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Did you know the Ojai Valley News has a policy to provide all disaster and emergency-related online reporting for free? We see it as part of our social responsibility as your local news outlet to keep the community informed. We are breaking n…

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Still asking yourself if an Ojai Downtown Historic District designation is good for our community? Such a district would provide about 60 properties the same layer of government oversight the Ojai historic-landmarked properties currently have…

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After hearing about undeposited checks, understaffing, and lack of adequate training and operating business procedures at Ojai Unified School District, Trustee Michael Shanahan, at the Nov. 1 special school board meeting, summed up the proble…

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Wrapping oneself in the flag, swelled with righteous morality — with a strong connection to a voter base who fear both change and outsiders,  armed with a band of speechwriters and  trusty social media warriors at the ready — has proved a win…

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Here at the Ojai Valley News, we keep close watch on public officials in action in our community. We report on meetings and actions being taken to support your right (and duty) to know, and we offer our informed opinion.

Russian President Putin falsely convinced millions of people, through a government-controlled media, that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy — born to a Ukrainian Jewish family — is a Nazi, and that the invasion of Ukraine is to protect Russians f…

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In a textbook example of what has become the new style of local Ojai politics, Jane Weil rocked the hall at a public meeting this week. This time with sexist and slanderous speech directed toward three City Council members. Weil, president of…

Apparently, for $300, you can buy your own circus at Ojai City Council. If you missed the show May 10, I highly recommend you take the time to watch the city’s YouTube channel to see what happens when more than 40 of Ojai’s most engaged citiz…

Shouting “tourist” and “valet parking” in a crowded Ojai Facebook chat room had the expected effect of bringing an irate public to the March 22 City Council meeting. Mayor Betsy Stix and her agents spun a misleading narrative that successfull…

Freedom of speech is the gateway to the big three — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Ukrainian people know this as dearly as Americans do. Our hearts are breaking for the 44 million Ukrainians fighting for a free country as the…

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What Ventura city wants most, in its thirsty attack on Ojai Valley water rights, is to fracture the parties to further splinter the resistance against it. The Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA) stands poised with evidence that c…

Without environmental or financial sanity, Ventura County government has cut off limbs to spite the trunks of an unprecedented 82 Soule Park trees. A poison cocktail was sprayed around the bases of the 64-year-old trees for weed control, whic…

The false timeline was set, protectionist cards were played, and free money was offered by the city of Ojai Historic Preservation Commission last week as it rolled out its beautiful slide presentation about the historic value of Ojai's downto…

R.I.P. lost Soules at Ojai Valley county park. "The county is unable to provide deep irrigation to the park based on our limited allocation for Casitas Wataer District and efforts to assist conservation effforts."

Democracy is not in fashion as much as it used to be. Someone told the Ojai Valley News that “hate is the new black” this year. Has the beginning of the civil war already begun, in our minds? The thought is minted fresh each day in the minds …

The launch to nowhere: The stairs to Lake Casitas now go to dry ground. Effective July 1, Ventura City Council rescinded its Stage 2 water-shortage event, “based on current supply,” while Casitas users remain in Stage 3.

Laura Ward Given the times, it is hard not to get sucked into the turbulence of our national politics. Passion for the topic du jour quickly bubbles to the surface as people share the latest facts or their personal outrage. Too often, nationa…

Bob Daddi and the Ojai Valley News want to personally thank and commend Ojai Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Tiffany Morse, for partnering with the city of Ojai and being instrumental in solving some of the ATP project engineering…

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Ojai Valley News’ editorial response to Sheriff Ayub’s Op-Ed:  Why does Sheriff William Ayub believe that the city of Ojai should pay the equivalent to a city twice its size, with twice the crime rate, and 10 times the violent crime (Fillmore…

Two separate issues are going on related to police reform in Ojai — financial reform and conduct reform. Critical to the city right now is financial reform. Contract negotiations with the Ventura County Sheriff's office have been ongoing sin…