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Council doesn’t go with the flow on water document vote

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News
When the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA) meets Dec. 16 to submit its “Alternative Demonstration” to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the vote will likely be 4-1. The Ojai City Council, which holds a seat on the OBGMA Board of Directors, was unanimous in its decision Dec. 14 not to endorse the document.
Initially, the OBGMA Board was set to vote on the document when it convened in regular session Dec. 8. Paul Blatz, representing the city of Ojai, said he could not vote in favor of it at that time, though. “I haven't had time to discuss this with my colleagues,” he said, referring to the Ojai City Council. Accordingly, the Board rescheduled the final vote for Dec. 16, thereby allowing the City Council to discuss the matter.
That discussion did not trend in the Alternative Demonstration's favor. Overwhelmingly, public comment advised against the Council's endorsement. 

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