Sanitary District committee meeting halted by dispute over conflict-of-interest questions

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
A discussion on a possible conflict of interest brought an Ojai Valley Sanitary District (OVSD) Ordinance Committee meeting to a screeching halt Oct. 17.
Up for review at the meeting were the implications of a new housing law regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as "granny flats."
SB 229, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Oct. 8, will prohibit special districts such as OVSD from charging new connection fees or capacity charges on ADUs. The law will take affect Jan. 1.
But prior to discussion on the matter, OVSD attorney Robert Kwong asked OVSD Board and Committee Member William Ulrich if he had any financial interest in a property in the 400 block of Gridley Road, to which Ulrich replied it is his principal place of residence.
Kwong asked Ulrich if he had received a notice of alleged violation and a request for site inspection at that address, and if he had been in contact with OVSD staff regarding the alleged violation for having an unpermitted ADU.
Ulrich said he had.

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