Schedule of Posting Official Election Results for 2018 Ojai City Council Races and Ballot Measures

Information Regarding the Latest Election Results:

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura for election services. For online information on the latest election results please visit Ventura County Election’s results page, here.

Information Regarding City of Ojai Posting of Official Election Results:

County Elections must begin the official canvass no later than Thursday following an election (Elections Code §10547, 15301). County Elections then has 30 days in which to complete the official canvass (Elections Code 15372). That means the Ojai City Clerk Office expects official results no later than December 6, 2018. Official results will come to the City in the form of a certified statement from County Elections and will be posted online and in the City Hall lobby.

Ventura County Elections Smartphone App:

Updates to County of Ventura Elections’ results are also available via a smartphone app. Here is a link about downloading the free app.  The app can also be accessed by searching in a smartphone’s App Store for, “Ventura County Elections App.”

For further information on City of Ojai elections returns please contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120 or cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

 

Ojai City Hall is Now Closed for Mail-in Ballot Drop offs; Ballots May be Dropped off at all Polling Places until 8:00 p.m. Tonight

Ojai City Hall is closed for business for the day. Voters may drop mail-in ballots today at any polling place, until the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Click on this link to find all polling places throughout Ventura County.

Here is a list of polling places in the Ojai Valley:

The Well Ojai Valley Christian Fellowship 1290 Grand Ave, Ojai
Ojai United Methodist Church 120 Church Rd, Ojai
County Fire Station #22 466 S La Luna Ave, Ojai
The Gables Of Ojai 701 N Montgomery St, Ojai
Meiners Oaks Water District Office 202 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai
Ojai Presbyterian Church 304 Foothill Rd, Ojai
Adult/community Education School 414 E Ojai Ave, Ojai
First Baptist Church 930 Grand Ave, Ojai
First Baptist Church 930 Grand Ave, Ojai
Live Oak Christian Fellowship 441 Church Rd, Ojai

Follow Local Election Night Returns Live with the Ventura County Elections App

Smartphone users may watch election returns for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election on a smartphone in real time as they are posted by County of Ventura Elections. Here is a link about downloading the free app, or simply can go into your phone’s App Store and search for “Ventura County Elections App.”

Phones can be set up to ring with an alert each time returns are updated.

Permanent Vote-by-Mail voters may also track the status of their ballot on the app.

The election canvass process is open to the public and interested parties may observe the canvass, including returns on election night at Ventura County Elections headquarters, at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura.

Reminder to Voters Planning to Drop Off Mail-in-Ballots at City Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

As a reminder to voters planning to drop off mail-in-ballots at City Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018:

County of Ventura Elections staff will pick up the ballot drop-off box sometime in the afternoon on Election Day, well before City Hall closes at 5:00 p.m.

Once they have retrieved the ballot drop-off box we can no longer accept ballots.

Therefore if you are planning to drop off your ballots at City Hall on Election Day please bring your ballots in early,.

If you arrive at City Hall after the box has already been retrieved, you may drop your mail-in ballot at any polling place, until the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Click on this link to find all polling places throughout Ventura County.

Here is a list of polling places in the Ojai Valley:

The Well Ojai Valley Christian Fellowship 1290 Grand Ave, Ojai
Ojai United Methodist Church 120 Church Rd, Ojai
County Fire Station #22 466 S La Luna Ave, Ojai
The Gables Of Ojai 701 N Montgomery St, Ojai
Meiners Oaks Water District Office 202 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai
Ojai Presbyterian Church 304 Foothill Rd, Ojai
Adult/community Education School 414 E Ojai Ave, Ojai
First Baptist Church 930 Grand Ave, Ojai
First Baptist Church 930 Grand Ave, Ojai
Live Oak Christian Fellowship 441 Church Rd, Ojai

Mobile Elections App Available

The County of Ventura Elections Division has made an app for residents to obtain local elections information. Through the app, users can:

  • Receive notification alerts for election night results
  • View and obtain driving directions to polling places
  • Check their voter eligibility status
  • Preview the Voter Information Guide
  • Track their Vote-by-mail ballot
  • And more!

Click here for information on downloading the app.

Recording Available of October 2, 2018 League of Women Voters Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of Ventura County hosted a Candidates Forum on Tuesday October 2, 2018 at the City of Ojai’s Boyd Center, in Sarzotti Park.  The goal of this event was to help educate the members of the voting public by allowing them to hear candidates for Ojai City Council and Mayor respond to questions posed by the citizens.  Click here  to view the video of the City of Ojai Mayor candidates forum.  Click here to view the video of the City Council Member candidates forum.

