District’s hopes for fire sprinkler requirements extinguished

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai City Council voted Nov. 14 not to adopt more restrictive fire codes in the city.
The vote followed a 75-minute discussion of a staff report recommending adoption of a resolution that would have implemented modifications sought by the Ventura County Fire Protection District (VCFPD) more restrictive than the California Fire Code, particularly when it comes to fire sprinklers.
The vote was 3-2 against adopting the codes, with Mayor Johnny Johnston and Councilman Randy Haney casting the dissenting votes.
The resolution was reviewed by the city’s Building Appeals Board (BAB) at its Feb. 21 meeting, and its members voted unanimously to advise the City Council to adopt no codes more restrictive than state law.
But in its report to the Council, city staff supported making the changes recommended by the VCFPD.

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