Please watch this page for updates regarding the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election.

Election Dates and Voter Information for the November 3, 2020 Election

For a printable informational flier pdf with this information, click here.

The week of October 5, 2020, Ventura County Elections will mail vote-by-mail ballots to every registered voter in Ventura County.
If you are a registered voter, you may take advantage of three alternatives:

  • Mail in your ballot, or
  • Drop it in a drive-thru ballot drop-off box, or
  • Bring your mail-in ballot and vote in person at an in-person voting location.

Option One: Mail in your ballot:

You may mail your ballot through the United States Postal Service. It must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020.

Option Two: Place your ballot in a ballot drop-off box:

Ballot Dropoff BoxYou may drop your ballot in any of 33 ballot drop-off boxes throughout Ventura County. Most are drive-up boxes, so you do not even have to leave your car. This includes the ballot drop-off box outside Ojai City Hall: The box sits directly west of the main City Hall Building, accessible by foot or from a vehicle’s driver’s-side window.

 

Option Three: Bring your mail-in ballot and vote in-person at an in-person voting location October 31, 2020 through November 3, 2020:

While voting by mail or drop box is encouraged, voters may bring their mail-in ballots and vote in person at any of 48 in-person voting locations in Ventura County. The in-person voting locations will open October 31, 2020 and be open each day through Election Day, November 3, 2020. Voters coming to these locations must wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing protocols. Voters who do not bring their mail-in ballots with them to these locations and wish to vote in person may fill out an affidavit and staff can provide a provisional paper ballot.

Two in-person voting locations will be available in the Ojai Valley:

  • In Ojai: American Legion Post 482, 843 East Ojai Avenue
  • In Oak View: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road

For a list of all Ventura County ballot drop-off box locations and in-person voting locations, click here.

Other Points to Know:

You can track your ballot. Register at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ to track you ballot to find out when it is received and counted.

Your ballot is secure. Ballots sent via U.S. Mail on or before November 3, 2020, will be postmarked and sent to Ventura County Elections to be counted. For ballots placed in ballot drop-off box locations and ballots deposited at the in-person voting locations, Ventura County Elections staff retrieve these ballots daily and deliver them to Ventura County Elections. If you lose or spoil your mail-in ballot you may take it to an in-person voting location and obtain another ballot, or obtain one by completing the downloadable form and following the affidavit instructions at this link.

You can still register to vote. You can register to vote online here: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

You can check your voter registration here: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

Remember to sign the back of your Vote-by-Mail return envelope.

For more information contact the City Clerk Department at cityclerk@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 x 120.

 

Procedures for Council Vacancies during and Following the Transition to District-Based Elections, If a Vacancy Arises

September 10, 2020 — If a vacancy occurs on the City Council, the Council has two options and 60 days to decide how to act. The Council may either appoint a successor or call a special election to fill the vacant seat.

Looking to the November 3, 2020 election, if Council Member William Weirick is elected and sworn in as Mayor, then the Council may appoint, or call for a special election to elect, any elector of the City to fill the remaining term, through to the November 2022 election, without regard to the Council Districts.

General Vacancy Requirements

California Government Code § 36512 sets the requirements for filling a City Council vacancy. If a vacancy occurs on the City Council, at noted above, the Council has two options and 60 days to decide how to act.

Option One: The Council may within 60 days from the commencement of the vacancy call a special election to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held at the next regularly established election date at least 114 days after calling the election. An elected successor holds office for the remainder of the original term.

 Option Two: The Council may within 60 days from the commencement of the vacancy appoint a successor to fill the vacant seat. If the Council chooses to seek an appointment, the process is up to the Council, and can begin with a call for applications for the Council to begin the appointment process, similar to the same process of appointing members to the boards, commissions, and committees.

How long the appointed successor holds office depends on when the vacancy arose. If the vacancy arises during the first half of a Council term and at least 130 days before the next regular election, then the appointed successor holds office only until the next regular election. Then, at the same time as the next regular election, a special election must be held for the remainder of the original term.

If instead, the vacancy arises later, during the second half of the term or in the first half but less than 130 days before the next regular election, then the appointed successor holds office for the remainder of the original term.

