The City of Ojai is mourning the loss of former Mayor and Councilmember Paul Blatz, who passed away after a battle with cancer on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 69. Paul Blatz served as an Ojai City Councilmember from 2010 to 2018, and as Ojai Mayor in 2013 and 2016. Paul Blatz also served on the Ojai Planning Commission from 1998 to 2008. He was succeeded on the City Council by his son and current Councilmember, Ryan Blatz. Paul Blatz also founded the Blatz law firm and practiced law in downtown Ojai.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blatz family during this difficult time,” City Manager James Vega said, “Paul Blatz served as a Councilmember and Commissioner for 2 decades, and was a much loved and respected member of the community. Ojai will miss him.”