The Ventura County Board of Supervisors are preparing to vote to adopt new District maps, with the next hearing scheduled as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16 (materials and more information will be available at https://www.ventura.org/government/meetings-and-broadcasts/). The redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member.
The City of Ojai encourages residents of the Ojai Valley to provide your comments on the proposed maps, and to support the City Council’s request that the County Board of Supervisors retain Ojai, along with the City of Ventura, in District 1. The City of Ojai has submitted multiple letters during the Ventura County redistricting process, but it is important that your County representatives hear from you.
The Board of Supervisors had indicated recently that it also supports maintaining Ojai and Ventura in the same District. However, a map was introduced at the November 9, 2021, Board of Supervisors meeting that appears to omit this requirement. The City encourages the Board to only consider maps that maintain Ojai and Ventura as communities of interest.
The Cities of Ojai and Ventura have a strong connection and community interests. Both are served by the Ventura River watershed, and share State Highway 33. The Ojai Valley Trail is also connected to the Ventura River Trail, which allows residents from both cities to bicycle from Ventura to downtown Ojai. Public Transportation also connects the cities and their residents.
The definition of a Community of Interest is a contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. The City of Ojai and Ventura meet this criteria, and should remain, together, in District 1.