November 3, 2020 Election – Possible Vacancy

It is possible that the outcome of the November 3, 2020 election will be a vacancy on the Council, if Council Member Weirick is elected and sworn in as Mayor.

If that happens, then the Council will have 60 days to decide whether to call a special election or appoint a successor. A special election would, if called, be set for the next regularly established election date at least 114 days after the call for the election, which could be the November 9, 2021 election.

As this vacancy would arise in the second half of Council Member Weirick’s current term, the appointed or elected successor would hold the seat for the remaining term, to the date those persons elected at the November 8, 2022 election are sworn in.

The next question is whether that vacancy, if it arises, must be filled at-large or be limited to a person resident within Council District No. 3. On December 11, 2018, the Council adopted Ordinance 889, which transitioned the City to district-based elections pursuant to Elections Code § 10010 and the California Voting Rights Act.

Under Ordinance 889, the single Council office up for reelection in November 2020 will be elected by the voters of Council District No. 4 (Ojai Municipal Code § 2-6.102). Ordinance 889 provided that the remaining three Council offices would be elected by the voters of Council District Nos. 1, 2, and 3 starting with the November 2022 election (Ojai Municipal Code § 2-6.104).

For a printable version of this information, click here.

September 9, 2020: Notice of Nominees for Public Office for General Municipal Election to be held on November 3, 2020.

Notice is hereby given that the persons listed below have been nominated for the office herinafter mentioned to be filled at the City’s General Election consolidated with the Presidential General Election to be held in the City of Ojai on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Names of Nominees in the order in which they appear on the ballot:

For City Mayor – Vote for One – Full Term of Two Years

BETSY STIX

WILLIAM WEIRICK

For City Clerk – Vote for One – Full Term of Four Years

CYNTHIA “CYNDI” BURELL

For City Treasurer – Vote for One – Full Term of Four Years

ALAN RAINS

For Member of the City Council, District 4 – Vote for One – Full Term of Four Years

JERI BECKER

SUZA FRANCINA

Dated this day, September 9, 2020.

 

 

City of Ojai Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor                                                  (Full term of two years)

For (1) Member

of the City Council for District 4               (Full term of four years)

For City Treasurer                                      (Full term of four years)

For City Clerk                                            (Full term of four years)

The Ojai Cannabis General Tax Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an eligible incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 7, 2020, (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, Wednesday August 12, 2020, 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 by the City Council 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 3, 2020.

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.

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 Monday, July 6, 2020, 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: June 26, 2020

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City of Ojai Notice to Voters of Date after Which no Arguments for or Against City Measures may be Submitted to the City Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Ojai on November 3, 2020, at which there will be submitted to the voters the following measure:

Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The full text of the measure is available for review online at www.ojaicity.org and at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or 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 Monday, July 6, 2020, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in Article 4 of the Elections Code. 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 the City Hall, Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Section 9287 of the Election Code of the State of California, if more than one argument for or more than one argument against any City measure is submitted to the City Clerk within the time prescribed, the City Clerk shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters according to the requirements set forth in Section 9287.

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, 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.

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 analysis(es). 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.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk,

June 26, 2020

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Election Results for March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election – Passage of Measure “C”

On April 3, 2020, the County of Ventura Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters provided the City of Ojai with its certificate of results of the March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election, Measure “C.”

The measure passed by a total of 2,846 “Yes” votes to 579 “No” votes.

To read the certificate of results, click here.

To read Ojai City Council Resolution No. 20-16 certifying the results, click here or visit the City Council Resolutions page, here.

