, 2017.

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