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Ojai, California

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Ojai, California
City of Ojai
Clockwise: Ojai Valley Museum; U.S. Post Office; Ojai Arcade; Aerial View of Ojai.
Location in Ventura County and the state of California
Location in Ventura County and the state of California
Ojai is located in California
Ojai
Ojai
Location in the United States
Ojai is located in the United States
Ojai
Ojai
Ojai (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°26′57″N 119°14′48″W / 34.44917°N 119.24667°W / 34.44917; -119.24667
Country United States
State California
CountyVentura
IncorporatedAugust 5, 1921[1]
Named forChumash: 'Awha'y ("Moon")[2]
Government
 • TypeCity Council—City Manager[3]
 • MayorJohnny Johnston [4]
 • State senatorHannah-Beth Jackson (D)[5]
 • Assembly memberMonique Limón (D)[5]
 • U. S. rep.Julia Brownley (D)[6]
Area
 • Total4.36 sq mi (11.30 km2)
 • Land4.35 sq mi (11.26 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)  0.35%
Elevation745 ft (227 m)
Population
 • Total7,461
 • Estimate 
(2016)[10]
7,585
 • Density1,744.48/sq mi (673.52/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
93023 & 93024
Area code805
FIPS code06-53476
GNIS feature IDs1652763, 2411308
Websiteojaicity.org
Ojai Inn, built in 1876. Photo taken in 1880s.
Ojai Inn, built in 1876. Photo taken in 1880s.
Ojai Arcade, built in 1917 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Post Office tower at right.
Ojai Arcade, built in 1917 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Post Office tower at right.

Ojai (/ˈh/ OH-hy) is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. Located in the Ojai Valley, it is northwest of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara. The valley is about 10 miles (16 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide, surrounded by hills and mountains. The population was 7,461 at the 2010 census, down from 7,862 at the 2000 census.

Ojai is a tourism destination known for its boutique hotels, recreation opportunities, hiking, spiritual retreats and farmers' market of local organic agriculture.[11] It also has small businesses specializing in local and ecologically friendly art, design, and home improvement—such as galleries and a solar power company. Chain stores (other than a few gas stations) are prohibited by Ojai city law to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique.[12][13]

The origin of the name Ojai has historically been known as derived from an Indigenous word meaning nest, though the specific Indigenous nation is not identified.[14] The city's self-styled nickname is "Shangri-La" referencing the natural environment of this health and spirituality-focused region as well as the mystical sanctuary of 1937 film adaption of James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon.[15]

