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Libbey Bowl Lease Signed

By Mary Long

Tuesday night the Ojai City Council unanimously approved the finalized lease with the Ojai Festivals with the enthusiastic support of both council and festival members. Jeff Haydon, executive director of Ojai Festivals, said, “The Festivals are pleased to be working with the city on building this historic project and codifying a relationship that has been in existence for more than 50 years.”
“I appreciate your great work and your commitment to the project,” said Councilwoman Sue Horgan. According to Paul Blatz, the newest member of the council, the lease made “all the sense in the world” and after many hours of the committee working out the details with council and the festivals, he said, “What we negotiated and what we told staff we wanted is exactly what the Ojai Festivals agreed on.”
City attorney Monte Widders walked the council and audience through the basic tenants of the lease and explained why there had been so much misunderstanding of its provisions. “It’s not your traditional commercial lease … they will pay their rent, virtually most of the cost of the building, up front — $1 million paid when we execute the lease, we already have $500,000 in our account, the other $500,000 will be paid to the city within three days of executing the lease … an additional $1.7 million by the Festivals to the city over the next five years, primarily coming from community pledges. So close to $3 million is being paid by the Festivals and their other fund-raising partners, the Ojai Service Foundation and the Ojai Civic Association, to the

Tuesday night the Ojai City Council unanimously approved the finalized lease with the Ojai Festivals with the enthusiastic support of both council and festival members. Jeff Haydon, executive director of Ojai Festivals, said, “The Festivals are pleased to be working with the city on building this historic project and codifying a relationship that has been in existence for more than 50 years.” “I appreciate your great work and your commitment to the project,” said Councilwoman Sue Horgan. According to Paul Blatz, the newest member of the

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