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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Mayor — City of Ojai

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John F. Johnston

Retired Ventura County Executive...
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  3. End the deceptive practice of using unfunded liabilities...
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Paul B. Blatz

Attorney at Law
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Retired Public Administrator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Water/drought provide leadership to address the regional long term problem of a sustainable water supply
  • Bring civility and respect back to the public debate and insist on an open transparent policy decision process.
  • End the deceptive practice of using unfunded liabilities and deferred maintenance to balance the City's budget.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Ventura County Executive Officer
Adjunct Professor, California Lutheran University (2009–2010)
County Executive Officer, County of Ventura — Appointed position (1998–2008)
Deputy Executive Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court — Appointed position (1991–1998)
President and CEO, Lochwood Homes (1986–1991)
Director of General Services, Ventura County — Elected position (1974–1985)
City Manager, Ojai California — Elected position (1971–1974)
City Manager, Artesia, California — Appointed position (1968–1971)

Education

CSULB and USC BA. and MPA, Political Science and Public Administration (1979)

Community Activities

Public Radio Kclu Advisory Board, Cal Lutheran University (2010–current)
Chairman and member of the Political Finance Ethics Commission, County of Ventura (2008–2014)

Biography

Mr. Johnston has served as city manager for Compton, Artesia, Ojai, and Ventura, California.  As City Manager, he led the fight to stop plans to build freeways through the Ojai Valley.  He wrote the plans that preserved the historic downtown and Arcade.  With former Mayor James D. Loebl, he negotiated the acquisition of the property that is the site of our City Hall, Police Station, organic garden and openspace.  He initiated the Ojai Trail by enlisting the help of Ventura County in acquiring the railroad right-of-way through Libbey Park. Today the Trail extends from Soule Park to the Pacific Ocean in Ventura. 

After organizing the General Services Agency, and assisting in the design and construction of the Ventura County Government Center, Mr. Johnston entered the private sector where his company engaged in the construction of entry level/affordable housing. He later returned to the public sector serving in various executive management positions and retired as the Ventura County Executive Officer.

Mr. Johnston is credited with leading the County back from the verge of bankruptsy, restoring its credit rating on Wall Street, settling long standing labor unrest, and leaving Ventura County as a national model of excellence. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Steve Sprinkel Farmer and co-owner of the Farmer & The Cook

Organizations (1)

  • Ventura Star Newspaper

Elected Officials (3)

  • Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza
  • Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett
  • Larry Kennedy Community College District Trustee

Individuals (1)

  • Sue Horgan former Mayor of Ojai

Political Beliefs

Mr. Johnston believes democracy works best when the citizenry is informed and engaged.  For that to exist, government must be open, welcoming, and respectful to the public, especially when there are disagreements and/or misunderstandings.  

Elected representative needs to be mindfull and guard against; being defensive when questioned, obfiscating to avoid criticisim, and lecturing or chastizing the public instead of informing and educating them.

As Mayor, Mr. Johnston has pledged to conduct meetings in an efficient, effective, and transparent way. He will manage the time for everyones benefit, not just those who sit on the dais.

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Email ojaijohnny@gmail.com
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Severo Lara

Councilmember/Landscape Contractor
959 votes (24.04%)
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City Council Member
815 votes (20.43%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Water-Wise Building Standards must be developed to help conserve water short-term and long term solutions as well
  • Economic Development focusing on non-tourist, clean energy businesses, while protecting our small town quality of life.
  • Short Term Rental laws need to be enforced to protect our neighborhoods and assure long term rental housing stock.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney at Law
Mayor, Ojai City Council — Elected position (2015–current)
President/Owner, Blatz Sports Group (1986–1991)

Education

George Washington University, Washington, DC Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor, Undergraduate - Biology, Physics; Graduate - Law (1991)

Community Activities

Member, Gold Coast Transit District Board, Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency, Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation, Ojai Rotary West (1983–current)
Member, Ojai Living Treasures, Ojai Pergola Committee, Libbey Bowl Reconstruction Committee, Ojai FLOW (1983–current)

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Individuals (1)

  • Joan Kemper, Don & Sheila Cluff, Ren & Victoria Adam, Dale Hansen, Leonard Klaif

Candidate Contact Info

Email pbblatz@gmail.com
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