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Hey, it's Ernest from Trip Astute. Today we're sharing our latest weekend trip to Ojai, a perfect weekend retreat from Los Angeles. (light chiming music) Ojai is a small community of less than 8,000 people and is only ten miles long by three miles. Being small doesn't hold Ojai back though. It's full of character and beauty and is very easy to explore, especially in a weekend. Located in Ventura County, it's within an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles and not too far away from the beautiful coastal town of Santa Barbara. It's also a great base if you're looking to explore the Channel Islands National Park. For more information on the Channel Islands, check out our kayaking trip video from last year. Ojai Valley is full of small family-owned establishments including art galleries, design shops, boutiques, wineries, orange groves, and olive oil farms. The name Ojai comes from the Native American word meaning "nest". It really does have a magical feel to the place and we did feel like we had found our very own nest for the weekend. In this review, I wanted to share our favorite Ojai spots including our top picks of where to stay, what to do, and some of the best places to eat and drink. If you happen to be in the LA area or even visiting, Ojai might be a great place to go to escape the city and relax. In fact, I had heard of Ojai for years but never went until just a few weekends ago. So it was really nice getting a chance to see it. In terms of lodging, we stayed at the Su Nido Inn, which is branded as "your nest in Ojai." The inn has a Spanish-style architecture and is located in the heart of downtown on a quiet street a couple blocks down from downtown Ojai. The theme of birds runs throughout the inn. Our suite was named Blue Jay and had small touches around the place in keeping with the theme. We felt at home in our little nest and were provided with complimentary juices, water, snacks, along with some luxurious Molten Brown toiletries. Well, I was told by Fiona that they're actually a luxurious brand in the UK. In terms of things to do in Ojai, here are some of our top picks. Number 1: Biking around Ojai. The Su Nido Inn offered free bike rentals so we were excited to take advantage of the service during our stay. Biking around Ojai is easy. The Ventura River Trail is a safe option for cyclists and runs right through downtown Ojai, and is easily accessible for many of the side streets. The trail is paved most of the way and is around 17 miles long. We ended up covering 8 miles of the trail before turning back, and really enjoyed the views of rolling hills, the valley, and neighborhoods surrounding Ojai. The trail is labeled every half mile or so and it's pretty much impossible to get lost. The farther away from downtown we got, the more peaceful and quiet the trail became. So if you decide to try it out, we recommend going the extra mile. Also, the trail has a starting point off the main street but is unpaved and a bit rocky. We recommend catching the trail behind Libby Bowl, which is the main performance venue in Ojai and a popular attraction during the music festivals. If your hotel doesn't have bikes that you can borrow, there are a couple places around town that offer day rentals. Number 2: Bart's Books. The first stop on our bike tour was Bart's Books, a local bookstore that's on a residential street a couple blocks from Ojai's main road. It's a must-see spot in Ojai and is known as the "world's greatest outdoor bookshop." It's the largest of its kind in the whole of the US and is definitely a unique experience. In fact, I don't think I've ever been to a bookstore like it. The store was opened back in 1964 and was started as a very informal set up. According to their website, Bart's books founder Richard Bartinsdale would set up bookcases with this huge collection of books and use empty coffee cans as cash registers. Local customers would browse the books and would leave payment via the trustworthy honor system. Things have progressed a lot since then and it's now a popular attraction with thousands of books that attract book lovers from around the globe. In addition to having books out in the open, it also has themed rooms like a kitchen full of cooking and nutrition books or a study that takes you back in time with hundreds of travel books. This makes it a very interesting place to explore. And for all of you "Game of Thrones" fans out there, I even spotted a first edition copy, which I have to say got me pretty excited. Even if you're not an avid book lover, it's definitely worth stopping by and checking out. Being an outdoor bookstore, I had to ask: "what happens when it rains?" Well apparently, heavy rain is not common in Ojai Valley, and even when it does rain, wind is pretty much non-existent. because of the geography of the valley. I noticed this as well when I flew my drone, as I got strong wind warnings when I went above 300 feet. But we definitely couldn't feel anything on the ground. This natural situation makes it an ideal place for an outdoor bookstore. A few buckets to stop any major leaks seems to be all it takes to protect the books from a major storm. Number 3: Ojai Olive Oil Company. A short drive north of downtown Ojai is the Ojai Olive Oil Company, where you can get a free olive oil tour. Tours and tastings are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and the farm is open to drop-ins between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's also open 7 days a week. However, the free tour is only available during these times. We didn't have a reservation and showed up at the farm for the tour mid-afternoon. The tour took around 30 minutes and started with an overview of the history of olive trees, olive oil, and some background on the farm. We were then guided into the mill to learn about the production of oil before being led into the tasting room for unlimited samples of their many olive oils. We appreciated the tour and also the fact that there wasn't a big sales push. The staff was really informative and super friendly. Lastly, number 4: Shopping. It's easy to spend the morning wandering through the streets of Ojai which are lined with unique boutiques, eateries, and hidden gems, like Bart's bookstore. Now let's get to our top places to eat. While there are several places to eat, we visited a few during the weekend that we would definitely recommend and love to revisit. The Knead Baking Company was our top choice for breakfast. We enjoyed freshly baked bagels and their daily quiche option. There's a nice patio with an informal atmosphere, and even a bike rack for us to park up across the street. Breakfast and lunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Azu is a Mediterranean-style tapas place which offers a selection of delicious small plates made with ingredients from local farmers. They also offer a good selection of wines and local beers, including a few from their sister company, the Ojai Valley Brewery. It was my birthday when we visited and they surprised me with a delicious brownie dessert. Usually I try to watch what I eat and I'm usually pretty anti- sugar, but I was happy to make an exception at this restaurant. And finally, here's our recommendation for places to drink. Tipple and Ramble was one of the highlights of our stay in Ojai. It's a great wine bar with an awesome patio and the perfect spot to enjoy drinks at the sunset hour. The staff was really friendly and gave generous pours. It also had a nice shop full of souvenirs from Ojai. We were also given free tasting vouchers from our hotel for the Ojai Beverage Company, so we decided to give the place a try. It has an informal atmosphere and is definitely more of a lively crowd. The selection of drinks is huge and has a good selection of burgers and appetizers. This was a good place to catch a quick and easy meal after a day of cycling around Ojai. We also stopped at the Ojai Coffee Company on our way out of town for a quick coffee and breakfast. It's a nice coffee shop in Downtown Ojai with excellent coffee. The service was a little slow, so I wouldn't recommend coming here if you're in a rush. But we thought the coffee was worth the wait. Have you been to Ojai? If so, do you have any favorite spots? Please share your experience in the comment section below. We hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful. If so, please give us a thumbs up and consider sharing our video with others that might also benefit or enjoy our content. Also, if you haven't done so already, make sure to enter our current giveaway for a Loctote Flak Sack Sport bag. The giveaway ends today, July 6, 2018, at 11:45 p.m. Pacific time. Until next time, travel safe and travel smart.

