Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Ojai City Council held its last annual re-organization Tuesday as Ojai citizens will directly elect their mayor beginning next year.
Outgoing Ojai Mayor Severo Lara was honored with a congressional recognition from Congresswoman Julia Brownley for his service as mayor.
Lara then nominated outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Paul Blatz to replace him in the mayor’s seat. Councilman Randy Haney seconded the motion, and with a unanimous vote, Blatz became Ojai’s new mayor.