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the following Measure:

 

Shall the measure to fund capital improvement and other projects by imposing an additional 5% special transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) on hotel guests, expressly confirming the existing “rent” definition as including resort fees, cancellation fees, parking fees, and similar fees, raising approximately $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 in additional annual revenue to fund City capital improvement and maintenance projects, including street paving; and fire mitigation, code enforcement, and climate change mitigation; until voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

 

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 November 27, 2019, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure 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: November 13, 2019

Ciudad de Ojai

Aviso de elección y aviso a los votantes de la fecha después de la cual ningún argumento a favor o en contra de una medida municipal puede ser sometido al secretario municipal

                SE DA AVISO POR LA PRESENTE que una Elección Especial Municipal se celebrará en la Ciudad de Ojai, California el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020, para la siguiente medida:

¿Deberá ser adoptada la medida para financiar mejoras de capital y otros proyectos al añadir 5% al impuesto especial de ocupación transitoria (impuesto de hotel) sobres los huéspedes de hotel, confirmando precisamente la significación existente de “alquiler” para incluir los honorarios turísticos, honorarios por cancelaciones, honorarios de estacionamientos, y honorarios similares, recaudando aproximadamente $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 de ingresos adicionales anualmente para financiar mejoras de capital Municipal y proyectos de mantenimiento, incluyendo pavimento de las vías; y alivio de incendios, ejecución de códigos, y alivio para cambios del clima; hasta que los votantes decidan lo contrario?
No

 

Los lugares de votación estarán abiertos entre las horas de 7:00 a.m. y 8:00 p.m. el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que de acuerdo con el Artículo 4, Capítulo 3, División 9 del Código Elecciones del Estado de California, cualquier votante individual o asociación auténtica de ciudadanos, o cualquiera combinación de votantes y asociaciones, puede presentar un argumento escrito que no exceda 300 palabras de extensión, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, a favor o en contra de la(s) medida(s) Municipal(es).

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que, basado en el tiempo suficientemente necesario para preparar e imprimir los argumentos y la Guía de Información de Votante para la elección, la Secretaria Municipal ha designado el 27 de noviembre de 2019, durante las horas de negocio, como publicado, que sea la fecha después de la cual ningunos argumentos a favor o en contra de la medida Municipal puede ser sometido a la secretaria para imprimir y distribuir a los votantes de acuerdo con el Artículo 4. Los argumentos deben ser sometidos a la Secretaria Municipal, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, en el Ayuntamiento de Ojai, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Los argumentos pueden ser cambiados o removidos hasta e incluyendo la fecha designado por la Secretaria Municipal.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que el Concejo Municipal ha determinado que los argumentos de refutación, que no exceda 250 palabras de extensión, como sometido por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, o otras personas autorizadas por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, pueden ser presentados con la secretaria, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, no más de 10 días después de la fecha final para presentar los argumentos directos, para una fecha tope del 9 de diciembre de 2019 para presentar una refutación. Un argumento de refutación no puede ser firmado por más de cinco autores.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que cualquier ordenanza, análisis imparcial, o argumento directo presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos y análisis. Cualquier argumento de refutación presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos de refutación.

Cualquier miembro del público con preguntas sobre el aviso anterior está invitado a ponerse en contacto con la Secretaria Municipal (805) 646-5581 x120 o cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Fechado este día 20 de noviembre de 2019

Por:  Gail Davis, Secretaria Municipal Adjunta

(Para ser publicado el jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2019, en el periódico VIDA)

Boundary Map Selected for City of Ojai Transition to District-based Electoral System

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.

A district-based electoral system is one in which a city is divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resided in the district and is chosen by the voters residing in that district. In a district-based electoral system, voters within each district may only vote for one candidate every four years. The system in Ojai will have four City Council districts and a Mayor elected at-large.

The transition to a district-based system will commence with the November 2020 General Municipal Election for District 4. At that election, voters in that district will elect a member of the City Council for a four-year term. At the following General Municipal Election in 2022, voters in districts 1, 2 and 3 will each elect Council Members for four-year terms.

To download a pdf map showing the four districts, click here.

To be re-directed to a detailed, interactive copy of the map, click here and select map 101b.

Official Results of the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election Now Available

Official, certified results of the four races for the City of Ojai from the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election are available for viewing or to download, here.

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura Elections Division to provide election services, including a canvass of the votes cast in the General Municipal Election. The County has until December 6, 2018 to present the results of the canvass to each election jurisdiction.

On December 4, 2018, the City Clerk’s office received the County of Ventura Elections Division’s Certificate of the Canvass.

