Aug. 27, 2013
Tim Dewar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ojai residents came out in force Tuesday to vote on Measure V. The message they sent is they want to part company with Golden State Water Company.
Preliminary results released by the Ventura County Elections Department as of 9:39 p.m. Tuesday, indicate there were 1,913 yes votes and 275 no votes.
These preliminary totals do not include provisional ballots or mail-in ballots surrendered at polling locations on election day.
Election officials plan to hand count and verify the remaining 287 ballots today.
There were 4,795 eligible to vote in the election and 2,475 votes were cast.
Casitas Municipal Water District and its supporters needed more than two-thirds of those voting to check yes for the measure to pass.
Late Tuesday night, Ryan Blatz, spokesperson for Ojai Friends of Locally Owned Water, the group who petitioned CMWD to pursue the election, said “We are extremely excited to announce that we not only won but sent a clear message to Golden State that communities will stand and fight for their right to better water service and reasonable water rates and we won’t be scared by their tactics, even to the point of taxing ourselves to get rid of what we know is horrible situation.”
Golden State officials indicated they would make a statement “when appropriate.”