ADVANTAGES

Tennis Association – World-renowned potter Otto Heino dies at age 94 – The Ojai Valley Defense Fund is founded – California Fish & Game wardens tranquilize, and later euthanize, a bear sitting in an East Aliso Street tree, sparking citizen outrage and the formation of the Ojai Wildlife League – Francisca Beach opens the Senga Classic Stage Company at the Ojai Valley Grange

2010 – The population in the city is 7,461 – The Ojai Skate Park is constructed

2011 – The new Libbey Bowl is completed (designed by David Bury) – the first Ojai WordFest is organized – Ojai becomes a Tree City USA – Brian Bemel and John Zeretzke organize the first World Music Festival at Libbey Bowl

2012 – TV and movie star Larry Hagman dies at age 81 – The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) opens at the former Theater 150 venue on East Matilija Street

2013 – The City of Ojai adopts an exterior lighting ordinance

2014 – Ojai Valley Community Hospital renovation is completed – A Golden State Water Company water main breaks on Ojai Avenue destroying the inside of the Ojai Playhouse movie theater – Ojai residents vote to adopt a mayor and city council form of government to begin in late 2016 (previously the council members chose the mayor) – An Affordable Housing Committee is formed to work towards the development of more low-income housing in Ojai

2015 – The population in the city is 8,202 – The valley-wide population is nearly 30,000 – A new playground is constructed by volunteers in Libbey Park – Ojai local Bob Daddi buys the Ojai Valley News – Ojai is proclaimed an International City of Peace – A group of concerned citizens, including Chumash tribal elders, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie and Patrick Tumamait, are instrumental in getting the city to adopt a cultural resources resolution – The city grapples with the issue of short-term vacation rentals – The Ojai Valley Grange is reinvigorated with a revival week of old-school homesteading workshops

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