The certification has been placed on the agenda for the Ojai City Council’s December 11, 2018 Regular Meeting. At that time, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring the results, after which the City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office to the election winners.

For any questions please contact the City Clerk Department at cityclerk@ojaicity.org or (805) 646-5581 x120.

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.

The Nomination Period is now closed for the City of Ojai General Municipal Election, to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Please watch this page for updates regarding the election.

City of Ojai Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor                                                  (Full term of two years)

For (1) Member

of the City Council for District 4               (Full term of four years)

For City Treasurer                                      (Full term of four years)

For City Clerk                                            (Full term of four years)

The Ojai Cannabis General Tax Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an eligible incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 7, 2020, (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, Wednesday August 12, 2020, 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 by the City Council 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 3, 2020.

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.

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 Monday, July 6, 2020, 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: June 26, 2020

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City of Ojai Notice to Voters of Date after Which no Arguments for or Against City Measures may be Submitted to the City Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Ojai on November 3, 2020, at which there will be submitted to the voters the following measure:

Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The full text of the measure is available for review online at www.ojaicity.org and at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or 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 Monday, July 6, 2020, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in Article 4 of the Elections Code. 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 the City Hall, Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Section 9287 of the Election Code of the State of California, if more than one argument for or more than one argument against any City measure is submitted to the City Clerk within the time prescribed, the City Clerk shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters according to the requirements set forth in Section 9287.

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, 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.

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 analysis(es). 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.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk,

June 26, 2020

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Election Results for March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election – Passage of Measure “C”

On April 3, 2020, the County of Ventura Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters provided the City of Ojai with its certificate of results of the March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election, Measure “C.”

The measure passed by a total of 2,846 “Yes” votes to 579 “No” votes.

To read the certificate of results, click here.

To read Ojai City Council Resolution No. 20-16 certifying the results, click here or visit the City Council Resolutions page, here.

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the following Measure:

 

Shall the measure to fund capital improvement and other projects by imposing an additional 5% special transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) on hotel guests, expressly confirming the existing “rent” definition as including resort fees, cancellation fees, parking fees, and similar fees, raising approximately $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 in additional annual revenue to fund City capital improvement and maintenance projects, including street paving; and fire mitigation, code enforcement, and climate change mitigation; until voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

 

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 November 27, 2019, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure 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: November 13, 2019

Ciudad de Ojai

Aviso de elección y aviso a los votantes de la fecha después de la cual ningún argumento a favor o en contra de una medida municipal puede ser sometido al secretario municipal

                SE DA AVISO POR LA PRESENTE que una Elección Especial Municipal se celebrará en la Ciudad de Ojai, California el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020, para la siguiente medida:

¿Deberá ser adoptada la medida para financiar mejoras de capital y otros proyectos al añadir 5% al impuesto especial de ocupación transitoria (impuesto de hotel) sobres los huéspedes de hotel, confirmando precisamente la significación existente de “alquiler” para incluir los honorarios turísticos, honorarios por cancelaciones, honorarios de estacionamientos, y honorarios similares, recaudando aproximadamente $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 de ingresos adicionales anualmente para financiar mejoras de capital Municipal y proyectos de mantenimiento, incluyendo pavimento de las vías; y alivio de incendios, ejecución de códigos, y alivio para cambios del clima; hasta que los votantes decidan lo contrario?
No

 

Los lugares de votación estarán abiertos entre las horas de 7:00 a.m. y 8:00 p.m. el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que de acuerdo con el Artículo 4, Capítulo 3, División 9 del Código Elecciones del Estado de California, cualquier votante individual o asociación auténtica de ciudadanos, o cualquiera combinación de votantes y asociaciones, puede presentar un argumento escrito que no exceda 300 palabras de extensión, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, a favor o en contra de la(s) medida(s) Municipal(es).

