Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
In 2004, 64.7 percent of voters in Ojai passed Measure G saying they wanted to allow up to 50 affordable rental housing units to be built for low-income seniors within the city limits. Since then, however, none have been built.
The California Constitution (Article 34) requires voter approval of low-rent housing projects. By approving Measure G, Ojai voters opened the door for a developer to propose a project meeting the requirements laid out in that measure. The city’s development process would still need to take place, but the costly voter approval requirement has been met.