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posted by OVN administrator at 3:08 PM
Business owners, architects and city officials need to change the direction of new construction and modification to older buildings before the entire community turns into one giant Taco Bell. Leave the arches to the Arcade where they belong. Any bets on what the Frostie/original Bayless Market complex will look like once those buildings are torn down?
Ojai seems to be moving in the direction of a high end non tourist oriented area. Shops are not allowed to display on the sidewalks. A visit to cambria awakens they imagination of what ojai could be like, exciting, visual and friendly. Our town looks drab and stale. Take a trip up to Cambria and see how they have invited tourists in a very artistic way.
YES, THE SPANISH STYLE ALL OVER TOWN CAN GET VERY BORING. WE REMEMBER THE WALL IN LIBBY PARK, NOT THE PERGOLA. DOES THE CITY EVER STOP TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY SPEND OUR MONEY ON AND NOT ON ISSUES IT SHOULD. HOW MANY OF THE CITY COUNCIL PEOPLE HAVE LIVED IN OJAI OVER 50 YEARS? YOU CUT THE CHAMBER FUNDING, WHICH BRINGS TOURISTS, WHICH BRINGS THE BUSINESS WE NEED. SO, YES, OUR CHARM IS FALLING.
It has become clear to me and most who attend meetings regularly that the Planning Commission, with help from members of the Ojai City Council, are selling Ojai down the river to developers � a deliberately insidious matter to observe.To prevent further misuse of power, citizen's groups with legal help would bring restraint and accountability and hopefully intervene.I have noticed a pattern of approving commercial and residential development with disregard and impunity towards established community values of managed growth and quality- of-life issues. A project is reviewed, sent back for study and modification, then approved with little or no changes from the original plan, except, as we saw this past meeting, a lot of public outcry and misery being the end result.
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