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City votes to appeal county ruling on gravel trucks on Highway 33

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai City Council voted 3-1 Jan. 24 to appeal a decision by the Ventura County Planning Division allowing gravel-hauling trucks from Mosler Rock's Ojai Quarry to use Highway 33 during Nordhoff High School's 7 to 8 a.m. “rush hour”.
Councilman Randy Haney recused himself from the vote as he does business with Mosler Rock.
Ojai Valley resident Michael Shapiro, joined by Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Hank Bangser, Nordhoff High School Principal Greg Bayless, Councilman William Weirick and three OUSD School Board members, appealed Mosler Rock's renewed conditional use permit Jan. 19 on the grounds that the truck traffic would endanger student drivers.
County planning staff rejected Shapiro's appeal, stating there is no substantial evidence that the trucks pose a significant safety hazard. 

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