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que, basado en el tiempo suficientemente necesario para preparar e imprimir los argumentos y la Guía de Información de Votante para la elección, la Secretaria Municipal ha designado el 27 de noviembre de 2019, durante las horas de negocio, como publicado, que sea la fecha después de la cual ningunos argumentos a favor o en contra de la medida Municipal puede ser sometido a la secretaria para imprimir y distribuir a los votantes de acuerdo con el Artículo 4. Los argumentos deben ser sometidos a la Secretaria Municipal, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, en el Ayuntamiento de Ojai, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Los argumentos pueden ser cambiados o removidos hasta e incluyendo la fecha designado por la Secretaria Municipal.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que el Concejo Municipal ha determinado que los argumentos de refutación, que no exceda 250 palabras de extensión, como sometido por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, o otras personas autorizadas por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, pueden ser presentados con la secretaria, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, no más de 10 días después de la fecha final para presentar los argumentos directos, para una fecha tope del 9 de diciembre de 2019 para presentar una refutación. Un argumento de refutación no puede ser firmado por más de cinco autores.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que cualquier ordenanza, análisis imparcial, o argumento directo presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos y análisis. Cualquier argumento de refutación presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos de refutación.

Cualquier miembro del público con preguntas sobre el aviso anterior está invitado a ponerse en contacto con la Secretaria Municipal (805) 646-5581 x120 o cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Fechado este día 20 de noviembre de 2019

Por:  Gail Davis, Secretaria Municipal Adjunta

(Para ser publicado el jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2019, en el periódico VIDA)

Boundary Map Selected for City of Ojai Transition to District-based Electoral System

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.

A district-based electoral system is one in which a city is divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resided in the district and is chosen by the voters residing in that district. In a district-based electoral system, voters within each district may only vote for one candidate every four years. The system in Ojai will have four City Council districts and a Mayor elected at-large.

The transition to a district-based system will commence with the November 2020 General Municipal Election for District 4. At that election, voters in that district will elect a member of the City Council for a four-year term. At the following General Municipal Election in 2022, voters in districts 1, 2 and 3 will each elect Council Members for four-year terms.

To download a pdf map showing the four districts, click here.

To be re-directed to a detailed, interactive copy of the map, click here and select map 101b.

Official Results of the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election Now Available

Official, certified results of the four races for the City of Ojai from the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election are available for viewing or to download, here.

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura Elections Division to provide election services, including a canvass of the votes cast in the General Municipal Election. The County has until December 6, 2018 to present the results of the canvass to each election jurisdiction.

On December 4, 2018, the City Clerk’s office received the County of Ventura Elections Division’s Certificate of the Canvass.

The certification has been placed on the agenda for the Ojai City Council’s December 11, 2018 Regular Meeting. At that time, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring the results, after which the City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office to the election winners.

For any questions please contact the City Clerk Department at cityclerk@ojaicity.org or (805) 646-5581 x120.

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.

The Nomination Period is now closed for the City of Ojai General Municipal Election, to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Please watch this page for updates regarding the election.

City of Ojai Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor                                                  (Full term of two years)

For (1) Member

of the City Council for District 4               (Full term of four years)

For City Treasurer                                      (Full term of four years)

For City Clerk                                            (Full term of four years)

The Ojai Cannabis General Tax Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an eligible incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 7, 2020, (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, Wednesday August 12, 2020, 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 by the City Council 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 3, 2020.

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.

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 Monday, July 6, 2020, 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: June 26, 2020

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City of Ojai Notice to Voters of Date after Which no Arguments for or Against City Measures may be Submitted to the City Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Ojai on November 3, 2020, at which there will be submitted to the voters the following measure:

Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The full text of the measure is available for review online at www.ojaicity.org and at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or 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 Monday, July 6, 2020, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in Article 4 of the Elections Code. 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 the City Hall, Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Section 9287 of the Election Code of the State of California, if more than one argument for or more than one argument against any City measure is submitted to the City Clerk within the time prescribed, the City Clerk shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters according to the requirements set forth in Section 9287.

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, 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.

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 analysis(es). 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.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk,

June 26, 2020

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Election Results for March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election – Passage of Measure “C”

On April 3, 2020, the County of Ventura Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters provided the City of Ojai with its certificate of results of the March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election, Measure “C.”

