The Ojai Valley Defense Fund is already hard at work protecting our community!

by Carolyn on October 29, 2010

In light of the recent gravel big-rig disaster on the east end, it is important to note that the Ojai Valley Defense Fund has had a major impact on the fight against outside-interest, big-rig gravel hauling through the Ojai Valley from Cuyama than was previously thought. Front-line leaders of the campaign to bring such trucking under control have told the Defense Fund that, practically from the time it was formed a year ago, the Defense Fund has come up continually in negotiations with the companies and with Ventura County staff, helping to shape a more favorable outcome. The operators of the largest gravel mine, located in Santa Barbara County, have agreed not to ship through Ojai. The biggest Ventura County mine appears to have folded its tents as well. As one Ventura County official has put it, the mines “saw Ojai forming up” through the Defense Fund.   The Ojai Valley Defense Fund is a legal defense fund which has not taken part in any direct way in the battle over gravel-hauling. In an indirect way, though, it has had the effect its supporters most want: to deflect threats to the Valley  simply by being in place, and without a fight.  For more information, please visit us at, or call us at 646.1200.

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Suza Francina November 2, 2010 at 11:32 am


Do you think the Ojai Valley Defense Fund would consider weighing in on the proposed Lake Casitas chain link fence?

Thank you for all the work protecting our Community!

PS It’s scary when those big trucks roar by my bicycle on Highway 33!


Carolyn November 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hi Suza – Thank you for your kind sentiments. The Ojai Valley Defense Fund and its team are certainly working hard to protect the reasons that all of us live in this community! The OVDF will carefully consider any and all requests for support.

In order to determine whether a group and its mission qualify, consult our website, Additional questions should be directed to the president, John Broesamle, at 646-5948 or 646-1200.


Suza November 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Carolyn, for your reply. I will consult the OVDF website.

We have been on a fact-gathering mission that may help us with this proposed Lake Casitas chain-link fence issue. There is much more at stake than meets the eye.


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