Vote By Mail Ballots Available October 8, 2018, Ballot Drop-off Box will be Available at City Hall

Voters who receive vote-by-mail ballots will start receiving their ballots on October 8, 2018. Voters wishing to drop their vote-by-mail ballots off at an official Ballot Drop-off Box may do so at Ojai City Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voters may also drop off their vote-by-mail ballots at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St.

For voters wishing to drop off vote-by-mail ballots outside of business hours, an outdoor ballot drop-off box will be available at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue in Ventura.

For information on additional ballot drop-off locations, please visit the County of Ventura’s list of Ballot Drop Box locations, here.

Are you registered to vote?

Residents can confirm if they are registered to vote here.

If you are not yet registered to vote, you may register at the State of California Online Voter Registration site, here. You may also fill out a hard-copy Voter Registration Form at the front counter at Ojai City Hall during business hours, or at the County of Ventura Elections Division, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, in Ventura.

City of Ojai Ballot Measure Information

Two measures will be on the ballot for voters in the City of Ojai, placed on the ballot by the Ojai City Council for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial General Election. Please see your Voter Information Guide for this and full ballot information.

Full Text of Ballot Measures

Measure J:

Shall the voters repeal Measure A and return to five elected City Council members and a Mayor selected from among the five elected City Council members?

Measure K:

Shall the elected Mayor’s term of office, if retained, be changed from two years to four years?

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis of Measure J (Repeal Measure A):

Summary:

Measures J and K are companion measures placed on the ballot by the Ojai City Council. Measure J asks the voters whether Ojai’s Mayor will continue to be directly elected or instead will be converted to a regular City Council Member with the office of Mayor to be appointed from among the five elected City Council Members. Measure K asks the voters, if the directly elected Mayor is retained, whether to change the Mayor’s term of office from two years to four years.

Background:

In November 2014, the City’s voters adopted Measures A and B, which established a directly elected Mayor with a two year term. This took effect with the November 2016 election.

Mayor’s Power and Duties:

The Mayor of the City of Ojai is a City Council Member, with all rights and privileges. The Mayor has additional powers provided by statute, the Ojai Municipal Code, and the City Council Protocols. These powers include: presiding over City Council meetings; calling special City Council meetings; signing City ordinances, resolutions, and contracts; making appointments to the City’s commissions and boards, with City Council approval; and certain ceremonial duties. The Mayor receives the same compensation as the rest of the City Council.

The Measure:

A YES VOTE on Measure J would repeal Measure A, convert the seat of the directly elected Mayor to an elected City Council Member and return the office of Ojai Mayor to an appointed position, selected by the City Council from among the five elected City Council Members. In 2020, after the expiration of the final directly elected Mayor’s term, the City Council would appoint one of its Members to serve as the Ojai Mayor. An appointed Mayor would have the same powers and duties as the directly elected Mayor, subject to revisions of the Ojai Municipal Code or City Council Protocols. A YES VOTE on Measure J also means that Measure K will be moot.

A NO VOTE on Measure J means the Ojai Mayor would continue to be directly elected, with the term length set by Measure K.

The City Council’s terms are staggered, as the voters will elect a two-year Mayor and three four-year City Council Members in November 2018 and will elect a two-year Mayor and one other four-year City Council Member in November 2020. This pattern repeats every four years.

If adopted Measure J would rebalance the City Council terms, as the voters would elect two four-year City Council Members in November 2020 and three four-year City Council Members in November 2022. If the voters reject Measure J and adopt Measure K, selecting a four year directly elected Mayor, then the City Council terms would also be rebalanced. If the voters reject both Measure J and Measure K, retaining a two year directly elected Mayor, then the current staggering would continue. State law also permits the City Council to rebalance City Council terms by designating a City Council seat up for election in November 2022 to have a one-time two year term.

Matthew T. Summers, City Attorney

July 26, 2018

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis of Measure K (Four-year Mayoral Term):

Summary:

Measures J and K are companion measures placed on the ballot by the Ojai City Council. Measure J asks the voters whether Ojai’s Mayor will continue to be directly elected or will instead be converted to a regular City Council Member with the office of mayor to be appointed from among the five City Council Members. Measure K asks the voters, if the directly elected Mayor is retained, whether to change the Mayor’s term of office from two years to four years.