Contents

History

Chumash

Chumash Indians were the early inhabitants of the valley. They called it Ojai, which derives from the Ventureño Chumash word ʼawhaý meaning "moon".[16] The area became part of the Rancho Ojai Mexican land grant made to Fernando Tico in 1837, and he established a cattle ranch. Tico sold it in 1853 without much success to prospectors searching for oil. By 1864, the area was settled.

Nordhoff

The town was laid out in 1874[17] by real estate developer R.G. Surdam and named Nordhoff, California, in honor of the writer Charles Nordhoff. Leading up to and during World War I, American sentiment became increasingly anti-German. Across the United States, German and German-sounding place names were changed. As part of this trend, Nordhoff was renamed Ojai in 1917.[18][19]

The public high school in Ojai is still named Nordhoff High School. The public junior high school, named "Matilija", formerly served as Nordhoff Union High School and still features large tiles with the initials "NUHS" on the steps of the athletic field.

Railroad

The Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad connected Ojai to the national rail network near Ventura station in 1898.[20] A nine-day Pineapple Express with rainfall intensity reaching 6.2 inches (16 cm) per per day caused floods destroying the rail line in January 1969.[21] The former rail line was converted to the Ojai Valley Trail in 1989.[22]

Libbey

The main turning point in the development of the city was the coming of Edward Libbey, early owner of the Libbey Glass Company. He saw the valley and fell in love, thinking up many plans for expansion and beautification of the existing rustic town. A fire destroyed much of the original western-style downtown Nordhoff/Ojai in 1917. Afterwards Libbey helped design, finance, and build a new downtown more in line with the then contemporary taste for Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture. The projects included a Spanish-style arcade along the main street, a bell-tower reminiscent of the famous campanile of the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis in Havana, and a pergola opposite the arcade.[23]

To thank Libbey for his gifts to the town, the citizens proposed a celebration to take place on March 2 of each year. Libbey declined their offer to call it "Libbey Day", and instead suggested "Ojai Day". The celebration still takes place each year in October. The arcade and bell tower still stand, and have come to serve as symbols of the city and the surrounding valley. Libbey's pergola was destroyed in 1971, after being damaged in an explosion. It was rebuilt in the early 2000s to complete the architectural continuity of the downtown area.

