The Chamber sponsored its Measure J forum and at our Board of Directors meeting later that week, the Board voted to support the Measure. We had some misgivings. Notably the lack of a specific plan for spending the funds (specifically what repairs and upgrades would be made at which campuses), and an oversight committee that appeared by the definition in the bonds text was actually an ex post facto oversight committee. Still we felt that our school district needed the upgrades desperately. At the moment there was no other funding vehicle available. OUSD knows the onus to spend these bond dollars appropriately is on its Board’s shoulders. We trust them to make the proper decisions.
Just a few weeks ago, the City Council Candidates Forum (sponsored jointly by the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors and the Chamber) was held in the Soule Park Golf Course banquet room. Of five candidates, four were in attendance: Brandon Hanson could not attend do previous commitments. Some good questions were asked and the answers helped more than a few decide more about for whom they would NOT vote than for whom they would. Regardless of the election’s outcome, this will be the first time in over a decade that the City Council will have a male majority. Whether this will make any difference in the future of the city remains to be seen.
Fall is upon us. The Ojai Studio Artists Tour & Ojai Art Detour are behind us with Ojai Day and Ojai Yoga Crib in the offing, and The Ojai Film Festival, Thanksgiving and Christmas are before us, but not by far. The election may or may not yet have happened by press time, but that could make a big difference in what will be effecting all of us in 2015. Certainly it won’t make a bit of difference in the houses of Congress since neither does much of anything anyway.
Also before us id some of the most beautiful weather of the year. Clear, cool days and crisp nights. Fall colors. And of course the hope – and prayers – for rain, and lots of it. Water will be the 800 pound gorilla in the valley for many years to come. There are plenty of opinions out there about the ballot propositions and while I have my own, I’ll spare you that rhetoric, and wait for the election results before trying to prognosticate. What I will say is, “GET OUT AND VOTE!" Whether you’re fer me or agin me doesn’t much matter as long as you make the effort to inform yourself about the measures, propositions and candidates, and the GET OUT AND VOTE!