Background:

In November 2014, the City’s voters adopted Measure A, which established a directly elected Mayor with a two year term of office. These two measures took effect with the November 2016 election.

Mayor’s Power and Duties:

The Mayor of the City of Ojai is a City Council Member, with all rights and privileges. The Mayor has additional powers provided by statute, the Ojai Municipal Code, and the City Council Protocols. These powers include: presiding over City Council meetings; calling special City Council meetings; signing City ordinances, resolutions, and contracts; making appointments to the City’s commissions and boards, with City Council approval; and certain ceremonial duties. The Mayor receives the same compensation as the rest of the City Council.

The Measure:

A YES VOTE on Measure K would change the term of office of the directly elected Ojai Mayor to four years, starting with the November 2020 election, if the voters reject Measure J and retain a directly elected Mayor.

A NO VOTE on Measure K would keep the current two year term of office for the directly elected Ojai Mayor, if the voters reject Measure J and retain a directly elected Mayor.

If the voters adopt Measure J, then the Ojai Mayor will return to an appointed position, selected by the City Council from among its five elected members, and Measure K will be moot.

The City Council’s terms are staggered, as the voters will elect a two-year Mayor and three four-year City Council Members in November 2018 and will elect a two-year Mayor and one other four-year City Council Member in November 2020. This pattern repeats every four years. This pattern will repeat every four years.

If the voters reject Measure J and adopt Measure K, then the City Council terms would be rebalanced, as the voters would elect a four-year Mayor and a four-year City Council Member in November 2020 and three four-year City Council Members in November 2022. If the voters adopt Measure J, then the City Council terms would also be rebalanced. If the voters reject both Measure J and Measure K, retaining a two year term directly elected Mayor, then the current imbalance would continue. State law also permits the City Council to rebalance City Council terms by designating a City Council seat up for election in November 2022 to have a one-time two year term.

Matthew T. Summers, City Attorney

July 26, 2018

Arguments and Rebuttals:

One argument was submitted, no rebuttals were submitted.

Argument against Measure J submitted by John F. Johnston, August 2, 2018:

A mayoral election serves as an implied advisory referendum every two or four years at no additional cost to the taxpayers. In effect, voters can more clearly endorse or reject the direction in which the City is moving because of policy choices being made by the City Council.

Without a couple of like-minded colleagues on the City Council, the policy influence of an elected versus appointed Mayor can be minimal. Nonetheless, there are still meaningful benefits to electing the Mayor.

The election of the Mayor allows the people to decide who they want to be the face of City government, act as their spokesperson, and chair the City Council meetings.

The election of a Mayor normally generates more interest and participation from the voters if the race is contested. The “win or go home” nature of a one-winner contest helps focus greater attention on the experience, leadership, and policy positions of each candidate.

The alternative to directly electing the Mayor is usually a simple rotation among the Council members with everyone claiming their turn regardless of skill and experience. The City can and has ended up with the lowest vote getter as its Mayor who may have been elected more by default than voter intent. The risk is to periodically have someone serving as Mayor who is ill equipped to carry out the additional responsibilities of the Mayor but who gets their turn regardless of temperament and ability.

 

Candidate Nomination and Election Information

 

Notification That Filing Period for Non-Incumbents for the Office of Ojai City Council Member, the City of Ojai, has Been Extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 At 5:00 P.M.

The filing period for non-incumbents for the office of City Council Member in the City of Ojai has been extended, the City Clerk Department announced today at 5:00 p.m. Interested residents must file nomination papers for the General Municipal Election by the new deadline, August 15, 2018, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

The filing period was extended beyond the initial August 10, 2018, deadline because one or more incumbent City Council Members failed to file nomination papers. The filing period for incumbents is now closed.

Any Ojai resident age 18 or older who is registered to vote, eligible to take the oath of office, and unless otherwise specifically provided, qualified to vote for the office, can file nomination papers. To file, visit the City Clerk Department at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai, CA 93023. For more information, contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120.

The General Municipal Election is Nov. 6, 2018. For information on the election or to register to vote online, visit http://ojaicity.org/election-information/, or contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120.

Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk

gdavis@ojaicity.org

(805) 646-5581 x120

 

 

 

 

A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the following Officers and Measures:

Two offices, a total of four (4) seats, will be voted on:

For Mayor (Full term of (two) years)

For (3) Members of the City Council (Full term of four years)

To qualify to run for these seats, potential candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the City of Ojai and a registered voter within the City of Ojai. Persons meeting these qualifications may take out nominations papers through the City Clerk Department at Ojai City Hall and have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, to file their completed nomination papers at the City Clerk Department.