The Taormina neighborhood was established as the first historic district in the city in 2016. The housing development was built in the style of French architecture of Normandy in the 1960s and 1970s by members of the Theosophy movement adjacent to the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. Taormina's founder, theosophist Ruth Wilson, envisioned the development as a retirement community for fellow theosophists but in the early 1980s a court ruling required the community to be open to residents of all faiths and backgrounds.[24]

Geography

Ojai is situated in a small east-west eponymous valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. The city is approximately 745 feet (227 m) above sea level and is bordering the Los Padres National Forest to the north.[25] It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean coast. The Ventura River drains the valley and flows into the Pacific Ocean at the city of Ventura. The Ventura River was once known for its steelhead fishing before Matilija Dam and Lake Casitas were constructed, eliminating habitat for this trout species.

Nordhoff Ridge, the western extension of the Topatopa Mountains, towers over the north side of the valley at more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m). Sulphur Mountain creates the southern ranges bounding the Ojai Valley, a little under 3,000 feet (910 m) in elevation. The Sulphur and Topatopa Mountains are part of the Transverse Ranges system. The Ojai Valley and the surrounding mountains are heavily wooded with oak trees.[26]

Climate

The climate of Ojai is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers, typically exceeding 100 °F or 37.8 °C on ten afternoons, and mild winters, with lows at night typically below freezing on 23 mornings. During dry spells with continental air, morning temperatures can due to Ojai's valley location drop well below most of Southern California, with the record being 13 °F (−10.6 °C) on January 6 and 7 of 1913. In contrast, Ojai is far enough from the sea to minimise marine cooling, and very hot days can occur during summer, with the record being 119 °F (48.3 °C) on June 16, 1917 – when it fell as low as 65 °F (18.3 °C) in the morning due to clear skies and dry air.

As is typical for much of coastal southern California, most precipitation falls in the form of rain between the months of October and April, with intervening dry summers. As with all of Southern California, rain falls on few days, but when it does rain it is often extremely heavy: the record being 9.05 inches (229.9 mm) on February 24, 1913, followed by 8.15 inches (207.0 mm) on January 26, 1914. During the wettest month on record of January 1969, 25.76 inches or 654.3 millimetres fell, with a whopping 23.46 inches (595.9 mm) in eight days from January 19 to January 26. In contrast, the median annual rainfall for all years in Ojai is only around 18.1 inches or 460 millimetres and in the driest “rain year” from July 2006 to June 2007, just 6.87 inches or 174.5 millimetres fell in twelve months. The wettest “rain year” was from July 1997 to June 1998 with 48.29 inches (1,226.6 mm).

Climate data for Ojai, California (1971-2000, extremes since 1905)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 91
(33)
92
(33)
98
(37)
104
(40)
105
(41)
119
(48)
117
(47)
115
(46)
114
(46)
108
(42)
100
(38)
94
(34)
119
(48)
Average high °F (°C) 68.1
(20.1)
69.2
(20.7)
70.2
(21.2)
75.0
(23.9)
77.5
(25.3)
83.5
(28.6)
88.9
(31.6)
90.1
(32.3)
87.2
(30.7)
81.9
(27.7)
74.3
(23.5)
69.3
(20.7)
77.9
(25.5)
Average low °F (°C) 36.9
(2.7)
39.6
(4.2)
41.7
(5.4)
44.0
(6.7)
48.4
(9.1)
52.4
(11.3)
55.7
(13.2)
55.9
(13.3)
53.6
(12.0)
47.3
(8.5)
39.9
(4.4)
35.8
(2.1)
45.9
(7.7)
Record low °F (°C) 13
(−11)
22
(−6)
25
(−4)
27
(−3)
31
(−1)
34
(1)
40
(4)
39
(4)
37
(3)
27
(−3)
23
(−5)
16
(−9)
13
(−11)
Average rainfall inches (mm) 4.81
(122)
5.68
(144)
4.36
(111)
1.04
(26)
0.48
(12)
0.08
(2.0)
0.03
(0.76)
0.08
(2.0)
0.41
(10)
0.57
(14)
1.46
(37)
2.79
(71)
21.79
(551.76)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.01 inch) 6.4 6.2 6.8 2.9 1.6 0.6 0.3 0.3 1.2 2.0 3.2 4.3 35.8
Source: [27]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19301,468
19401,62210.5%
19502,51955.3%
19604,49578.4%
19705,59124.4%
19806,81621.9%
19907,61311.7%
20007,8623.3%
20107,461−5.1%
Est. 20167,585[10]1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[28]

