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No stays, no way: City decides against allowing vacation rentals

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News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Janet Cole speaks to the Ojai City Council Jan. 12, 2016, regarding a ban on short-term rentals in the city.

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Ojai City Council decided to make no changes to the city’s laws prohibiting short-term rentals within the city limits.

“The online business model circumvents and undermines community zoning laws,” said Councilwoman Betsy Clapp. “It is also an assault on legitimate, licensed business who are playing by the rules.” She was referring to web-based companies, including Airbnb and VRBO, that provide a platform for people to list and fill vacation rentals.

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