The measure passed by a total of 2,846 “Yes” votes to 579 “No” votes.

To read the certificate of results, click here.

To read Ojai City Council Resolution No. 20-16 certifying the results, click here or visit the City Council Resolutions page, here.

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the following Measure:

 

Shall the measure to fund capital improvement and other projects by imposing an additional 5% special transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) on hotel guests, expressly confirming the existing “rent” definition as including resort fees, cancellation fees, parking fees, and similar fees, raising approximately $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 in additional annual revenue to fund City capital improvement and maintenance projects, including street paving; and fire mitigation, code enforcement, and climate change mitigation; until voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

 

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 November 27, 2019, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure 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: November 13, 2019

Ciudad de Ojai

Aviso de elección y aviso a los votantes de la fecha después de la cual ningún argumento a favor o en contra de una medida municipal puede ser sometido al secretario municipal

                SE DA AVISO POR LA PRESENTE que una Elección Especial Municipal se celebrará en la Ciudad de Ojai, California el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020, para la siguiente medida:

¿Deberá ser adoptada la medida para financiar mejoras de capital y otros proyectos al añadir 5% al impuesto especial de ocupación transitoria (impuesto de hotel) sobres los huéspedes de hotel, confirmando precisamente la significación existente de “alquiler” para incluir los honorarios turísticos, honorarios por cancelaciones, honorarios de estacionamientos, y honorarios similares, recaudando aproximadamente $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 de ingresos adicionales anualmente para financiar mejoras de capital Municipal y proyectos de mantenimiento, incluyendo pavimento de las vías; y alivio de incendios, ejecución de códigos, y alivio para cambios del clima; hasta que los votantes decidan lo contrario?
No

 

Los lugares de votación estarán abiertos entre las horas de 7:00 a.m. y 8:00 p.m. el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que de acuerdo con el Artículo 4, Capítulo 3, División 9 del Código Elecciones del Estado de California, cualquier votante individual o asociación auténtica de ciudadanos, o cualquiera combinación de votantes y asociaciones, puede presentar un argumento escrito que no exceda 300 palabras de extensión, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, a favor o en contra de la(s) medida(s) Municipal(es).

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que, basado en el tiempo suficientemente necesario para preparar e imprimir los argumentos y la Guía de Información de Votante para la elección, la Secretaria Municipal ha designado el 27 de noviembre de 2019, durante las horas de negocio, como publicado, que sea la fecha después de la cual ningunos argumentos a favor o en contra de la medida Municipal puede ser sometido a la secretaria para imprimir y distribuir a los votantes de acuerdo con el Artículo 4. Los argumentos deben ser sometidos a la Secretaria Municipal, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, en el Ayuntamiento de Ojai, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Los argumentos pueden ser cambiados o removidos hasta e incluyendo la fecha designado por la Secretaria Municipal.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que el Concejo Municipal ha determinado que los argumentos de refutación, que no exceda 250 palabras de extensión, como sometido por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, o otras personas autorizadas por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, pueden ser presentados con la secretaria, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, no más de 10 días después de la fecha final para presentar los argumentos directos, para una fecha tope del 9 de diciembre de 2019 para presentar una refutación. Un argumento de refutación no puede ser firmado por más de cinco autores.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que cualquier ordenanza, análisis imparcial, o argumento directo presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos y análisis. Cualquier argumento de refutación presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos de refutación.

Cualquier miembro del público con preguntas sobre el aviso anterior está invitado a ponerse en contacto con la Secretaria Municipal (805) 646-5581 x120 o cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Fechado este día 20 de noviembre de 2019

Por:  Gail Davis, Secretaria Municipal Adjunta

(Para ser publicado el jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2019, en el periódico VIDA)

Boundary Map Selected for City of Ojai Transition to District-based Electoral System

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.

A district-based electoral system is one in which a city is divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resided in the district and is chosen by the voters residing in that district. In a district-based electoral system, voters within each district may only vote for one candidate every four years. The system in Ojai will have four City Council districts and a Mayor elected at-large.