2010

The 2010 United States Census[29] reported that Ojai had a population of 7,461. The population density was 1,695.3 people per square mile (654.6/km²). The racial makeup of Ojai was 6,555 (87.9%) White, 42 (0.6%) African American, 47 (0.6%) Native American, 158 (2.1%) Asian, 1 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 440 (5.9%) from other races, and 218 (2.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,339 persons (17.9%).

The Census reported that 7,281 people (97.6% of the population) lived in households, 48 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 132 (1.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 3,111 households, out of which 876 (28.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,396 (44.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 366 (11.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 128 (4.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 151 (4.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 25 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 992 households (31.9%) were made up of individuals and 496 (15.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34. There were 1,890 families (60.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.95.

The population distribution was spread out with 1,520 people (20.4%) under the age of 18, 515 people (6.9%) aged 18 to 24, 1,446 people (19.4%) aged 25 to 44, 2,547 people (34.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,433 people (19.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

There were 3,382 housing units at an average density of 768.5 per square mile (296.7/km²), of which 1,717 (55.2%) were owner-occupied, and 1,394 (44.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.4%. 4,243 people (56.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,038 people (40.7%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census[30] of 2000, there were 7,862 people, 3,088 households, and 1,985 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.0 people per square mile (685.2/km²). There were 3,229 housing units at an average density of 728.2 per square mile (281.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.01% White, 0.60% African American, 0.50% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 6.26% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.84% of the population.

There were 3,088 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for households in the city was $44,593, and the median income for a family was $52,917. Males had a median income of $40,919 versus $30,821 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,670. About 7.9% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Old Main at the Thacher School
Old Main at the Thacher School

Public schools

  • Ojai Unified School District
    • Chaparral High School
    • Nordhoff High School
      • Matilija Junior High School
        • Meiners Oaks Elementary School
        • Mira Monte Elementary School
        • San Antonio School
        • Summit Elementary School
        • Topa Topa Elementary School[31]

Other schools

The Ojai Valley is home to several private boarding schools:

The Summer Science Program was formerly hosted at the Besant Hill School (2000–2009) and at The Thacher School (1959–1999).

Libraries

Public Libraries: Ventura County Library—14 county locations, with three branches in the Ojai Valley:

  • Ojai Library[32]
  • Oak View Library[33]
  • Meiners Oaks Library[34]

Culture

Bart's bookstore, Ojai
Bart's bookstore, Ojai
Meher Mount, a place of Spiritual Retreat
Meher Mount, a place of Spiritual Retreat

Ojai's culture is heavily focused on ecology, health and organic agriculture, walking/hiking, spirituality, music and local art.[35] It is often seen as a hippie-friendly city, and many New Age shops exist. The benign climate has also fostered subcultures devoted to driving and exhibiting classic cars and there are several motorcycle clubs that regularly tour through Ojai as well. On July 8, 1999, former Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad, one of the twelve men who walked on the moon, died of injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Ojai.[36]

The Ojai Music Festival (founded in 1947) is an annual festival of performances by some of the world's top musicians and composers, and occurs on the first weekend after Memorial Day. Notable appearances include Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre Boulez, who was festival director in 2003. The outdoor bookshop Bart's Books, subject of news programs and documentaries, has been in Ojai since 1964. Ojai is home to the annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, a two-week playwrights festival that brings professional writers and actors from across the country to Ojai. The community is served by the Ojai Valley News, a weekly newspaper, the Ojai Valley Visitors Guide and the Ojai Quarterly, magazines published every 3 months. In July 2018 the Ojai City Council voted in favor of allowing adult use cannabis sales in the city. Sespe Creek Collective, which was Ventura County's first fully licensed medical dispensary opened its doors to adult use cannabis sales on August 14th, 2018.

