City Clerk

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

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

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

 


Notice of Extension of Filing Period for Non-incumbents for the Office of City Council Member for District 1 to Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the filing period for non-incumbents for the office of City Council Member for District 1 in the City of Ojai has been extended to Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Per California Elections Code Section 10225(a), the filing period was extended beyond the initial August 12, 2022 deadline because at least one incumbent Council Member eligible to run for election for Council District 1 had not filed nomination papers as of that time.

Any Ojai resident age 18 or older who is registered to vote, eligible to take the oath of office, and unless otherwise specifically prohibited, qualified to run for the office of City Council Member for District 1, can file nomination papers on or before Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Per California Elections Code Section 10224, the filing period for incumbents for the office of Mayor, the office of City Treasurer, and the offices of City Council Member for Districts 2 and 3 are now closed.

Eligible members of the public who are interested in filing for the office of Council Member for District 1 should contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120 during normal business hours.

The General Municipal Election will be held Nov. 8, 2022. For information on the election visit https://ojai.ca.gov/election-information/. To register to vote online, visit https://registertovote.ca.gov/. For more information please contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120.

Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For or Against a City Measure May Be Submitted to the City Clerk

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Ojai on November 8, 2022, at which there will be submitted to the voters the following measures:

Shall the voters amend the Ojai Municipal Code to repeal Measure A and return to five elected city council members and a mayor selected by rotation from among the five elected city council members?          Yes
          No

 

Shall the voters authorize, at the discretion of the City Council, the use of ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting and allowing voters to rank candidates for elected office in order of preference, to elect City offices at-large, thereby amending the Ojai Municipal Code to no longer elect City Council members by district, if the City Council implements it starting with the November 2024 general election?          Yes
          No

 

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 August 4, 2022, 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 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 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, between August 5, 2022 and August 15, 2022.

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.

The Argument and Rebuttal form is available for download here.

For more information contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 646-5581 x120 or cityclerk@ojai.ca.gov

Signed: Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk Dated: July 28, 2022

Offices and Nomination Period Announced for the 2022 City of Ojai General Municipal Election

Notice is hereby given that the Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Period for the 2022 City of Ojai General Municipal Election begins on Monday, July 18, 2022 and runs through Friday August 12, 2022.

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 for the following officers:

  • City Mayor – Full term of two years
  • Council Member District 1 – Full term of four years
  • Council Member District 2 – Full term of four years
  • Council Member District 3 – Full term of four years
  • City Treasurer – Special election for partial term of two years

If the incumbent in one of these races does not file by close of business on Friday, August 12, the nomination period will be extended an additional five days ending Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Note that District 3 will not have an incumbent and therefore will not have an extension period.

Individuals interested in running must be a registered voter domiciled within the boundaries of the district they are running for, or in the case of the office of Mayor or City Treasurer, a registered voter domiciled within the boundaries of the City of Ojai.

Individuals interested in running for any of the above open seats should contact the City Clerk’s office at that time at (805) 646-5581 x120 or by email at cityclerk@ojai.ca.gov.

Ojai General Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

The City of Ojai will hold its General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 for the following officers:

  • City Mayor – Full term of two years
  • Council Member District 1 – Full term of four years
  • Council Member District 2 – Full term of four years
  • Council Member District 3 – Full term of four years
  • City Treasurer – Special election for partial term of two years

Do all voters vote for all races?

The races for Mayor and Treasurer are City wide. That means they are open to any registered voters living within the City limits, and those two races will appear on the ballots for all registered voters within the City.

The district races are not City wide. Only voters living within District 1 will vote for candidates for the District 1 seat. Only voters living within District 2 will vote for candidates for the District 2 seat, and only voters living within District 3 will vote for candidates for the District 3 seat. The race for each district will only appear on the ballot for voters who live within that district.

Candidates wishing to run for one of the three district seats up for election must live within the boundaries of that district at the time they file their candidacy petition. If they win, they must continue to live within that district throughout their term. They must also be a registered voter in the City of Ojai, registered to vote at their domicile within the district, and meet all other candidacy requirements as listed in the State of California Elections Code.

If you are Interested in Running for Office:

The Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Period opens on July 18, 2022 and runs through August 12, 2022. Individuals interested in running for any of the above open seats should contact the City Clerk’s office at that time at (805) 646-5581 x120 or by email at cityclerk@ojai.ca.gov.

If you are interested in running for one of the three District seats up for election and wish to confirm you live within the district you are running for, you may view the boundaries of each district here. The map for determining districts for purposes of the Nov. 8 General Municipal Election is the map on the right-hand side of that web page, the map labeled, “Future Council District Map.” If you have any questions about the map or determining which district your address falls in, you may contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 646-5581 x120 or by email at cityclerk@ojai.ca.gov.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

To view the County of Ventura Elections Division calendar for the November 8, 2022 General Election, click here.

 

City of Ojai Council Districts

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

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

For the November 3, 2020 election, the seat for City Council District 4 was the only Council seat up for re-election. Therefore only registered voters living within that district saw that race on their ballots. Click here for more information on this action, as well as a link to a map of the four City Council districts and related information.

Each Council Member’s district is as follows: District 1: Ryan Blatz; District 2: Randy Haney; District 3: William Weirick; District 4: Suza Francina.

 


City Council Resolutions

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


Public Records Request Form

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


Ticket Distribution Policy

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


FPPC Form 806

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


City Claim Form

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


City of Ojai Municipal Code

Click here to access the Ojai Municipal Code.

Related Links & Documents

Online Information Request form City of Ojai Claim Form
Ticket Distribution Policy Commission Application
FPPC From 806 City Council Resolutions Page
City Ordinance page