The transition to a district-based system will commence with the November 2020 General Municipal Election for District 4. At that election, voters in that district will elect a member of the City Council for a four-year term. At the following General Municipal Election in 2022, voters in districts 1, 2 and 3 will each elect Council Members for four-year terms.

To download a pdf map showing the four districts, click here.

To be re-directed to a detailed, interactive copy of the map, click here and select map 101b.

Official Results of the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election Now Available

Official, certified results of the four races for the City of Ojai from the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election are available for viewing or to download, here.

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura Elections Division to provide election services, including a canvass of the votes cast in the General Municipal Election. The County has until December 6, 2018 to present the results of the canvass to each election jurisdiction.

On December 4, 2018, the City Clerk’s office received the County of Ventura Elections Division’s Certificate of the Canvass.

The certification has been placed on the agenda for the Ojai City Council’s December 11, 2018 Regular Meeting. At that time, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring the results, after which the City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office to the election winners.

For any questions please contact the City Clerk Department at cityclerk@ojaicity.org or (805) 646-5581 x120.

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.

The Nomination Period is now closed for the City of Ojai General Municipal Election, to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Please watch this page for updates regarding the election.

City of Ojai Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor                                                  (Full term of two years)

For (1) Member

of the City Council for District 4               (Full term of four years)

For City Treasurer                                      (Full term of four years)

For City Clerk                                            (Full term of four years)

The Ojai Cannabis General Tax Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an eligible incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 7, 2020, (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, Wednesday August 12, 2020, 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 by the City Council 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 3, 2020.

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.

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 Monday, July 6, 2020, 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: June 26, 2020

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City of Ojai Notice to Voters of Date after Which no Arguments for or Against City Measures may be Submitted to the City Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Ojai on November 3, 2020, at which there will be submitted to the voters the following measure:

Measure to be voted on:

Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

The full text of the measure is available for review online at www.ojaicity.org and at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or 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 Monday, July 6, 2020, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in Article 4 of the Elections Code. 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 the City Hall, Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Section 9287 of the Election Code of the State of California, if more than one argument for or more than one argument against any City measure is submitted to the City Clerk within the time prescribed, the City Clerk shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters according to the requirements set forth in Section 9287.

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, 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.

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 analysis(es). 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.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk,

June 26, 2020

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Election Results for March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election – Passage of Measure “C”

On April 3, 2020, the County of Ventura Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters provided the City of Ojai with its certificate of results of the March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election, Measure “C.”

The measure passed by a total of 2,846 “Yes” votes to 579 “No” votes.

To read the certificate of results, click here.

To read Ojai City Council Resolution No. 20-16 certifying the results, click here or visit the City Council Resolutions page, here.

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the following Measure:

 

Shall the measure to fund capital improvement and other projects by imposing an additional 5% special transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) on hotel guests, expressly confirming the existing “rent” definition as including resort fees, cancellation fees, parking fees, and similar fees, raising approximately $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 in additional annual revenue to fund City capital improvement and maintenance projects, including street paving; and fire mitigation, code enforcement, and climate change mitigation; until voters decide otherwise, be adopted? YES
NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

 

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 November 27, 2019, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measure 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: November 13, 2019

Ciudad de Ojai

Aviso de elección y aviso a los votantes de la fecha después de la cual ningún argumento a favor o en contra de una medida municipal puede ser sometido al secretario municipal

                SE DA AVISO POR LA PRESENTE que una Elección Especial Municipal se celebrará en la Ciudad de Ojai, California el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020, para la siguiente medida:

¿Deberá ser adoptada la medida para financiar mejoras de capital y otros proyectos al añadir 5% al impuesto especial de ocupación transitoria (impuesto de hotel) sobres los huéspedes de hotel, confirmando precisamente la significación existente de “alquiler” para incluir los honorarios turísticos, honorarios por cancelaciones, honorarios de estacionamientos, y honorarios similares, recaudando aproximadamente $1,300,000 – $1,700,000 de ingresos adicionales anualmente para financiar mejoras de capital Municipal y proyectos de mantenimiento, incluyendo pavimento de las vías; y alivio de incendios, ejecución de códigos, y alivio para cambios del clima; hasta que los votantes decidan lo contrario?
No

 

Los lugares de votación estarán abiertos entre las horas de 7:00 a.m. y 8:00 p.m. el martes, 3 de marzo de 2020.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que de acuerdo con el Artículo 4, Capítulo 3, División 9 del Código Elecciones del Estado de California, cualquier votante individual o asociación auténtica de ciudadanos, o cualquiera combinación de votantes y asociaciones, puede presentar un argumento escrito que no exceda 300 palabras de extensión, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, a favor o en contra de la(s) medida(s) Municipal(es).

