Are you interested in running for office?  Click here for the City of Ojai online Candidate Initial Review Form.

For other November 3, 2020 election-related information, click here, or click on the top yellow box on the right of this page to go to the City’s Election Information page.

City Clerk

The City Clerk department consists of one elected official: City Clerk Cynthia Burell, and one full-time staff position: Deputy City Clerk/Records Manager Gail Davis. The City Clerk is elected at-large for a four-year term and the Deputy City Clerk/Records Manager is a full-time staff position, reporting to the City Manager.

The elected City Clerk is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to City records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The elected City Clerk also acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. The Deputy City Clerk/Records Manager assists the elected City Clerk in these tasks, manages public inquiries and relationships, and may arrange for ceremonial and official functions.

If you have questions for the City Clerk Department please email cityclerk@ojaicity.org or call 805-646-5581 x120.

 


Information about Ojai General Municipal Election, November 3, 2020

The City of Ojai will hold a General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing a Mayor, one City Council Member (for District 4), one City Treasurer,  and a City Clerk. Additionally, the City is placing a measure on the ballot, The Ojai Cannabis General Tax Measure.

Click here, or on the above heading, or on the top yellow box on the right of this page to go to the City’s Election Information page.

For Prospective Candidates

Do you want to run for office? If you are interested in running for one of the four offices listed above, please contact the City Clerk’s office for information on eligibility requirements and the nomination process.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic health emergency and for public safety, Ojai City Hall is facilitating all public business virtually at this time. Per California Secretary of State Memorandum 20085, we will process candidate filings via telephone and electronic communications to every extent possible.

The Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Period begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 and will end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020. Persons wishing to take out papers to run for office may do so during this period. Once the nomination period begins, we will place a link on this page to a form for potential candidates to begin the process. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact City Hall as early in the nomination window as possible to ensure candidates adequate time to complete all steps.

For further questions please contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 646-5581 x12o or cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

 


City of Ojai Council Districts

At its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Ojai City Council voted to adopt an ordinance changing the City’s electoral code to transition from an at-large election system to a district-based election system, pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010 and the California Voting Rights Act. It further voted to establish district boundaries and released a district-based election map delineating the boundaries for the four districts.

This change means that as each City Council seats comes up for renewal, the candidate elected to each seat will be chosen solely by the electorate within that district. All other offices, i.e., Mayor, City Treasurer, and City Clerk will be chosen by the electorate city-wide.

For the November 3, 2020 election, the seat for City Council District 4 is the only Council seat up for re-election. Therefore only registered voters living within that district will see that race on their ballots.

Click here for more information on this action, as well as a link to a map of the four City Council districts and related information. This link will be updated with more information for City of Ojai voters closer to Election Day, November 3, 2020.

 


City Council Resolutions

Click on the links below to view the Resolution Index logs. click on the highlighted resolution number on the “2013 to current” link to view resolutions within those dates.  To obtain a copy of a resolution from 2012 or earlier please fill out the Public Records Request Form and return it via email to cityclerk@ojaicity.org.


Public Records Request Form

This is now a fillable form. Please try it! Open the form, download it, fill in the spaces, save to your computer, then email to cityclerk@ojaicity.org.


Ticket Distribution Policy

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Regulation 18944.1 regulates complimentary tickets or passes for admission to a facility, event, show or performance for an entertainment, amusement, recreational or similar purpose distributed to city officials by their agencies. The City of Ojai adopted a Ticket Distribution Policy by Resolution No. 11-39 on November 8, 2011. Click here or on the heading to this paragraph for a link to the City’s Ticket Distribution Policy.


FPPC Form 806

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Regulation 18705.5 requires the City Council to adopt and post on the city’s website a Form 806 which identifies each position the council appoints for which compensation is paid, the salary or stipend for each position, and the names of each official who has been appointed as the agency’s representative, or alternate. Click here or on the heading to this paragraph to link to the current Form 806.


City Claim Form

The requirements and procedure for recovering damages from the City of Ojai are outlined California Government Code starting with Section 900. In most cases, a claim must be filed within six (6) months of the date of accrual. Click here to see the official claim form and instructions for submittal.


City of Ojai Municipal Code

Click here to access the Ojai Municipal Code.