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Ojai Rent Control

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As a resident of Ojai, we the undersigned would like to see Rent Control on the agenda for discussion at the City Council level. Currently, there is no rent control in Ojai, CA and there have been several spikes in residential and commercial rentals. With a population of approximately 5,000 people, the rent has become competitive and comparable with Los Angeles, that has 3 million residents and access to jobs that pay six figures and above. Rents in Ojai, CA have been increasing at an exponential level without reflecting any increase in minimum wages or access to higher paying jobs.

We would like to preserve the community in Ojai, CA and that means living with accessible housing that reflects our values and economy. The tourist economy has affected the local residents in several ways; prospects by homeowners, investors and landlords to increase rent is making it difficult for locals to have the quality of life that is so indicative of Ojai. To keep Ojai accessible to everyone, not just people buying second homes here or retirees, but considering locals who are investing in community; young artists, writers, first families, people who cherish living a simpler life and are trying to make Ojai their home.

We feel that it is important to have regulation on rent in order for people to have enriched lives here. To make time for volunteering, gardening, making art. Ojai is not Los Angeles. We hope to keep rent affordable here, for folks to build a life not influenced by capitalist incentives. Please keep Ojai affordable, neighborly and community-based. We ask that Rent Control be regulated to preserve the culture here.

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