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que, basado en el tiempo suficientemente necesario para preparar e imprimir los argumentos y la Guía de Información de Votante para la elección, la Secretaria Municipal ha designado el 27 de noviembre de 2019, durante las horas de negocio, como publicado, que sea la fecha después de la cual ningunos argumentos a favor o en contra de la medida Municipal puede ser sometido a la secretaria para imprimir y distribuir a los votantes de acuerdo con el Artículo 4. Los argumentos deben ser sometidos a la Secretaria Municipal, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, en el Ayuntamiento de Ojai, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Los argumentos pueden ser cambiados o removidos hasta e incluyendo la fecha designado por la Secretaria Municipal.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que el Concejo Municipal ha determinado que los argumentos de refutación, que no exceda 250 palabras de extensión, como sometido por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, o otras personas autorizadas por los(las) autores de los argumentos directos que oponen, pueden ser presentados con la secretaria, acompañado con el(los) nombre(s) en letras de imprenta y firma(s) del/la (los/las) autor(es) que lo somete, o si es sometido de parte de una organización, el nombre de la organización, y el nombre en letras de imprenta y la firma de, por lo menos, uno de sus oficiales principales cual sea el(la) autor del argumento, no más de 10 días después de la fecha final para presentar los argumentos directos, para una fecha tope del 9 de diciembre de 2019 para presentar una refutación. Un argumento de refutación no puede ser firmado por más de cinco autores.

ADEMÁS, SE DA AVISO que cualquier ordenanza, análisis imparcial, o argumento directo presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos y análisis. Cualquier argumento de refutación presentado bajo la autoridad del código de elecciones estará disponible para la revisión pública en la oficina de la secretaria municipal por no menos de 10 días calendarios después de la fecha límite para presentación de los argumentos de refutación.

Cualquier miembro del público con preguntas sobre el aviso anterior está invitado a ponerse en contacto con la Secretaria Municipal (805) 646-5581 x120 o cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Fechado este día 20 de noviembre de 2019

Por:  Gail Davis, Secretaria Municipal Adjunta

(Para ser publicado el jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2019, en el periódico VIDA)

Boundary Map Selected for City of Ojai Transition to District-based Electoral System

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.

A district-based electoral system is one in which a city is divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resided in the district and is chosen by the voters residing in that district. In a district-based electoral system, voters within each district may only vote for one candidate every four years. The system in Ojai will have four City Council districts and a Mayor elected at-large.

The transition to a district-based system will commence with the November 2020 General Municipal Election for District 4. At that election, voters in that district will elect a member of the City Council for a four-year term. At the following General Municipal Election in 2022, voters in districts 1, 2 and 3 will each elect Council Members for four-year terms.

To download a pdf map showing the four districts, click here.

To be re-directed to a detailed, interactive copy of the map, click here and select map 101b.

Official Results of the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election Now Available

Official, certified results of the four races for the City of Ojai from the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election are available for viewing or to download, here.

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura Elections Division to provide election services, including a canvass of the votes cast in the General Municipal Election. The County has until December 6, 2018 to present the results of the canvass to each election jurisdiction.

On December 4, 2018, the City Clerk’s office received the County of Ventura Elections Division’s Certificate of the Canvass.

The certification has been placed on the agenda for the Ojai City Council’s December 11, 2018 Regular Meeting. At that time, the Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring the results, after which the City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office to the election winners.

For any questions please contact the City Clerk Department at cityclerk@ojaicity.org or (805) 646-5581 x120.

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

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Monday through Friday
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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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