Thursday, October 05, 2006

What would you ask Ojai City Council candidates?

The Ojai Valley News and Chamber of Commerce are hosting a City Council candidate forum Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Chaparral High School, Post questions and other thoughts here for prospective candidates.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ojai seems to be failing to attract new businesses in an economic boom time. Witness the number of empty stores, closed gas stations. Why aren't more small tourist business or 'community-needs' businesses lined-up? Is this a city regulations problem?
I get the impression the Council applies itself admirably to daily problem-solving and budgetary issues...but clearly seems to lack a real VISION to think progressively. We need to be creative for our community to prosper-lately we seem just stagnant.

10/05/2006 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the city’s litigation against Jeff Furchtenicht in response to his proposed initiatives, though California Elections Code section 9604 enables any person to engage in good faith bargaining regarding local initiatives, the city appears to have embraced costly and destructive litigation as a first resort to resolve this situation instead of good faith discussions, My question to the incumbent candidates is: why do you believe litigation against Ojai citizens should be the preferred approach for resolving disagreements with its citizens? My question for non incumbent candidates is: do you believe litigation should be the first course for the city of Ojai to resolve disagreements with its citizens – why or why not?

10/05/2006 8:40 AM  
Blogger ojaimother said...

I would want to ask the three candidates how they expect the voters to believe they care about our beautiful town when they leave that OLD, cruddy RV with their names painted sloppy on the side for days in town, disregarding parking laws and providing an eyesore for all. Do they care? It's something Jed Clampet would do if he was running for president!

10/05/2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Kenley Neufeld said...

What do you see as the "character" of Ojai? What will you do as a council member to help promote and preserve that character?

10/05/2006 10:54 AM  
Anonymous The Ojai Post said...

My question: In a recent City Council meeting, multiple Councilmembers stated that during the Day Fire, they were very pleased with the City's communication with the Ojai community. 1) How specifically did the City communicate information to the community at large? 2) How is the City addressing the fact that it took 21 days from the start of the fire to post three links on the City website?

The Ojai Ballot Initiatives, David Bury's editorial and multiple rebuttals, along with ongoing coverage, can be found at The Ojai Post.

10/05/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the justification for spending the money on the new crosswalks on Matilija St. and Ojai Ave. How much did they cost, what are they supposed to accomplish.

10/05/2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does Dennis Leary justify the threat of a $10 million lawsuit?

10/05/2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would ask the candidates to walk up and down Ojai Av a couple of times a day to see just how bad our traffic problem really is. Watch how many pedestrians are nearly struck down, while in the crosswalks, daily because inconsiderate drivers do not want to yield.I would ask them to spend a day at the intersection of Fox and Ojai and judge for themselves how bad the traffic and parking really is in front of the 2nd Helpings thrift store and how bad the speeding problem is as people rush to and from the Raquet Club. Watch as inconsiderate drivers park on the sidewalk, double and triple park in front of the thrift store, block driveways, illegally park and dangerously park blocking traffic views daily. Watch how many times the north bound traffic drivers pick up speed to catch the green light at the intersection of Fox and Ojai. A good candidate who is truly concerned about the issues should take the time to be there and observe first hand just how bad the traffic problems in this town are. Once you have been nearly struck down while in a downtown crosswalk or had to deal with the traffic problems the business on Fox St create then maybe the point will get across and you can begin to work things out. Fox and Ojai is just a start...there are traffic problems all over the city but to really grasp it..Fox St is the best place to start!

10/12/2006 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will tell you ojaimother,5th anonymous down , poor people just should be cleared from your town huh we will get some one on it right away. Bad planing road placement means that we all drive too fast and break precios parking laws. We need at the very minimum connect Bryant st. pearl st. fox st. connect to creek rd. take creek and move the outlet down to the freeway on ramp instead of that death trap 33/creek. have 3-4 ways out of town same thing for oakveiw and m.o. upper ojai for safety and traffic the rain last year closed all roads in & out n.s.e.w.hwy33,hwy150,burnum rd.,creek rd. Trapped we need more road for more cars because we are growing as a town poor city planing and greed mix you have ojai. Why fix the problem when you can penalize anyone for it and make good $$$$ you cant park here because its illegal here's your fine 3/4 of what the registration cost to drive on bad roads that force you to sit in traffic instead of back roads and similar options

10/15/2006 1:52 AM  
Blogger ben said...

I would ask the candidates how they plan to work with the post-election Council as a team to safeguard and improve Ojai.

As far as I am concerned, there is no other question that matters until this one has been answered.

10/18/2006 9:57 PM  
Anonymous PETE L said...

The primary
reason I stepped into the
thankless race for seats on city
council is because long time valley loyalists stayed on the sidelines and threw stones which is apparentlly their ilk's solution to the massive
pile of excrement being
precided over and considered efforts
of progress. I keep every
hollow council and planning meeting agenda and motion
voted on which has grown to
resemble a stuffed shopping bag from the Walmart
mentality now threatoning the Ojai Valley. We all
need to talk, when
you are not too busy either flinging mud at people actually
making efforts to participate, or staying on the sidelines of council races. Maybe see you at the next meeting?

10/23/2006 10:23 AM  

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