Ojai Valley Defense Fund issues its first-ever grant

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
An organization whose goal is to protect the environmental quality of the Ojai Valley has awarded the first grant in its history.
The Ojai Valley Defense Fund (OVDF) announced Oct. 1 that it awarded a $50,000 grant to Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG).
“This grant will help provide CFROG with the legal expertise required to advocate early and effectively on behalf of the Ojai Valley, as the county of Ventura updates its General Plan over the next four years,” OVDF officials stated in a news release.
“There is now major cause for concern that the update process could significantly threaten the air quality of the Ojai Valley, along with our overall environmental well-being,” the statement continued.
The General Plan, which includes an Area Plan specific to the Ojai Valley, acts as a land-use guide and will stand for 20 years once implemented.

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