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Letter from the Publisher

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Dear Readers,
We are six months into new management at the Ojai Valley News. I want to give you an update and share our vision for the future. Perhaps you have seen our relaunched Ojai Valley Guide magazine, our updated website and improved content. Now, the look of the newspaper gets some attention with a new mast and page headers.
We are “reporting for the people,” meaning we serve as the community’s watchdog. With independent, investigative reporting, our news team aims to hold local agencies accountable and transparent. As we grow, please let us know when we are missing something that needs sharing because a community newspaper needs our whole village involved. 
Our team is amazing! Recently, when VC Alert woke the town at 3:50 a.m., reporter Perry Van Houten was in the office within minutes, monitoring sources and contacts, and posting updates on our website and social media outlets. The entire staff shows this type of commitment to breaking news every day. Yes, I am proud to be a part of this essential resource, working with a professional, ethical team.
Independent newspapers are struggling and areas of the country are becoming “news deserts,” while your hometown news source plans to stay and thrive! Your local free press provides us the knowledge that serves as our foundation to effect positive change in our community. The news business is changing, and we are actively adapting. By working together, we can continue to tell the stories of our town, and grow all sections of the newspaper. What won’t change is our commitment to you, and this community. Protecting independent journalism empowers us all; What can you do? Subscribe, get friends to subscribe, advertise, patronize our advertisers, share your news and opinions, donate your time and expertise, reach out with news tips, follow us on social media.
We want to hear from you. 
I leave you with a thought from Thomas Jefferson in 1787: 
“...were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Thank you. 
— Laura Rearwin Ward, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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