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We recently marked six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. U.S. and Russia tensions are their greatest since the Cold War, and we are closer today to the brink of nuclear war than at any time in the nuclear age.

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Let’s consider another way of seeing our beloved Ojai town/valley. Why must we embrace division so wholeheartedly? Perhaps it’s having inherited war and conflict as our M.O. (method of operation) from the century just behind us, having learne…

On August 9th I attended the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s 35th birthday party! There is so much to celebrate. I remember when OVLC was founded in the late ‘80s by a small group of residents determined to save Ojai’s valuable and loved open …

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A few weeks ago, I visited Ojai to discuss the area’s housing affordability challenges, and I told attendees that there’s no such thing as a “no growth” community. Ultimately, every city has one of three futures: If it’s an undesirable place …

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I was still trying to shake off the dirt from the latest toxic city council meeting when I happened upon this wonderful travelogue written in 1951  entitled “My Favorite Town — OJAI, CALIFORNIA.”

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We stood before the Ojai Planning Commission on July 20 to discuss and respond to the potential loss of our Garden. A funny thing happened on the way to the meeting; we remembered who we are and what we stand for: Love is greater than everything!

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On July 12,  Ojai City Council will hold a public discussion on the four-part housing development involving the Mallory Way cottages, Cottages Among the Flowers, old World University buildings and a new housing complex on South Montgomery Str…

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• The Girls Empowerment Workshop sends a thumbs up to the Lions Club for their generosity and support of our programming, their fun meetings and their ongoing commitment to our community.

• The OVN sends a thumbs up to all those who buy tickets to the Sunday, Sept. 25, fundraising concert at Nordhoff High School that will help raise money for Nate’s Place, A Wellness and Recovery Center, which will be a lasting legacy to 2019 Nordhoff High School graduate Nathan Rhoades. Your…

Thumbs up to Kathleen Schafer and the Ojai Valley Film Society. A timely and relevant choice of films for the Friday summer series. Thank you for your hard work. It’s a gift to our community!

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• Thumbs up to the woman who accidentally scratched someone’s car and searched for the owner. Your integrity did not go unnoticed. Seems like it all worked out for both of you.

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• Thumbs up to David Rogers, director of Operations at Ojai Unified School District, for the supportive partnership with Secure Beginnings Diaper Bank. He goes the extra mile to help us meet the needs of so many families of children ages 0-5! Thank you!