The script for the movie Head was written in Ojai by The Monkees, Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson.[37]

In fiction

Ojai is the setting for the 2010 comedy film Easy A (much of which was shot on location), and for part of Michael Scott's book The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Ojai is the location of the fruit orchards of the fictional Ojai Foods, central to the conflict and drama of the Walker family in the ABC series Brothers & Sisters.

The title characters of TV series The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man (Jaime Sommers and Col. Steve Austin) are described in the series as having been childhood sweethearts in Ojai. In these series, a sign on the highway entering Ojai reads, "Welcome to Ojai, home of American astronaut Steven Austin."[38] In The Bionic Woman, Jaime Sommers makes her home in Ojai and thus many episodes of that series, in whole or in part, take place in Ojai. Sommers works as schoolteacher at the fictional Ventura Air Force Base, which is depicted as being close to Ojai

In the 1990 movie Hard to Kill, Mason Storm, played by Stephen Segal, was brought to Ojai to flee his enemies, and track 8 on the soundtrack from David Michael Frank is called Escape From Ojai.

Newspapers

Ojai Valley News A weekly, community-oriented newspaper that has published since Oct. 27, 1891. The staff of the Ojai Valley News also publishes the weekly Ojai Valley Real Estate Guide, its daily news website ojaivalleynews.com and the quarterly general-interest magazine, the Ojai Valley Visitors Guide./

Recreation

Ojai Valley Museum, 2009
Ojai Valley Museum, 2009

The town of Ojai and its surrounding area is home to many recreational activities. Los Padres National Forest borders the town on the north, and many back country areas within the forest are accessible from Highway 33, the major north–south highway through town. Matilija Creek is a spot to enjoy splashing under waterfalls, backpacking, and soaking in a hot spring. To the west, the Lake Casitas Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, and hiking as well.

The valley has several public courts in downtown Libbey Park. There are also two major golf courses: the Soule Park Golf Course, and the noted Ojai Valley Inn Golf Course. The town completed a new park, Cluff Vista Park, in 2002, which contains several small themed regions of California native plants.

Annually, in early April, the town hosts a bicycle race that draws professional and amateur teams from around the country. The "Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix" began in 2004 as a tribute to a 22-year-old cyclist from Ojai who died racing his bicycle in Arizona the previous year. The race is held on a 1 mile (1.6 km) circuit that circumnavigates Libbey Bowl in the heart of downtown Ojai. Proceeds from event promote cycling safety and education in local schools. Also in April, "The Ojai" tennis tournament is held. It is the oldest tennis tournament west of the Mississippi River (founded in the 1887) and has been an early competition for many players who went on to earn one or more Grand Slam titles.[39]

In early June, often coinciding with the Music Festival, the Ojai Wine Festival is held at Lake Casitas. Over 3,000 wine lovers sample the products of over 30 wineries. Proceeds go to charity.

Infrastructure

In 2013, a plan to take over the private water system was approved by voters. Up to $60 million in bonds would be issued and a special tax district would be formed. This was approved by almost 90 percent of voters but it was tied up in court by the private water purveyor, Golden State Water Company.[40] The Ojai Valley Sanitary District treats the sewage from the city and surrounding areas.[41]

Notable people

Tom Neff and Beatrice Wood  in Ojai, 1993
Tom Neff and Beatrice Wood in Ojai, 1993

See also

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