If an incumbent does not file by close of business on the last day of the nomination period (August 10, 2018), the nomination period is extended for five calendar days, to August 15, 2018 for non-incumbents only. (Per California Election Code Section 10225.)

Two measures will also be voted on:

Measure J: Shall the voters repeal Measure A and return to five elected City Council members and a Mayor selected from among the five elected City Council members?

Measure K: Shall the elected Mayor’s term of office, if retained, be changed from two years to four years?

Members of the public who wish to run for office or to submit arguments for or against the measures should contact the City Clerk Department by telephone at (805) 646-5581 ext. 120 or via e-mail at cityclerk@ojaicity.org. An impartial analysis of each ballot measure is available to the public in the City Clerk Department. Deadline for filing arguments for or against each measure is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2 2018. 

Election Calendar Available

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura for election services. To view the County of Ventura’s Election Calendar for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial General Election, please click here.

Please see the Notice of Election on this page for more information.

 

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor (Full term of (two) years)

For (3) Members of the City Council (Full term of four years)

Measures to be voted on:

Shall the voters repeal Measure A and return to five elected City Council members and a Mayor selected from among the five elected City Council members? YES
NO
Shall the elected Mayor’s term of office, if retained, be changed from two years to four years? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on July 16, 2018 and closes on August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 10, 2018 (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, August 15, 2018, to nominate candidates other than the person(s) who are the incumbents on the 88th day before the election, for that incumbent’s elective office. This extension is not applicable where there is no incumbent eligible to be elected.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by § 10229, Elections Code of the State of California.

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California,  any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument, not to exceed 300 words in length, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, for or against the City measure(s).

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, based upon the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the arguments and Voter Information Guide for the election, the City Clerk has fixed August 2, 2018, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measures may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in the Article 4. Arguments shall be submitted to the City Clerk, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the city council had determined that rebuttal arguments, not to exceed 250 words in length, as submitted by the authors of the opposing direct arguments, or other persons authorized by the authors of the opposing direct arguments, may be filed with the clerk, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, not more than 10 days after the final date for filing direct arguments. A rebuttal argument may not be signed by more than five authors.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any ordinance, impartial analysis, or direct argument filed under the authority of the elections code will be available for public examination in the clerk’s office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for the filing of the arguments and analyses. Any rebuttal argument filed under the authority of the elections code will be available for public examination in the clerk’s office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for filing rebuttal arguments.

Any members of the public with questions about the above notice are invited to contact the City Clerk at (805) 646-5581 x120 or cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk

Dated: July 9, 2018

November 6th 2018 General Municipal Election

The Mayor and three of the four City Council seats are up for re-election this year.  You can click here for the up to date list of who has pulled papers, filed papers, and been qualified to run for the available seats.  The deadline for candidates filing papers is August 10, at 5 pm.  In the event that an incumbent does not file papers by the August 10 deadline there will be a 5 day extension granted for anyone who wishes to file, except for the incumbent.

Regular elections for all municipalities in California are held every even year (such as 2018 and 2020). The City of Ojai has a publicly elected five-member City Council, including the Mayor, that serves as the legislative body for the City of Ojai.  The Mayor is elected to a two-year term while the other four Council members are each elected to four-year terms.  The terms of the Council members are staggered so that two Council members and the Mayor are up for re-election in each regular election.

Additionally, if needed, special elections may be called to fill an unexpected mid-term vacancy on the Council.  All 10 cities in Ventura County, including Ojai, contract with the Ventura County Elections Division to conduct all elections.  The Ventura County Elections Division also administers voter registration and outreach programs; maintains the master voter file, master office and incumbent file, and master street index. It also processes Vote By Mail ballot requests and voted ballots; performs the layout and proofing of all sample ballot, official ballot, and voter information materials; establishes precinct boundaries and polling place locations; recruits and trains precinct workers; maintains, tests and distributes voting equipment to all polling places; tabulates all voted ballots, and conducts the official election canvass.  

Below is a video explaining the role of Ventura County Election Division in all Ventura County municipal elections.

Ojai City Hall
401 S. Ventura Street
Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 646-5581

Open:
Monday through Friday
8 am to 5:30 pm

Ojai City Council meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

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